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Creating Text Reports

Understand Reports

A Report View provides a text-based description of your input data (project settings, model, loads) and numerical output (analysis results, design checks). The report window itself is a tabbed view within the main workspace window. This view provides a concise and accurate way to document your work. Reports may be used for quick information gathering, or may be printed or saved to a separate file to share or archive your work. You may supplement reports with pasted graphic pictures (screen shots) to help convey information.

Types of Reports

VisualAnalysis offers a variety of reports for different purposes. All reports appear in the Report View tab and may be printed or saved to a text or rich-text file.

Report Type Description
System Report VisualAnalysis sometimes needs to communicate information that would not work well in a message box. Details of why analysis might have failed, for example. System reports may not be modified, except that you can type in them to annotate them before printing or saving.
Quick Report You can right-click in a graphic window and create a report showing what is selected, or what is shown in the window. Quick reports are 'throw-away' reports that let you see something and move on. If you customize the report in some way, it is converted to a project report so that you can get back to it later.
Project Report Reports that you spend time customizing are automatically saved with your project file and given a name to help you locate it again. You can add and remove items, rename the report. When you open your project file later, the report is available again, if you send your project to someone else, they will have access to this report. Project reports, like styles, save the organization, filters, and format of the report--not specific data, which is always 'pulled' live from your model, loads, or analysis results.
Saved Style Report Styles are report templates that can be re-used on multiple projects. The styles are saved in a data file on your machine, separate from any project files. Your report style file may be shared with others so that everyone in your office has access to some custom report templates. Any Quick Report or Project Report may be Saved as a Style at any time. You may edit a report based on the style to either update the style itself (and your current report) or to convert your report to a Project Report.

Methods for Creating Reports

Reports in VisualAnalysis are highly customizable and may be created in a number of distinct ways

Each method will create a report with different content and settings. For maximum control over what is initially included in a report, use the Report Wizard menu. For the most 'relevant' report, use the context menu Report Selected item. In any case, no matter how you initially create the report, you can always edit the report to modify what and how items are reported.

Reporting Table of Contents

You can include two self-describing pieces of information in a report to help you understand what is contained in the report.

Report Context will tell you what filter settings are used in the report so that you can better understand what is NOT reported! The Table of Contents will help you locate the various sections of the report by giving you a quick idea of whether the information is near the beginning or the end.

Reporting Member Results

VisualAnalysis provide wide variety of ways to extract member results through reports. Remember too that in addition to reports, you can create Member Graph Views and inspect member results directly in the Result View using the Filter settings. You can view some of these in the Find Tool window as well as in the Report View.

Types of Member Result Tables

Different customers have different needs! Some reports work well for one member at a time, others are very concise for working with very large projects. Use "trial & error" to find the table types that YOU need.

Member Result Table Description & Usage
Member Forces,or Displacements Concise analysis results, one row per member showing the 'range' of forces for the selected result cases. These tables also separate the positive and negative axial and bending results. These are the default tables when you report from a Result View. No information is provided as to where along the member the result happens or from which result case.
Complete Member This report lists all kinds of information about a member element including input data, key analysis results and a short summary of design checks (when available). One full page for each member element is used.
Design Group Results This is the default report when you double-click on a member in a Design View. It shows the details of design-checks performed on the member. [Design level is required]
Member Unity Checks A one-line per member summary of design check results. [Design level is required]
Member Local Displacements   LONG listing of local displacements: dx, dy, dz. One line per member per offset location, and result case. One column for each local displacement direction. This table can get very long.
Member Internal Forces   LONG listing of local forces, axial Fx, shears Vy, Vz; and moments My, Mz. Torsion is reported as Mx.One line per member per offset location, and result case. One column for each local force direction. Forces are calculated with respect to the local axes, which may be different than the section axes. This table can get very long.
Member Internal Stresses   LONG listing of section stresses, axial fa, average shears fy, fz; and bending fby, fbz at the extreme fibers. Torsional stress is not calculated. Note: Shear stresses are average values! One line per member per offset location, and result case. One column for each stress type. Stresses are calculate with respect to the section axes, which may be different than the local axes. This table can get very long.
Member Results   LONG, CUSTOMIZABLE analysis results table can include any combination of displacements, forces, and stresses as defined in the three tables above. Use this table, and the above three tables, as your basic reporting tool for member results. Base the report on selected members to keep the tables short, and rearrange the columns to sort them on various columns. One line per member per offset location, and result case. This table can get very long.
Member End Reactions   This table lists internal forces but only at the end points of the member, otherwise it is identical to the Internal Forces table. You can distinguish here results between the two ends. Two lines per member per result case.
Member Min/Max Displacements, Forces, or Stresses   This table lists two rows for each displacement(or force or stress) direction. One is the maximum value, one is the minimum value. You can determine member, the result case, the offset, and the other displacement (or force or stress) at the point of the extreme result. Use this table most effectively with one selected member, to get values necessary for design purposes in an interactive fashion. Hint: These tables are always short!
Member Extreme Results   This table is the most concise analysis result report, listing just two rows for each member regardless of how many result cases you have analyzed. The first row lists the maximum extreme result and the second row lists the minimum extreme results. The columns may be any of the displacement, force or stress results available for members. This table automatically looks across all of the member offsets and all of the result cases and pulls out the extreme results. (It ignores the result-case filter in the report.) Each result is followed by a number in parenthesis that contains a load case index. Include a Load Cases table to identify which case the extreme value came from. Use this table to get a quick overview of all of your results for all members.
Moment Magnification Shows a comparison of first-order and 2nd-order moments on a member. One line for each member and each result case. You must do a 2nd Order (P-Delta) analysis for this table to contain useful information.
Connection Force Results Shows the worst-case "end forces". Included are Axial Force, Shear Forces and Bending Moments on each member (up to six lines per member, depending on the structure type). The different ends of the member are not distinguished in this table.
Member K-Factors Calculated effective length, or K, values for each member (both sidesway and braced-frame versions are calculated, you must decide which to use!) You may use this table even if you don't use VisualAnalysis design checks.
Column Drift Results For "vertical" members only, we report the difference betwen top and bottom lateral displacements. One line for each column for each result case.
Beam Deflections For "horizontal" members only, we report both "total" and "member" displacements that you might use for design checks, at various locations along the length of the member. These are "post-processed" results to add or subtract from the nodal displacements at the end of the member. You may use this table even if you don't use VisualAnalysis design checks.

Member Results: Reported vs. Calculated

In some of the member result tables, the results are reported along the member lengths at various offsets ranging from 0 at the starting node to L at the ending node. In many tables you can specify how many places along each member to report the results. The default is 11 places (including the end points). To reduce the size of your reports, you can reduce this number to a minimum of 2. To make sure you don't "miss" critical result values, you can increase this number.

Keep in mind that results are calculated at a limited number of discrete points along the member and the reports simply interpolate between these values. To make sure you do not miss extreme result values, you can use the Member Graphs, the Member Extreme Results or Member Min/Max report tables.

Reporting Extreme Results

When reporting most result tables, you can have VisualAnalysis automatically "condense" the table to show only the rows that contain an extreme value. Normally these values are indicated in the table with a bold font so that you can find them more easily, but you can greatly reduce the size of the report by showing only the extremes. Double-click on a results table to access the option.