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X-Braced Shear Wall Design

SteelSmart® System’s X-Brace Shear Wall design module enables users to quickly design the innovative StiffWall® shear wall system as an alternative shear wall system. The StiffWall shear wall provides clients with the industry’s most effective light steel framing shear wall solution, delivering enhanced value to a client’s overall project.


Cold-formed Steel Loadbearing Wall Design Software Module


The Boot-Column-Strap Approach Delivers Efficiency by:

  • Reducing the amount of fasteners required
  • Minimizing the use of built-up column members
  • Providing guide holes for an accurate fastener placement to column, structure, and strap track
  • Anchor design to foundation or the next element in the structure is also provided, allowing for the selection of the optimal flat strap and the number of screw fasteners

Features of SSS Shear Wall Design:

  • Updated boot connection design
  • Flange dimension of 350, 362, and 400 StiffWall columns is 2”
  • Updated special seismic design requirements for StiffWall as outlined in AISI Lateral Design Standard 2007
  • Component design considers both strength and serviceability requirements

With the built-in shear wall grouping and export feature of the Load Generator, the design of shear walls within the X-Brace Shear Wall module is simplified further as the shear walls geometry and lateral loads can be automatically set.

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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