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QuickQnect® Release Notes: April 2022

May 1, 2022 6:00:00 PM

Coming soon:

  • Utility ratio preference to offer a percentage gap between the required force and the designed capacity.
  • Total control of designed angles and plates to match inventory and mandated requirements.
  • Advanced washer control to use preferences to meet engineering requirements.

On its way

  • Ability for Qnect to use connections designed in earlier sessions when designing groups of joints.
  • End plate connections - AISC
  • Single Angle Bracing connections - AISC
  • Double Angles - CISC
  • Advanced MAPS capability to filter what you want to show on a MAP.

Available now

  • AISC 15th edition is now available.
  • Load red cones into model even when no successful connections are designed.
  • Highlight engineering related questions from the other preferences for ease of use.
  • New preferences for preferred cut at setback for sloped filler beams on Fabricators Detailing Preference page.
  • Provide option for normal shear plate geometry with minimal axial loads.  This question only applies to the trigger of full depth shear plates for these concurrent axial loads applied as a percentage of shear load, and do not affect any other full depth triggers, ie. axial
    loads in the model, integrity loads with passthrough, etc.
  • The shear plate, weld, bolts, etc. would all still be designed for the shear and axial load similar
    for example when there is a two-sided connection and the axial load is considered a passthrough
    and the shear plate retains normal geometry. The principal difference is that this small axial load
    will NOT trigger a full depth shear plate to transfer the axial load into the girder flanges.
    This only occurs currently at single sided connections since currently if axial load occurs
    as a percentage of shear load as defined in the Job Preferences, (maximum 9%), design axial
    loads are harmonized on both sides, equal to the larger of two sides, which already allows
    connection with normal shear plate geometry.
  • Allow "PARTIAL" full depth shear plate with some integrity loads
  • At beam to girder connections, for Shear Only basic loading (without standard axial load), we will update to allow “partial” full depth shear plates with the following integrity loads:
  1. IBC Integrity Load without pass-through
  2. AISC 15th Integrity Load

Calculations for these 2 cases of “partial” full depth shear plates with integrity loads will no longer include the additional full depth shear plate limit state checks. A check for weld axial capacity to handle these integrity loads using the “partial” full depth attachment length will be added. Note: for weld of top of partial full depth shear plate to top girder flange we will use weld size = max( per Table J2.4, min user preference) + gap.
  • Assemblies GUID will no longer change when weld is replaced during a revision.

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