RELEASE NOTES FOR STRUDS 2005===============================================================STRUDS 2005 has undergone major upgradations in its interface.These have been categorised and listed below, module wise:===============================================================OVERALL-------------1)All the modules of STRUDS, that is the Pre Processor, Analysis, Post Processor, aswell as the Design have been completely integrated now, due to which the user will nowhave to open the BLD file, only once. The approach of opening the file, seperately, ineach and every mode, has been completely discarded now.The user can toggle between the various modes using the "Mode" option, that is, at anytime u can switch between the PrePro, PostPro as well as the Design mode, to obtain thedesired functionality.2)Due to the complete integration of all the modules, to activate the functionality in anyof the desired modes, u need to set that mode as the Current mode. As a result, when aparticular mode, is active, all the menu options, in the other modes would be deactivated.3)Most of the Display related options such as Zoom/ Pan, which are common to allmodes, have been kept active in all the modes.4)Design of L and T shape columns is introduced in this version. Previously only uptothe analysis it was considered but now you will get the detail design of it along with thedetailing of reinforcement.5)Last but the most important is in this version we have introduced the concept of shearwalls. Using STRUDS software now you can generate Straight, L shaped or C shapedshear wall. The analysis and design of which is also introduced with detail report ofshearwall analysis in Postprocessor mode. Detail design reports and detailing of shearwalls is also given seperately under design mode.PREPROCESSOR-------------1)To activate this mode, you would need to set the current mode as the "PreProcessor"2)When you run STRUDS, the STARTUP dialog box will directly appear, which willprompt you to either create a new file, or open an existing file.3)On the OK prompt of this dialog box the control would directly be taken to the spaceframe view. Here, if a new file, is created, the Skeleton dialog will pop up, which willenable you to intially define, and generate the Skeleton of the geometry to be modelled.
If an existing file, is chosen, it will directly be opened in the Space Frame view.4)The "Skeleton dialog" has been equipped with all the features to edit the skeleton of thestructure, that is features, such as facilitis to Add, Modify, Delete or Copy a particularfloor, which can be completely done through this dialog itself. The user does not need togo to any menu options now. The Save All option, is now replaced by the button “AutoGenerate”, which automatically generate the skeleton, for the first time only.5)The hierarchy level for the creation as well as edition of all the entities, has beenmodified as Create---->Building ----> Slab/Element/ Column/ Node. Similarly to modifythe entities, the hierarchy path taken is Modify ----> Slab/ Element/ Column /Node.6)ToolBars, with coloured, self explanatory icons, bearing tool Tips have been added forthe most commonly used commands.7)A collapsible tree menu has been added in a splitter window, for easy creation as wellas edition of the entities. All the options, in the file menu are present in the Tree menu.This would would be extremely useful for the user to easily work, and move around inthe package.8)The combo boxes have been provided in the Preprocessor, Postprocessor, as well asDesign modes, to navigate between the various Floors, as well as the Plane Frames,available in the building. Menu option has also been provided to change the floors, aswell as the Plane frames. The Plane frames can also be set by the process of "Picking",using the mouse cursor.9)The application of member end releases, column grouping, as well as the process ofAttaching support conditions, depending upon the structure type, can all now be done inthe same view. Depending upon, what option is selected only the menu options in thesplitter window would change, the overall view remaining the same.10)The steel Plane truss can be defined, using the View-----> Plane truss------> Defineoption. On doing this, a new view, for defining the truss geometry is opened. In this view,the truss can be defined, either element wise, or using the library of predefined trussses.11)The load menu has been completely segregated, from the other options, and has beenclubbed together. In this all the options for selecting the Load cases before analysis, thedialogues related to setting the Load Parameters(For generation of seismic as well aswind loads), facility to generate the loads/ Detach the loads, as well as to view the reportsis available.12) Creation and modification of Straight, L and C type of shear wall is added advantageof this version.===============================================================
ANALYSIS-----------1)All the features related to the analysis have been brought under the common menu"Analysis".This includes, the options for "Preanalysis Enquiry", Saving the analysis files,as well as performing the analysis.2)In this menu the “Analysis option” gives u the facility to save the desired analysis filesonly for the selected Structure Type(Plane Grid/ Plane Frame/ Space Frame). Then theanalysis can be performed thru this interface itself.===============================================================POST PROCESSOR------------------1)To invoke this mode, the "PostProcessor" mode needs to be made as the current mode.This mode can be activated, only if the analysis has been done2)At the TopMost Level of the PreProcessor menu, the user needs to set the Stucture typeinitially, to view the results, for that structure type.3)The results have been segregated as the Elemental Results and the Nodal Results.4)In the Postprocessor, towards the left of the screen, a splitter window has beenprovided, which has a combo box, containing all the options to view the different analysisresults, such as SF, BM, Torsion, Axial, FBD, etc...., if the elemental results are to beviewed, and Reactions, Deflections if the nodal results, are to be displayed.The splitter window also facilitates,to selectively view the results by either viewing theresults for the entire floor, or by selection a single element or agrid.5)All the menu, which were earlier present, has been mostly converted into a verticalmenu. The reports for the PostProcessor mode, can be viewed here itself.===============================================================R.C.C DESIGN------------1)To perform the RCC design, u would need to set the current mode, to "RCC Design".This mode can be activated only, if the analysis results are available.2)All the design parameters can be now set, using a single dlg, which constitutes thedesign parameters, for all the Components namely the Slabs/Beams/Col/Footings/ShearWalls. This is obtained under the option RCC design---->Design Parameters.3)The "Design All" option has been newly added. In this the design of all the RCC Compin the building is done, successively one after the other. The design process is startedwith the Slab design for all floors, then the beam design for beams on all floors, the
Column design for all columns, then the shear wall design for all the walls and ends withthe Footing design.Presently, in this, however, it is possible to design only isolated footings, since thefacility of grouping is not given for Design All.4)The method, by which the Col are to be designed(Axial/BiAxial/UniAxial), is to bepredefined in the Design Parameters dlg box, before the onset of the design. As farascolumn design is concerned L and T column design is added in this version along withthe detailing of reinforcement in these sections.5)All the design options for the design of slabs./Beam’s/Col/Footings, have been retainedas before, except they have been arranged vertically.6)The facility to generate all the-working drawings is provided in the design of therespective components itself.7)As far as the DXF output is concerned now the Beam cross section sheet is newlyadded in this version.8)Option given for detailing of beams as per L/3 and L/7 as in practice.===============================================================STEEL DESIGN------------------1)If the steel design is to be activated, the "Steel Design" mode is to be set as the currentmode.2)The design of the truss can now be done, using the option Steel Design-----> Planetruss, and setting the Truss, for which the design is to be done.