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Simplified analysis of shear wall systems

Diagraph View
Lay out shear walls in a plan view.

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Modeling

  • Model and analyze rigid and semi-rigid wall systems
  • Flexible diaphragm modeling: you apply forces to each wall
  • Wood, steel, masonry, and concrete
  • Any diaphragm configuration/shear wall orientation
  • Shear wall and diaphragm openings
  • Moment or braced frames
  • Single-story analysis of many walls
  • Generate "Next Floor Down" project file from reactions at this level

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  • Model line loads, point loads, and wall loads
  • IBC and ASCE 7 load combinations (customizable)
  • Independent wind & seismic load cases for two directions
  • Skewed direction load cases are now available
  • Copy & paste diaphragm loads

Analyzing

  • Multiple shear wall materials in one model
  • Automated FEA plate meshing
  • Summarized results for walls, drag struts, and collectors

Reporting

  • Preview the report before printing
  • Customize what items are included in the report
  • Print one-page graphic summaries
  • Center of rigidity is reported
  • Filter reports by load cases or combinations, or by walls
  • Total resultant is displayed at top/bottom for walls with openings

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