On June 13th, as part of the Structural Engineers Association of America conference, AMC sponsored a presentation by Russ Petersen of Direct Design Software. In addition, 30 copies of the software were provided to attendees at no charge in conjunction with the National Concrete Masonry Association.
AMC continues to follow up regularly with the attendees to provide additional support through webinars and one on one tutorials and to learn how they use the software and how much time the program saves them.
The presentation provided an introduction to Version 3.0 of the Direct Design Software (DDS).
DDS is a unique structural design software package that combines the loading requirements of ASCE 7 and the material resistance provisions of TMS 402 to quickly and easily produce code-compliant concrete masonry designs in accordance with the International Building and Residential Codes (IBC and IRC).
Presentation Learning Objectives:
- Generate code-compliant building layout and detailing using TMS 402 and TMS 403 design criteria and International Building Code provisions.
- Understanding of loading requirements and distribution for wind, seismic, dead, live, and snow loads.
- Proper structural design of concrete masonry construction and architectural configurations using standardized design methodologies.
- Overview of software interface, user inputs, and design outputs.
Speaker – Russ Peterson
The third version of this software includes updates and improvements to make the software much more powerful. A complete masonry building can still be designed in a matter of minutes. Building designs are compliant with most recent building codes (2012 and 2015 International Building Code).
New capabilities include:
- Design up to 60 ft. tall buildings
- ANY code-permitted specified compressive strength of masonry
- Use CMU from 6-inch to 14-inch width
- ANY mortar type permitted by code
- Steel reinforcement from No. 4 to No. 9
- Both flexible or rigid floor or roof systems
- Best of all… new OPTIMIZER system! The user sets design targets and the system will optimize the design.
Visit the NCMA direct design page here.
Click here to register for a follow up webinar.