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Utilities tab

Table 1. Geometry Tools group
Tool Name Description


Structure Tools >
Multiple Structures

Opens the List of Structures dialog, which is used to determine if the current model consists of more than one unconnected structure. 

Select a Structure in the list to see each structure highlighted.

Beam Plate Connectivity Used to check for plates that are improperly connected to beams. Beams must be connected to plates at their nodes in order to ensure proper coupling and load transfer. This tool will inform the user if any improper connections are present in the model.
Merge Properties

Used to merge the properties of two or more similar objects. When a STAAD input file has a number of references of the same property, this tool can be used to consolidate all these properties into a single command.

When a STAAD file has a number of references of the same property, there is now a tool to consolidate all these properties into a single command. Clicking the Yes button, all instances of a given section property will be collated into a single property reference.

Note: Properties references with differing additional parameters will not be collated. Properties references with differing assigned material properties will not be collated.
Cut Section Opens the Section dialog, which is used to cut a section through the structure along a specified global plane at a desired location of the 3rd axis.


Node Tools >
Duplicate Nodes

Opens the Remove Duplicate Nodes dialog, which is used to set the tolerance distance between two nodes the program should consider as duplicate.

Used for detecting the presence of two or more instances of the same node.

Orphan Nodes Highlights all nodes in the structure which are not connected to any member, element, or solid.
Remove Orphan Nodes Used to remove all detected orphan nodes.
Node to Node Distance Display the distance between nodes.
Remove Node to Node Distance Used to remove the display of all node to node dimensions from the current view.


Beam Tools >
Duplicate Beams

Opens the Remove Duplicate Beams dialog, which is used to set the tolerance distance between two beams the program should consider as duplicate.

Used for detecting the presence of two or more instances of the same beam.

Zero Length

Opens the Zero Length Tolerance dialog, which is used to set the tolerance for zero length members.

A member connected between duplicate nodes, which have the same (X,Y,Z) coordinates, will have a length of zero. This tool detects such members.

Overlapping Collinear Members

When two members are collinear, and further, at least one of the nodes of one of those members happens to lie within the span of the other, but the two members are not connected at that node, those two members are considered as overlapping collinear members. This tool detects such members.

The usefulness of this tool comes from the fact that it enables you to detect modeling errors which are not easily visible. Two lines overlapping on the drawing area become indistinguishable on large models, and this is one of the tools that can spot such errors.

Beam Incidence Used to reverse the incidence of selected beams so that the global coordinates of the end node are farther from the origin than that of the start node.
Dimension Beams Display the dimension of the members in the structure.


Plate Tools >
Duplicate Plates

Opens the Remove Duplicate Plates dialog, which is used to set the tolerance distance between two plates the program should consider as duplicate.

Used for detecting the presence of two or more instances of the same plate.

Warped Plates A warped plate is defined as a four-noded plate whose nodes do not lie on the same plane. This tool detects such plates.
Plate Connectivity Checks the model for plates that overlap or intersect each other at their boundaries and, if found, opens the Overlapping Collinear Plates dialog. Typically, these overlaps cause improper load transfers or instabilities in the model.


Solid Tools >
Negative Volume Used to verify that the solid elements in their model have the proper sequence (order) of node numbering to prevent warnings in the output file of solids containing negative volumes.
Warped Solids Used to check if a solid element is warped. Warped solids cannot be analyzed and will produce errors in the output file.


Physical Member Restraints
Used to automatically generate top and bottom flange restraint conditions for the selected physical members.
Note: The PBRACE command generated by this menu item is valid only for Member Design per AS 4100-1998 (Australian) steel design.

When selected, the program will search through all the nodes along the Physical Member and determine if any other beam is connected besides the beams in the current physical member definition. If another beam is present, a full restraint is placed on both the flanges. Otherwise, an unrestrained condition is imposed on both the flanges.



Groups
Opens the Create Group dialog, which is used to cluster a set of joints, beams, plates or solids into a single entity identified by a distinct name.
Note: If no groups exist, you will be prompted to create a group using the Define Group Name dialog.
Table 2. Physical Model group
Tool name Description


Drop Physical Model
For models that have a linked physical model, this will open a confirmation dialog asking if you want to remove that link. Removing this link will enable the model to be edited using all analytical modeling tools as well as remove the disabled sections of the input file in the STAAD.Pro Editor.
Table 3. Query group
Tool Name Description


Query >
Beams Used to view detailed information for one beam at a time in a dialog.
Physical Members Used to view detailed information for one physical member at a time in a dialog.
Plates Used to view detailed information for one plate at a time in a dialog.
Solids Used to view detailed information for one solid at a time in a dialog.
Nodes Used to view detailed information for one node at a time in a dialog.

Table 4. Display group
Tool name Description


Insert Text
Opens the Write Text to Insert dialog, which is used to add custom text to the View window (and, subsequently to pictures you take of the window).
Table 5. Edit group
Tool Name Description


Command File

Opens the current input command file (file extension .std.) in the STAAD.Pro Editor. If any change has been made in the structure that has not been saved, you are prompted to save the structure first.

Note: Refer to the STAAD.Pro Editor help for additional assistance.
Table 6. View group
Tool Name Description


Analysis Output
Opens the results of a successful Analysis and Design run in the STAAD.Pro Editor window.


Analysis Log
Opens the analysis and design results file (file extension .anl) in the STAAD.Pro Editor.


Error Log
If analysis errors occurred, this tool is active. Click to open the error log in the STAAD.Pro Editor.
Table 7. Tools group
Tool Name Description


Connection Tags >
Load Connection Tag File
Edit Connection Tag File
View Connection Tags Opens the Assign Connection Tags dialog.
Check Connection Tags (Active only after a successful analysis has been performed) Opens the Assign Connection Tags dialog and Check Connection Tags dialog, the latter of which is used to check the load case results from the analysis against the defined connection capacities in the Connection Tags XML data file.


Calculator
Opens the STAAD.Pro Calculator window, which is capable of performing mathematical operations.


Unit Converter
Opens the STAAD.Pro Converter window, which is used to convert data from one unit system to another. 


Take Picture

Used to take a snapshot image of current view. The picture is automatically added to a picture album.

Tip: The picture is stored in a STAAD-native format and can be subsequently included in custom reports during Report Setup. The Copy Picture and Export View tools may be used to copy a model image or to save it to a common file format.
Copy Picture

Used to copy the current picture to the clipboard for pasting in other Windows applications such as image editors, spreadsheet applications, or word processors,.



AVI File
Opens the Create AVI File dialog, which is used to create a video file recording of for animated deflection, section displacement, mode shape, and plate stress contour diagrams.
Table 8. Developer group
Tool name Description


Macro Editor
Opens the STAAD.Pro Script Editor window, which is used to write macros.


Macros
Opens the Macro dialog, which is used to create, manage, and run Visual Basic Script macros in STAAD.Pro.
Table 9. User Tools group
Tool name Description


Configure

Opens the Customize User Defined Tools dialog, which is used for running a macro utilizing OpenSTAAD functions.

For additional information, refer to the OpenSTAAD help section.



User Tools > <list>

Used for running an user-defined macros. A list of all available macros is displayed in the list.

Note: See To export STAAD model data in AutoPIPE for information on using the included Export Model to AutoPipe macro.