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StruBIM Steel

Optimising the use of sheets

A series of optimisations have been implemented in version 2024.b in the use and management of sheets. This reduces waiting times when accessing the sheets and using their tools.

Defining the default settings in "Design options"

As of version 2024.b, the "Design options" panel includes the "Save as default settings" option. If this option is activated and the panel is accepted, all the settings in this dialogue are saved as default values, so that any subsequent new job will initially have the same values.

Deleting continuous dimensions intermediate points

An option to delete continuous dimensions intermediate points has been implemented. When selecting the "Modify geometry" option and clicking on a continuous dimension, the dimension intermediate points will be shown in red. If an intermediate point is selected, it will disappear and the two adjacent sections will be connected.

Automatic dimensioning

In version 2024.b, sections and plates can be automatically dimensioned in part sheets, and plates can be automatically dimensioned in connection sheets. For this purpose, in the "Insert predefined views" dialogue ("3D Scene" > "Insert predefined views"), the "Dimension" section has been implemented. Here, the "Dimension style" is defined. When accepting the "Insert predefined views" dialogue with the "Dimension" option activated, the dimensions of the inserted predefined views of part sheets are automatically added along with the dimensions of the predefined views of plates on connection sheets.

Implementation. ANSI/AISC 360-22 (LRFD)

"Specification for Structural Steel Buildings" (2022).

Implemented in:

  • CYPECAD and CYPE 3D for analysing and checking rolled and reinforced steel sections.
  • CYPE Connect and StruBIM Steel for analysing and checking steel connections.

Built-up sections

In version 2024.b, the section types supported in CYPE Connect and in the StruBIM Steel connection editor have been increased. Built-up constant depth I sections and built-up variable depth I sections, both with the possibility to define different flanges, have been implemented.

In CYPE Connect, the new type "Built-up section with rolled steel plates" has been added. When it is selected, the available sections will be the variable depth I sections and variable depth I sections. To define the variable depth I sections, the initial edge, the final edge and the length of the bar must be specified. When the bar is continuous, the position where the connection will be placed must also be defined.

In the connection editor (both in CYPE Connect and in StruBIM Steel), when the selected bar is a built-up section, the "Adjust bar" operation allows users to adjust all the plates of the section or only the selected plate.

Loads on continuous bearing bars

As of version 2024.b, the continuous bars defined as "Bearing" bars of the node, offer the possibility of defining forces at the end that has no external connection defined.

Improved "Copy" tool

Up until version 2024.b, when using the "Copy" tool, any element except those previously entered with this tool could be selected as a reference. As of version 2024.b, the "Copy" tool allows the selection of previously copied elements as a reference.

Assign tag

Up until version 2024.b, the "Assign tag" tool allowed users to assign a selection of tags to a selection of elements. The selected tags were applied to the elements and the unselected tags were deleted. In version 2024.b, new options have been added:

  • Assign the selection of tags
    This option offers the same result as in previous versions. Selected tags are assigned and unselected tags are deleted if they were previously selected.

  • Add to the selection of tags
    The selected tags are added to the elements, keeping the previously defined tags.

  • Remove the selection of tags
    The selected tags are removed from the elements, keeping the rest of the tags.

Exporting a selection of operations to the connection library

In version 2024.b, a new option has been implemented to export a selection of operations to the connection library. This export creates a library connection with the selected operations and the sections involved in these operations.

New operation: "Lateral plate"

The "Lateral plate" operation has been implemented. This allows sections to be joined together by means of a plate welded to one of them and bolted to the other. Up until version 2024.b, 4 operations were necessary for each lateral plate, an adjustment of the secondary bar, the insertion of a plate, a weld between the plate and the main bar and a group of bolts between the plate and the secondary bar. With this implementation, one of the most commonly used types of connection is automated.

Moving elements with the arrow keys

As of version 2024.b, applications with the "Element selection tool" (this tool was implemented in version 2021.e) have the ability to move the selected model components with the arrow keys on the keyboard. The elements shall be moved on the work plane of the active view in the direction of the arrow key. Whenever the arrow is pressed, the distance that is displaced is constant, so zooming will make it larger or smaller.