Release Notes: February 2020

Mar 13, 2020 5:36:42 PM

After the holiday rest, we had a productive and, I’ll say, exciting time on the product development side of the house. Most of the enhancements are working behind the scenes so you won’t notice too much on the User Interface side but you will notice a few items.

When you’re in the Job Preferences report, you’ll see that we cleaned up a few items to show more human readable weld preferences. You’ll also see in the Preference section another enhancement that takes our current down distance preference from 4" to 6.” This preference increments by quarter of an inch, similar to how the preference is currently set up.

We also added new preferences for setback. The drop down for “At Other Shear Plates“ on Fabricator’s Detail preferences now has the same drop down as “At Shear Plate Beam to Column web, (clear to col flange)“ for imperial and metric.

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Customers continue sharing their wants and we aim to make these a reality. Larry Muir had a suggestion that resulted in an enhancement of Long Slot functionality.  For all single or double angles, EXCEPT at embed plates, if there is a Long Slot in the beam and/or the shear plate/angle, force bolt type to SC type A.

More enhancements for Fillet, PJP, and CJP welds with backgouge (ie, TC-U4b, TC-U5a,, TC-U4b) at column shear plate to column web without adequate clearance, instead of kicking out connection, change to CJP weld with backing bar using the same weld process as the User Pref choice (ie. TC-U4a), and use a groove preparation with ¼ root opening and 45 degree groove angle up to the thickness allowed in the job prefs question.

There’s an enhanced of shear plate weld clearance to beam end.  Currently, we make sure there is at least 1/16 clear of weld at shear plate to beam end, including an allowance for the movement at long slots; however, we currently do not include an allowance for movement at other hole types.  We updated so we include an allowance for all hole types potential movement.

Earlier we mentioned the “human readable weld preferences” and the weld symbols in the enhanced weld symbols that we now add to the Tekla model - including the rectangular symbol for backing or the convex symbol for backgouging or the text for backgouging.

There’s enhance system to show the engineered group to the Qnect connection codes.  For any given connection, the engineered group that it's in will have a different number, but the letters will all be the same. Ex: bb.s.s.01234 is in the group bb.s.s.00123.

In order to make this relationship more clean, we use two sets of numbers instead of just one. The first one will be the group number, and the second one will be the connection number.

In the example before, we would have a new connection code of bb.s.s.00123.01234. Now, when users go to find those calcs in the submittal package, it'll be more clear where they need to look.

Engineered groups on the submittal package report makes it easier for the EOR to stamp.

Today, Qnect has specific connection types for all joints in the model like b.b.s.s.00003 . If Qnect finds another joint that is a match within a model using the same job preferences, Qnect will use the same connection type b.b.s.s.00003.

The key is what is a "match.” For Qnect to find a match, all these values need to be the same:

  1. including number of rows, number of columns, bolts,
  2. capacity (all forces)
  3. copes
  4. doublers, stiffeners - width, length, thickness
  5. edge distances
  6. plate (or angle properties) (shear plate - bolts, horizontal edge dist top/bottom, vertical edge dist) (Angles - bolts, profile)
  7. reaction (all forces)
  8. vertical offset
  9. span
  10. slope, skew
  11. setback

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In addition to using matching connection types throughout the model, Qnect created an Engineered group. Where we match all the items above through number 6. If the reaction or any of the items below are different, the two connections can share the engineered group. The new connection code which includes the engineered group is shown on the MAP tool and on the Submittal package report.  This is only turned on for projects that have not begun.

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Christian Erickson

Written by Christian Erickson

Christian Erickson, Qnect’s Director of Global Marketing and Sales, attends conferences and events and shares his observations on industry trends in the Qnect news blog.

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