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M. To add a new table section property

To add a table section property from a standard catalogs for steel, cold-formed steel, timber, or aluminum, use the following procedure.

These are also referred to as the "built-in" tables of sections in STAAD.Pro.

  1. Either:

    select the Database tool in the Specifications group on the Specifications ribbon tab


    select the Properties page and then click Section Database on the Properties - Whole Structure dialog

    Tip: Selecting the country from the Database tool drop-down list first results in a faster dialog load time.
    The Section Profile Tables dialog opens.
  2. Select the appropriate table:
    1. Select the material tab at the top of the dialog:
      • Steel
      • Coldformed Steel
      • Timber
      • Aluminium
    2. Select the country catalog and shape profile on the left-hand side of the dialog.
    Tip: If you selected the material and country using the Database tool drop-down, then only that material and country tables are shown in the dialog.
  3. Select the shape profile on the left-hand side of the dialog.
  4. Either:

    select the specific shape (i.e., beam, profile, shape, section, etc.) in the list


    select to define a shape for some (i.e., pipes)

    Note: Refer to related codes in the Design section for information on section nomenclature.
  5. Select the appropriate Type Specification for some shapes. Some type specifications require additional input (such as cover plate dimensions, spacing, composite slab data, etc.).
  6. (Optional) Select an associated Material. This feature allows you to use material definitions for steel, stainless steel, concrete, aluminum, or any previously specified, custom material definitions.
  7. Either:
    To… Do the following…
    add the section to the model for later assignment click Add.
    add the section to the model and assign to the current member selection click Asign.
  8. (Optional) Repeat steps 2 through 7 as needed to add more sections to the model.
  9. Click Close.
The section and, if selected, associated material, is added to the Properties - Whole Structure dialog.
If you did not assign the section to a selection set, you must select the section label in the Properties - Whole Structure dialog and assign it using one of the assignment methods.