Filter, Sorting, Batch Design, Grouping, Reporting

Filter, Sorting, Batch Design, Reporting

Manipulating the Beam Summary Table

The summary table can be manipulated as follows:

To filter axes 

Initially the beam summary table displays all beams at all storeys.  You can filter the table by clicking the “Filter Axes” button on the “Design” tab of the “Edit” form.

The following filtering options are provided: “Display All Members”, “Filter by Storey”, “Filter by Axis Label” and “List Failed Members Only”.

  1. If the “Filter by Storey” option is selected, a list of storeys will appear on the right of the option. You can choose any storey from this list so that the beams of that storey are listed in the table.
  2. Similarly if the “Filter by Axis Label” option is selected a field for axis label input will appear on the right of the option. When the desired axis label is typed, the table will consist of a list of beams on that axis in all storeys.
  3. Furthermore, if you select the “List Failed Members Only” option, only axes for which reinforcement couldn’t be determined will be listed in the Beam Table.

To return to a listing of all axes choose the “Display All Members” option in the “Filter Axes” dialog.

To sort the table into a different order 

Initially the beam summary table displays axes sorted by Axis label, then Storey, then Part.  You can sort in different ways by dragging “Group”, “Axis” or “Storey” column headers. The first header becomes the primary and the next becomes the secondary sorting criteria.

To remove a sorting criteria drag it back into the table header.

Beam Reinforcement Design (Batch Mode) 

All the beams in the structure or in a selected storey can be designed automatically in batch mode. This is accessed via the “Beam Design (Batch Mode)” button on the “Design” tab.

After finishing the design of the critical axes interactively you can design the beams for the remaining axes automatically using the batch mode beam design dialog.

In this case selecting the “Don’t select steel when previous bars are insufficient” option will prevent re-design of the interactively designed axes. If the Batch Mode Design is being used for the first time or all beams are selected for design again you can choose the “Re-select All Steel Bars” option.

In order to start the Batch Mode Beam Reinforcement Design click the “Calculate” button in this dialog.

A report is generated during the batch mode design to inform the user of any problems during the design of the beams. You can review this report by pressing “Messages” button in the “Beam Reinforcement Design” dialog as shown in the figure below.

Copy and Paste Bars

A less sophisticated feature when compared to grouping; “Copy Bars” and “Paste Bars, located on the “Design” tab of "Storey Beam Section Design and Detailing", allows the designed bars from one axis to be pasted to other axes with similar geometry. A check design is then performed to establish if the pasted bars are sufficient.

Because no relation is established between the source and destination axes, re-selecting bars would result in the axes adopting different bars to each other once more.

Copy Bars 
Using this button, steel bars from the selected beam axis can be copied to the clipboard and can be pasted to axes with similar geometry.

Select the beam axis to copy and press the “Copy Bars” button. The axis label will be marked by an arrow symbol and all beam axes with similar geometry will be highlighted with an “=” mark.

Paste Bars 
If a beam axis is marked by an arrow symbol, then you can use this button to paste steel bars from it to the beams on the selected axis.

Note that you can only paste steel bars to the beam axes marked with “=”.
A check design is carried out immediately after paste operation to check if the provided steel is sufficient and the tick/cross mark will be updated.

Paste Steel Bars to All 
If a beam axis is marked by an arrow symbol, then you can use this button to paste steel bars from it to all the beam axes marked with “=”.
A check design is carried out immediately after paste operation to check if the provided steel is sufficient and the tick/cross mark will be updated.


Various reports are available to be printed from the “Report” tab of the “Beam Design and Detailing” form.

Printing the Beam Design Report 
After beam design has been accomplished the “Design Report” button can be used to print the results.

Beam Capacity Reports 
You can use this option to check the capacities of the beams calculated using the supplied steel. This table is generally used for checking the capacity of the existing buildings. This button is not displayed when designing to the EC code.

Print Summary Table 
To print the summary table as it is displayed on screen, click the “Print Summary Table” button.

Print Bars List 
To display and print a table of the beam reinforcement, click the “Print Beam Steel Table” button. Axes where it has not been possible to determine the reinforcement are also indicated.

Flange Shear Check (EC2 Design only) 
To display and print the flange shear check results, click the “Flange shear Check” button. This button is not displayed when designing to other codes.

Marking the Axes for Printing

The “Design” and “Print” columns in the table for the axes that have been designed inform you that the beam is designed and ready for printing.

The mark in the “Print” column indicates that the beam axis will be included in the output report. When the “Design Report” option is selected, only the axes that are marked for printing will be transferred to the output report.

After selecting an axis in the list, you can either mark or unmark it for printing by clicking in the “Print” box.

The print marks for all items in the list can be set using the “Mark All Design Axes” button. Similarly, all print marks can be removed by using “Remove Marks” button.

Where grouping has been applied, print marks for the group masters only can be set using the “Mark Group Master Axes Only” button. When the report is printed, calculations are displayed for the group master axis only. Other beams in the same group are listed underneath each the master beam. 

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