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Moment Resisting Short Wall Design

SteelSmart® System’s Moment Resisting Short Wall design module provides the analysis and design procedure for the design of interior half walls, strip window framing, and parapet framing in residential and commercial cold formed steel framing utilizing the MidWall™ section.

Cold-formed Steel Moment Resisting Short Wall Design Software Module

MidWall is a revolutionary product intended to simplify and optimize the design and construction of members and anchorage connections. Available in widths of 2-½”, 3-5/8” or 6” and lengths of 24” or 48”, MidWall is a one piece connection/framing unit which provides for optimization of materials and streamlined installation.

The wall assembly consists of MidWall members spaced along the length of the wall with a top track spanning between MidWall members acting as a load distribution member capable of distributing localized loads to multiple MidWall sections.

An interior half wall is common in commercial and residential construction. In some applications the half wall is required to resist occupants from falling from an elevated surface or provide a handrail for climbing or stability assistance. The MidWall product meets the performance requirements for this application.

In strip or ribbon window framing application MidWall sections may be used at intermediate points along the length of the window to support the header and sill.

MidWall Distribution of Load
Cold-Formed Steel Strip Window Design

In many framing applications a parapet may cantilever out from the roof level as opposed to bypassing the roof level. The MidWall product is capable of satisfying the load requirements and providing an aesthetically pleasing solution for this application.


Cold-Formed Steel Strip Window Design Connection
SteelSmart System Basic

Curtain Wall

Choose from a wide-variety of common curtain wall applications, such as bypass, infill, spandrel, parapet, and opening conditions. Complete the assembly with TSN's connections and Hilti's fasteners.

Load Bearing Wall

Optimize load bearing stud elements in low and mid-rise structures. Select fromStandard sections or the optimal SigmaStudsection.

X-Brace Shear Wall

Shear wall design is simplified with the power of SSS 7. Newly added special seismic design requirements provide clients with multiple design options.

Floor Framing

Choose from TSN'sPrimeJoistor Standard sections to quickly select a steel-framed floor system.

Roof Framing

Design roof rafters and joists quickly and easily with SteelSmartSystem's Roof Module.

Roof Truss

Select from a variety of common trusses, or create your own truss to design the members, connections, fasteners, and lateral bracing elements.

Moment Resisting Short Wall

Simplify and optimize the design and construction of a short wall or half wall in residential and commercial cold formed steel framing.

SteelSmart System Advanced

Lateral Load Generator/Distributor

The Lateral Load Generator/Distributor tool uses the dimensions and load specification for a building and calculates the total lateral wind and seismic loads according to ASCE 7 Standard “Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures”.

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Layout & Details Generator

Plots framing layout of the wall and adds the connection design data (clip designation, number of fasteners, embedment, and screw pattern) to the typical connection detail. The drawing also includes framing members’ cross-sections and shapes. The drawing can be exported in AutoCAD;DXF format.

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BIM Framing Plugin for Revit

SteelSmart® Framer: Framing Plugin for Revit

The SteelSmart® Framer provides engineers and contractors with a powerful tool to better design, estimate, and communicate light steel framing on projects using Autodesk® Revit® Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. Easily model every stud, track, shear walls, and connector. Export complete material take-off for better estimation and planning of your project.

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Advanced Structural Analysis


Extreme Loading for Structures Software or ELS, is an advanced non-linear structural analysis software tool designed specifically for structural engineers. ELS allows structural engineers to study the 3D behavior of structures through both the continuum and discrete stages of loading.

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