We Don't Do That
VisualAnalysis was created for engineers, like you, who want to focus on engineering, not fighting or deciphering software. IES engineers have crafted this tool with these goals in mind:
- Just enough features, avoiding software "bloat" that makes it cumbersome.
- Follow Microsoft usability guidelines for immediate productivity.
- Use everyday engineering terms rather than software jargon.
- Make common things trivially easy, other things possible.
- Error messages are polite and informative.
- Built-in error prevention and validation to promote correct results.
VisualAnalysis tries to handle what most engineers need, and what most IES customers have requested over the years. There are limitations in VisualAnalysis! If you need these (or other) features, please let us know...
- Not an 'ANSYS' or 'NASTRAN'; VisualAnalysis is practical, down-to-earth friendly!
- Not a 'turn-key' system for building or truss design. You decide the layout, pick initial member sizes, etc. (No automatic total structural optimization.)
- Does not run inside or integrated with AutoCAD (or any other CAD tool)
- No internal pipe pressures.
- No orthotropic materials (linear isotropic only)
- No solid (brick) elements
- No curved beams (you may simulate through 'chords')
- No ice-loading (say for transmission towers, where load is a function of member size).
- No staged loading, or active/inactive elements acting per load case
- No buckling analysis, plastic analysis, pushover analysis
- No pre-stressed or post-tensioned concrete design.
- No AASHTO bridge design