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Footing Module Reinforcement

I really like to have the opportunity to explain why we do things the way we do. Well, in this video I give you the chance to glimpse inside my mind and see what’s going on. I often get the comment that the footing module requires way too much reinforcement even when it might not be necessary. If any of you have thought this, you are not alone. After you watch this video you will understand why.

Footing Module Reinforcement

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Dynamic Loading Diagram

Here at StruCalc we really want the customer to know that we are on their team. We want you to succeed. We listen to the requests coming from our clients. That is why we made the Dynamic Loading Diagram and this video briefly will introduce you to the idea behind it. We are happy with how this turned out. Feel free to make suggestions in Toby’s Corner if you have any good ideas.

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Load Calculator for Footings

In this first video I introduce a feature that often gets overlooked. In the event you want to quickly design a continuous footing or you’re just tired of the tedious calculations that go in to load paths, StruCalc has come up with the Load Calculator. You can quickly place a final load on a footing starting at the Roof and moving down to the upper floor and then finally the lower floor. This can be done in literally about 20 seconds. I think that is pretty cool.

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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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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 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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