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Solid Steel Competition

2020 Solid Steel Winners



One grand prize winner, for each category, will be awarded the following prizes:

  • Trophy 
  • Tablet to the person that submits the project
  • Project spotlight featured in industry media outlets
  • Animated video presentation of your project
  • 1 complimentary SDS/2 Summit registration pass for next year
  • $3000 off one-year SDS/2 software service fees


Second place winners will be awarded the following prizes:

  • Trophy
  • $1,000 off one-year of SDS/2 software service fees

A company can submit one entry to both the commercial and/or industrial main categories. After all entries are received, the commercial projects will be split into two subcategories based on structural steel tonnage.

  • Industrial 
  • Commercial Small Tonnage 
  • Commercial Large Tonnage

There is no fee for entry into this competition.

  • One entry per company, per category
  • Person submitting the entry will receive $10 Amazon gift card via email
  • Each submitter must be using SDS/2 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
  • A signed release form must be emailed to the attention of Stephanie Haith at before the competition deadline.
  • If your project is a finalist, you will be asked to participate in a testimonial at the SDS/2 Summit Online. 
  • All entries, including the job and fabricator, must be received at SDS/2 by August 17th, 2020.

During the competition judges will evaluate:

  • Aesthetics of the project
  • Complexity - modeling difficulty, connection design
  • Use of automatic software features vs user modeled
  • Use of parametrics and custom members
  • The overall cool factor and creativity in the project execution

We’ll ask you for the following:

  • A signed release form must be emailed to the attention of Stephanie Haith at before the competition deadline.
  • Full name, company, and email contact information
  • Brief description of your project
  • Each year hundreds of industry experts submit to present at the SDS/2 Summit
  • This competition offers users the opportunity to present their work to some of the biggest and brightest minds in our industry
  • SDS/2 Summit 2020 offers unparalleled networking opportunities and the chance to learn, from the industry-leading experts