I am pleased to announce a new release of STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition V22.
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:-
With the growing adoption of engineers using the Physical Model workflow to create the STAAD structure, there has been a requirement to extend the range of loading definitions that can be supported and used in the analysis
Support of the IBC 2018 / ASCE 7-16 response spectrum loading with the values of SS and S1 determined from a zip code or latitude and longitude on mainland USA.
Implementation of the horizontal and vertical irregularity checks for the static seismic loading routine when using rigid floor diaphragms.
For models that include both beam and column designs to the IS 13920, there is now the additional implementation of the joint checks for IS 13920-2016.
The range of supported design codes in the Connection Design workflow has been extended with support of the New Zealand NZ3404-1997 design specification as provided in the RAM Connection standalone application.
The Post Processing layout for Ultilization for the AISC 360-16 has been extended to support models which includes multiple code checks rather than just the details that are resultant from the last design CHECK or SELECT. Additionally there is an option to see which design checks produced the most onerous utilization.
Whilst the most efficient way to perform an analysis is on a local computer, there are times when the model is hosted across the network and to help engineers who have to work in that situation, we have introduced a number of changes have resulted in a noticeable performance boost such as using a local folder to temporarily host the data for the analysis and also reducing the calls into temporary files.
STAAD.Pro has grown to be more than just the analysis program, but it also includes a supporting cast of complimentary software that provides extra value to engineering designs. This new release has seen development in some of these modules too, most notably:-
Version 9.0 provides greater support for ACI 318 design for beams, columns and foundations with English units
(available as a separate installation)
The design of steel structures to the Chinese steel code now available as a CONNECT Version using a modern ribbon style GUI to mirror that used in STAAD.Pro. Including improved report customisation and available in Chinese and English versions.
Additional tables in the Indian database for WPB and NPB shapes and Tata Structura 2014 shapes
Note that if you are already using STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition, you should be notified of the new build with the Bentley CONNECTION Client.
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.