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- From: "Dennis S. Wish" <wish(--nospam--at)cwia.com>
- Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 11:55:38 -0700
I am not submitting this as an advertisement either for my journal or for Woodworks 97, but thought it might be useful for those of you who are considering Woodworks. Woodworks is a very nice design tool from the people at the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and American Forest & Paper Association (AFPA). It is a great improvement to their first version 1.0. I have not as yet devoted much time to it, but it is one of the first software's to be reviewed in Independent A&E's second edition. I do, however, want to address the issue of concept mode. If there is no other alternative, the concept mode is one of the programs most useful and powerful features. However, they recently completed their Shear wall module that is included in their package. This has a really wonderful feature that allows for architectural plans to be inserted into the "concept mode" of the shearwall module. This makes it a tremendous time saving tool. Unfortunately, this is not yet available in Sizer - the gravity load design program. Therefore, you need to recreate the plan of all load bearing walls and columns based upon a grid system. In itself, it is a great design tool, but can be considered cumbersome for creation of anything other than a commercial building. It becomes rather difficult when you are dealing with a custom home with diagonally placed walls, beam and varying elevations at the roof level. It is, however, one of the only programs that I know that will keep track of all of the gravity load paths for each member and design accordingly. When it first came out, I was not keen on it and did not rate it well. Since this time, the CWC has done their homework and released a program that I feel is worth the price and, with a little practice and patience, is a valuable design tool. The program includes the Sizer (gravity load design program), Connections (a wood to wood connection program that needs some improvement), Shearwalls (which I have not worked with as yet, but - from the instruction manual - appears to be a great addition to the program), the 1997 (yes, Bill it is the '97) NDS wood standards on PDF format and another program to help determine the building type factors based upon the code that is used in your area - again, something that I have not had time to work with. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please submit them to me at wish(--nospam--at)cwia.com and I'll do my best to answer them. I don't expect the program to be all inclusive, which none are, but it is worth the investment so long as you know it's limitations. CWC offers a demo version of the program that is a full working copy which is limited from printing and saving. I highly suggest you go to their web site and download a version. The address is: http://www.woodworks-software.com/woodworks-us.htm I would be interested in hearing from any of you who have used the program or are using Woodworks 97. Please contact me privately at wish(--nospam--at)cwia.com . I am mostly interested in your opinions as the strengths and weaknesses of the program and the types of buildings you are using it to design. thanks Dennis -----Original Message----- From: Bill Allen, S.E. [mailto:billallen(--nospam--at)earthlink.net] Sent: Thursday, April 23, 1998 9:30 AM To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Subject: Re: COMP Woodworks I find it pretty remarkable that no one that responded or anyone I know uses the "concept" mode. Does it really take longer to define the geometry than to (separately) define the loads for each and every beam? Thanks, Bill
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