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In PowerPack for Advance Steel, each type of component (Columns, Rafters, Side rails, etc) has some hardcoded restrictions regarding the available cross-section shape (I, U, Z, etc), function of its structural/non-structural role inside the building and typical sections used in practice.

  • What’s new?

Structure Designer can now be configured to use records from AstorRules database - JointsGUIAllowedSections table (similar to some ®Advance Steel standard joints).

This allows customers to go beyond existing restrictions and extend the content available in profile selection controls (the list of available sections).

  • How to do it?

Create a new entry in the table JointsGUIAllowedSections from AstorRules database:

  • The required strings for the JointName and JointControl entries in the table, for each element type inside the macro, are given below:

Element name inside the macro

Corresponding strings JointName|||JointControl

"Columns"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||Columns"

"Rafters"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||Rafters"

"Transversal beams"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||TransversalBeams"

"Gable Posts"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||GablePosts"

"Purlins"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||Purlins"

"Eaves Purlin"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||EavesPurlin"

"Side Rails"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||SideRails"

"Side Bracings"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||SideBracings"

"Roof Bracings"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||RoofBracings"

"Platforms - Marginal beams"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||PlatformMarginalBeams"

"Platforms - Secondary beams"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||PlatformSecondaryBeams"

"Platforms - Corner columns"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||PlatformCornerColumns"

"Platforms - Marginal columns"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||PlatformMarginalColumns"

"Platforms - Cantilevers"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||PlatformCantilevers"

"Intermediate beams"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||IntermediateBeams"

"Claddings"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||Claddings"

"Doors - Headers"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||DoorHeaders"

"Doors - Posts"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||DoorPosts"

"Gates - Headers"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||GateHeaders"

"Gates - Posts"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||GatePosts"

"Window4s - Headers"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||WindowHeaders"

"Windows - Posts"

"GRTCStructureDesigner|||WindowPosts"

  • Example

The user wishes to make angle profiles (Angle identical DIN EN 10056-1) available for rafters:

The new entry inside JointsGUIAllowedSections table should be:

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