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Woodworks; I use the sizer module only as I don't have any training in the others, and don't even know the lateral capabilities. Based on the design methodology, I would think any implementation would be poor since the IBC design method isn't based on physics.

WW sizer:
Pros: easy to use, handles multispan problems, easy to use, easy to use

Cons: Doesn't do 2000#/30"square office load check the way I would (has to do with the way it distributes to adjacent joists)
          Doesn't handle contact supports - i.e. if you have two supports w/i 2', you'll get ridiculous uplift restraint
          Stock data for engineered lumber isn't very good, and editing the tables is tedious
                    It would be better to allow freeform entry of data for engineered lumber, properties _and_ size
          Doesn't analyze for lumber, timber and engineered in the same run (gets to be a pain with 4x4 vs 6x6, or SS vs LVL etc.)

Jordan


Bill Allen wrote:

I haven’t seen anything on this in a while, so I thought I would check.

 

What programs are you using for design? What are the pros and cons of the software?

 

Some that come to mind are:

 

Woodworks (Sizer, ShearWall, Connectors)

LateralPro

Enercalc

 

Others?

 

Thanks,

 

T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.

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