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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

If previous versions of SSS exist on a computer:

Q1.  Do I need to uninstall a previous version of SSS from my computer?

A1.  No, Steel Smart System 7 will automatically remove previous versions of SSS before intalling.

Q2.  How do I activate my copy of SteelSmart System?

A2.  You can either contact our support team or follow these simple steps:

  • After the initial installation to your computer hard drive, click on the SSS desktop icon.  When the SteelSmart System window appears, press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.  If your license period has already expired then you will be automatically redirected to the dialog box appearing in step two.
  • A window opens prompting you to extend your license.  Select extend our license.
  • A window opens with an “Email Code to ASI” and “Validate” option.  Click the copy button and then “Email Code to ASI.”  This will open a new email using your default email program that automatically includes the license code in the body of the email.  Click “Send” for our support team to issue you a license key.  It is OK for you to close this dialog until the license key is emailed to you.
  • After receiving the license key from ASI, insert into the “License Key” box and click “Validate.”

If you don’t have an email editor installed on your computer you can highlight and copy the license code from the dialog box, paste it into an email and send it to SSSKey@appliedscienceint.com.

*For those users updating from Version 6.5 to Version 7 with an unexpired license, Version 7 will not require reactivation of the software.  Version 7 will be activated automatically for the remaining number of days.*

Q3.  Is there a SSS network license option available?
A3.  Yes, a network license option is available.  Network administrators can purchase licenses as normal through the website, but a separate link will be provided for download.  Please contact support@steelsmartsystem.com for more information or access to the download.

 

Technical Design Modules

Q1.  What design codes does SSS use?
A1.  The following design codes are available within SSS:
2012 IBC with AISI S100-07/S2-10
2009 IBC with AISI S100-07
2006 IBC with AISI-NAS 2001/04 Supplement
Canadian NBC 2010 with AISI S100-07

Q2.  When I click on some of the design modules I get a message that says “This component is not active in the current version of SSS.”  How can I get a version of SSS with this component?
A2.  Modules are available depending on which type of license was purchase.  Please contact support@appliedscienceint.com for license options and pricing.

Q3.  How can I enter the type of sheathing used for designing a wall?

A3.  SSS does not directly allow the user to input the type of sheathing used when designing wall components.  When using the 2009 IBC, 2012 IBC, or the Canadian NBC 2010 as the design code, SSS allows the input of kφ, the distortional buckling rotational stiffness.  When designing according to the 2006 IBC this value is not used and sheathing effects are not taken into consideration for design of wall components.  More information regarding this value and sheathing effects can be found in the SSS 7 Technical Manual.

Q4.  How can I enter axial loads on curtain walls?

A4.  In some cases axial loads other than self-weight and dead load must be added to a curtain wall.  To enter axial loads on a curtain wall, select the User-Defined layout and enter the axial loads using the member loads table.  Select the desired load case and click the (+) sign to enter the load value and its location.  To place a load at the top of a member, the X/L ratio should be entered as one.

Q5.  When I execute a design I get a message stating “Either the bridging member or the bridging clip was not available.”

A5.  If you are unsure of what method of lateral bracing to specify or of a reasonable bridging spacing, select Auto Calculate from the Bridging Member drop-down menu.

Q6.  How are wind loads which are applied to window and door openings distributed to jamb, header, and sill members?

A6.  Users are given the option to select from three different wind distribution methods.  Four-way distribution, two-way distribution on header and sill members, or two-way distribution on jamb members can be analyzed.  More information about these selections can be found in the SSS 7 Technical Manual.


CUFSM

Q1.  What does CUFSM stand for?
A1.  Cornell University Finite Strip Method.

Q2.  What is CUFSM?

A2.  CUFSM is a tool that calculates elastic buckling loads for use with the Direct Strength Method of the AISI S100-07/S2-10.

Q3.  Where can I get more information about CUFSM?

A3.  More information about the CUFSM tool embedded in SSS can be found here: http://www.ce.jhu.edu/bschafer/cufsm/.

 

Design Codes/Design References:

  • AISC 2005, “Specification for Structural Steel Buildings,” American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Chicago, Illinois.
  • AISI 2001, “AISI Standard, North American Specification for the Design of Cold-formed Steel Structural Members,” American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).
  • AISI 2004(a), “AISI Standard, Supplement 2004 to the North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members,” American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).
  • AISI 2004(b), “AISI Standard, Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – Lateral Design,” 1st Printing, American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).
  • AISI S100-07, “AISI Standard, North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members,” American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).
  • AISI S100-07/S1-09, “AISI Standard, Supplement No. 1 to the North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members, 2007 Edition,” American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).
  • AISI S100-07/S2-10, “AISI Standard, Supplement No. 2 to the North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members, 2007 Edition,” American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).
  • ASCE/SEI 7-05, “ASCE Standard, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other structures,” American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • ASCE/SEI 7-10, “ASCE Standard, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other structures,” American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Hilti 2011Hilti North American Product Technical Guide Volume 1:  Direct Fastening Technical Guide, Hilti Inc., www.us.hilti.com.
  • Hilti 2011, Hilti North American Product Technical Guide Volume 2:  Anchor Fastening Technical Guide, Hilti Inc., www.us.hilti.com.
  • IBC 2006, “International Building Code,” International Code Council (ICC).
  • IBC 2009, “International Building Code,” International Code Council (ICC).
  • IBC 2012, “International Building Code,” International Code Council (ICC).
  • Light Steel Framing Connections Manual 2013, The Steel Network, Inc., www.steelnetwork.com, April 2013 Edition.
  • NBC 2010, “National Building Code of Canada,” National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2010.
Basic Software Modules

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.

Advanced Software Modules

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 Plugin for Revit

SteelSmart® Framer: 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

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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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