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

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

Version 1.02.15 Released – Applied Displacement Loading

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CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.15, the application’s 35th 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 adds the ability to model Applied Displacements as a loading type.  Often structures are loaded not only by forces (concentrated or uniform) but also by externally imposed displacements, such as settlement, seismic displacements, or thermal expansion of supports or other attached elements.  These Applied Displacements may now be modeled as acting on any node in the CloudCalc model, and assigned to any individual load, or as part of any Load Type. Continue reading

Version 1.02.14 Released – Import/Export of Nodal Coordinates from/to Excel Files

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CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.14, the application’s 34th 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 enables the Import and Export of CloudCalc’s Nodal Coordinate data from and to external files in the form of Excel’s XLSX files.  Data is exported in the format of Node – X Coordinate — Y Coordinate — Z Coordinate (where coordinates are expressed in the current units for length); imported data is expected to be in that same format, and also in the current units.  The data may have a header line or not (CloudCalc prompts for that), and the coordinates may correspond to the Y-Axis Up or the Z-Axis Up convention (the latter is automatically converted to/from CloudCalc’s standard Y-Axis Up convention upon Import or Export). Continue reading

Version 1.02.13 Released – Expanded Load Types

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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. Continue reading

Version 1.02.11 Released – Optimization for Larger Models

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CloudCalc is pleased to announce the release of Version 1.02.11, the application’s 31st update since its initial launch on June 2, 2014.  The highlight of this release is the optimization of the program to handle larger models better and faster.

In the past we have heard from a number of our users that CloudCalc loses its effectiveness as the model size increases.  Typically as the models extended beyond a few hundred elements, the analysis time would often exceed the time out settings of the user’s browser.  Additionally, data-intensive operations, such as displaying the List View mode for very large models, often exceeded the patience of the user. Continue reading