We have used Staad Pro for many years here at Origin Structures. For those who don’t know, Staad Pro is an engineering modelling software that allows engineers to build 3D models and test a structure under loading conditions, It is a good general purpose structural engineering tool and also includes extra facilities such as dynamic loading. The programme also allows the engineer to do design of steel and concrete and also foundation design can be performed in its sister programme, Staad Foundation.
We have been giving Staad Pro training through a partnering company called Cadserve, based in the north-east of England and are always happy to discuss training requirements.
We have also been helping a client in Yorkshire, Spanlite UK, to automate their design process using the programming facilities of Staad Pro. Spanlite specialise in the manufacture of cold-rolled steel buildings and they asked if we could develop spreadsheet-software that would automate their designs for them. Using OpenStaad, we have written VBA routines that allow non-engineers to use a spreadsheet that “talks” to Staad Pro and produce a design for a full portal building. Design times that were taking several weeks in out-sourced consultancies can now be done in-house in a matter of minutes. We have further extended this to include trussed frames.
The spreadsheet and VBA routines carried out a full-design check to the Eurocode Standards.