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I played with the shearwall module some.  It works fairly well as long as your structural is not too strange.  If you have floors and/or roofs that are not throughout the whole structure and at the same elevation, then you will typically have to "kludge" it.  I tried it with a customer house that had multiple, slightly different roof elevations, which it could not deal with.  So, I have to basically enter all the roof elevations (i.e. top of wall) at the same height.

That was with version 7.  I have version 8, but have not checked to see if they made it easier to deal with such stuff or not.

If you have a nice uniform, straight forward structure where all the floors/roofs line up (i.e. floor levels are at same elevations), then I would say it should work rather well.  Beyond that, it might be a bit more problematic.


On Apr 20, 2010, at 12:26 PM, Joseph R. Grill wrote:

I am mostly interested in the shear wall module.  I have a large, several story building to do with both wind (I think including torsion) and seismic.  If it works fairly well, it could save me a ton of time.
Joseph R. Grill, PE
Verde Valley Engineering, PLLC
From: Thor Tandy [mailto:vicpeng(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 9:12 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Woodworks software
I use it mainly for beams and cols.  I find it quick and easy to do simple beams and cols.  The output is easy to understand and printout is usually 1 page for me.
In the past I tried but found the concept layouts hard to do but that may have been improved.  I haven’t used the shear wall module to any extent.
What would you like to know?
Thor A. Tandy P.Eng, C.Eng, Struct.Eng, MIStructE
Victoria, BC
From: Joseph R. Grill [mailto:vveng(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:50 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Woodworks software
Has anyone had experience with WoodWorks software?  Your recommendations and/or feelings?
Joseph R. Grill, PE
Verde Valley Engineering, PLLC