Friday, 9 October 2015

Tips & Tricks

Choosing the orientation of a symmetric joint when placing it on the model.

The well known "place joint" function on the structural members tab has a may not commonly known feature, what can be used to define the orientation of joints created by the user when placing it on the model.

The definition of the orientation can be performed on the graphical display of the "Place joint on model" dialog. The alignment of the joint model on the dialog can be applied on the ConSteel model ,if:
  • There is more than one option on the placement 
  • The geometry of the connected members are completely the same
If there is only one option on the placement (for example a single beam connected to a column), than the rotation of the joint on the graphical display will not affect it at all.
This feature can also be useful, when placing complex joints with symmetric geometry, but with different connections placed on it due to the different stresses.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Tips & Tricks

Object selection in ConSteel by searching only a particular part of the object name, using the " * " sign method.

The Select by property function has a less known feature, which can be useful when searching for different objects, but with a partially matching name. 

Select by property function can be started with a right click on the modelling area. 

For example, on the following model, there are a lot of different types of joints defined, and you want to select those, which has HEA340 typed in their names.

Of course, this method works not only for "Placed joints", but it can be used in any "Name" cells on "Select by property" dialog. 

In this case, the steps to do this, are the following:

  1. Right click on the modelling area and click on Select by property
  2. Select Placed joints in the drop down menu of the dialog
  3. Type *HEA140* into the Name edit box
  4. Click Apply, or OK

This " * " feature  can be used for the following types of searches:
*HEA   -Will select all objects, with name ending with HEA
HEA*   -Will select all objects, with name starting with HEA
*HEA* - Will select all objects which has HEA somewhere in their names

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