Documenting your work clearly, concisely and in an organized fashion is crucial to the success of any structural project. Structural analysis and design is often 50% bookkeeping, and understanding the reporting features in VisualAnalysis can help transform your business. When we discuss reporting we are generally referring to information that you will print, whether that information is text-based or graphical. Whatever you see graphically in VisualAnalysis can be printed, either directly () or through a and command into a text report or another Windows application.
Text Report Topics
- Creating Text Reports: What is a report? report windows, etc.
- Report Items: Descriptions of each of the items you may include in a report.
- Editing Text Reports: Managing and filtering contents and options
- Reporting Member Results: Many ways to find results for member elements!
- Report Operations: Save, print, export, close.
- Managing Report Styles: re-usable reports, stored per-machine
- Report Notation: column headings are short, here is a key to our notation.
Graphical Report Topics
- Result Views: Result filters, finding results, on-frame diagrams, legends
- Member Graphs: Detailed moment and shear diagrams
- Influence Lines & Graphs: With moving loads, these graphic view are available.
Modeling for Reports
VisualAnalysis can help you keep your reports organized by helping you keep your model organized! One of the best ways to do this is to provide good names for members, plates, nodes, etc. VisualAnalysis provides some smart-naming, but by renaming groups of items you can make it easier to sort, find and filter your model both graphically and in reports. Use thefeature to group similar items by name, then use object Name Filters in reports to shrink them down to only relevant items.
Tips for Reducing Report Size
Reports can get very long if you try to include everything at once! This is especially true for reports that include analysis results. It is not uncommon to have thousands of plates or members and results for fifty load combinations. If you are not careful about defining your report, it might grow to be hundreds of pages long!
Ways to Reduce Report Sizes:
- Only report specific-types of result cases
- Keep reports focused on one or two things (you can save reports and combine them in Word or Excel).
- Only report selected or named objects (vs. All objects)
- Don't analyze all your service load cases if you don't need those results
- Understand the different table-types that are available and select the appropriate tables
- Use the Extremes-Only options for result tables
See the Editing Text Reports topics for information about how to control the above items.
Requires: advanced level
VisualAnalysis advanced offers a built-in spreadsheet report, available as an option in thetab when a Report View is active showing a report you created. This allows you to perform some basic post-processing or calculations with data in the reports. You may enter equations similar to a full-blown spreadsheet application, but the behavior is not always 'great'.
For minor math (+,-,/,*,%), trigonometry (e.g., SIN, COS, TAN) or statistical (e.g., SUM, AVERAGE) operations the built-in spreadsheet might make your task very quick. You can also import a spreadsheet into an existing VisualAnalysis spreadsheet report. This allows you to perform repeated post-processing tasks quickly by pre-defining a spreadsheet of equations based on a pre-defined VisualAnalysis report style. For anything more complicated, or if you have difficulty working with this spreadsheet tab, we recommend saving your report directly to .xls format and using your favorite spreadsheet application!