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Quick Start


Civilbay steel connection is a online web based program. Users key in inputs online and get result online. Although everything is online, users are able to Save/Load input file to/from user's local computer and print the calculation report to user's local printer.

Note: this program only works on Chrome or Firefox browser, the first choice is Chrome, the second choice is Firefox. If you are not using these two browsers, please change to Chrome or Firefox browser to
start the program.


User can click on this link Start Program  to start the program at anytime.

Civilbay steel conection design is very easy to use program. It has only one user interface for all connections as shown below.



User Interface



Below is the only interface with different areas



Area-1 : sketch area,    sketch is shown in this area. Users can change different views of same connection by clicking on radio button in Area-5

Area-2 : status area,    showing license status and calculation result in this area
Area-3 : input area,      users key in inputs in this area, by clicking on different tabs in Area-4, the input fields will change to serve different part of inputs for the connection

Area-4 : input tabs,             clicking on different tabs in this area it will change the input contents shown in Area-3

Area-5 : sketch view tabs,    clicking on different tabs in this area it will change the sketch view shown in Area-1  


First Connection


The first step is go to General tab and then Select design for connection type as shown below to select connection type

All initial connection type selection and configurations are defined under General tab.


After finishing General tab, users can continue with the next Section tab to define beam/column section size.


After finishing Section tab, the following tabs will be different components of the connection, clicking on these tabs it will change the input panels in Area-3 for users to key in inputs serving different components.


The second last tab Design Load is for load input, clicking on this tab the load input panel will be shown in Area-3 for user input.


The last tab Design Calc is for displaying calculation report, clicking on this tab the calculation report panel will be diaplyed.



When You Get Error Message


The program may have bugs which will casue error. When you get the error message similar to the one shown below, don't be panic.

Follow these steps to report the bug to me.

1. First, take a screenshot of the error message similar to the one below, and email the screen shot to me.

2. Second, click on this link  Reset Program  to reset the program. After reset, click on this link Start Program  to start the program again.

3. After restart the program, repeat previous steps to reach the step just before you getting error message, save your input file and email it to me.

   Tell me for this file on which input you click causes the error.


I will fix the bug if I can repeat your error message here. Below is a sample error message screenshot. Yourr error message may not be the same but shall be similar.

Sample Error Message