To start an embedded post design first click on the embedded post design module icon located in the design module dropdown in the upper right of the screen next to your username.
This will load the embedded post design module, which loads with a preset template.
The following steps do not have to be completed in this order and are designed to work dynamically with each other, so don’t worry if you realized later you clicked the wrong thing or made a mistake, just change that item and the rest will follow suit accordingly.
On the left side of the screen is the Properties tab, work progressively from top to bottom to specify the desired properties. The template is used to set predetermined properties. As you move down the properties new selection dropdowns will appear based on previous dropdown selections. Examples of this can seen for any of the material selections. When Steel is selected as the material, a different set of properties selections are available.
At the top of the properties tab is the LRFD/ASD design options, as well as the dry or wet factors button. The pictures above shows LRFD and Dry. The picture below shows ASD and wet. Click the icons to toggle back and forth between the two options for each.
Below is a list of the properties selections based on the material type. Use each of these to guide you through the selection process.
Structural Composite Lumber (SCL) Selection
Below is an image of the entire properties tab if Steel is selected as the material.
Adding and Deleting spans is not available in this design module.
Editing reactions is not possible in this design module.
After the materials, properties, spans, and reactions of the column are chosen move to the middle panel of the screen to start the loading process.
Here you can add any type of load listed on the left hand side of the middle panel as shown in the image below (Distributed, Trapezoidal, Point, Axial, Moment, and Linked).
Once a load icon is selected an input box will appear where you can enter the loading data. As shown in the example “Add Axial Load” input box, the load axis is locked to the Z axis and the load can be a point or distributed.
After load input click “Add” and the load will be added to the column.
Once the load is added it can be manipulated in two different ways. You can change the load by clicking on it which will bring back the load input box or you can change the load by locating the loads tab on the bottom of the screen.
To add an out of plane load simply change the axis on the load input box or in the load cards. Select the axis icon in the upper left corner of the load screen to switch the view and see the out of plane loads.
Another useful tool is the toolbar located between the location name and the loading screen.
Each icon corresponds to a load type, the furthest left icon shows all load types. Clicking any of the others will only show loads of that specific type.
The toolbar on the right side of the loading screen is where the calculators are located. These are some handy tools used to facilitate a faster design process, and save you time!
From top to bottom the calculators are as follows:
Use the input boxes to enter the load type (the load axis is locked to the Z direction), load psf value for the tributary area, and the tributary area for the post. The resulting load will be added to the embedded post accordingly.
Once the embedded post is loaded you can hit enter to calculate or click the calculate icon located above the properties tab on the right hand side.
From left to right the buttons are Calculate, Autosize, and Save. After calculating the Print Preview icon will appear.
Using the autosize function can be done dynamically, but following this order is good for first time users.
After calculation the adequacy cards will appear in the lower toolbar across the bottom of the screen. Additionally the minimum depth of embeddment will be return as the footing depth in the properties tab.
If any of the calculations fail, the percentages will turn red. The controlling load combination is shown directly under the adequacy percentage. Clicking the load combo will result in showing the corresponding diagrams on the right side of the screen. The dropdown showing the load combo can be switched to any of the load combinations used in the calculations. The quick view can be switched to any of the loaded axis as well.
After successfully calculating, the print preview icon will appear in the top toolbar and clicking it will bring up the pdf report generated for the design.