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RE: seaint Digest for 16 Dec 2002

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I get the digest version, so someone may have already answered this, but
here goes:  For your second question, look into the "Inactive/Delete

>From the STAAD Manual:

This set of commands may be used to temporarily INACTIVATE or
permanently DELETE specified JOINTs or MEMBERs.
General format:
MEMBERS	member-list	
JOINTS	joint-list	


These commands can be used to specify that certain joints or members be
deactivated or completely deleted from a structure. The INACTIVE command

makes the members temporarily inactive; the user must re-activate them
during the later part of the input for further processing. The DELETE
command will 
completely delete the members from the structure; the user cannot
re-activate them. These commands must be provided immediately after all 
member/element incidences are provided."

I think you can use this for specific load cases. IIRC, There's an
example that uses this in the examples manual.

Good Luck,

Joseph Charpentier, PE
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Szuchuan Chang" <szchang(--nospam--at)>
> To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
> Sent: Lunes, 16 de Diciembre de 2002 12:06 a.m.
> Subject: Use Staad to Model Buildings with Shear Walls
> > I am a new user on the STAAD.  The Staad's users group are not
> > as focus on buildings as our list.  So I am posting this question
> > here for your helps.
> >
> > I want to model a rectangular auditorium with shear walls, roof
> > and floor diaphragms.  So far I have get the four side 
> walls together.
> > However, not all the intersections of plans share the same 
> grid point.
> >
> > Question 1:
> > Is it possible to common to nodal points that have the exact same
> > coordinate into one? Must I change the points one by one?
> >
> > Question 2:
> > Are there ways to temporary disable some of the outer panels for
> > the ease of  adding (checking) the interior beams, columns, 
> and slabs?
> >
> > You can access <download> my Staad file "N201.std" from
> > .  For some 
> strange reasons,
> > the graphic image can't be seen.
> >
> > Thanks for you helps.
> >
> > Sam Chang

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