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How to Use

User Input & ToolTip

All user inputs are keyed in on the right panel  Area -3 .

When user hoover the mouse over input field, the field value will be highligted on the left side sketch panel as shown below.


Some input fields have pop-up tooltip as shown below. User can turn the tooltip On/Off at the bottom of panel.


User Input - Update Button
To save time, for most of the input fields, when user keys in one single input, the sketch/calc result will not update in real time. After user finished all the required inputs, clicks on Update button to get the sketch/calc result updated to the new inputs.



User Input - Suggest Values
Most user input fields have suggest values on the right shown in brown color. For example, the suggest values for bolt gage and edge distance are provided based on selected bolt diameter.

These suggest values are provided based on past experience and are for user's quick, handy reference only.

User can click on the Copy button at the bottom of panel to copy all suggest values into corresponding input fields in one click.


Global Setting
User can click on the first menu tab Setting on top to get global setting dialog box popup.

Design Code & Unit

Design Code
This program currently supports AISC 360-10 LRFD/ASD codes or AISC Manual 14th Edition.
The support to CSA S16-14 will be coming soon.

Input Unit
User can choose input unit as imperial or metric. If AISC 360-10 LRFD/ASD code is chosen, the calculation will be always presented in imperial unit.
The program will do the unit conversion automatcally if input unit is metric and AISC code is chosen as such calculation presented in imperial unit.



Display Inch As Format/Precision of
This setting sets how the dimension is displayed on the sketch. For example 1 1/4" can be display as 1.250", 1.25", 1.3" or 1 1/4" on the sketch.

This gives the user option of get a clean presention of sketch by reducing the dimension numbers shown.
The display unit option will not affect the stored data accuracy.

Input Load & Sign Convention
Click on the second last tab Design Load and it will show up the load input panel on the right.

For beam end or brace axial load, positive value denotes compression force and negative values denotes tensile force.

The load value/direction will be updated on the left sketch.

Calculation Report


On the top menu tab, the last tab menu is Design Calc. Click on this Design Calc tab and it will navigate to design report interface as shown below.

The checkbox on the top left is for selecting different calculation sections for output.

Each calculation section has multiple limit state check items. The detail calculation of each limit state check item is enclosed inside grey color header.

Users can click on the grey color header to expan/collapse the single check item for detail calculation contents.

Users can also use the buttons on the top right to expand/collapse all the calculation items.






Save/Open File


User can save input to local computer and load back on later.

Users can click on Save or Load buttom shown below to save/load the input file.

The save file process is the same as what you experience when you download files from from the web using the browser. The file will be default saved to your computer's download folder.




Print Calculation


Before print, make sure you has selected the desired sections you want to print and all the limit state check items are expanded/collapsed as what you need.

Refer to Calculation Report  on how to do the calculation section selection and expand/collapse check item details.

Click on the Print button on top right as shown below.





The following instructions are based on Chrome browser. For Firefox browser it would be similar.


After click on the Print button, a new window pop up, click on the top-right maximize button to maximize the new pop-up window.





As shown in screenshot below, right click on the margin to get pop-up Print menu, or press Ctrl + P to get Chrome print dialog box





In Chrome print dialog box, click on the More settings link as shown below to set paper size and margin etc.




After click on the More settings link, it unfolds more setting options. Below is my settings, I checked both Headers and footers and Background graphics as shown below.

The rest would be the same as how you print a webpage from Chrome browser.