Navigating the Output Like a Boss

Navigating the Output Like a Boss

Navigating the Output Like a Boss There are many useful features within the output window that can save the designer time and energy.  Here is a video to illustrate these features and how to navigate the calculation output. Watch...
Wind on Rooftop Structures and Equipment

Wind on Rooftop Structures and Equipment

Wind on Rooftop Structures and Equipment ASCE 7 has a method for calculating wind loads on rooftop Structures and equipment for buildings, and this article will describe that method.  Fortunately, the method is relatively straight forward, not too complicated, and is...
Components and Cladding Example

Components and Cladding Example

Components and Cladding Example This article provides a Components and Cladding (C&C) example calculation for a typical building structure.  We will first perform the calculations manually, and then show how the same calculations can be performed much easier using...
Fastest-Mile Wind Speed

Fastest-Mile Wind Speed

Fastest-Mile Wind Speed Many times we have the difficult task of analyzing a structure that was designed long ago.  In such cases, you may find that the wind speed  used may appear significantly lower than the wind speed you would expect for that location using...
Climbing the Ladder

Climbing the Ladder

Climbing the Ladder MecaStack allows the user to enter ladders and platforms on their stack. These are considered an appurtenance, and not adding any structural stiffness to the stack. MecaStack does consider the wind area and weight added by these ladders and...