Import an existing StruCalc project into Vitruvius, preserving all of your loads, load trackers, sizes, spans, and building code settings.
Setting the Load Type Using Duration Factor: Duration Factor will be the prime determinant for load types (live, snow, roof live, etc.). StruCalc allows the use of checkboxes and radio buttons to treat the live load inputs as other load types, while also allowing the duration factor to be set to values that may not correspond to the load type indicated. Vitruvius allows each load to have its load type set independently, and the duration factor for every applicable load combination is automatically set. Imported StruCalc modules use the StruCalc duration factor to set the load type in Vitruvius, with the exception of Steel and Tube Steel members (which don’t have a duration factor), as explained further below.
The latest IBC and IRC standards that StruCalc uses are from 2015, and the earliest standards Vitruvius uses are from 2012. We’ve matched the building codes from StruCalc with those present in Vitruvius, but any standards from before 2012 will be imported into Vitruvius as 2012. The same is true for National Design Specification, as well as Steel Design Specification. Additionally, StruCalc allows you to set different code standards across different members in the same project, whereas all Modules in a project in Vitruvius will share the same global code settings. On importing a StruCalc project, Vitruvius will take the IBC/IRC, NDS, and SDS settings from the StruCalc member which was most recently saved.
StruCalc enabled users to select a wide variety of Materials, Species, and Grades for their members which are no longer relevant and/or available, and are not present in Vitruvius. Please be sure to double-check your imported StruCalc values to ensure that if the Material/Species/Grade is no longer available, the replacement value suits your needs. Below are a few examples of Materials that are no longer available, and their appropriate replacements.
Like in StruCalc, Vitruvius allows you to link members/modules above and below another module to transfer their loads. When you import a Load Tracker from StruCalc, be sure to calc both the module above and the module below, in that order, in Vitruvius to make the link ‘complete’.
Changes in Loads from StruCalc to Vitruvius:
|Duration Factor (StruCalc)||Load Type (Vitruvius)|
|1.6 +||Wind (+)|
General changes from StruCalc to Vitruvius:
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