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SDS2 Summit Agenda

SDS2 Summit 2021

SDS2 Summit 2021 Agenda

These great sessions have been confirmed so far, with more on the way. Keep checking back for updates!

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10:00am - 1:00pm - Conference Registration 

Check-in for SDS2 Summit and use this time to connect with attendees, exhibitors, speakers & more!  


1:00pm - 1:15pm - Welcome & Opening Remarks 

Join us for a welcome to SDS2 Summit presented by Michelle McCarthy, Regional Manager of Americas. 

Introduction by Matt Misseldine, President of SDS2 Summit Committee  


1:15pm - 2:15pm - Keynote Speaker 

Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff and volunteers work each day to preserve the environment specifically through the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine life. Learn more about their mission and efforts in this keynote session. 

Introduction by Luis Torres, SDS2 Summit Committee Member  


2:15pm - 3:15pm - SDS2 & ALLPLAN Product Updates 

Hear from Mike Obst, Vice President of Operations at SDS2 and Kevin Lea, Senior Vice President - Product Management at ALLPLAN as they discuss product strategies for the future of the AEC industry. 

Introduction by James Bennett, Vice President of SDS2 Summit Committee 


3:15pm - 4:00pm - Networking Break Sponsored by RISA

Meet and network with the members of the SDS2 and ALLPLAN team, fellow users, and industry experts during this networking break sponsored by RISA


4:00pm - 4:30pm - Introducing ALLPLAN, Design to Build 

Join us for an introduction to ALLPLAN and technical demonstration presented by Frank Holz, Senior Technical Consultant at ALLPLAN Inc. 



4:30pm - 5:00pm - Transforming the Way You Build with Bluebeam 

Join this session to see a first look at the future development of the SDS2 & Bluebeam integration and how this will support you in your everyday work. Attendees can participate in a live Q&A to discuss future trends and workflows to help direct product development. *Bonus prize for all attendees participating

Speakers: Collin Creach, SMB Sales Manager and Jama Drake, Senior Director, North American Sales at Bluebeam and VP of North American Sales, Doug Evans

5:00pm - 6:30pm - Roundtable Discussions 

Join us on the 8th floor, for a spectacular view overlooking St. Pete Beach, and share your vision for a better SDS2, discuss your business needs with our development team, and help forge the steel detailing software of the future.

This year's roundtable topics will include Modeling, Drawing Editor, UI/UX, Connection Design, Import/Export, SDS2 Partners, CNC, The Future of the Steel Industry & more... 


6:30pm - 8:00pm - Partners Reception Sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie

Join us for a welcome reception cocktail hour sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie

8:00am - 9:00am
How to Maintain Your Model for Better Results

Track 1  Part 1 Modeling Integrity: Time and accuracy are key to your success as a steel detailer. Get the top tips, tricks, and best practices for modeling in SDS2 to maximize your efficiency, minimize your time spent in the drawing editor, and set your fabricator up for success.

Speaker: Matt Misseldine, President, Mastiff Pro Detailing LLC


How Proficient Companies Build Modeling, Detailing, & Checking Departments 

Track 2  Today’s detailing ventures are likely to include numerous team members, departments, and offices, as well as fabricators and contractors, which makes it challenging to leverage data across software and teams. Join industry leader Brian Cobb to hear how his company, Structural Detailing LLC, has mastered their workflows to maximize efficiency.

Speaker: Brian Cobb, Chief Operating Officer, Structural Detailing LLC


Yield-Link® Moment Connection SDS2 Plugin (8:00am - 8:30am)

Track 3  Join Simpson Strong-Tie, as they demonstrate the Yield-Link® moment connection plugin for SDS2 that assists fabricators and detailers in incorporating the Yield-Link connection into their workflows. 

Speaker: Connor Lester, M.S., P.E., Structural Steel Field Engineer, Simpson Strong-Tie


9:00am - 9:45am - Coffee & Pastries Sponsored by Atlas Tube

Enjoy coffees and pastries courtesy of Atlas Tube.


9:45am - 10:45am
You've finished your model, but is it any good?

Track 1  Part 2 Deliverables: Drawing cleanup remains the most time-consuming part of a detailer’s workflow, but focusing on your deliverables, rather than the drawings, can make a big difference. Join for Part 2 of the modeling integrity and deliverables series to learn how to model for success and provide the best possible product for your customer.   

Speaker: Matt Misseldine, President, Mastiff Pro Detailing LLC


Connection Design Workflows for Today & Into the Future

Track 2   Workshop: In the age of digital fabrication, involved parties rely on data exchange to drive collaboration. Connection designers can benefit from workflows that integrate better with other stakeholders. In this session, all connection designers will be invited to share a high-level overview of typical workflows, as well as anything that currently prevents digital collaboration. Others will be invited to speak freely about their interactions with connection designers and their data. 

Speaker: Aditya Krishnan, Product Owner - User Experience, SDS2


Eliminating Manual Layout in the Shop with Automated Marking (9:45am - 10:15am) 

Track 3  Learn how you can increase shop accuracy and boost production time for miscellaneous steel with the Lightning Rail Automated Layout System. Ditch the tape measures and use your detailing software to print handrail and stair stringer layouts directly onto tables and work pieces.

Speaker: Mike Evans, Director of Sales, Automated Layout Technology


11:00am - 12:00pm
Mastering Stairs & Handrails in SDS2

Track 1  Projects with delegated stair and rail design can be difficult to coordinate, manage, and deliver on time requiring fabricators and detailers to be strategic to make these projects successful. In this session, we will cover tips for successfully utilizing SDS2 for your stair and rail design projects. 

Speaker: Nathan Bloch, Technical Advisor - Steel, SDS2 and Will Cowan, VP of Projects, Schulz Iron Works


Leveraging Data to Better Manage Fabrication

Track 2 Modeling and detailing are a critical starting point for fabrication projects, but more important is setting up and leveraging your data for a seamless project workflow. Hear from an industry leader at M&N structures on fabrication management strategies using SDS2 and more. 

Speaker: Jonathan Henriksen, Director of Operations, M&N Structures


Structural Steel: The Need for Speed (11:00am - 11:30am)

Track 3  Project schedule demands require a rapid pace for design and detailing. Join AISC to learn about vital elements for success and what you can do to increase productivity and avoid the bottlenecks that can block project deliverables. 

Speaker: Larry Flynn, Structural Steel Specialist, AISC


Best in Class Steel Fabrication Management Software (11:30am - 12:00pm)

Track 3  Join this session to learn about the WT nesting, web client, and dashboards enhancements in the most recent STRUMIS product release, as well as its integration with SDS2.

Speaker: Chris Eaton, Product Manager, STRUMIS


12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Sponsored by Cloud Synergistics

Enjoy lunch sponsored by Cloud Synergistics.


1:00pm - 2:00pm
How to Get Paid as a Steel Detailer

Track 1  As a steel detailer, navigating contracts and securing payments can be a constant battle. Explore all the steps you need to ensure you're getting paid at the beginning, middle, and end of your detailing project. From writing a good contract to filing a lien, get tips for turning your receivables into the cashflow you need to grow your company.

Speaker: Nicholas Coffee, CEO, United Structural LLC


Leveraging EOR Designed Connections in SDS2

Track 2  Everyone is aware of the power of SDS2’s connection design when it comes to delegated design, but what about when the connection design is provided by the EOR or another third party? In this session you’ll learn how to leverage Project Settings, User-Defined Connections, Member Settings, and more to get the most out of SDS2.

Speakers: David Zabka, Western Territory Manager, SDS2 and Scott Smyth, Detailing Manager, TSF Structures Inc.


An Introduction to Ductile Seismic Design (1:00pm - 1:30pm)

Track 3  Join CoreBrace to learn more about the use and function of BRBS - why they are effective and how they reduce project costs. We will also illustrate the new SDS2 detailing routine that helps automate the detailing of CoreBrace BRBF connections.

Speaker: Brandt Saxey S.E., Vice President Preconstruction Sales, CoreBrace


2:00pm - 2:45pm - Networking Break 

Use this time to connect with attendees, exhibitors, speakers & more!  


2:45pm - 3:45pm
Overcoming Resistance to Software and Workflow Changes

Track 1  In the industry today, if you want to take control of your business' future, you must take the lead on modernization. Join digitalization leaders from SDS2 and AISC for tips on coming trends and leading change within your business, plus take part in an open forum on the topic.

Speakers: Luke Faulkner, Director of Technology Integration, AISC and Aditya Krishnan, Product Owner - User Experience, SDS2

Advanced Tips from an SDS2 Power User

Track 2  Get advanced tips and tricks for increasing your modeling and detailing efficiency from an SDS2 power user. You’ll learn about essential distributed parametrics, see how to set up mapped/macroed gaming mice and keyboards, discover underutilized tools such as status select, and more.

Speaker: Matt Hand, CFO, United Structural LLC


Adding Value to Your Beam Processing (2:45pm - 3:15pm)

Track 3  Ficep is the world leader in developing and supplying automatic, intelligent steel fabrication systems. Join this session to take a brief look at how multi processes can be performed on a single machine to add value to beam processing.

Speaker: Andy Overton, Vice President of Sales, FICEP Corporation


Reducing Cost with Simple Bolted HSS Splices (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

Track 3  Shuriken lets you make one-sided connections with standard A325 and A490 bolts. Join us to learn how Shuriken works, reduces the costs of working with HSS, and how it integrates into your SDS2 workflow. 

Speakers: Brad Fletcher, Senior Sales Engineer, Atlas Tube and Ted Goldstein, Shuriken: Business Development Engineer, Atlas Tube 


4:00pm - 5:00pm
Upgrading to SDS2 2021 - What's Stopping You?

Track 1  The decision to upgrade your software can be a difficult choice. Even if your current version is running "fine", there are expenses associated to remaining on old software, and you may be missing out on more than you think. Upgrades deliver improved functionality and other important features that you shouldn’t ignore. In this Q&A session, we will discuss the benefits of upgrading to SDS2 2021 and what's stopping you? 

Speakers: Kari Kraus, Support Department Manager, SDS2 and Aditya Krishnan, Product Owner - User Experience, SDS2


Building Teams with Cloud-Based Solutions

Track 2  With SDS2 Cloud users can work wherever they are with the latest data. Live multiuser networking simplifies model sharing by allowing eployees to work in the same model at the same time. Join this session to learn more about how two customers Steel Solutions LLC, and KMA Steel successfully use Cloud in their operations.

Speakers: Stacey Bauer, Owner, Steel Solutions LLC and Brian Thompson, Owner/Detailing Manager, KMA


Truly Connected Steel Fabrication Management Software (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Track 3  Join us to learn more about the benefits of using Tekla PowerFab for estimating, project management, production control, purchasing, and inventory. 

Speaker: Dan Lopez, Application Specialist, Tekla PowerFab


5:00pm - 5:30pm - Business Meeting 

Track 1 Join this session for an update from the SDS2 Summit Committee & Advisory Board. 

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Exhibitor Move-out


6:00pm - 10:00pm - Dinner & Reception on the Beach

Join us for dinner on the beach as we present this year's Solid Steel Awards, followed by beach games, giveaways and more... 

8:00am - 9:00am
Most Common Questions in SDS2 

Track 1  Level up your detailing skills with SDS2 customer success gurus Kari Kraus and Tyler Dunkle as they share their answers to the most common questions asked with SDS2 Support. 

Speakers: Kari Kraus, Support Department Manager, SDS2 and Tyler Dunkle, Customer Support Specialist


Best Detailing Practices for Warehouses & Distribution Centers 

Track 2  Warehouse and distribution center (DC) development are in higher demand than ever before. Learn how to master these projects by adapting to market challenges and leveraging the best tools in SDS2 - from joist framing and base and cap plate schedules to girts and precast walls. 

Speaker: James Bennett, President, Bennett Services LLC


9:00am - 9:30am - Coffee & Pastries - Networking Break 


9:30am - 10:30am
Build Your Dream Team with Effective Training Programs

Track 1  This session will look at how effective training programs can make a huge impact on the overall success of your organization. 

Speaker: Ryan Wunderle, President, American Steel Detailing


Traditional Steel Loading & Delivery is Costing you $$$

Track 2  SDS2 Load Planning, a modern approach to steel loading & delivery offers a solution to overcome common problems that fabricators are facing. ​

Speaker: David Zabka, Western Territory Manager, SDS2

10:40am - 11:40am
Live Q&A with Product Director and SDS2 Power Users

Track 1  Attending SDS2 Summit provides you with the unique opportunity to hear about upcoming product enhancements and share your thoughts for the future of SDS2 product development. Join SDS2 Product Director Stephanie Haith and user Luis Torres from the Steel Detailers Inc., to learn more about the future of SDS2.

Speakers: Stephanie Haith, Director of Product Development, SDS2, Luis Torres, Engineering Manager, Steel Detailers Inc., Hal Cartee, President, Cartee-Berry & Associates LLC, and Rich Steffens, Engineering Manager, Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation


Leveraging SDS2 for Optimized Shop Routing

Track 2  Discover your next favorite tool for optimized fabrication. The new tool in SDS2 gives you the power to add and find material and/or member properties, create rules, and utilize values for enhanced inventory control and optimized shop routing. Join us to see how it can work for you. 

Speaker: James Schwartz, Software Advocate, SDS2

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