Improved integration of software packages is aiding analysis by reducing the time spent transferring data, and the potential for errors. Fabsec produces a free software package to enable engineers to optimise the design of long span cellular beams. Links are being developed with a number of frame analysis packages, starting with the RAM Structural System.
Fabsec software development manager Guy Rutter explains that designers will be able to analyse the building frame with the RAM software and export groups of beams to FBEAM 2006 for simultaneous production of optimum cellular beam designs.
'It is far faster to design the beams this way than to do them individually, ' says Fabsec managing director Phil Toczek.
One of the engineers looking forward to the launch is Shepherd Gilmour associate Peter Fensome. 'We see an immediate application for this software in hotels and shopping malls, ' says Fensome. The industry is pressed for time and needs to produce results that are right first time, he adds.
'It will speed up our analysis time and will allow us to explore more alternatives.' www. fabsec. co. uk