MiTek Importer FAQ’s

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1. What requirements are there to run the MiTek Importer?

A Windows OS that is compatible with .NET Framework 4.0. Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 are all compatible and the software runs on either 32-bit or 64-bit computer models.

2. Do I have to own StruCalc to use the MiTek Importer?

Yes. You can download a free trial of StruCalc here and demo the StruCalc software and the Mitek Importer. After that trial is expired you will need to purchase an active license of StruCalc, ordering information can be found here.

3. When I first open the Mitek Importer it asks me if I want my default region to be set to snow or non-snow. How do I determine this?

The first time the StruCalc Mitek importer runs it will ask you if you want it to set the default region to snow or non-snow.  The choice you make will depend on where your projects are primarily located.  Some areas have relatively low snow loads and the controlling load is actually the code calculated non-snow load.  Mitek will have already provided the actual loads but StruCalc will set the default duration factor, and ignore the snow or non-snow loads according to your choice.  For snow regions it will default to 1.15 and ignore all of the non-snow loads, and for non-snow regions it will be set to 1.25 and ignore all of the snow loads. If you need to change this default after you set it initially you can do so in the settings of the program at any time. 

When snow loads are used as the default StruCalc will determine the controlling snow load case from the snow loads imported from MiTek and only include those that are controlling for roof, floor, and other loading scenarios. When Non-Snow is selected imported snow loads will be ignored.  It is critical that you choose the correct setting for the location of the particular project you are working on, if chosen incorrectly StruCalc will not provide the correct designs for your project.

4. I am receiving a Please verify your database path is correct error when trying to open a MiTek Job.

It is possible you haven’t setup your MiTek database yet. Please review the Setting Up My MiTek Database Walkthrough

5. How do I open a MiTek job in the Importer?

Please review the Opening a MiTek Job Walkthrough

6. Why are two beams created for a single member?

It is likely you have designed a beam with more than three spans. Please review the Analyzing Beams With More Than Three Spans Walkthrough

7. Can I change a member material once it is imported?

Yes. You can change a member material once it is imported. Please review the Selecting a New Material Walkthrough

8. What are the differences between members that have green, yellow, or red icons next to them?

The three icons represent the three different scenarios that can happen when a MiTek member is imported. The first is that the beam is adequate and ready to be exported to StruCalc, this is the green icon.

The second is that the beam imported correctly but there are warnings associated with the beam, this is the yellow icon.

The last icon type is the red icon which means an inadequate design.

For more information please review the Beam Adequacy Icons Walkthrough

9. What does the warning: Calculation extremely conservative due to interior bearing length greater than 14” mean?

This means the MiTek Importer has imported rim board members which are fully supported along their length.  Fully supported members cannot be designed in StruCalc as it is restricted to a finite bearing length. To handle this situation the importer creates a support at the midpoint of the bearing provided.  These members need to be specifically checked by the user to determine their adequacy.

10. What does the warning: My material cannot be found mean?

In this warning, the material you used to design your member was not available in the StruCalc database. Please review the Selecting a New Material Walkthrough

11. What does the warning: Trap Load cannot be added mean?

StruCalc only allows 4 trap loads and a uniform load for each span. In the above warning it tells you which span and which trap load it could not add. Span 1 = Left span, Span 2 = Center span, Span 3 = Right span. To understand the label information refer to the following FAQ about Converted Load Information column labels.

12. What do the column labels under the StruCalc Converted Load Information list refer to?

This is the converted information that your imported MiTek Loads were condensed into to fit into StruCalc’s format. All your loads are here in one form another although they may have undergone a transformation.

Span refers to which span the load is located on.
Type refers to the type of the load. This can be a trap load, point load, converted load, dead load, live load, snow load, etc.
LLL = Left Live Load, LDL = Left Dead Load, RLL = Right Live Load, RDL = Right Dead Load, Start X = Left most x coordinate of member, End X = Right most coordinate of member.

13. Can I import my members from MiTek into the importer and re-design them?

The Importer was not designed to be a design assist tool. It is a simple importer with limited change abilities to prepare your MiTek members to be imported into StruCalc. It primarily will allow you to change a member material type, and view the pre-formatted design in a StruCalc Print Preview. It also allows you to choose which of your members can be imported into StruCalc.

As far as re-deign beyond this, it is recommended that you view your imported members and their design adequacy and print preview analysis and then decide whether or not you need to redesign any members in MiTek before the import, or you can alternatively, import your members into StruCalc as designed, and then make any changes you wish in our program. We encourage this option as there are more options for design capability within our individual beam modules.

14. Some of my point loads are missing or seem to have been replaced by a trap load.

Please review the Converting Point Loads to Uniform Loads Walkthrough