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Windows XP Support Has Ended

For any users still on the XP platform please read this article.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help

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StruCalc 9.0.0.8 Beta Released

The next version of the beta has been released today. If you are using StruCalc 9.0.0.5 or higher when you open then program it will ask you to install the new version. If you are still using an earlier version of the beta program please uninstall all 9.0 products from your machine and then install the latest patch from here.

StruCalc 9.0.0.8 Updates Include

2013 California Building Code Added!!!

Embedded Post in Column Module

  • Updated and improved printouts showing much more of the design information on the final print preview
  • Verified engineering calculations for all cases
  • Added Allowable Lateral Soil Bearing Pressure to be doubled in a Non-Constrained design per AISC Design 1806.3.4
  • Added required Depth of Embedment to the design screen when a footing fails

Saving New Members

  • A user found bug that was losing design information when closing out new tabs in certain instances was updated

Roof Beam

  • New point load is now enabled

Multi-Loaded Multi-Span Beam Module

  • When using cantilevered ends the loads on the center span are no longer lost on save/retrieve

Pressure Treated Members

  • When using the incising factor and a pressure treated wood species it now reflects that on the printouts

Project Manager

  • Updating the building codes for entire StruCalc 8.0 projects is now allowed in the Project Manager in 9.0 to the new building codes

Roof Rafter

  • Printing issues have been addressed

Footing

  • Printing issues have been addressed

2012 Building Code Updates

  • NDS 15.4-2 for Glulam columns is now in the program
  • Wood column calculations where a Y-axis side loading with Kf factor < 1 check was not using the correct code Fce calculation for the X-axis check. This only affected built up columns and has been updated.

Known Issues

  • The Hip Beam Module engineering calculations have been verified for all use without the support wall features. If you are using the support wall features and have any concerns please send us your project files as we are currently in the middle of stringent testing on this new feature. Currently, we don’t recommend this feature is used for professional design work without hand calculations to verify the results.
  • Intermediate support’s have been shown in some cases to not appear correctly in the loading diagram. This is being addressed.
  • The Adequacy Bar sometimes does not auto disappear. To fix this click the thumb pin in the corner twice.

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StruCalc 9.0.0.7 Beta Version Released!

The seventh version of the beta has been released today. If you are using StruCalc 9.0.0.5 or higher when you open then program it will ask you to install the new version. If you are still using an earlier version of the beta program please uninstall all 9.0 products from your machine and then install the latest patch from here.

StruCalc 9.0.0.7 Updates Include

Hip Beam Module

  • Updated and improved printouts showing much more of the design information on the final print preview
  • Verified engineering calculations for all cases not including a support wall

Saving New Members

  • A user found bug that was losing design information when closing out new tabs in certain instances was updated

Roof Beam

  • New point load is now enabled

Multi-Loaded Multi-Span Beam Module

  • When using cantilevered ends the loads on the center span are no longer lost on save/retrieve

Pressure Treated Members

  • When using the incising factor and a pressure treated wood species it now reflects that on the printouts

Project Manager

  • Updating the building codes for entire StruCalc 8.0 projects is now allowed in the Project Manager in 9.0 to the new building codes

Roof Rafter

  • Printing issues have been addressed

Footing

  • Printing issues have been addressed

2012 Building Code Updates

  • NDS 15.4-2 for Glulam columns is now in the program
  • Wood column calculations where a Y-axis side loading with Kf factor < 1 check was not using the correct code Fce calculation for the X-axis check. This only affected built up columns and has been updated.

Known Issues

  • The Hip Beam Module engineering calculations have been verified for all use without the support wall features. If you are using the support wall features and have any concerns please send us your project files as we are currently in the middle of stringent testing on this new feature. Currently, we don’t recommend this feature is used for professional design work without hand calculations to verify the results.

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Attention! StruCalc Offices Close Temporarily Due to Inclement Weather

StruCalc has had to close it’s corporate office in Corvallis, OR due to inclement weather. Please be patient with our support representatives as snow and freezing rain has shut down travel. We expect this to continue through the weekend.

**UPDATE** Monday, February 10th

StruCalc offices and technical support are open this week

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StruCalc 9.0.0.6 Beta Released

The sixth version of the beta has been released today. If you are using StruCalc 9.0.0.5 when the program opens it will automatically ask you to install the new version. If you are still using a previous version of the program please uninstall all 9.0 products from your machine and then install the latest patch from here.

StruCalc 9.0.0.6 Includes

Multi-Loaded Multi-Span Beam Module

  • When using cantilevered ends the loads on the center span are no longer lost on save/retrieve
  • The Zeroes message box that was being used for beta testing is no longer active

Project Manager

  • Updating the building codes for entire StruCalc 8.0 projects is now allowed in the Project Manager in 9.0 to the new building codes

Known Issues

Roof Rafter

  • We are aware there are printing issues with continuous footings as well as Roof Rafter’s these are currently being addressed for StruCalc 9.0.0.7

2012 Building Code Updates

  • New shear reduction factor, Cvr, section 5.3.10 for reference has been added.
  • New limiting equation for axially loaded members: 3.9-4
  • New limiting equation for axially loaded members and built up axially loaded members with eccentricity: 15.4-2 and 15.4-4 still being developed

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StruCalc Releases New Program Compatible With MiTek’s Sapphire Structure Software

 

 

StruCalc is pleased to announce the latest software to come from its development team, the StruCalc Mitek Importer. Due to increased demand from engineers and architects for the ability to import designs from other structural software programs, we have created a program to import MiTek Sapphire Structure jobs directly into StruCalc. Now with just a few clicks a designer can import an entire house designed with MiTek Sapphire Structure into the new StruCalc Importer and create engineered StruCalc projects!

MiTek Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., United States, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is the world’s leading supplier of state-of-the-art connector products, engineered software and services to the structural building components industry. With operations on six continents, MiTek companies develop and sell products and services in the residential, commercial, industrial and institutional construction markets. MiTek’s SAPPHIRE Suite is the residential construction industry’s first 3D BIM platform built from the ground up specifically for structural framing design and production of prefabricated components. Visit www.mii.com for more information on MiTek and www.berkshirehathaway.com to learn about Berkshire Hathaway.

The newly available MiTek Importer can be downloaded here and is compatible with StruCalc 8.0.110 software and database which can be found on our Downloads page..

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StruCalc Announces Partnership with RedBuilt Engineered Wood Products

RedBuilt Engineered Wood Products

StruCalc is proud to announce the inclusion of RedBuilt Engineered Wood Products into our suite of software. You can find these new building materials by installing StruCalc 8.0.108 or later.
RedBuilt™ is a leader in the design, manufacture and support of engineered wood products for commercial and residential applications. Operating since 1960, the company offers comprehensive experience and reach, with manufacturing plants and design and sales offices throughout the United States.
RedBuilt™ delivers the industry’s most innovative and leading-edge engineered wood products and building systems. RedBuilt™ products include custom Red-I™ I-joists, RedLam™ LVL, Open-Web trusses and all of the complementary components, as well as product engineering and technical on-site support. Please visit www.redbuilt.com for more details.
Adam Wilson

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StruCalc Releases Free Patch With New Features

StruCalc 8.0.105 is available here

New Features!
Print Project Summary
A Summary is now printed before you do an entire Print Project. This was due to high user demand and we hope to hear some feedback from you soon on how we chose to implement this. To enable this feature go to Main Menu > Utilities > Settings > Printer and select the checkbox for Print Project Summary.
Enter proxy settings from inside the software
Another user requested new feature that is geared to our larger client base.
Uplift Calculations have been added to Footings
Uplift calculations have now been enabled for all footings other than continuous. Once you upgrade to version 8.0.104 you can navigate to Main Menu > Utilities > Settings > Options where you will find the new uplift calc referred to as Footing Uplift Factor of Safety. This factor can be adjusted and saved as you see fit. The default StruCalc settings is 1.5.
Once you are designing footings with the new version you will see a new section on the print preview that displays the Uplift Resistance based on you Factor of Safety

User Interface Updates
Project name shows up in window button when you minimize
Clear load buttons can now be cancelled
Printing Options include turning off the printing of Notes
Footing labels retain their correct name when switching between shapes
Footing and Column print outs have been updated extensively
Footing & Column printout allows printing large loading diagram
Footing printout now supports settings change from shrinkage to flexural steel
Printing pdf docs only requires one save and one print
Glulam labeling is now correct for fb+ and fb-
Rafter loading area printout updated
Project Manager updated to print correct changes to the NDS

Conservative Bug Updates
Fixed punching shear calculations for plain concrete footings for small footings
Modified steel angle calculations and print outs to match current code
Fixed deflection output for VMD diagram when using steel angles
Fixed shear calculation bug introduced in version 1.03

We thank you for continuing use of StruCalc and hope you stay tuned for future free patches and upcoming news on our next release!

Adam Wilson, President
StruCalc, Inc.

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StruCalc Releases 2010 California Building Code

StruCalc has released a new patch today StruCalc 8.0.103 that includes the 2010 California Building Code. This patch is free to all current users and can be downloaded through the program itself and its auto update feature or by going here.

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StruCalc New Internet Policy Released! StruCalc 8.0.102

After listening to user feedback we have finally been able to change our internet licensing policy to something much less restrictive than was previously in place. For the small amount of overall users who caught in the server crash a few months back and also for those who gave us feedback in our StruCalc survey sent last spring we have listened.

Due to immense online piracy and theft we must have some security in place, otherwise our company would go out of business, and none of our loyal customers would get to continue using StruCalc either. Please keep this in mind when you run into security issues and res assurred that we will always keep our loyal users needs first and fix them in as timely manner as possible.

That being said, StruCalc 8.0.102 has been released and is a full security patch that allows YOU to decide how you want StruCalc to keep it’s license up to do date. We have given you the ability to unlock and register and then disable the internet for up to 1 full year. For security reasons we couldn’t let it go any longer than this.

Read further to see how these new and exciting features work…

First you need to install the patch which is easiest to do through the program, when it next launches it should prompt you to install the new patch or you can download it and run it directly from our website at http://www.strucalc.com/patches/

After installing the new version 8.0.102 you will see on the bottom toolbar a new button -

StruCalc License Info

 If you mouseover as I have done in this picture you will get information as to the status of your license. As this was a fresh installation I have a full year before I have to connect back to the internet. You can then click this button or using the menu go to Settings > License. This will bring you to a new exciting License interface that allows you to manage the internet connection capabilities of StruCalc.

StruCalc License Settings

On the upper left is the new Disable Internet box. If you select this box and hit Save Changes near the bottom StruCalc will no longer check the internet everytime you open the program. You will see a quickstart up screen flash and then the program will start running. Other features of this screen are the Internet Connection bar which shows you if you are connected to the internet as well as expiration information for your current license. If your license has expired you can come to this screen, enable the internet, and then hit Renew Licenses Now to get another year of use without requiring the internet as long as your license is still valid.

We hope this meets our user requests as closely as possible and that is as intuitive as we try to make all StruCalc features. Please feel free to call our technical support line at anytime if you are having trouble with your license 1-541-753-6112.

Stay posted soon for some new features that are coming to StruCalc 8.0 at no additional charge to our current users!

Adam Wilson, President
StruCalc, Inc.

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