STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition Readme

What's New in STAAD.Pro 2007, Build 01 (29 June 2007)

A) Issues addressed in the Analysis/Design engine

1) For concrete column design to IS:456-2000, includes a requirement for calculation of additional moments outlined in the Notes section of clause 39.7.1 on 15) Section 2.17.8 was updated.

2) The engine can now use cold formed steel sections from a non US database with other section properties.

3) The torsion design of HSS sections to the AISC Unified code has been improved in the calculation of the status of compact flanges.

4) The AISC Unified code has been updated to allow designs on T sections.

5) It is now possible to define multiple instances of ELEMENT WEIGHT blocks in a seismic definition.

6) The engine has been modified so that if a surface pressure load has been incorrectly defined with the magnitude of the load before the direction, this will no longer cause the engine to crash, but will be reported as an error.

7) Steel design to IS:800 has been corrected for checking groups of members that have compression and tension.

8) The shear wall design to IS:456 has been updated.

9) The shear wall design to BS 8110 has been updated.

10) The design to the South African steel code has been updated to correct identification of single and double curvature bending.

11) The AISC ASD steel design code has been updated to correctly design angles that are defined with the AXIS parameter to specify design of the geometric / principal axes.

12) The AISC ASD steel design code has been updated to allow for the design of Chinese HW sections.

13) The shear wall design to the Indian code has been updated.

14) In order to check for deflection limits of cantilever beams, a CAN paramater has been added for the codes:- 1. IS 800, 2. AISC Unified, 3. South African, 4. BS 5950, 5. EC3, 6. EC3 BS

15) A new parameter has been added to the AISC ASD code, STP to identify whether user table wide flange sections should be designed as welded or rolled. Set STP 1 for rolled or STP 2 for welded.

16) The BS 5950-p5 cold formed design code has been updated to allow sections defined in the Lysaght cold formed database to be designed

17) The shear resistance calculations of double channel sections has been improved to account for both sections in AISC ASD and LRFD design checks.

18) The Floor Load command has been updated for inclined floor areas such that the load intensity is now calculated on the actual area rather than the projected area.


B) Issues addressed in the Pre-Processing Mode

1) If the data file contains the ALL parameter to assign properties such as materials to all beams, this was being replaced with a member list if a new member was added. This has been addressed.

2) IS:1893 spectrum loading dialog has been updated to allow the spectrum and interpolation types to be specified.

3) Clarification that the move command does not work when using the geometry cursor selection.

4) Preview surfaces has been improved to indicate changes in edge divisions.

5) User Table GENERAL sections which were based on a drawn section profile (and stored with Profile Point data) has been improved for sections where the data extends over more than one line.

6) ASCE-7 Gust Factor calculation has been improved.

7) INACTIVE specification can be toggled on members from the Specification dialog.

8) Print option removed from Physical Member Query dialog box.

9) Surface Object data is now checked to ensure that it does not exceed the maximum line length in the data file.

10) The saving of the seismic load generation as per IS1893:1984 by the GUI has been improved.

11) UBC definitions deleted in the GUI are now removed entirely from the data file.

12) A number of HSS section names have been updated to match the sections published names (note that this is only for the published names in the databases, not the name used by STAAD)

13) Published section names for HSSP and HSST sections have been updated to match published names to assist in linking to DESCON connection designs.

14) The ASCE-7 wind loading generator preview of the wind pressure profile has been improved.

15) The Recent File list in the Open Browse dialog has been updated so that if the file path is truncated, it is displayed correctly.

16) STAAD.Pro now locks the picture file (and any work files) for the lifetime of the structure. This should avoid having 2 processing accessing the same picture file. It also searches for an unused name for a work file, preventing any cross-structure problems.

17) The undo operation has been enhanced to operate with the addition of a ASCE 7 wind load command.

18) The Lysaght cold formed database of C sections has been corrected.

19) The Korean wide flange section database has been updated removing the duplicate W300x300x94 section.

20) The areas of sections in the 'Channel without lips' in the American Cold Formed Sections database (AISI) have been corrected.

21) The GUI has been updated to correctly report valid range of CMY and CMZ parameters for the Canadian steel design code.

22) The zone factor when selecting Allahabad city has been corrected in the IS 1893 seismic definition dialog.

23) The GUI has been modified so that the AISC Unified code parameters can be added graphically.

24) The GUI has been updated so that if the One Way Loading with the Towards option is modified and the file saved, the modification is also updated.

25) The Response Spectrum sheet of the Load Items dialog has been updated to ensure that the Add button is activated correctly.

26) The GUI has been modified to accommodate deletion of members loaded with wind loading

27) The GUI has been updated to allow STAAD files with incorrectly defined loading data to be parsed and the errors displayed rather than causing the GUI to crash.

28) The preview of floor loading has been updated to ensure that the loading condition defined by the command is correctly reflected in the graphics.

29) The browse button in the New Wizard dialog box has been improved to operate correctly when the path has been set to a drive root folder.

30) Removing load items from physical members displayed in the Physical Member Dialog box has been improved,

31) Removing load items from regular members displayed in the Member Dialog box has been improved.

32) The GUI has been updated to account for STAAD title lines that incorrectly exceed 79 characters

33) Adding Seismic Load Definiitions in the GUI has been improved under the condition where a primary load case has already been defined, which previously wouold have caused the program to close prematurly.

34) The editing of Generated (Moving Load) loadcases has been improved so ensure that additional load cases are included correctly.

35) The flange thickness of the US section W8x17 has been corrected to 0.308 inches in the AISC database.

36) The Canadian steel database has been updated with HSS round and rectangular sections.

37) The option to create double wide flange sections from the standard steel databases has been clarified in that the spacing to be provided is the spacing between the ends of the flanges.

38) The Surface Object has been added to the list of objects that are selected with the Geometry cursor.

39) The footing design in the analysis engine has been discontinued. Note that a comprehensive foundation solution which includes detailed footing design is available using the application.


C) Issues addressed in the Post-Processing Mode

1) The values of cut lines through plates for metric units has been corrected.

2) Results of files containing IBC 2003 commands can now be read with the Tools>SQL Query functions.

3) Plate>Results Along Line values corrected if the units are metric

4) Generated lodcases that include additional loadcases are displayed correctly in the post processor mode.

5) Results of Australian concrete column design is now available in the Member Query dialog.

6) It is now possible to copy the values in a Mode Shape table that is generated from a dynamic analysis.

7) The Surface Object Query dialog has been updated to correct the displayed and printed values of FX and FY shown on the Forces sheet.


D) Issues addressed in the Steel Design Mode

1) Steel Designer AISC ASD results updated for pipe sections.

2) The AISC steel designer now supports design of Chinese H sections.

3) The Steel Designer Brief Dialog boxes have been updated to ensure that the OK and Cancel buttons are visable without having to hover over their locations.

4) The Steel Design briefs dialog have been updated so that all the buttons are visible without having to hover over their locations.

5) The EC3 design has been updated to operate in the Steel Designer Mode.


E) Issues addressed in the Concrete Design Mode

1) Pictures taken in RC Designer are stored in a format that allows multiple sessions of RC Designer to operate and not impinge on each other.

2) BS8110 column designs improved when a side sway load case is defined.

3) The IS456 design code has been improved removing a superfluous check for minimum area that caused beam designs to crash.

4) Designs of beams / columns and slabs to BS 8110:1997 incorporating amendments 1,2 and 3, needs to use material notations as defined in BS 8666:2005. The 2000 version of 8666 has been withdrawn.

5) The RC Designer module has improved its use of USL (now called Structural Passport) licenses

6) There has been a general improvement in the internal functionality for taking pictures.


F) Issues addressed in the Editor, Viewer and other modules

1) The section database manager can now operate with the operating system set to European regional settings (using a comma as the decimal marker)

2) Updated IEG Licensing allows use of STAAD.Pro licenses during down periods of the SELECT License server.

3) Macro to create AutoPipe NTL batch files updated to use STAAD database sections using either STAAD or Published names.

4) The Component Design Mode has been removed from STAAD.Pro GUI



1) The OpenSTAAD application object has a new function GetPublishedProfileName which returns a string with the published property section name when the function is given the STAAD property name and the country code (see OpenSTAAD manual)

2) The OpenSTAAD function GetBeamPropertyAll has been enhanced to ensure that flange and web thicknesses are obtained for user sections.

3) The OpenSTAAD function GetSteelDesignResults function updated to operate with the latest results versions of STAAD.Pro results data files.


H) Issues addressed in Printing

1) The printing routines have been updated to allow printing and print previewing the Surface Forces Along X and Y options.

2) The height v intensity table is now included in a user report for wind load definitions.


I) Issues addressed in Section Wizard

1) Canadian Tee section shape database updated correcting flange and web thicknesses.

2) The parametric section data input for rolled wide flange sections in Free Sketch has been updated to match the preview image.

3) The Canadian T section database has been updated to report the correct location of the centre of gravity.

4) ASTM WT sections database corrected to show sections with parallel flanges.

5) Section property descriptions updated.


J) Issues addressed in Advanced Slab Design

1) Advanced Slab Designer improved to operate with Surface objects as well as collections of plate elements