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IES updated the educational product to build 18.00.0004 on September 17, 2018. If you installed a previous build, you may download and re-install the updated version.
This product requires Internet access for licensing and help. You must also have an educational email address.
Please uninstall version 17.0 from the Control Panel, then Download the new version and install it. Please see the help file "Upgrade Guide" for major changes in the new version.
Set the structure type to Plane Frame in the project settings. To model truss-members use member end-releases or the Simple-Simple connection type to prevent moment-transfer at each end.
For a 'pure', academic truss, disable Self Weight in the "D" service load case, and also avoid applying member loads directly.
We are now requiring an educational email address for access to the product. You cannot use a .com or .net email address. Most schools in the USA offer a .edu or .org type email.
A. Yes, the current product-version will expire in September 2019. Students will need to refresh their registration a couple times per year, which is quick and easy.
A. Your ability to run the student version will expire after a few years. If you go on to graduate school, or if you are a faculty or staff member, please contact us using the support email below so we can verify your status and update or remove your expiration.
Installation help may be found here: Install Issues
A. If the date listed above is newer, download and install the latest release.Please uninstall the previous version using Control Panel, before installing the new version.
A. VisualAnalysis edu uses the Internet and your educational email for licensing. We have simplified the registration process, simply download and install. After running, select your school and enter your name and email, and click Register. You should only have to register once every several months.
A. The educational version has what we believe are the 'required' set of features for teaching and learning structural analysis. If you feel like you need additional features, you may purchase a commercial license.
A. The educational version is only available to schools in the USA or Canada that have civil/structural degree programs and related fields. We do not explicitly support USA schools operating in foreign countries, high schools, or community colleges.
A. VisualAnalysis is completely documented and the help includes many free training videos that are available for the commercial version of the product.
Technical (engineering) support for students is not provided by IES, Inc. Please contact your instructor for assistance, and make use of the tutorials and documentation provided in the software.
Professors, instructors, and school IT staff may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a project file, pictures, or PDF document as necessary to demontrate or explain the issue.
VisualAnalysis Edu should work fine in your student lab. Because each lab has different setup methods or IT approach, we have tried to make a generic solution that should work for everybody. You must have previously registered as a faculty member with IES! If you are not sure, please email us to confirm your status.
To set up the license so that any person using the machine can use the software, you must manually copy the license file from your AppData folder to the ProgramData folder so that all login users have access.
Students who use the lab machines should be able to just "run", they should not try to register with their own email. Student access is limited to a couple 'personal' computers. Students may download and use their own login-email when using their own personal machines.
If licensing is not working, then the quickest likely solution is probably this:
If these do not work, please tell us exactly when things go wrong, what messages you get (you can email a screen capture) and we can help diagnose the issue. The software does need to connect to the Internet to validate the license on each run.