Archive for category Latest News

StruCalc Beta And New Features

StruCalc 10.0 for Windows Beta version is now available. We are releasing licenses in the order they are requested slowly at this time. Please contact me directly if you are interested in a beta license. Note that this beta will automatically upgrade to the public final version when it is released. That release date is still set for September 6th, 2016.

Here are the two latest features in StruCalc 10. The long awaited point load on the Collar Tie module has been completed. We have also enabled the continuous footing on the Footing Module to work with distributed loads in Load Tracker. We believe these two new exciting features will help our users in their designs immensely.

The point load on the Collar Tie Module

The Load Tracker for distributed loads on the Continuous Footing Module

10.0.0.1 Beat Features

  • 2015 National Design Specification
  • Wall Design Module
  • Roof Rafter Module
  • Load Tracker Included

10.0.0.2 Beta Features

  • Logo Updated
  • The SQL Error on the unlocking screen has been updated
  • The Wall Module link from the File Menu is updated
  • The About screen has been updated
  • Saved projects now have the correct 10.0 Projects on them instead of 9.0 Projects
  • The Cantilever labels on the Floor Joist Module now correctly hide/unhide
  • The labels on the Wall Module are now locating correctly on different sized screens
  • The Hip Beam Module Loading Diagram now correctly displays
  • The Floor Joist Module is now correctly saving/retrieving
  • The Start Page text is no longer being overwritten when opening a Hip Beam
  • During installation the auto-unlock feature now requires a computer description to be added
  • The Distance From Collar Tie box on the Collar Tie Module is now saving/retrieving

Features for 10.0.0.3 which is due out August 22nd, 2016

  • Continuous Footing Load Tracker
  • Collar Tie Point Load
  • Framing Module

Thank you for your interest and support in StruCalc for Windows

Adam Wilson
StruCalc Development Team
adam@intuitivecreations.net
1-800-279-1353

No Comments

StruCalc 10.0 Framing Module

The “framing settings” allows you to compile the weight of materials used in the building assemblies for the projects you design.  Rather than having to hand calculate or estimate the total load for the dead load inputs, you will be able to select from a full list of standard materials used in the building industry.  These  roof, floor and wall dead loads will be automatically put in the dead load inputs for your project.  Multiple different floor assemblies will be available should your project have those design scenarios.   There will still be a default set of standard materials available which you can customize if you wish for each project.

We apologize for the delay in the July launch of the beta. We should have it available at the beginning of August 2016 with the scheduled release date of September 6th, 2016. If you would like to be a beta tester please feel free to email me.

Adam Wilson
StruCalc Development Team
adam@intuitivecreations.net
1-800-279-1353

No Comments

StruCalc 10.0 Multi-Span Roof Rafter Module

We have been hard at work here at StruCalc working on new features for StruCalc 10.0. The latest feature we would like to highlight is the improved Roof Rafter module. One of our goals with StruCalc 10.0 is to add more pre-designed options to our design modules to allow even quicker, and more user-friendly designs than are currently possible with StruCalc’s easy to use interface. The first implementation of that goal is adding three options to the existing Roof Rafter, giving a total of 4 possible designs in this module. And yes, they all work with the Load Tracker which will be a free addition to your software in StruCalc 10.0.

The Original: 1 Span + Eave

Option 2: 2 Span + Eave

Option 3: 1 Span + 2 Eaves

Option 4: 3 Spans

We hope you are as excited for the new version and features as we are. Stay tuned for more exciting updates.

Adam Wilson
StruCalc Development Team
adam@intuitivecreations.net
1-800-279-1353

No Comments

StruCalc 10.0 Wall Design Module

The wall design module is a powerful new feature that will be added to StruCalc 10.0. It will replace the existing Stud Design in the Column Module. It has many new features that allow you to design wall assemblies from 1 to 3 floors in height to support vertical loads from roof and floor framing members combined with stresses from potential lateral loads of wind and seismic forces.

You will be able to calculate the vertical loads on walls using easy to use tributary widths similar to the beam modules in StruCalc.  You can also use Load Tracker to input the vertical loads from previously designed structural elements.

Once you have these vertical loads determined, StruCalc will perform the calculations necessary to determine if the wall framing will resist the combination of stresses from both vertical and lateral loads.

After the wall is designed, you will be able to use Load Tracker, which is included at no additional charge in StruCalc 10.0, to transfer these wall loads to the support elements below including beams, joists, walls  as well as continuous footings.

Here is a sneak preview of the new design module. It has an exciting new look, with an easy to use and intuitive interface, much like the existing Roof Rafter and Collar Tie design modules. The graphic and inputs are dynamic, changing depending on the number of floors you are designing. The graphic also displays inputs to visually enhance your design experience.

Click the thumbnail to view the entire design module.

Thank you and we hope you are as excited about StruCalc 10.0 as we are. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about current development or this new module.

Adam Wilson
StruCalc Development Team
adam@intuitivecreations.net
1-800-279-1353

No Comments

StruCalc 10.0 Pre-Order Announced! Load Tracker Included!

StruCalc 10.0 is announced. The beta version will be available August 2016 with the public release scheduled for September 6th. To become a beta tester please email dawn@intuitivecreations.net. Contrary to previous discussions StruCalc will not be going to a subscription based service at this time. The prices for StruCalc 10.0 will not change from StruCalc 9.0. That’s right we are not increasing prices at all with the latest version. Even though StruCalc 10.0 will include, free of charge, unlimited use of the revolutionary design tool StruCalc Load Tracker. We have made these decisions to benefit our current users as well as potential users. These decisions were made based on discussions with current users and are in part due to the current building economy.

This is not a comprehensive list. However, these features are guaranteed to be delivered in StruCalc 10.0. Additional development will be done before/after the launch and we will definitely continue to develop and add features at no additional charge into Strucalc 10.0 just as we did with StruCalc 9.0. We will update this post as new features become available.

  • FREE! StruCalc Load Tracker will be included free of charge with every license
  • 2015 National Design Specification
  • NEW! Wall Design Module
  • NEW! Framing Settings allows for custom default Live and Dead Loads
  • Uniformly Loaded Floor Beam, Roof Beam, and Combination Roof and Floor Beam will all now have 3 Point Load inputs
  • Roof Rafter will be expanded with four options. 1 span + eave, 2 Spans + Eave, 1 Span + 2 Eaves, and 3 spans.
  • Incisor Factor Settings for applying pressure treated settings to wood designs
  • All Modules will have Active Loading Diagrams like the Multi-Loaded Multi-Span Beam module
  • Numerous other user requested changes to interface and GUI of the program

If you have any questions please fee free to call us at 1-800-279-1353 or email me directly adam@intuitivecreations.net

Adam Wilson
StruCalc Development Team

No Comments

StruCalc 9.0.2.5 Released

StruCalc has released a free patch to the software. Included in this release is a 30-Day FREE Trial of Load Tracker. Just go through the setup after installation and start using it immediately!

  • Added 30 Day Free Trial for new users including Load Tracker
  • Added 30 Day Free Trial of Load Tracker for existing 9.0 users
  • Fixed Auto Calc bug that was doubling Load Tracker’s on loads
  • Fixed Loading Diagram bug that wasn’t showing all Reaction’s when designing a cantilevered beam
  • Repetitive Use now saving on Column Module
  • Repetitive Use checkbox on Column Module no longer disappears
  • Stud Design Column now saving/retrieving correctly
  • Solid Sawn Stud Design Column now Auto Sizing without an error message
  • Embedded Post now calculating correctly
  • Quicksave on Toolbar now asks if you want to overwrite an existing file

Adam Wilson

StruCalc Development Team

No Comments

StruCalc 9.0.2.4 Released

StruCalc has released a free patch to the software. Details below:

  • Materials Editor sometimes losing Solid Sawn and Glulam species is now fixed
  • Design modules opening up with a 0.00 duration factor when a project was opened fixed
  • There was not an error with the LoadTracker in 9.0.2.3 there was simply a messagebox stating if you didn’t have it. We have removed this message on startup
  • Security Upgrade added
  • Default Loading on MLMS module now saves beam type

Adam Wilson

StruCalc Development Team

No Comments

StruCalc Load Tracker Example

StruCalc is excited to announce that beta testing of the revolutionary structural design tool we call StruCalc Load Tracker is fast approaching. It is a plug-in to StruCalc 9.0 that enables you to quickly transfer and track Point Loads, Uniform Loads, and Trapezoidal Loads between design members from Roof Rafters all the way down to the Footings.

This video is an example of how to design a building from the Rafters to the Footings with StruCalc Load Tracker and is a good watch for anyone who has purchased the software and is interested in how this plug-in can help save you time in your everyday design needs or for existing customers who want more information on exactly what this plug-in can do.

Watch the video on YouTube here

Toby Meekins, E.I.T.

No Comments

StruCalc Load Tracker Announcement

StruCalc is excited to announce that beta testing of the revolutionary structural design tool we call StruCalc Load Tracker is fast approaching. It is a plug-in to StruCalc 9.0 that enables you to quickly transfer and track Point Loads, Uniform Loads, and Trapezoidal Loads between design members from Roof Rafters all the way down to the Footings.

This is a short introduction to StruCalc Load Tracker and is a good watch for anyone who has interest in what this plug-in can do to help your everyday design needs.

Watch the video on YouTube here

Toby Meekins, E.I.T.

No Comments

StruCalc Offices Relocating

To all of our valued customers

StruCalc is relocating its corporate offices today 8/18/2015. We expect phone and internet services to be down this afternoon and service to be restored by tomorrow 8/19/2015.

During our downtime you may still email us at techelp@strucalc.com and we will respond as soon as we have service.

StruCalc security will still allow you to open the software for design use as long as you have used the software in the last 365 days. If you experience trouble opening your software please call our technical support line 1-800-279-1353 tomorrow.

Sincerely,

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

No Comments