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StruCalc 9.0 Goes Public

To all of our valued customers,

I am happy to inform you that we are publicly releasing StruCalc 9.0. We are confident that you will like the many new features that have been added

1) Vastly improved and dynamic graphics for the Multi-Span Multi-Loaded Beam Module. You will now be able to not only readily see which span you are loading, but the loads will visually appear automatically on the beam spans.

2) A new Hip Beam Module. We have taken the hip beam analysis from the Roof Beam Module and added greater flexibility in the design by including the use of support walls.

3) Point loads can now be added to the Uniformly Loaded Floor Beam and Roof Beam Module.

4) Embedded post design has been added to the Column Design Module allowing you to design embedded posts per Chapter 18 of the 2012 IBC for both constrained and non-constrained conditions.

5) Code upgrades in the calculations to meet the provisions of the 2012 International Building Code and 2012 National Design Specification. Please note that there were some minor modifications made in the 14th edition of the AISC that were discovered during our beta testing and have not made it through our stringent engineering test processes. We are in the process of updating those calculations and will have them in a future patch free patch for StruCalc 9.0 Owners. The modifications that are to be made will be available for review on our website. In the meantime, StruCalc has reverted back to the 13th edition of the AISC for steel design.

6) Multi Span Combination Roof and Floor Beam Module- This will also be added very soon in a patch after we finalize our calculations related to determining controlling duration factors for the wood beam design calculations.

I’d like to personally thank all of our valued customers who assisted in the beta testing process of the latest offering in our design suite.

Sincerely,

Peteris Bambe, P.E., S.E.
StruCalc, Inc.

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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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