Q2 2017 EAST
Another Successful NASCC Steel Conference!

T he 2017 NASCC Steel Conference is in the history books and proved to be another great opportunity to network with our partners and clients in the steel industry. This year's event drew approximately 4,500 attendees, with strong attendance from erectors and design engineers. Here are some of the high points for this year:
  • There was a noticeable shift in attendance toward younger professionals with a strong interest in technology and software design tools. Our customers, as well as our industry partners from Design Data and Tekla, were interested to see how our Momentum software tools can improve the efficiency of a structural steel design.
  • Torrey Dickinson, SidePlate Senior Project Manager, teamed up with Design Data in their booth, for a real-world demonstration of how the tools integrate with their SDS/2 product. If you missed it, give us a call to arrange a quick demo.
  • The technical presentations and the accompanying professional development credits continue to be a big draw for the show and likely a primary reason that attendance has doubled over the last 10 years. If you missed the technical presentation delivered by Behzad Rafezy, our Director of Research & Development titled "What Makes a Special Moment Frame Special", check out the accompanying article in this newsletter.
  • Proving once again that everyone loves an opportunity to "kick the tires", our full-size SidePlate bolted connection, fabricated by Thornton Steel Company (, drew a lot of attention and was the hit of our booth. (see picture to right)
  • Our industry's love to exchange ideas over good food and beverages was evident at our hospitality event hosted with Design Data, across the street from the expo at the Ash Bar and Ember Room. With over 100 customers and partners attending, the food and beverages fueled lively discussion on a variety of topics including, ever-tightening project timelines, budget challenges and the latest industry developments. It was a great time.
We hope to see you in Baltimore next year!

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SidePlate Joins PVS on Future Icon on the Omaha Skyline

SidePlate is currently working with  PVS Structures, one of the country's oldest and most distinguished steel fabricators, on the new HDR World Headquarters in Omaha's revitalized Aksarben Village. Our engineers worked with HDR on the structural design to deliver a more efficient lateral system.  The benefits include: 
  • Less steel tonnage required
  • Fewer joints
  • No vertical bracing
  • No field welding
  • Faster steel erection.   
This is the first SidePlate Project in Omaha and it has been going up in record time! 

Developer: Noddle Companies

Tenant/Architect/ Structural Engineer: HDR

General Contractor: Kiewit Building Group

Special Connection Design: SidePlate

Steel Erector:  Davis Erection

Steel Fabricator:  PVS Structures

Tons: 1,700

For more information on the project contact
( or 9 49.238.8900 )
SidePlate Chosen for "The Best Firms to Work For" Award!

SidePlate is proud to have been awarded the Best Firms to Work For award for 2017 by the Zweig Group. The award recognizes the top architectural, structural and civil engineering, geotechnical engineering and landscape architecture firms in the US and Canada. The ranking is based on the companies' workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates among other criteria.  The complete list of winners by category can be found  here.

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