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Reports Items

VisualAnalysis reports are highly customizable. You select the types of items, their orders, which columns are included in tables and their order!. Selecting the right items for your reporting job can be slightly overwhelming at first. Hopefully as you find the items that work best for you, you will save your reports as reusable "styles" and not have to go hunting for items each time you create a new report.

Summary Items

Summaries show your input data or calculations that are either very short or do not conform well to a table structure.

Summary Name Description
Table of Contents Displays a concise list of items included in this report (sorry no page numbers, just order).
Report Context Lists the filter-settings in effect for this report. (Does this report include ALL results or just selected results?)
Model Summary Shows counts of nodes and elements and other model input data or information.
Load Case Summary An overview of the load cases defined.
Load Combination Summary A look at the load combinations and all their factors and contributing service cases, mainly useful for debugging load combination problems.
Design Spectra Data The data points used in a response spectra
Dynamic Analysis Summary The input data for dynamic analysis.
Analysis History Debugging information and time stamps for analysis results (for keeping track of when and how results were calculated.)
Project Notes Any notes you wish to add to a project are included here. (You add the notes themselves through the Design Critiria panel in Project Manager).
Rigid Diaphragm Summary Information about rigid diaphragms defined in your model.
Forcing Functions An overview of the dynamic forcing function input for time history analysis.
Forcing Function Details Detail of forcing function data.
Moving Load Cases Input data for moving load cases, including truck and lane definitions.
Superposition Combinations Input data describing factors, options and contributing result cases for superposition result combinations.
Project Settings Project-wide ettings that control building code load combination generation, design checks and other product functionality.
Analysis Settings Input data that changes how analysis is performed.

Table Items

Tables show long lists of input data or results that might need to be sorted or filtered. Tables often have optional column options for data that is not displayed by default. You may include multiple tables of the same type but display different columns in each and use different filter settings to achieve dramatically different reports.

Not every table type is useful to every IES customer! We generally 'hide' the table types we think are less useful or are just around for backward compatibility reasons. Use the Show all available items option in the dialog for selecting report tables.

Model Input

Tables exist to display your input data for all kinds of model objects including Nodes, Member Elements, Plate Elements, Cables, Spring Supports, RIgid Diaphragms, and Areas. There are tables for special types of members like Tapered Members, Offset Members, One-Way Members, Combined Members, etc. that are just shortcuts to modifying the Member Elements table. You may report Material Properties and Section Properties for all the elements used in your project.

Loading Input

There are tables to display each and every load applied to the model objects listed above, for each of the service load cases defined. These include Nodal Loads, Member Point Loads, Member Uniform Loads, Plate Pressure Loads, etc. Area loads may be reported as well as the "Generated Loads" (that are applied through areas to member elements). All of the various load cases have tables too: Service Load Cases, Factored Combinations, Equation Load Combinations, Dynamic Response Cases, and more.

Analysis Results

All of the "typical" result tables for simple results on every type of model object are available for displacements, forces or moments, and stresses as applicable. Thes include Nodal Displacements and Reactions, Member Internal Forces, Spring Results, etc. Results may be available in both 'local' and 'global' directions or in a variety of extreme or min/max configurations. Each table meets someone's particular need depending on whether you are reporting 1000 members, or a single member, for example.

There are also result "debugging" reports like the Statics Check item, or

There are numerous ways to report member results so you should experiment with the various types of tables to select the one that is appropriate for your situation(s). Member elements have different types of displacement (or deflection, or drift) reports to satisfy various needs, some tables automatically filter out members with certain orientations like the Beam Deflections table or the Column Drift Results table.

Design Aides

Some helpful tables report analysis results, but configured or processed from raw analysis to be used in design checks. Things like the Beam Deflections, Column Lateral Drift, Lateral Stability Index Results, Member K Factors, Design Connection Forces, Member Moment Magnification, or Self Weight & Center of Mass tables are not design-checks, per say, but will help you with your various design tasks.

Design Reports

Requires: Design Level

You can report input data for your design groups along with unity checks (by check type), and design details (like rebar selections for concrete) by including "Design Group Results" item. The unity checks will show demand, capacity, some intermediate calculation results (like Cb or Lu) values, and the controlling code reference. A Member Unity Checks table is a very concise design-status for all the members in your project.

Tool Report Items

Some special tools or features create their own unique reports that are not generally available in the 'standard' VisualAnalysis report system. These reports may be printed, but do not save or have names. Features like: Bill of Materials, Connection Design utilities, Check Model For Errors, and Result Validation Checks, all create these types of reports. VisualAnalysis uses the report window for extended error messages after a failed analysis or for other reasons too. To get rid of a tool report you can "replace" it with any saved project report, built-in report style, or new custom report.