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IES VAConnect (Steel Connection Design)

Requires: IES VAConnect
Requires: Advanced Level


VAConnect is a set of utilities for connection design, currently just steel connections per AISC, but in the future this may expand. The tool provides a set of stand-alone connection utility programs that can be launched from within VisualAnalysis. Integration with VAConnect can save a tremendous amount of time because it exports forces from many load cases and multiple joints, saving you all the bookkeeping. In VAConnect, there is a steel base plate component with anchorage calculations, and a steel shear-tab component. IES has introduced this tool with limited features to get feedback from you regarding what you want or need!

How to Use IES VAConnect

  1. Turn on the Auto-Connections option in the Project Settings settings for your project. The automatic grouping of VisualAnalysis will set up reasonable groups for you, but you can customize these as you like.
  2. Define Result Type: VAConnect can use service case results or "pre-factored" results. Go to Load Case Manager and turn on the analysis for all the load cases (they are not necessarily enabled by default for service cases).  On the Service Case tab, select each service case that contains loads, and check the box titled "Include in analysis".
  3. In the Design View you will find (or you can manually create) connection design groups. These groups allow you to organize your connections by member shapes, geometry and connection-types.
  4. Select a connection group in the Design View and use the Modify tab to launch the design tool. You may save your connection design in the utility.
  5. You can control the auto-group connection feature in the Project Settings setting in Project Manager, or in the preferences.

Connection Shapes & Geometry Limitations

General Requirements

Base Plate Requirements

Shear Tab Requirements