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- Subject: [SEAOC] Re: [SEAOC] Structural Engineering Software
- From: HSPannu(--nospam--at)aol.com
- Date: Thu, 14 Nov 1996 22:35:08 -0500
In a message dated 96-11-14 01:57:51 EST, you write: << Would you mind sharing with us which program that is? Thanks >> A few years ago, we were looking for a program that can handle more than simple a beam design. Commercially available packages were good for common needs but did not address our specific needs adequately. I took the challenge upon myself and ended up with an interactive program that makes the design of beams a very simple task. It is always difficult to decide whether we want to write some thing which takes over the control of the design in a given problem or if we want the Engineer to retain control of the decisions. We took the latter approach and created a program that is comparable to sports car with tremendous horse power; a very powerful yet simple to use program. A leading Structural Engineering office in San Francisco has been using this program for 3-4 years. The program can calculate bending moments and shears for various load patterns and displays the design results for Engineer to accept or try something else. It can be toggled between the ASD or LRFD method of calculations by push of a key. The entire program is written in Turbo Pascal and Assembler. The program includes a custom written spreadsheet like editor for entering input data. The LRFD section of the program handles capacity calculations of any arbitrary shape. The current version of the program handles Wide Flange plus Plate, WT, or Channel section on the bottom flange. Other shapes may be added. (such as different flange sizes etc.) with minor effort. Another way to handle the same thing would be to load custom sections property file that contains the properties of desired section shapes. I don't know of any other program on the market that has this feature. Some of the other features of the program include: 1. Can calculate the susceptibility to vibrations. 2. Can calculate capacity by using ASD method. 3. The program comes with entire AISC database of sections. Other section database files can be loaded into the program temporarily or as default database. 4. Can select the number of stud, size or % of composite action desired. 5. Can design (by ASD only) the section by entering section properties only. Good for designing composite open web joists (trusses). Hardip S. Pannu S.E. email: hspannu(--nospam--at)aol.com ...
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