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Archives for February 2008

StruCalc 8.0 Cantilever Hip Beams

Periodically as the release date of StruCalc looms nearer (2nd Quarter 2008) the development team will give you teasers of new features that have been added. This week we are featuring the new cantilever Hip/Valley Beam Design feature inside the Roof Beam Design Module.

What this new feature allows you to do is take a hip/valley beam that is supported at both ends, add an intermediate support. Now you have the option to cantilever one end of the beam and add a point load at the end.

The first hip/valley beam module shows you your options:

Cantilever Hip Beam One

Selecting Intermediate Support gives the new cantilever options:

Cantilever Hip Beam Two

Above the hip/valley beam is supported at both ends A & B. Selecting Cantilever Support A will remove support A and cantilever the beam allowing you to add a point load on the end:

Cantilever Hip Beam Three

This feature will be useful to designers who need to use cantilever hip beams to support a ridge beam. As always StruCalc then determines the trapezoidal loads along the hip beam and adjusts for the slopes.

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The Advantages of Using Structural Analysis Software

Whether you are remodeling your current home or if you are a contractor, designer, or architect, structural analysis is crucial to your project. With the advent of high-quality structural analysis software, beam design, floor span and the calculation of the floor joist load is easier and more reliable than ever before.

More Efficient

Premium structural analysis software is programmed with building codes from every geographic area and incorporates these regulations into the building plans. This prevents inadvertent omissions that could result in annoying structural errors, fines, and even structural failure. The large number of required building codes is generated specifically for each project’s geographic location and ensures that none are overlooked. This in turn eliminates revisions during the building process and helps keep contractors on schedule and on budget.

Greater Flexibility

Structural analysis software is an invaluable tool during the planning and construction process. Last minute changes in load or design can be quickly and accurately adapted into the current plans without fear of multiple design flaws.

Fewer Flaws

With beam design software, it is easy to calculate the maximum potential load for the structure as well as the proper spacing of each beam, joists, and stud wall. The software, which eliminates some of the risk of construction error, completes the engineering aspects of designing a structure. When combined with precise, careful construction by a contractor, construction errors can be nearly eradicated.


For professional engineers, contractors and architects, structural analysis software is a time saver. It can be used to double-check calculations as well as perform complex functions with increased accuracy. Building codes are pre-programmed, and values such a load limits and deflection are generated automatically, freeing up your time for other aspects of the project.

Peace of Mind

Structural analysis software provides peace of mind for the user. A building project is stressful enough without worrying about integrated building codes, proper construction techniques, and architectural calculations. Many structural analysis software programs now incorporate composite construction materials and such design techniques as flitch beam design calculations. The added features of cutting-edge structural analysis software ensure that the most up-to-date construction techniques and materials can be incorporated into every remodeling and construction project.

The strength and stability of a structure is largely determined by how well the building plans are constructed. One inaccurate calculation or one misplaced elements could spell disaster. Relying on structural analysis software guarantees a safe, stable structure.

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