sds2 solid steel awards

The SDS2 Solid Steel Awards showcase the most creative, technical, and impressive steel detailing projects being completed in SDS2 from around the world in all sectors of structural steel. 

View 2023 Finalists

Awards Categories





contest details


The grand prize winner for each category will win the following prizes:

  • Oculus Quest 2 Virtual Reality Headset
  • Solid Steel Awards Trophy
  • One complimentary registration pass for SDS2 Summit 2024 ($575 Value)
  • A project reference story featuring your project
  • A featured video presentation of your project 


The second place winner in each category will receive:

  • $200 Amazon Giftcard 
  • One complimentary registration pass for SDS2 Summit 2024 ($575 Value)
  • A Solid Steel Awards Trophy


SDS2's internal judging panel will select finalists in each of three categories. The finalists will be presented for public voting, and the winners for each category will be selected, as well as one overall Customer's Choice winner. Winners will be announced at SDS2 Summit 2023, taking place October 11-12 in Omaha, NE.

judging criteria

  • Project aesthetics
  • Complexity of structure and connections
  • Use of SDS2 to solve project challenges. For example, the use of parametrics, custom members, automatic and user-modeled features
  • Overall "wow" factor — project uniqueness and creativity in execution



entry requirements

  • To submit your project, log in with your SDS2 username and password, and fill out the entry form in as much detail as possible. You will also be asked to upload relevant project files, including the SDS2 model, as well as a legal release form. 

    Download the release agreement here
  • Submission is free - there is no entry fee for this competition
  • We accept one entry per company, per category. 
  • Each submitter must be using SDS2 Version 2018 and newer
  • All projects must have been created within the last three years
  • New buildings, major retrofits or expansion projects are eligible
  • Complete and nearly complete projects can be submitted
  • Submissions for 2023 are now closed.



2022 Grand Prize Winners

Kankakee Welcome Center, SDS2 Solid Steel Awards Customer's Choice Winner 2022

Customer's Choice Award

Arteras, inc.

kankakee welcome center


Commercial, Large Tonnage


joslyn art museum expansion


Commercial, Small Tonnage

Lincoln engineering group, inc

flexjet operations center



steelweb, inc.

azr kiln repairs


2022 second place Winners

Commercial, Large Tonnage

beauce atlas

logan international airport terminal


Commercial, Small Tonnage

bv detailing & design, inc.

vanderbilt residential college b



ovation services, llc

pet food facility


Learn more about the winning projects from 2022 on our blog