Release Notes of 8.8 versionGeneral :1.Unique ids will be displayed for elements and nodes in all the views and reports. User can turn off these ids by selecting options provided in each module. viz.Display->Unique Ids On/Off after setting a floor in Preprocessor Tools->Unique Ids On/Off in Design Control->IDs/Columns/Slabs in Postprocessor2.User can modify the unique ids by using following option in Preprocessor: Tools->Renumber Elements/Nodes Here user can renumber all or selected beams/columns or nodes. User can select the entities by window/grid/range or he can locate the entities. -If user selectes Renumber all option,beams/columns or nodes,will be renumbered by using the start number given for that entity. -If user selectes Renumber selected option,he can give the ids to the selected beams/columns or nodes, manually. -If user selectes Renumber selected option and Renumber all selced option, the selected beams/columns or nodes,will be renumbered by using start number given for that entity. -User can select the numbering order. -User can change the floor-level to renumber all entities on another floor-level.===============================================================================Preprocessor:------------- Following options are added/modifications done in the menu which isdisplayed after setting a floor.1.Options added to change printer fonts for sections and loads under the menu option Floor . These new options are as follows : Floor->Print->Print Font Settings->Section Floor->Print->Print Font Settings->Load2.Function keys are now provided for displaying sections(F2). elemental loads(F3) and wall loads(F8) in the Entities dialog under the menu option Display->Entities.3.Modifications made in Slab Quantity report which is displayed after selecting. Display->List->Slab Quantity report. Total area of slabs is added at the end of the report.4.By default,Entities dialog is now displayed with all the options as a full dialog.
5.Modifications in Edit->Multiple Slabs option : Data related to Sunk Slab can now be modified by using this option.6.Modifications Create->Slab option : In Slab Properties dialog, slab loading pattern can now be given byusing keyboard.7.Option provided to delete column with node if no other elements areconnected with that node.8.Toolbar is provided for zoom and pan options.9.In multiple slab edit,slab thickness was getting multiplied as per userdefined unit,twice.This problem is solved. Following options are added/modifications done in the menu which isdisplayed after creating/opening a building.10.Earlier,after corrupting the bld file and reopening the same file,the messege -" Unable to open the file "- was being displayed. After selectingexit from the same window,the option "save y/n/cancel" was being displayed.When selcting yes here; the bak file also was getting corrupted.This problemis solved now.11.Earthquake load generation : User can give live load reduction percentage,for each level now.Or he can give constant live load percentage for all thefloors.In that case,live load for the terrace floor will be taken as zero. For this use, menu options Setup->Seismic Parameters or Setup->Response Spectrum ParametersIn the dialogs,which will be displayed after selecting above options,click the button - LL Percentage.A dialog for Live Load Percentagewill be displayed, showing Floor-Level and live load percentagefor each level.Also,there is a checkbox - Consider constant live loadpercentage for all the floors(no live load for terrace floor).If user selects this option, constant live load percentage will be appliedfor all the floors and live load of terrace i.e. the topmost floor will notbe considered in the earthquake load calculation. If user deselects this option,he can give live load percentage for eachlevel, manually.12.Modification in Response spectrum parameters dialog : The value of zone factor is now modified according to selection of zone.13.User can now define and attach T,L sections to columns for analysis purpose.
For attaching these sections,Select - Column->Orient.Then select the columnand click the button Shape & Size and change the column section. Design of T,L shaped columns isnot supported now.14.If user sets colours for levels,those will be used for display in spaceframeview.Columns will be displayed in black colour.15.Modification in column reaction method of earthquake load generation :Spaceframe analysis is now used instead of planegrid analysis.16.In Column->Set Parameters option,a warning message is added so thatuser defined column sizes will not be overwritten accidentally.17.Column->Orient->Shape and Size : Columns in the selected column groups arehighlighted.18.Member release and master-slave relations defined in preprocessor are nowtransferred to STAAD input file.19.Default load combinations used in the design are now transferred to STAADinput file.20.Elements segregated as beam and column and written under heading DESIGN BEAM and DESIGN COLUMN respectively,in STAAD input file.21.While writing joint loads in STAAD input file,the node id was being writtentwice.This problem is solved.22.User was unable to remove the release status of elements.This problemis solved.Truss Define :23.In user defined truss , Zoom and Pan options were not working properly.This problem is solved .24.In Predefined Truss,there was an option to delete an element but no optionwas available to add an element.This option is added now.===============================================================================Postprocessor:-------------1.Control->Define Set->Load Comb.Set- Software hangs if user selects above option.This problem is solved.
===============================================================================R.C.C. Design-------------General :1.Design Module : Window was always in maximized state.Now user can tile the window.2.STRUDS Help is now availble in design module also.3.There was a problem in saving and opening the design files,if user hadopened the HTML reports before saving the design.This problem is solved.Slab design :-------------No changes_______________________________________________________________________________Beam design :-------------1.Provided steel diagram added for top and bottom steel.2.Steel required at top and bottom displayed for 2 consecutive beams simultaneously.3.Detail report - User defined point load was not displayed in the beam detail design report.This problem is corrected.4.Section depth check - Depth should not be more than L/4 - check passing condition is modified.5.Individual design module - Compute flange dimensions automatically option removed for T/L sections.6.Beam detail design report is saved by different names for each floor-level._______________________________________________________________________________Column design :---------------1.View design in column - If column design fails at any level,user can now view the design of columns at other levels.2.Loadcombination with DL load case : If load factor for DL loadcase is less than 1.0,this factor is retained while computing the working load. This modification is done only for DL load case without considering other loadcases present in that load combination.3.Column orientation angle is displayed in the detail design report.4.Column dynamic report problem of shifting of columns in report,solved.
5.If column design fails for one of the column groups,earlier there wereproblems in generating column design reports.These problems are solved now.6.In Properties dialog box,an option is added to check the presence ofhorizontal bracings at all the levels for a column.This check is takenbefore the design of each column group .A warning message is displayedcontaining the column names along with the levels where such bracings arenotpresent.7.Floor and level descriptions are displayed in the design reports,instead of their numbers._______________________________________________________________________________Footing design :----------------1.Horizontal projection of column bars in footing - added in Footing Design Parameters dialog.It is used for development length check in design.2.Currently development length check for column bars is taken for tension.Now development length check is added for column bars in compression.It checksonly the vertical length of column bars,projecting into the footing.3.Report added for footing loads for selected/all load combination/s added .Option added for this report is :Footing-> Report->HTML reports->Load report4.Loadcombination with DL load case : If load factor for DL loadcase is lessthan 1.0,this factor is retained while computing the working load/workingpressure.This modification is done only for DL load case withoutconsidering other loadcases present in that load combination.5.Floating column foot group geneation problem solved.6.Footing detail design report : Pressure calculation displayed after areacalculation.Working pressures also displayed in the report.7.If footing slope exceeds 45 degrees,a warning message is displayed . User can change the minimum depth of the footing or he can ignore the warning.An option is provided in the Properties dialog to turn this check on/off.8.Now,parameters changed through - View design->Change parameter option -will be applicable for that footing group only.9.Footing bitmap displyed in HTML report is modified.
10.In combined footing design,load taken for design was taken as maximum of the loads at both the ends of a column.Now load of only lower end is considered.______________________________________________________________________________Truss Design:-------------1.User defined Truss Zoom,Pan problem solved.2.Predefined Truss element deletion,addition problem solved._______________________________________________________________________________Drafting :----------1.beam L - section is displayed in beam sheet - in stf files. which was present earlier,now removed in 8.7.1,it is added again.2.For drawings in dxf format colours are assigned to layersso that user canchange the colours of all the entities on a layer by changing only the colourof the layer._______________________________________________________________________________