Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort How close can you space stacks?  It’s a common question, and one that doesn’t have a simple answer.  There are several factors that should be considered, and I’m going to go over those factors in this article.   The Theory: When...
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...
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...
Piggy-Back Stacks

Piggy-Back Stacks

Piggy-Back Stacks We often get the question of how to model a Tandem or Piggy back stack in MecaStack. One can be handled by the software and the other cannot. Piggy-Back Stacks: A Piggy-Back stack is one where one or more stack is supported by another stack. Usually...