CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.13, the application’s 33rd 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.)
The highlight of this release is the expansion of the available Load Types from the previous four types (Self Weight, Dead Load, Live Load, and Occasional Load) to nine types: Self Weight, Dead Load, Live Load, Roof Live Load, Earthquake, Rain Load, Snow Load, Wind Load, and Other Occasional Load. Additionally all Concentrated and Uniform Loads may be assigned user-created Load Names, either individually or in groups. Since loads may be manipulated (edited, displayed, or analyzed) either by Load Type or by Load Name, this effectively provides an unlimited number of predefined or users created Load Types. Up to eight different Load Types or Load Names, each with individual Load Multiples, may be assigned to each of the Static Load Cases.
As part of the Load Type expansion, CloudCalc has improved and increased the available methods for defining the ways provided additional ways of defining the Uniform and Concentrated loads, now allowing them to be entered from 1) the element data screen, 2) the dedicated Uniform Load and Concentrated Load screens, and 3) the Graphic Editing commands, available from the Graphic Editing Context Menu.
To learn how to define and display Uniform Loads using the expanded Load Types, we invite you to watch the short video Applying Uniform Loads in CloudCalc.
To learn how to define and display Concentrated Loads using the expanded Load Types, we invite you to watch the short video Applying Concentrated Loads in CloudCalc.
To learn how to define the Static Load Cases using these expanded Load Types, we invite you to watch the short video Defining Static Load Cases in CloudCalc.
Remember, because CloudCalc is delivered via the cloud, we will always be able to provide more updates faster than you ever will see with our PC-based competitors. We continue to average roughly one update every 4 weeks over the past 2+ years. Let us know, at firstname.lastname@example.org, which update you would like to see next.
To learn more about CloudCalc, the scalable, collaborative, and mobile cloud-based engineering software, please visit: www.cloudcalc.com – Structural Analysis in the Cloud.
By Tom Van Laan
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