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M. Example

Use this procedure to create an example meshed solid which can then be analyzed in STAAD.Pro.

This tutorial utilizes the basic features of the program in order to familiarize you with the process of creating a simple model. Not all tools or options are presented here.

  1. Select the New tool on the Model toolbar An empty file is opened.
  2. Select the Overall Dimensions tool. The Overal dimension dialog opens.
  3. Specify a Width of 40 m and Height of 40 m and then click OK. Leave the plane as XZ. The dimension limits are drawin in the View window.
  4. Select the Grid Options tool. The Grid settings dialog opens.
  5. Specify a X spacing of 5 m and a Z spacing of 5 m and then click OK. The drawing grid is displayed inside the overall dimensions within the View window.
  6. If the Snap to Grid tool is not set, do so.
    Tip: When a tool is set, its icon is shown as depressed in the toolbar and in the menu.
  7. Select the External Contour tool and click any vertex point as shown in the following figure and table.

    External contour

    X (m) Z (m)
    5 5
    35 5
    35 35
    15 35
    15 20
    5 20
  8. Continue clicking adjacent vertex points in either clockwise or counterclockwise order until the rubber-banded shape looks like the final shape desired; then double-click the final vertex point.
    Tip: You can right-click to undo the previous data point if necessary.
    The external contour shape is shaded gray.
  9. Select the Internal Contour tool and click any vertex point of the opening showin in the following figure and table.

    Opening in the surface

    X (m) Z (m)
    25 10
    30 10
    30 30
    25 30
    15 20
    5 20
  10. Continue clicking adjacent vertex points in either a clockwise or counterclockwise order until the rubber-banded shape looks like the final shape desired; then double-click the final vertex point. The shading is removed inside the inner contour shape to represent the opening.