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SDS2 Summit Agenda

SDS2 Summit 2022

SDS2 Summit 2022 Agenda

From knowledge-packed breakout sessions to networking opportunities and fun events, see what's in store for you at SDS2 Summit 2022, taking place October 19-20 in San Antonio, TX. 

Wednesday, October 19
Thursday, October 20

DAY 1    Wednesday, October 19

7:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration and Partner Pavilion Open

9:00 - 9:30 AM

SDS2 Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Opening Keynote by Matt Flintrop, Managing Partner at Black Jack Harley-Davidson

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Networking Break - Sponsored by Controlled Automation


11:00 - 11:50 AM

From Design to Construction on Vancouver's Deloitte Summit Tower
Go behind the scenes to learn how Supermétal handled the cambered geometry, massive connections, temporary steel, and other challenges to detail, fabricate, and erect a new architectural gem in downtown Vancouver. 

Serge Neron | Supermetal Structures, Groupe Canam

A Beginner's Guide to Parametrics and Components in SDS2
Parametrics and components are serious time savers for modeling in SDS2. In this session you’ll see the range of capabilities they offer and learn how to leverage the top tools to cut down your manual modeling time.   

Bruce Vaughn | BV Detailing & Design, Inc.

12:00 - 1:00 PM



1:00 - 1:50 PM

Mastering Stairs and Rails in SDS2: Advanced Tips and Tricks
Get advanced tips for detailing complex stairs, handrail, and other miscellaneous steel projects. 

Speaker TBD 

Become an Estimodeling Pro with SDS2 and Bluebeam
More and more fabricators are using estimodeling to prepare more informed, competitve bids. Learn how to leverage SDS2 and Bluebeam to maximize your efficiency when preparing steel estimates, whether you work directly for a fabricator or as a subcontract estimator.    

Nick Coffee | United Structural LLC

How to Build and Train Your (Remote) Dream Team
Today’s shifting work environments present new challenges for detailing companies. Learn how to build your team and keep them moving forward by implementing regular employee training, even when managing remote employees.

Ryan Wunderle | American Steel Detailing, LLC


2:00 - 2:50 PM

Reinventing the Role of Detailers for Ourselves and the Next Generation
As the rate of burnout grows and detailers’ value becomes increasingly overlooked, it’s time to flip the script. In this visionary session, learn how detailers can drive innovation in the industry and find their market dominance.  

Justin Lind | EMIT Technologies

Advanced Modeling Tips
for Perfect CNC Output
On any given project, there are dozens of ways to model and detail the structural and miscellaneous steel. But when it comes to integrating with CNC, your process matters. Learn how M&N Structures tailors their modeling and detailing processes and output for seamless CNC production.

Jonathan Henricksen | M&N Structures

Designing and Detailing the Award-Winning US Olympic and Paralympic Museum
The iconic US Olympic and Paralympic Museum is all about motion, with a pinwheel-like structure and a façade that imitates the dynamic costumes of Olympic athletes. Learn how KL&A, who served as both structural engineer and detailer, worked with players from design to construction to make the project a success. 

Michael Olsen | KL&A

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Networking Break - Sponsored by Groupe Canam


3:30 - 4:20 PM

Back to the Future: Exploring Steel Industry Tech from a Legal Perspective  
The future of steel technology is already upon us. More collaboration is taking place using models. Drones are being used to track jobsite progress in real time. As exciting as it is, what risks does new tech bring? Learn how to best manage the legal risks associated with the latest steel construction technology. 

Angela Richie | GRSM

Rebar Detailing with Allplan: A 2D Workflow with 3D Perks
Learn how rebar detailers can tackle 3D with ease. With Allplan Engineering, you can work in a familiar 2D environment while enjoying all the benefits of 3D, along with Allplan's many intelligent features, such as automated clash detection, scheduling, workflow detailing, splicing, and more.  

Frank Holz | ALLPLAN

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Roundtables and Q&A Discussions

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Partner's Reception

DAY 2    Thursday, October 20

8:00 - 9:30 AM

Coffee and donuts / Morning Networking


9:30 - 10:20 AM

Get in Sync with SDS2 and Tekla PowerFab: Data Sharing Best Practices  
From onboarding tips to advanced troubleshooting, learn the best practices for sharing data between SDS2 and Tekla PowerFab and boost the productivity and profitability of your shop.  

James Schwartz | SDS2
Speaker TBD

Managing a Cloud-Based Detailing Office 
Remote teams and cloud-based detailing businesses are on the rise, bringing many benefits over brick-and-mortar offices—along with new challenges. Learn how United Structural manages their cloud-based office, from the supporting technology to company culture and hiring hurdles. 

Matt Hand | United Structural, LLC

NISD and Independent Steel Detailer Certification  
Join representatives from the National Institute of Steel Detailing to hear how the organization is helping to advance the profession. Plus, learn about their Individual Detailer Certification and how you can participate. 

Jim Truitt | Aircad LLC


10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Digitalizing and Expanding the Fabrication Shop with SDS2  
Williams Steel Company is an all-in-one steel business encompassing everything from engineering and detailing to fabrication and erection. Hear how they utilize SDS2 every day to drive business growth, win the big projects, and break their own records year after year.

Marvin Freeman | Williams Steel Company

Mastering Miscellaneous Steel in SDS2: Advanced Tips and Tricks
Go beyond the automation and learn how to tackle material modeling and miscellaneous steel projects in SDS2.    


Speaker TBD

Integrations in Action: How Brion Hardin Drives Efficiency with SDS2, STRUMIS, & EMI   
Join Brion Hardin Construction to hear how they integrate SDS2 with their fabrication management system and automated equipment solutions for top of the line performance in structural and miscellaneous steel fabrication. 

Chris Eaton | STRUMIS
Additional Speakers TBD


11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Bridging the Gap Between Detailers and Fabricators  
In this session, we'll identify key problems that are causing separation between the detailers and fabricators, and explore solutions to bring the two parties into closer alignment for their mutual benefit. 


Chris Keyack | Keyack Technology Solutions LLC

Beating the Competition: Traceability Innovations to Win You More Business  
Join P2 Programs and InfoSight Corporation as they discuss how improving traceability with QR codes and automated data collection amplifies the value of your services and solidifies customer relationships by creating new benefits for the end user.

Connor Sampson & Brian Schlatterbeck | InfoSight Corporation

Paul Parks | P2 Programs

12:30 - 1:20 PM



1:30 - 2:20 PM

Inside Baylor University's High Tech Light Towers  
Four interactive light towers make up the centerpiece of Baylor University’s new front door and welcome center. Learn how Steelweb tackled the towers’ tricky geometry in SDS2, along with other unique challenges from pre-fabrication to erection.  

Dariusz Klimek | Steelweb, Inc.

Introduction to Revision Control Workflows 
Learn how to keep organized while managing revisions with SDS2 and other common software solutions. In this introductory session, you’ll get tips for logging and tracking revisions in SDS2, managing comments, and tracking change orders to minimize design conflicts and keep your project running smoothly.  . 

Erin Way | Delta Structural Steel Services


2:30 - 3:20 PM

Accelerate Approvals with Model Review in SDS2
RFIs, reviews, and approvals can be a major bottle neck in your project timeline. Learn how to speed up the process by using approval statuses in SDS2, sharing your model with the engineer, and managing reviews and comments—all within your 3D model.  

Sean Tracy | X Steel Detailing

Mastering Lightning Mode to Maximize Your Productivity  
Learn how to navigate SDS2's new interface and take advantage of customization options for the ribbons and task bars to maximize your performance.


Luis Torres | The Steel Detailers, Inc.

3:30 - 4:00 PM

Networking Break


4:00 - 4:50 PM

Above and Beyond: Project Management for Detailers
More and more responsibilities are falling on detailers’ shoulders. Learn how to handle the increase in project management tasks from writing RFIs to coordinating meetings and working with general contractors  

James Bennett | Bennett Services, LLC

How Pre-Erection Planning Tools can Help Accelerate Your Project Delivery 
As a top 15 purchaser of milled steel in the U.S., Cooper Steel prides itself on meeting the most demanding schedules and budgets. Learn how they’re using SDS2 Load Planning and Site Planning to stay ahead, even on tight construction sites in downtown Nashville.    

Michael Tomlin | Cooper Steel

5:00 - 5:45 PM

Business Meeting

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Exhibitor Move-Out

6:00 - 8:00 PM

SDS2 Summit Dinner Reception & Solid Steel Awards 

8:00 - 10:00 PM

Conference Celebration on the Riverwalk


Registration is now open, and the first 100 registrants will receive $100 off their registration price. Register today →



Showcase your brand and network with decision-makers across the steel industry. Explore sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities for SDS2 Summit 2022 →



Join us at the beautiful Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, and enjoy beautiful views and great attractions. Book now to secure the best rates →



The Solid Steel Awards celebrate the most creative, technical, and impressive projects completed in SDS2. Submit your project →

SDS2 Summit 2022 - October 19-20 | San Antonio, TX