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SDS2 Summit Online

SDS2 Summit Online Conferece - September 1-4, 2020


SDS/2 Summit 2020 has moved to a new virtual format. Tune in and be the first to learn about the latest enhancements and get advanced tips from SDS/2 experts and customers to unleash the full power of your SDS/2 solutions. 

Why Attend?

SDS/2 Summit Online will feature live and interactive webinars from SDS/2 experts and other industry leaders. The experience is specially tailored for users who want to: 

  • Network with and learn from other users
  • Get advanced training on SDS/2 products and features
  • Discover innovative ways to leverage your SDS/2 software
  • Learn from partner companies and industry leaders
  • Collaborate with the SDS/2 team and share ideas for future development
  • Be the first to learn of new features and enhancements



SDS/2 Users


There is no cost to users current on SDS/2. You will have access to everything SDS/2's digital experience has to offer.

Non SDS/2 Users


All non-SDS/2 users or users operating on 2017 or older must register to access all SDS/2's digital experience has to offer.

Solid Steel Competition

The annual Solid Steel Competition gives SDS/2 users the opportunity to showcase their best work in the software. Winners will be announced during the Summit and will be highlighted in a promotional video and other content from SDS/2.



Thank You to Our Sponsors

Bluebeam allows you to simplify complex processes and collaborate in real time with team members from around the globe. 

Controlled Automation specializes in quality machine design, manufacturing, and software. 

STRUMIS is a global leader in steel fabrication management information software.

DuraFuse Frames are a highly optimized moment frames with superior seismic resillience. 

Magnus integrates their unique project management module, MDM, with SDS/2 to increase productivity gains.

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SDS/2 Summit Agenda


10:00am - 10:45am - Welcome to SDS/2 Summit: The Digital Conference

Tune in as we kick off SDS/2 Summit: The Digital Conference with SDS/2 CEO Stuart Broome and other company leaders. Learn what to expect from the conference and get a preview of the many exciting developments we have in the works for SDS/2 and your user experience.


 WHAT'S NEW IN SDS/2 2021 
11:00am - 11:45am - Modeling & Reporting Tools 

Get a first look at the enhanced modeling and reporting features coming to SDS/2 in 2021, including:   

  • Support for purlins, systems, cruciform, point cloud, and more 
  • New connections 
  • PDFs for design calculations 
  • Planning templates for acronyms 
  • and more! 


12:00pm - 12:45pm -  - How to Leverage SDS/2 like a Power User 

Unlock the full power of SDS/2 with advanced technical training from long-time user Erin Way of Delta Structural Steel Service Group. Get advanced tips on using the modeling and drawing editor and become more efficient and effective with SDS/2. 


1:00pm - 1:45pm - The Benefits of Connection Design for Fabricators 

Discover how to produce accurate, efficient, and timely connection design for steel fabricators. Along with featured guest Mark Holland of PVS Structures, we’ll take at SDS/2 features—such as our detail drawings and design calculations—that help fabricators maximize their ROIs and give you a competitive advantage.  


2:00pm - 2:45pm - Enhancing Your Truck Loading Workflow

3D detailing software has proven to increase accuracy, efficiency, and reliability in steel fabrication; it only makes sense that a 3D load planner can do the same for the truck loading process. Learn how one company used SDS/2 Fortosi to reduce material handling, increase workplace safety, and optimize their loading process—and how you can do the same.  


3:00pm - 3:45pm - Pro Tips for New SDS/2 Users

Learn how to be more efficient and effective with SDS/2 from the start with onboarding and upskilling tips from SDS/2 and long-time user Matt Misseldine of Mastiff Pro Detailing, LLC. 

10:00am - 10:45am - Detailing for Fabrication Efficiencies

Leverage the optimization tools and tricks in SDS/2 to reduce fabrication time and gain a competitive edge over your competition. Learn how you can use SDS/2 for enhanced shop drawing production, preventing schedule drift, and optimizing connections and materials for smarter and faster fabrication. 


 WHAT'S NEW IN SDS/2 2021 
11:00am - 11:45am - User Experience 

More information coming soon. 

12:00pm - 12:45pm - How Advanced Bill of Materials Can Benefit Your Projects

The SDS/2 Advanced Bill of Materials saw a major overhaul in 2020. Join SDS/2 and Brian Cobb of Structural Detail, LLC, to hear why we undertook this project and how to best utilize the new ABM for better material ordering and tracking. 

1:00pm - 1:50pm - Maintaining Efficiency in Uncertain Times

COVID-19 has disrupted industries and workforces around the world, and much uncertainty remains about the long-term effects the pandemic will impose. Join guest speaker Ravi Polamarasetty, P.E., M.ASCE, M.SEI, NISD, of DGS Technical Services as we discuss our industry’s response to the crisis and learn how SDS/2’s multi-user functionality, cloud-based service, and other features can continue to help businesses adapt and succeed. 

2:00pm - 2:45pm - Transforming Drawing Management Workflows with SDS/2 and Bluebeam

More information coming soon. 


4:00pm - 5:00pm - Virtual Happy Hour & Live Solid Steel Competition Announcements

Cap off Day 2 of Summit with a virtual happy hour and raise a toast to the winners of the Solid Steel Competition, which we’ll be announcing live!

11:00am - 11:45am- Increase Bid Accuracy and Accelerate Workflows with Model-Based Estimating

SDS/2 Estimodeling is the only structural steel estimating software on the market today with built-in connection optimization, allowing you to generate fast and accurate model-based estimates without a third-party software, identify expensive fabrication conditions, compare alternative designs for cost-optimized fabrication, and more. Join Derrick Fitton of Drake Williams Steel to hear how they are working to implement model-based estimodeling into their workflow. 


12:00pm - 12:45pm - Stair & Rails

More information coming soon. 


1:00pm - 1:45pm -  Grow Your Business with Digital Marketing

Did you know 80% of buyers start with an online search? And if they're looking for a detailer or fabricator in your area, you'll want to be at the top of those results. This session will focus on how you can grow your business with the power of digital marketing! 


2:00pm - 2:45pm - Live Q&A / Closing / Prizes


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