· Load properties, - While these may not be consistent from project to project for most engineers, setting up a few common surface or line load properties might not be a bad idea. If nothing else it keeps you thinking about things (Oh, I had a cladding load around the perimeter in my last model, does this project have a similar load?).
· Deck properties - Similar to loads, you might want to set up a few of your favorite deck profiles in the template. This will save you the time of trying to remember, is that the total concrete thickness or the topping thickness I’m supposed to enter.
· Concrete beam and column properties - This is where you are likely to see the most benefit. By creating a blank “template” file with a number of pre-defined beam and column shapes you can save a lot of time. Furthermore, if the shapes are labeled the same as in Structural Modeler and/or RAM Elements, it makes transferring files to those applications a lot easier.
· Custom materials
· Customization of the loads or load combinations (but not the applied loads themselves)
· Changes to the plot settings, including colors, default text size, etc.
· Any additional layers or plots that have been created.