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. 

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Congratulations to the 2023 award winners

Times Square, Universal Studios, an NFL stadium—this year’s lineup of SDS2’s Solid Steel Award winners features some of the most iconic and noteworthy structures we’ve ever seen.

From architectural marvels to unique industrial facilities, the work being done by SDS2 detailers around the world never fails to impress and inspire, and the Solid Steel Awards are the perfect place to showcase our users’ talents and dedication to the craft of steel detailing.

Awards Categories

(over 1,000 tons)

(under 1,000 tons)



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.