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Roof Con/Truss Con-Manual for Beginners

Roof Con/Truss Con Manual for Beginners

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September, 2010

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Dear Users/Students,
We would like to warmly welcome you and introduce this very brief and modest
guide to RoofCon. This document mainly covers RoofCon, but we will refer and explore some details of TrussCon as well.
We sincerely hope you will find this manual rewarding and interesting, and you get
all necessary help and support from the trainers. In case of any questions please
do not hesitate to ask, if you have further inquires please e-mail to:

This material is designed to follow the course program and it intends to give all necessary help, visual aids etc so you will be able to use knowledge at your workplace.
If come across some difficulties anytime in the future whilst operating the software
please call us on: +37122072878

About the guide

The material is designed to follow logical steps steps involved in operating our
software, however, this document is not a full manual, therefore not all features/
functions are included.
Pictures and examples of the material is taken from the program may differ from
today's appearance as the program undergoes updaets and developments.
You will
and tips in
italic font

Special notes and tips are shown in italics in the left column.
In some examples, you are asked to fill in values in the program and it shows in
this way:
Fill in the information bar at 0.550.
As in all modern software, there are many ways of achieving the same goals and
we will show some of them in this course, but not necessarily all. The application,
use the mouse a lot and many functions will be displayed by double-clicking and
left-or right-click the mouse. Sometimes the guide give Hotkeys for some

Additional Information
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Creating a template
To start the program please double-click the shown icon on your desktop. Starting page of RoofCon will be loaded. From here onwards, you

A File menu entry enables you to create a new project or open an existing, open
a template, adjust printer settings or open archived files.
B View menu entry- select which toolbars to display.
C Help menu entry, opens help options, directs you to the CSCE AB web-site
and displays program.
D New button
E Open button
F Help button
To start a new project click on a New button or use File menu entry and New submenu item.

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New dialogue box will be displayed and here
you will enter an unique name of the project.
A new directory with the same name as
project would be created in working directory/
area. You can change the working directory
for your project by clicking the Browse
button and you can select new directory
either on your local drive or on a network

swe45.rct and
are the
templates that
come with the
program and
they are
every time you
update your
system. When
you make
your own
templates, you
should save
them under a
unique name
due to avoid
any further
confusions in

When you click [OK] the template opens a

new dialogue. Herewith you select which
template you should assume when you do
your project. Click Open to go to the main
You click OK afterwards

Name List

Dropdown menus

Preview of Roof

Truss List

Toolbar (portable)

Status Bar

Info List

Drawing Area

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To be able
to keep up
with what
features we
use in this
course you
turn on the
toolbar all.

This is the main window where you create your layout. Maybe you will not see
any toolbars at first, but you arrange this by going to the View menu and select
the toolbar you want to see. They may also be in a different order and you can
move them by clicking and dragging them wherever you like.

The red X indicates the last point. You can move it by holding down ALT key and clicking the left mouse button on the
item you want as the last point. The coordinates of this appears at the right of the status bar


Info bar that appears above the drawing area shows what the program is doing or what information to enter. This list is very important throughout the program. Make a habit of always looking at the information bar while you create
the project, it can save you effort in trying to correct any errors.

Create a Layout
Let us go through the layout drawing process using the Roof Wizard. Guides are
used in all types of Windows and are a way to ask questions in a logical order to
achieve a certain result. Roof Wizard in RoofCon asks for the dimensions and
type of walls, roof surfaces and angles appearance and location of roof
trusses. You can also access these functions without going through Roof Wizard.

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The course guide will first go through how to draw layouts and explain the various steps. After exploring and discussing all the steps you will be able to create
your own layout.
The pricnicples of creating a layout in RoofCon is simple.You draw the shape of
the walls, the roof surfaces and then draw trusses to fit under the roof area. You
will notice that more advanced and complicated layouts can be created easily
as well. The pricnicples of creating a layout in RoofCon is simple
We must start to draw a simple hip roof.

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Roof Wizard
- step 1
Make sure
you have
settings in
template to

The first step in the Roof Wizard Dialogue is Settings Roof.

If you have something designed in the project, a roof surface, wall or roof truss
(also in truss list), you will not go into Settings Roof but directly to the wall
Macro when you decide to run Roof Wizard.
Settings Roof dialogue consists of multiple tabs, and there are various settings
you can apply in each tab, but since we have chosen a template, most settings
are predefined from the very beginning. In the Text Box tab, enter your project
information and then if you wish you can go through the other tabs in the dialogue.

Make sure
you have at
least two
with good
settings, for
a duo pitch

The text written in these line wil

apper on the drawing in a
following manner

The settings
in the Safety
tab are not
saved in the
template but
are individual to each
At the bottom of the dialogue box, there are four buttons. Cancel and Exit the
wizard. These buttons will take you back to the blank working area; Finish button ends the wizard but also saves the changes in the dialogue. Back is not
available because this is the first step of the wizard, and next goes to the next
step in Roof Wizard.

step 2

The next step is Settings Truss. This dialogue also consists of several tabs but
again, you have good settings in your template, you usually do not make so
many changes. As you can see the text is transferred automatically from the
previous step and you may just need to make small changes to the text for it to
fit the truss text boxes. On the Code tab, enter the snow and wind loads as well
as climate and classification of current projects.

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The text written in these line wil

apper on the drawing in a following

It is possible to make file configurations and save them along with the template.
The ways of accomplishing this particular action you will find in the end of this

Percent sign exchanged for each truss mark when printing. Insert the percent sign
where you want by

pressing the button

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step 3


The third step of the wizard is Wall Macro. Here you will begin to add the details
that will apply specifically for this layout.

Showing number of pages Enter the dimensions that Diagram of the wall form.
in Roof Wizard (excl. Set- would apply to your pro- Note that this image is not
tings Layout / rafters)
ject. What they refer to do updated when you change
you see the image on the
the dimensions in diaright.
logue, it shows only the
basic form.

Choose one of the

walls, wall types
you specified for
this project.

Showing the origin Switching between Specify the Z-level

of the wall referdifferent macros.
of the wall.
ence line to be

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step 4

The fourth step in the wizard dialogue is Roof Surface Macro.

This dialogue is similar to Wall
Macro and operates in the same
way. What roof areas you have to
choose from here depends on
the wall macro you have chosen.
Enter values of the overhang and
slope. You can also specify
different dimensions for each roof
surface by checking the box
Enter the following dimensions
A=500 mm
B=500 mm

Wizards step 5

The last pages of the wizard Truss Macros. The number of pages in Truss Macro
depends on the complexity of the roof surfaces. Now the software knows what
type of roof area you have created and suggests only Truss Macro that are
relevant, that fits under the roof surface .
This dialogue is about the same
appearance as the other dialogs
in the wizard and also works in
the same logical way.

If you
want to
ns as
you can
save it in

Here we use the standard sizes

available in the Truss Macro.
Here you can see which part of
the roof is provided

Once you've completed all three Truss Macros needed for this project, there is no
Next button, but now select Finish.

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You will
and tips in
italic font

When you click Finish to return to the drawing area. Now you see that you have a
rectangle attached to the cursor, it is the shape of the wall you have just created,
and this should be placed on the plot area by entering a point of it (see the information bar). Since this is the first roof in our project, press [Enter] and then placed
in the roof of the plot area position 0.0

After Pressing [Enter] you will see that the roof is stuck in the reference point with
the lower left corner and when you move the mouse, it rotates the rectangle around
this point. According to the information bar will now enter an angle and even here,
you suggested a value in parenthesis (0) and you can press [Enter].
Now the roof is drawn on the screen and you see that there is a line from the roof to
the lower left corner of the mouse. On the information bar it says that you must
specify a reference point for the height - this is the point where the height of the
roof surface must be specified. You can make sure that you have selected the desired point by zooming into the corner.
You zoom in the same way as in TrussCon
- right click and drag over the area you
want to enlarge.

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If you still have zoomed in on the roof corner, click on Zoom to display the entire layout.

Now, we have drawn a layout containing walls,trusses and roof surfaces but there is
no information yet about the trusses. You can see this by looking at the truss list left
of the screen.
No selection means that the roof truss is designed only in layout, it has no geometric

Truss is created in TrussCon but not designed

Truss is designed and is OK
Truss is designed and over stressed due to deflection.
Truss is designed and is overstressed in some way.
Trusses are also marked with these colors in the layout

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Creating Trusses
Now we will create the roof trusses in the project. To let the software know which
roof trusses to be treated you must select them and there are several ways to do it.

ways to

Click and drag from left to right: Any

item thats entirely within the box will
be selected.

Click and drag from right to left:

Each object with any part within the box
will be selected.

You can also click on an individual Truss rafters on Layout, click a Truss Mark in the
truss list, press [Ctrl] + [T] to mark all the roof trusses or press [Ctrl] + [A] to select
everything (including walls and roof areas).

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There is a dialogue
named Query where
you can tick the
object type you want
found on the Fx
button when you

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After you select the truss,
right-click anywhere on the
screen (no buttons) and
then brings up a menu item
with multiple functions that
you can choose for
selected items. If you
select more than one type
of object (roof, walls, roof
surfaces, drawing objects,
etc.) have some of the
features a small arrow to
the right for you to choose
the type of item you want
to perform the function of.


To create the roof truss point your mouse over the menu item TrussCon and further
sub-menu to the right and select AutoNew. This function takes the roof surface
(shown as a blue line in TrussCon) and tries to fit best as it can in the trusses. You
can also select New and choose the basic type, etc. standardtakstol himself and
then fit the roof truss in the roof surface. In a simple roof as this, AutoNew function
works quite well.
When you start AutoNew trusses are
created. In the template we use a duo
pitch truss selected as the standard
family and therefore you get a duo
pitch truss as the main truss. The
rafters used as the basis for other
trusses in the project that are created
with functionality AutoNew. When all
Truss Marks are created if you go
back to RoofCon you can find that the
roof truss in the truss list (left of the
screen) has a yellow marker and the
rafters on the drawing are yellow.


Let's design the roof trusses. First, select them using one of the ways we have
shown earlier and right click on the screen to get the menu where you will select
TrussCon again (now you see that there are more features on the menu than before). Select Design. Now the program switches over to TrussCon again and the
design begins, you see what happens when you look at the TrussCon information
Where roof trusses designed by the RoofCon automatically when the design is
complete, we return to RoofCon. Now you will see that the roof truss has a green
marker in the truss list and it also has become green on layout.

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Now is the time to save the project (if you have not done it before). You can see that
it is not saved since last change, it is an asterisk (*) to the right of the project name
on the title bar. When you click on the button (Save), press [Ctrl] + [S], or choosing
Save from the File menu disappears.

Now you have done your roof and you can see a three dimensional picture of it by
clicking the button (3D). Now open a new window with a three-dimensional image of
your roof.

You can click and drag in the three-dimensional image to rotate, zoom, pan, etc.

Left Mouse Button


[Shift]+left mouse button

Rotate and zoom in/out

[Shift]+click and drag the right

mouse button


Arrow Keys

Pan in small steps

[Shift] + arrows


[Ctrl] + arrows

Rotate around the axis

Mouse wheel

Zoom in/out

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When you are in 3D, you can select which truss you want to see roof trusses by
selecting them in the trusslist (because there is only one truss type the current
project is displaies all the trusses). You can also turn on and off various display
options for roof trusses, walls and ceiling surfaces with keys that has eyewear.

To finish the display of 3D, click the 3D button again

Once the layout is finished, you can dimension it by using the functions of the

A - Button Show Dimension Lines. Toggle the dimension lines in the project.
B - Button Automatic Dimensioning of the wall. Measurement Sets all (or selected)
to the walls of the reference line.
C - Draw button dimensions line. With this feature, draw the dimension lines at any
time by clicking on the measurement points.
We should insert dimension lines in our existing projects as described below and on
the walls, we measure the simplest lines with Automatic dimensioning of the wall

To put the Additional dimension lines, select Draw function measurement line and
click on the items you want and press [Enter]. Now Open Dialogue Dimension Line
and this makes you the settings you want the line to Measure and When You press
[OK], You Can Place the dimension line Where You Want It by dragging and dropping it.

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In the dialogue, select the type
of dimension line you want, its
direction and size of text.
Ascending or descending
sorting activated only when you
select progressive dimension.
If you want an angle
measurement, enter three
points and if you want to put a
height measurement (Z-axis),
use only one point.


If you want to measure rafters to the center point, do the easiest way to choose
Draw dimension line and then click and drag so you get a selection box over
takfotspunkterna. If you want rafters dimensioned to one of the pages, first click on
the first measurement point should be and then drag the selection box over the end
of the rafters

To change the direction of grouped

Trussmarks right-click and select
Properties truss mark items from the
To change the index by location on layout
select the function Move Littr and click
and drag to the desired location.

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When you are finished with layout you can choose to print it from RoofCon. It is a
good idea to preview before printing so you can see how the drawing is positioned, if
the positioning satisfies your requirements. Click the Preview button to open a new
window where you see the drawing as it will be displayed on a paper when printed

You can change the settings for text, scale, logo, etc. layout under Settings on the
File menu and from the menu; you can also change printer settings,
For example, you can change the orientation of print out (Portrait/Landscape)

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A- Move feature, click and drag the drawing to adjust its position on the printout.
B - Feature sub-image, you can do a detailed look at some part of the layout. Click
and drag a box over the area you want a sub-image on, indicating the scale it should
have and place it in the drawing by clicking the box where you want it.
C - 3-D extract. This function inserts a 3D image of the drawing. When you select
the function you start by dragging a box on the drawing where you want your 3D image and then select the bookmark you want.
D - View 3D extract. With this button you can choose to hide the 3D images on the
preview to do was redrawn on the screen faster.
E - Zoom In
Q - Zoom Out
G - Print
H - End preview
There are also other printing options from RoofCon and you'll find them on the File

Draw the layout manualy

We have so far in this guide proved that roof wizard can be very useful to quickly
create standard solutions of the roof and the layout. You can of course build layout
manually also, and when you use most often a combination of roof wizard and various macros. The facilitator will now show how to build a layout manually by using
macros, guides, roof surfaces and other features of the program.

When you draw walls and roof surfaces of layouts, always work counterclockwise to get them properly drawn, such as the slope of the cam to the

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Material Files
You have the option of saving timber, connectors and profile data to the template;
and this can be done in TrussCon.
TrussCon can be started separately from the application menu, but also from
RoofCon by clicking the New button in the Truss List. You can also use this function when you want a roof truss in the project without drawing on the plan. When
you select the function you will get a dialog with tabs, but these do not we go
through now, but you click the button below left TrussCon
We do not create any new rafters right now, so when
you get up dialogue with the basic types, click Cancel.
You will then receive a blank page in TrussCon. We will
now make the settings in the wood and made a registry
and you open the desired records from the Registry
It is possible to have up to 100 timber records and registers as many units, but it is unlikely that users want
more than two or three registers. You can create a new
record from scratch, but it is easier to take one file that
already exists and make changes and save it with a
We begin with the opening of a timber record file.
er to sort
by the
order you
want it
you save
and close
since the
wood and
joints in
the order
they are
listed in
in the

Once you've made the desired changes in the registry, click the Save button. You
can then choose to save the file with the same numbers as before or elect a new
number and thereby create a new registry. To save the code with a new number
already in the program, you get a warning that the file exists and asks if you want

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Joints and fittings registry editable in the same way as timber code. The names of
the registry files have a specific structure and you can just change the last two
figures of the name. In the example above is called the file VIRKCO01.DAT where
wood symbolizes that there is a wood registers, CO is your client code, 01 is the
number of the timber code (that you can change, can be 00 to 99) and. DAT is the
file type.
It is a good idea to make any changes in materials files on a computer at your office and then copy them to other computers. It is important that the files end up in
the correct directory on your computer and they do when you edit them via the
registry program in TrussCon. Below are the names and location of materials files:




Timber Files



Plate Files



Metalwork files



Nailed Plates



Field splice plates






Profiles (ex steel




XX corresponds to your file number

To verify that the correct materials are used in the design files, close the
registry and returns to TrussCon. There, select the function setting - The
data from the fixed tools or from the File menu
In the dialog that opens,
choose the records you
want using the drop-down
menu at the end of each
Once you've selected all
the records, click Save As
and enter a name for the
file configuration and click

Now you can close and return to TrussCon RoofCon.

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In Settings Truss, Text Box tab in RoofCon you
can now select the controller configuration you
want and then save it to the model.

er all the
files when

Once you have done all the settings you want for the roof areas, roof trusses and
records, select Save as Template on the File menu and enter a name for the new
template (as we said before, it is best for you to use a name other than as swe45 it
is overwritten when you update the program). After you save the template, close
the program and when you then start RoofCon again, you can choose your new
template. The program remembers the last template you used so you will have it
by default every time you start a new project.
Now you have made a template that suits you and if you want to copy it to another
computer, see the template in the directory c: \ rcw \ template. Remember that you
also need to copy the material files included in the model to make it work (see previous pages).

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