M. To add a surface selfweight load
To add a selfweight load for surface elements so the weight of the surface elements is included in the analysis of the structure, use the following procedure.
Tip: This will add the load item to the currently selected load group selected in the program status bar.
- Select the tab.
- Select a global Direction for the selfweight. This is typically the "vertical" direction but can be any global direction.
- Type a Factor. This is multiplier on the calculated weight of the structure objects. You do not need to use a load factor for ultimate strength design here, as that is typically applied to load combinations.
- Click Add. The load item is added to the selected load case.