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StruBIM Anchors ACI-318

Improvements in the connection to BIMserver.center

Version 2024.b includes the following improvements and corrections to the connection of applications to the BIMserver.center platform:

  • After sharing a contribution, there is a delay before it becomes available in the BIMserver.center project. This could result in another application not having immediate access, even if the export was made from the same computer. Now applications can read contributions from the "File directory stored in local cache" before they are accessible in BIMserver.center.

  • It is now possible to export a contribution without an internet connection. When this occurs, a confirmation dialogue box will appear to inform users that if the contribution is exported, it cannot be shared in the BIMserver.center project. The contribution can be read in another application as long as it is on the same computer and linked to the same project. However, for the contribution to be available on the platform, users will need to "Share" it again with an internet connection.

  • The uploading process has been improved to allow larger files to be included.

  • An error that did not allow users to connect to the platform when the "AppData" system folder was not accessible has been fixed.

  • An error that showed the user as logged in when the session had already expired has been fixed.

  • The warning messages displayed when there is a problem in the communication with BIMserver.center have been improved.

  • Now, when creating a new project, the same default fields are used as in the BIMserver.center website.

Links to the BIMserver.center platform

From the BIMserver.center project information window (displayed by clicking on the project name shown in the project information bar - upper right part of the application window) you can access the project page of the BIMserver.center platform via a link that has been inserted in the text indicating the project name.

Likewise, from the information window about the project contributions ("Contributions" option in the project information window), users can access the page of each contribution in the BIMserver.center platform. These links are inserted in the texts indicating the name of each contribution.

Notifications on the project status

The status information bar of the BIMserver.center project is located at the top right of the window of the programs included in the Open BIM workflow. This bar has been available in the applications since version 2022.e and shows a warning icon when there is a problem with the connection to the project, as well as other things. Now, in version 2024.b, users can obtain more information about the warning by hovering the mouse cursor over the icon.

Creating BIMserver.center Corporate projects

As of version 2024.b, users can create projects associated with a "BIMserver.center Corporate" account from all CYPE applications included in the Open BIM workflow. To do this, the "Owner" field has been added to the window for creating a new project. This is a drop-down menu that includes, as one of the available options, the logged-in BIMserver.center user name along with the "BIMserver.center Corporate" accounts to which it has access. When selecting the user name as the owner, the project will be associated with this personal account, as was the case in previous versions. On the other hand, if a BIMserver.center Corporate account is selected, the project will be associated with that account.

Clear cache

The "Clear cache" button has been added to the CYPE applications included in the Open BIM workflow in the "Configuration" dialogue box that opens with the following sequence of commands: Select any of the options in the "BIMserver.center" tool group > "Configuration" option in the dialogue box that appears. When clicking on "Clear cache", the following options are displayed:

  • Projects
    Deletes projects, contributions and documents downloaded from the platform that are in the "File directory stored in local cache".

  • Sessions
    Deletes the data of any active sessions. This action will require applications to be re-authorised to access BIMserver.center.

  • Log files
    Deletes transaction logging from applications with BIMserver.center.

Long access paths

In previous versions, file paths used by applications were limited to a maximum length of 256 characters. This restriction is not specific to CYPE tools but is set by default in the Windows file system. As of version 2024.b, CYPE applications can bypass the restriction and allow the use of an extended path length for a maximum total path length of 10,000 characters. This eliminates the problems caused by the default limit and allows users to work with long access paths.

This improvement is particularly useful when working on projects with a complex directory structure or with long file names. By allowing longer paths, CYPE applications offer greater flexibility in file organisation.

Improvements in ergonomics

A button has been added in the upper left part of the interface where users can obtain a report where they can consult all the checks of the designed plates. In the dialog that appears, users can select the plates that are to appear in the results report.

The design button has been divided into two buttons, one to design the selected plate and another to design all the plates. This is because, when the number of plates and the number of combinations is high, it may take some time to design them all.

A button has been added in the top right to be able to see the 3D view of the BIM model in a new pop-up window.

Open BIM workflow

View plates and anchors in the BIM model

The plates and anchors that are generated in the program can be viewed in the BIM model view. The model view will regenerate and display the latest changes of the plates and anchors by pressing the "Redraw" button Redibujar Vista 3D located in the view panel itself. Furthermore, a new panel has been added in the lower part of the user interface to edit the position of the plate - anchors set in the context of the project.

Export to the BIM model

As of version 2019.g, the 3D view of the plate and anchors is exported to the BIM project via a GLTF file contained in the IFC file that is generated by the program. This IFC file will also contain the PDF file with the check reports, as was done in previous versions.

3D view of the connection

A 3D view has been added in the top right of the program interface. This view shows the section, plate, anchors, and concrete element. The properties of the 3D view are:

  • The view adapts to the geometry that is introduced of all the elements.
  • Regarding the anchors, the anchor that is selected in the input table for the anchor coordinates is highlighted.
  • The reinforcement in the concrete element can be viewed depending on whether it has been introduced or not. The position of the reinforcement depends on the cover.

Introduction of the forces of the section

As of this version, users can introduce the forces of the section instead of the forces of each anchor. The forces are those of the one-dimensional structural elements: axial, shear and bending moments in both directions and torsional moment.

In the case of plates level with the concrete element or on a layer of mortar, the program performs an iterative calculation, due to the non-linear behaviour of the materials, until the integration of the stresses in the section, given a deformation plane, coincides with the forces imposed by the metallic profile. The behaviour of the materials is as follows:

  • Anchors
    Stress diagram - linear tensile deformation, with a modulus of elasticity of 210 GPa and null in compression (it is assumed they provide no compression resistance).
  • Concrete and mortar
    Stress diagram - deformation with constant compression (AISC Steel Design Guide 1) with a value of 0.85fc (ACI 318-14 and null in tension.

When the plate is suspended from the anchors, the concrete does not contribute and the anchors behave linearly in tension and compression.

The option to introduce the forces in each anchor can be used by pressing the top selection buttons of that panel.

Generic edit of the concrete element

A panel dedicated to the concrete element has been added. In it, users can edit its thickness, reinforcement, their minimum cover and distance from each edge to the geometric centre of the section.

Edit the anchorage plate and section

As of the 2019.g version, an interface panel has been dedicated to create and edit anchorage plates and metal sections. As far as the plate is concerned, any geometry composed of a polygonal can be introduced, for which, users introduce its points. For design purposes, the plate is considered rigid. It can be level with the concrete, on a mortar filling or suspended from the anchors. In this last case the program distinguishes whether the anchors have a washer and base nut in contact with the concrete or not.

Furthermore, as of this version, users can introduce the metal section that is to be joined to the plate. It can be an I-section, circular hollow section or rectangular hollow section.