Version 1.02.19 Released – Export of Analysis Results to Excel

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CloudCalc’s results can now be exported to Excel for external processing

CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.19, the application’s 39th update since its initial launch on June 2, 2014.  You can verify that you automatically have this latest version by clicking on the Help Menu – the bottom of which shows the active version number.  (If, for some reason it does not show this version, you may need to force a hard-refresh of your browser, via Ctrl-F5 on a PC, or Cmd-Shift-R on a Mac. Continue reading

Road Trip! Houston to San Francisco; 2018 to 1908

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Westward ho!!  I can’t believe we covered all that ground!

(A word of warning to my regular readers, there’s not a lot of engineering or software content in this issue of my blog.  Even I have to take a vacation some time!)

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I spent last week doing a three-generation road trip from Houston to San Francisco – with my mother, my daughter, and me all crammed in a Toyota Prius for over 2400 miles across some of the most interesting terrain that this country – or any other – has to offer. Continue reading

Version 1.02.18 Released – Automatic Generation of ASCE 7 LRFD Load Combinations

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Generate Load Combinations as per ASCE 7

CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.18, the application’s 38th update since its initial launch on June 2, 2014.  You can verify that you automatically have this latest version by clicking on the Help Menu – the bottom of which shows the active version number.  (If, for some reason it does not show this version, you may need to force a hard-refresh of your browser, via Ctrl-F5 on a PC, or Cmd-Shift-R on a Mac.)

This release allows you to automatically generate the CloudCalc Load Case set as per the recommendations for Basic LRFD Load Case Combinations found in Section 2.3.2 of ASCE Standard ASCE 7-10/16.  Continue reading

Reminder — CloudCalc’s Discount Code expires in just two weeks!

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Act quickly if you want to save big on a one year subscription to CloudCalc Structural!

We want to remind you that our introductory offer on CloudCalc Structural will be expiring on May 31, in just about two weeks. If you think you might want to subscribe to CloudCalc — Structural Analysis in the Cloud — any time in the near future, this may be the best time to do so. Continue reading

Version 1.02.17 Released – Tailoring Output Reports to Sync with Selection Set

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Now you can tame those large reports

CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.17, the application’s 37th update since its initial launch on June 2, 2014.  You can verify that you automatically have this latest version by clicking on the Help Menu – the bottom of which shows the active version number.  (If, for some reason it does not show this version, you may need to force a hard-refresh of your browser, via Ctrl-F5 on a PC, or Cmd-Shift-R on a Mac.)

This release allows you to sync the analysis results to the nodes and elements contained in the current element set.  Normally results are shown for all nodes and elements in the model.  This may make it difficult to review results in one specific area of interest, plus it may be very tedious stepping through all the pages of data to find the few specific lines of interest. Continue reading

The Goddess of Industry: Steel Week in Baltimore

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Boom times at Sparrows Point steel mill

I spent this week at Steel Week, the AISC’s North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC) in Baltimore, MD.  Every year, this conference is a great opportunity to share the CloudCalc philosophy with steel professionals.  Likewise, the week presents a wonderful chance to explore the highlights of the host city (as you can see from these dispatches I wrote from Nashville and Orlando in previous years).

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So arriving in Baltimore, I had to check out the points of interest.  (Actually, once here, I realized that I have a little history with Baltimore.  My first job out of school was with Bechtel in Gaithersburg, MD…and as a young engineer I took my EIT exam — called the “Fundamentals of Engineering” exam these days — in the Baltimore Convention Center, the same building that is hosting the NASCC!)  Inner Harbor, check.  Fort McHenry, check.  Camden Yards, check.  And now Sparrows Point! Continue reading

Version 1.02.16 Released – Virtual Joists and Joist Girders

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CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.16, the application’s 36th update since its initial launch on June 2, 2014.  You can verify that you automatically have this latest version by clicking on the Help Menu – the bottom of which shows the active version number.  (If, for some reason it does not show this version, you may need to force a hard-refresh of your browser, via Ctrl-F5 on a PC, or Cmd-Shift-R on a Mac.)

This release incorporates the Virtual Joist and Virtual Joist Girder section property tables developed by the Steel Joist Institute (SJI).  The intent is that these Virtual Joist tables are to be used in the structural models during the analysis, and code check phases of the design process as a way of standardizing joist sizes among different (and often unknown, at the time of the structural analysis) joist vendors. Continue reading