I am excited to announce a new release of STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition Update 3.
As part of our commitment to you to deliver new builds more frequently, we are making available this version which adds great new functionality to improve efficiency for engineers around the world and has resolved numerous issues that have been reported and thus highly recommend that this version is adopted to improve your working experience.
The principal developments and enhancements that are delivered in this new version of STAAD.Pro are:-
Steel AutoDrafting *
A frequently asked feature requested from STAAD.Pro users has been the ability to create general arrangement drawings quickly from a current STAAD.Pro model from within STAAD.Pro itself. So for those users, we have added a new Steel AutoDrafter Workflow to STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition Update 3 that provides that ability for steel framed structures, either generate the drawing immediately or create a collection of drawings to generate on mass.
* Delivered in STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition Update 3 as a technology preview and will be released as a fully commercial offering in the next release.
To utilise this feature, please contact your Bentley software provider to obtain an additional free license to add to your portfolio.
In order to create concrete framed models quicker, Planwin, the application behind the Building Planner Workflow has been added to modules included with a STAAD.Pro subscription, allowing rapid floor-based modelling.
A key benefit in Physical Modelling is the creation of surfaces and having the meshes and managed automatically. A common feature in surfaces is the inclusion of circular openings which can now be included without having to define a faceted opening. Not only that, but it seamlessly interoperates with a ISM repository.
The spreadsheet component which drives so much of the physical workflow has been better integrated into the GUI with its own ribbon and sorting routines that make its use far more intuitive.
The most important step forward in physical modelling has been the implementation now of load cases, and load combinations which are now managed through the physical workflow.
Advanced Concrete Design (STAAD.Pro Advanced)
The popularity of the STAAD Advanced Concrete Design application to quickly create concrete designs and produce detail drawings has been widespread. In order to further add productivity boosts to engineers using this valuable tool, we have added a new Advanced Concrete Design workflow.
This feature is included with a ‘STAAD.Pro Advanced’ license, if you need to upgrade your license, please contact your Bentley software provider.
Updated Design Codes
The range of member design routines that STAAD.Pro can perform has been extended to provide better and more efficient designs
STAAD.Pro is used extensively for construction in locations which are seismically sensitive and requires checks to specific seismic conditions defined in publications such as in the IBC.
With STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition Update 3, Two new codes have been added in STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition Update 3, IBC 2015 and IS 1893:2016. These provide both additional static seismic loading routines and response spectrum definitions to these publications.
Steel Connection Design (RAM Connection)
The design of steel structures performed in STAAD.Pro is complimented with the design of the connections such as where the beam and columns meet. Bentley provide this as a standalone tool called RAM Connection. However, engineers using STAAD.Pro can leverage the benefit of having the two software solutions linked through the Steel Connection workflow.
With STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition Update 3
To utilise this feature, please contact your Bentley software provider to add the RAM Connection license to add to your portfolio.
Section Profile Database
A new steel database of tubular sections manufactured by APPL Apollo have been added to the range of standard sections available from the installation.
Note that if you are already using STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition, you should be notified of the new build with the Bentley CONNECTION Client.
No additional features have been added to the program, however the Revision History document details the issues that have been addressed and as with all builds is included in the ReadMe file which can be accessed from the Help section of the application and can also be found here.