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  • Johnny Normann

    This is gonna be soooo exciting..  If you need testers, I`m glad to test  :-)

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  • Alexander

    good afternoon - when will there be more details about the new plugin ? I am sure there are many people who want to help in its development ) we are waiting for you very much

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  • Dale

    It is wonderful to hear that people are excited about this plugin!  But this will be a long development road.  However, we plan to release some more info within the next 4-6 weeks.  Stay tuned!

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  • Wahyues GROUP

    we wait for the release ^_^ 

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  • Larry Whittington

    Can't wait for the release.  Would love to beta test if possible.

    Is any connectivity with RISA 3d planned?  That would be a huge help for us, if so.

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  • Massimiliano Pratelli

    Wow Dale! I'm very happy and so exited! Do you know a dog waiting for the ball? I feel this way ;-)

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  • Dale

    Hi Larry - I've never heard of RISA until now but we'll definitely look into this. One of our goals for this product is to be able to easily exchange data between various platforms.

    Massimiliano - great to hear the excitement! (but I hope you are a patient person)

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  • Larry Whittington

    I don't see any mention of stairs, handrails, guardrails, cage ladders, joists, cold formed sections and cold form metal studs...etc.

    Do you plan on adding these features in the future?

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  • Dale

    Hi Larry - I think there is potential to add all of those items in the future.  For the initial release, we hope to include handrails, guardrails, and joists.  Maybe even cold formed steel as well.

    Stairs and ladders will probably be added at some point but may not make it into the first release.

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  • Larry Whittington

    Thank you for your reply.  I'll continue to use PB3 for those things until they are implemented.

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  • Larry Whittington

    Dale:

    I hope I'm not out of line here, but below you will find a list of feature requests that would help us in our daily workflows. Our workflow consists of a back and forth between Risa3d and SU then finally either taking the final SU model and importing into cad to cut sections and develop plans or just redrawing everything from scratch. Its far from perfect but it's ours.

    Feature requests:

    1. A bi-directional link between Decasteel and Risa3d. Currently we must export from SU to dxf and then into Risa3d for analysis. No member mapping takes place during this it is strictly a stick frame model. Members must be assigned each time the process takes place. Any intelligence between the two applications would be an improvement.

    2. When importing a Sketchup model into autocad the rounds or (k) in any view (sections, plans and details) shows facet lines. Cleaning these up is a nightmare of a job. The ability to turn the (k) on or off, or work with a simplified squared off section would be beneficial. This would also serve to speed up SketchUP on larger models while still working in SU.

    3. A one way directional link of placing a DECAsteel model in Autocad, or its verticals, and that model staying updated with the SU/DECAsteel model. Somewhat covered in item 2 above, just automates the process.

    4. An option to toggle beam gauge lines on or off as modeling aids.

    Something to think about. If you would like to discuss this further please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

    Thank you.

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  • Dale

    Hi Larry - these are awesome requests.  Thanks!  I look forward to future collaboration with you. I am not very familiar with Risa3D.  Is it mainly used for analysis?  Does it have a lot of users?  We would like to support bi-directional linking between the top 2-3 structural analysis applications but I need to do some more research to see if Risa would fall in that category.

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  • Massimiliano Pratelli

    Hi Dale,

    What about SAP2000? Will be a connection with SAP2000?

    Thank you.

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  • Larry Whittington

    I have no idea to the ranking of where RISA would fall with other engineering packages.  Top3, not sure.  Top ten, probably.  Its very common here in the States, but I'm not sure how widespread it is in other countries.  I do know they provide a bi-directional link for Revit, for all other software they have a separate program that maps CIS/2 beam nomenclature to and from RISA.  I've had some success using that program with SDS/2 and no success with regards to Advance Steel.  Any connection information you've developed is lost using the mapping program.  Its not ideal.  I've provided links below to the RISA site.

    https://risa.com/products/risa-3d

    https://risa.com/products/linkutilities

    I've provided a last link to our website so you can see who we are and what we do.

    Please let me know if I can be of any help on this.  We're very excited to see this program come to light.

    www.ccsae.com

     

     

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  • Dale

    SAP2000 is one that we are definitely planning to pursue a link with.  Thanks for the RISA links.  We will look into that.

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  • David Joseph

    Hi Everyone and Hi Dale !!

    Something new with DECAsteel ? we're still impatient to know more about it ... and to test it :D ...
    - What about the link between DS and PB ?
    - What about IFC ? and link with others software ?
    - ...

    Have a nice Day !
    Best regards
    David

    PS : Here's a link to a webinar (exchange between TEKLA and IDEA STATICA and SCIA Engineer)https://www.tekla.com/fr/a-propos/webinars/interop%C3%A9rabilit%C3%A9-entre-tekla-structures-scia-engineer-et-idea-statica-0

    I suppose there are others in English but if it can gives you ideas ;)

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  • Dale

    Hi David! Sorry for the silence. We've been really focused on development of PlaceMaker Revit and QuantifyAR right now, but soon we will be getting back into DS development.

    Regarding the link between DS and PB: DECAsteel objects such as columns, beams, bracing, etc. will be recognized by PB and editable using PB tools. However, PB objects will likely not be editable with DS.  That being said, it might be possible to include a feature in DS to convert PB objects to DS objects (but likely not to be included in version 1)

    IFC is something we want to support in DS.  It is one of our main goals to offer exchangability with other software using the IFC format.  Lots of work to be done here!

    I have made a note to investigate whether we can make DS compatible with IDEA STATICA and SCIA.  Thank you for the link!

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  • David Joseph

    Hi Dale,

    You could maybe be interested to look this

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91drCKYRyes

    It's about the Link between Grasshopper and Tekla.

    Best regards

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  • Dale

    Thanks David - I'll check it out!

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  • David Joseph

    Cool ;) ... Maybe you have some news about DS ? :D

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  • Dale

    All summer, it's been on my TODO list to send out a newsletter / dev update..but I keep putting it off!  Hopefully soon though :)

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  • David Joseph

    Cool. Thanks Dale

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  • Dylan Baker

    Hi Dale, 

    Do you have an anticipated release date you are shooting for? Would you suggest getting profile builder to start using in the mean time? 

    Cheers

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  • Dale

    Hi Dylan - Unfortunately I can't share the release date since I expect it will be a moving target :)  Definitely make use of Profile Builder in the meantime.  

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  • Pierre-Hugues Lanneville

    Hello Dale,
    I recently looked at your software and I am really interested in your product. I am currently in the creation of a metal workshop and, being an engineer myself, I really want a way to easily draw and plan my jobs. If you're not ready yet for an official launch, I would be interested to buy a beta version and maybe help you spot any bugs or nice feature. I am open to discussion if you'd like.

    Thanks a lot, 

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