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We have a copy in our office. I will look at it and see what data  is 
on it.

Peter McCormack

From:           	"Greg Smith" <strusup(--nospam--at)>
To:             	<seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject:        	Re: Databases for lt gage steel
Date sent:      	Tue, 21 Dec 1999 19:28:07 -0600
Send reply to:  	seaint(--nospam--at)

>      I was looking for the same thing and similar for bar joists.  I got an
> invitation from the Thomas Register for the free CADBlocks disk.  Hopefully,
> it will have section properties of some sort.  Will let you know if it does.
> Greg
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Vines <dan(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
> Date: Tuesday, December 21, 1999 2:32 PM
> Subject: RE: Databases for lt gage steel
> >Good luck.  Several months ago, I had to input properties from one
> >particular mfr. into a metal truss design program by hand.  Talk about
> >TEDIOUS and hard to backcheck.
> >
> >Dan
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Gerard Madden [mailto:GerardM(--nospam--at)]
> >Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 1999 2:48 PM
> >To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
> >Subject: Databases for lt gage steel
> >
> >
> >Does anyone know if any of the major producers of light gage steel shapes
> >(Angeles, Dietrich, Steeler, etc...) have the section properties available
> >in a spreadsheet or database format that appear in their ICBO reports?
> >
> > I purchased the AISC database of steel shapes and using the lookup
> >functions in excel, it is easy to incorporate these tables into design
> >spreadsheets. I would like to do the same for AISI provisions since the
> >equations are so tedious. I have some already set up in Mathcad, but I'd
> >like to do it in Excel. The problem is, no matter what shape I try, If it
> >does not work, I have to re-enter every damn section property since nearly
> >every one is used in some limit state check.
> >
> >I would think that these manufacturers would be giving these away for free
> >since they are all in competition against one another. I know I would be
> >much more likely to specifiy a certain producer who could provide me with
> >this info. All I want are the section properties, not the tables showing
> >allowable loads. It would seem to me that they at least have text files of
> >all of these properties since somebody had to type up those ICBO reports
> >(which are all in table format). I believe Excel and other spreadsheets can
> >create columns and rows from text files based on deliniators like commas
> and
> >spaces. I don't think that much effort would be used to make these
> >available. Trying to retype the tables is pointless, a typo or skipping a
> >line could really foul things up. If I can get it from the source, I would
> >have a lot of confidence in my designs and switch closer and closer to
> using
> >metal studs where I now use wood.
> >
> >If anyone has any leads I would greatly appreciate their thoughts and
> >opinions.
> >
> >-Gerard
> >
> >Gerard Madden, P.E.
> >Civil Engineer, Associate
> >CRJ Associates, Inc.
> >email: gerardm(--nospam--at)
> >tel: 650.324.0691
> >fax: 650.324.0927
> >web:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >