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Structural Design Made Easy

by Engineers' Compendium

Powerful modules and design aids for structural engineers

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In the next few minutes you will discover tools that will forever change how you do your structural designs.

These tools bear the stamp of 40 years experience as a structural engineer. They have been developed with the support of BHP Building Products, the National Precast Concrete Association, Standards Australia, and others.

Clients Want Cost-effective Solutions

To deliver a cost-effective solution, you have to investigate many alternatives. OPT_SHED automates the task and lets you examine countless options. Have you ever thought about the permutations that are possible?

Dozens of different cladding types have different spanning capacities. Some suit the given building dimensions better than others. A dearer cladding requiring fewer supports could cost less overall.

Purlins and girts can be freely supported, continuous or lapped, with 0, 1, 2 or 3 bridging units. Frames can be spaced closely or far apart, leading to many members of small weight or few members of large weight. There is no way of guessing, you have to investigate.

The First Step Is To Get Your Loads Right

Anybody can design a cheaper structure by making it unsafe. If that's your bag then you are at the wrong place, because we are talking about designing for the correct loads, not an ounce more and not an ounce less.

You know that a structure has twenty-seven wind load zones. Each zone has six loads - three inward and three outward - for serviceability, stress design and ultimate strength. That's 162 loads, which the WINDLOAD program gives you in seconds, precisely.

What About That Constant Repetition?

If you have been a structural engineer for any length of time, you will have designed hundreds of concrete slabs. We know the answers by heart, but we go down the same course again and again.

SLAB2WAY takes the pain out of this constant repetition. No longer are you torn between two emotions - feeling negligent if you don't design yet another slab, and extravagant if you do. The program does the job instantly and comprehensively.

Much Of Our Work Has Become Too Complex

There was a time when designing reinforced concrete columns was a simple matter. No longer. The science of engineering keeps advancing, and with it does the complexity of design. To design a rectangular column with the mandatory bi-axial bending involves 320 separate assignment statements and calculations.

RECTCOL makes the task easy.

Most Of Our Time Is Taken Up By Mundane Calculations

There is a mountain of mundane calculations engineers do on a daily basis. The tasks are too varied and not heavy enough to justify a computer program. Often they are trivial tasks that do not crop up frequently. As a result, we have to do some research, dig in old text books, look up codes, and do an inordinate amount of work compared to the value of the task.

We scratch around with hand-written calculations. There is no record of the numbers punched in the calculator. Transcription errors abound. The documentation looks what it is - a scratch sheet. Compare this with MATHSERV.

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