Competition Rules

There is no fee for entry into this competition.

  1. One entry per company, per category.
  2. Person submitting the entry will receive $10 Amazon gift card via email.
  3. Projects may only be submitted once for this competition.
  4. All entries must be created using SDS/2 Version 2015 and newer.
  5. All projects must have been created within the last three years.
  6. New buildings, major retrofits or expansion projects are eligible.
  7. Complete and nearly complete projects can be submitted.
  8. A signed release form must be either faxed or emailed to the attention of Stephanie Haith. The fax number is 402.441.4045 and email to before the competition deadline.
  9. If no SDS/2 images are provided, SDS/2 will create those images which are used for judging.
  10. If your project wins, you will participate in a testimonial on Friday, September 21st at the 2018 Users Group Conference. If not present, we will make arrangements to do the testimonial remotely.
  11. All entries, including the job and fabricator, must be received at SDS/2 by August 10, 2018.

A company can submit one entry to both the commercial and/or industrial main categories. After all entries are received, the commercial projects will be split into two subcategories based off structural steel tonnage.


A panel comprised of SDS/2 professionals, including an Engineer, Sales Representative, Programmer, Support Technician and a floater, will judge the entries for the Grand Prize and Second Place awards in the Commercial and Industrial categories. The award for Customers' Choice will be based off user voting. The judges' decisions are final.

Entries will be evaluated equally on:

  • Aesthetics of the project
  • Complexity - modeling difficulty, connection design
  • Use of automatic software features vs user modeled
  • Use of parametrics and custom members

For each category, a grand prize will be awarded to one entry. Grand Prize is $3,000 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees, a tablet and a trophy. The tablet will go to the person who submits the entry. Based on the number of entries, second place winners may be awarded to specific categories. If awarded, second place winners in those categories will receive $1,000 off one year of service fees and a trophy.

A Customers' Choice award will be given to one entry. Customers' Choice will receive $1,500 off one year of SDS/2 Software Service Fees, a tablet and a trophy. The tablet will go to the person who submits the entry.

The awards and testimonials will be done at the 2018 SDS/2 Users Group Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. The winners will be recognized in a special issue of The Connector newsletter and a 2019 SDS/2 calendar. Winners may be publicized pictorially in promotions and/or SDS/2 marketing materials.

Submit Your Project

2018 Commercial Large Tonnage
Grand Prize: Foy Consulting & Engineering, LLC, Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences
Second Place: Virtual Steel Technologies, Northeast Tower

2018 Commercial Small Tonnage
KL&A, US Olympic Museum

2018 Industrial
Grand Prize: Cartee-Berry & Associates, Intrepid Potash
Second Place: In-House Steel Detailing, LLC, Nugent Sand - Sand Processing Addition

2018 Customers' Choice
Moldtek Technologies Inc., Young Living Global Headquarters

2017 Commercial
Grand Prize: Cartee-Berry & Associates, Pro Football Hall of Fame Stadium Phase 2
Second Place: National Detail, Nippert West Stadium Pavilion

2017 Customers' Choice
Steltec, Inc., Cornell NYC Tech - Stair #5

2016 Commercial
Grand Prize: BV Detailing & Design, Inc., Real Page Lakeside
Second Place: Virtual Steel Technologies, Inc., Richardson Indoor Stadium

2016 Industrial
Grand Prize: Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation, Facility for Rare Isotopes
Second Place: Aarbee Structures Pvt. Ltd., Lehigh Union Bridge

2016 Customers' Choice
Base Line Drafting Services Inc., Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design - University of Toronto

2015 Commercial
Grand Prize: Sarwar Hasan, Rock In Rio Zipline Towers
Second Place: Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation, Jackson National Life Home Office Expansion - Phase II Conference Center

2015 Industrial
Grand Prize: Aarbee Structures Pvt. Ltd., No. 8 Primary Hood
Second Place: Express Metal Fabricators / St George Steel Division, 153 Hydrogen Power Plant

2015 Customers' Choice
Base Line Drafting Services Inc., Lassonde Engineering Building, York University

2014 Commercial
Grand Prize: The Steel Detailers, Inc., Vancouver Airport Terminal A-B Connector
Second Place: Foy Consulting & Engineering, North Richland Hills City Hall

2014 Industrial
Grand Prize: Aarbee Structures Pvt. Ltd., Magnetation - Mag Pellet - Furnace Steel
Second Place: Jitech Associates, Inc., Grain Ship Loading Facility

2014 Customers' Choice
Sippel Co., Inc., Timken Vertical Cast Mill

2013 Commercial
Grand Prize: Base Line Drafting Service Inc., Milton Velodrome-Pan Am Games
Second Place: Foy Consulting & Engineering, OU Sooner Center

2013 Industrial
Grand Prize: Cartee-Berry & Associates, LLC, LaFarge Duct Work Wet Gas Scrubber
Second Place: St George Steel, Gulf Coast Hydrogen Plant

2013 Customers' Choice
Fischer Design Group, LLC, Wellstar Paulding Replacement Hospital

2012 Commercial
Grand Prize: SME Steel Contractors, San Diego Library Dome
Second Place: Preacero Pellizzari C.A., Universidad Nacional Experimental De La Seguridad

2012 Industrial
Grand Prize: Alpha Fabrication Services, Airbus 380 Fire Trainer
Second Place: Innovative Steel Detailing, Power Plant

2012 Customers' Choice
Design Build Structures, University of Dubuque PAC

2011 Commercial
Grand Prize: Cartee-Berry & Associates, LLC, United Therapeutics Pedestrian Bridge
Second Place: SME Steel Contractors, Las Vegas Performing Arts Center

2011 Industrial
Grand Prize: ICEC - SCS, Simandou Project
Second Place: GENIFAB, Copper Cliff Deep Shaft Sinking

2011 Best of Show
Connected Structural Group, Perot Museum of Nature & Science

2010 Commercial
Grand Prize: Supermetal Structures Inc., Eighth Avenue Place
Second Place: M&G Steel Ltd., Quantum/Nano Centre

2010 Industrial
Grand Prize: Central Texas Iron Works
Second Place: ICEC - SCS, Pellet Plant VIII

2010 Best of Show
Universal Detailing, Inc., University of Michigan North Quad