The "Verify" tool allows the Bentley Structure (BStr ) to check if any "unknown" section is getting imported to BStr while importing from RAMSS or STAAD.Pro.
BStr sets default sections for all unknown sections detected in the model being imported .The user can handle such sections by adding these "unknown section" to the Section Manager or even temporarily map them to existing sections in BStr. This tool gives the user the flexibility to import prismatic sections (or user-defined), tapered sections and section defined from various country codes in StaadPro without first having to load the respective country codes in the BStr Section Manager.
The working of the tool is briefly explained below with the help of snapshots. I have imported a STAAD.pro file but this tools is also available for imports from RAMSS.
1. Click on Data Exchange ->Analysis Import. Select the Staad.Pro file to import and define the mapping file.
Click on the Verify button as shown in Figure 1. This button launches the "Verify Sections" utility. The program reads the StaadPro file for any unknown sections, not recognized by BStr. These sections may be 1) any user-defined prismatic sections or tapered sections or 2)sections defined using country codes not currently loaded in the Section Manager. The results are displayed in the dialog box shown in Figure 2.
The list contains the unknown sections along with the number of occurrences and a suggested name for the user to add the section to the Section Manager. The user also has the flexibility to modify the suggested section name by clicking on the name displayed under Section Type. It opens a dialog box as shown in Figure 3.
The user may choose to modify the name of the section or keep the originally suggested name. The tool also gives the user the option to map the unknown section to an existing section in the section manager, rather than adding a new one. Use the (...) button to map the unknown sections.
Click on the "Add" button of the dialog box in Figure 2 to add the sections to the Section Manager or map sections to existing sections. Finally click on the Import button shown in Figure 1 to complete the process.