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It’s not my Default

May 31, 2019

There is a feature in MecaWind that is seldom used, but can be very helpful. It’s a feature under the File Menu called “Save Current File as Default”.

What does it do?

When this feature is is selected, it takes the current file and sets it up as the default file that will be opened the next time you launch MecaWind. This is useful for a couple of reasons:

1) If you work on a particular wind calculation system frequently, then each time you launch MecaWind this same file will be automatically loaded. This saves you the trouble of going and opening the file each time you start working on MecaWind.

2) You can use this feature to save “Default” values that you would like to use most frequently. For example, if you typically do work in a certain region and use the same codes and/or parameters (wind speed, exposure, etc.) repeatedly, then you can enter those values into a file, and then “Save Current File as Default”. Now these will be the values present each time you open MecaWind. The entire file is saved as default, and so your default parameters are also going to be saved to the default file.

Bonus Tip:

Even though you only have one standard (ASCE 7-16/10/05) selected and a single structure parameters entered, all of the standards (ASCE 7-16/10/05) and structure parameters are saved in the same file. For example, lets say you are using ASCE 7-10, Enclosed Building with a Gabled roof and some specific C&C entries. When you save this file, these values will be saved; however, it will also save every other type of structure that you could select (Monoslope, Mansard, Chimney, Tank, Open Building, etc.). All of that data is saved, and so you could go through and set up the entries for each type of structure and each standard the way you prefer, and then save that file as default. Then each time you open MecaWind it would start with those default values.