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MBS Training Manual Help

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Compiled: September 2013


Contents 3

Table of Contents
Foreword 0

Part I Set Up and Installation 8


1 Introduction
................................................................................................................................... 8
2 Minimum
...................................................................................................................................
Computer Configuration 8
3 Printers
...................................................................................................................................
and Plotters 8
4 Loading
...................................................................................................................................
the Software 8
Autom ated Method
.......................................................................................................................................................... 8
Manual Method
.......................................................................................................................................................... 13
5 To Install
...................................................................................................................................
the Hardware Lock 15
6 To Check
...................................................................................................................................
or Advance the Date on the Hardware Lock 15
7 Desktop
...................................................................................................................................
Icon Options 15
8 Setup...................................................................................................................................
the Jobs Directory 18
9 MBS.INI
...................................................................................................................................
File, C:\MBS\SYSTEM\MBS.INI 18
10 Directory
...................................................................................................................................
Structure 38

Part II Overview of MBS Software Operations 40


1 Introduction
................................................................................................................................... 40
2 Features
...................................................................................................................................
on the MBS Screens 40
3 The ToolBar
................................................................................................................................... 40
Control .......................................................................................................................................................... 40
Utilities .......................................................................................................................................................... 40
Auto .......................................................................................................................................................... 42
Help .......................................................................................................................................................... 42
4 Building
...................................................................................................................................
Data Entry 43
5 Preparing
...................................................................................................................................
Erection Drawings 43

Part III Entering the Building Data 49


1 To Start
...................................................................................................................................
MBS Windows 49
2 Start Files
................................................................................................................................... 50
3 To Enter
...................................................................................................................................
Building Data 50
To Activate Building
..........................................................................................................................................................
Entry Menu 50
Screen Layout..........................................................................................................................................................
and Operations 52
Input Screens.......................................................................................................................................................... 54
Shape .......................................................................................................................................................... 54
Shape ......................................................................................................................................................... 56
Building Shape ......................................................................................................................................... 56
Rigid Frame in Endw .........................................................................................................................................
all 57
Flush Wall ......................................................................................................................................... 58
Column Base Elevation ......................................................................................................................................... 59
Building Colors ......................................................................................................................................... 59
Bay Spacing ......................................................................................................................................................... 60

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Rigid Frames ......................................................................................................................................................... 63


Interior Columns
......................................................................................................................................................... 67
Jack Beam......................................................................................................................................................... 70
Special Shape ......................................................................................................................................................... 73
Loads .......................................................................................................................................................... 75
Code, Loads ......................................................................................................................................................... 75
Building Code ......................................................................................................................................... 75
Building Loads ......................................................................................................................................... 80
Structural Code ......................................................................................................................................... 83
Wall Loads......................................................................................................................................................... 84
Additional Loads
......................................................................................................................................................... 86
Crane Loads ......................................................................................................................................................... 92
Crane Systems ......................................................................................................................................................... 95
Crane Systems - .........................................................................................................................................
Layout 96
Crane Support ......................................................................................................................................... 97
Crane Systems - .........................................................................................................................................
Detail 99
Crane Rail ......................................................................................................................................... 99
Crane Deflection.........................................................................................................................................
Limits 100
Crane Systems .........................................................................................................................................
- Bracing 100
Runw ay Cranes
......................................................................................................................................................... 102
Deflection, .........................................................................................................................................................
Yields 108
Deflection Limits......................................................................................................................................... 108
Extension, Deflection .........................................................................................................................................
Limits 109
Steel Yield ......................................................................................................................................... 109
Stress Ratio ......................................................................................................................................... 109
Walls / Roof .......................................................................................................................................................... 110
Girts ......................................................................................................................................................... 110
Purlins ......................................................................................................................................................... 113
Roof Purlins ......................................................................................................................................... 114
Set Purlin Spacing ......................................................................................................................................... 115
Endw all Framing,
.........................................................................................................................................................
Panels 117
Endw all Framing......................................................................................................................................... 118
Panels ......................................................................................................................................... 120
Insulation ......................................................................................................................................... 120
Wainscot......................................................................................................................................................... 121
Layout ......................................................................................................................................... 122
Framing Type ......................................................................................................................................... 124
Panels ......................................................................................................................................... 125
Trim ......................................................................................................................................... 126
Wind Framing......................................................................................................................................................... 128
Wall - Left and Right ......................................................................................................................................... 129
Wall - Front and.........................................................................................................................................
Back 131
Interior Column ......................................................................................................................................... 133
Roof ......................................................................................................................................... 134
Soldier Column
......................................................................................................................................................... 136
Design/Detail
......................................................................................................................................................... 139
Design/Detail Options ......................................................................................................................................... 139
Roof Detail Options ......................................................................................................................................... 140
Base Detail Options ......................................................................................................................................... 140
Openings .......................................................................................................................................................... 141
Framed Openings
......................................................................................................................................................... 142
Wide Doors ......................................................................................................................................................... 146
Opening Layout......................................................................................................................................... 147
Opening Framing ......................................................................................................................................... 149

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Strut Framing ......................................................................................................................................... 149


Opening Insulation ......................................................................................................................................... 151
Opening Panels ......................................................................................................................................... 151
Wide EW .........................................................................................................................................................
Openings 152
Layout ......................................................................................................................................... 152
Opening Framing ......................................................................................................................................... 152
Strut Framing ......................................................................................................................................... 152
Partial Walls
......................................................................................................................................................... 153
Extension / Canopies
.......................................................................................................................................................... 156
Extension.........................................................................................................................................................
/ Canopies 156
Canopies/Extensions ......................................................................................................................................... 157
Gable Extensions ......................................................................................................................................... 160
Facia 1 ......................................................................................................................................................... 162
Location ......................................................................................................................................... 163
Facia 2 ......................................................................................................................................................... 166
Purlin/Girt ......................................................................................................................................... 168
Panels ......................................................................................................................................... 168
Gutters and Dow .........................................................................................................................................
nspouts 169
Trims ......................................................................................................................................... 170
Parapet ......................................................................................................................................................... 172
Layout ......................................................................................................................................... 173
Girts ......................................................................................................................................... 174
Back Panel ......................................................................................................................................... 175
Gutter and Dow.........................................................................................................................................
nspouts 175
Trims ......................................................................................................................................... 176
Partition Walls .......................................................................................................................................................... 177
Layout, Framing
......................................................................................................................................................... 181
Bay Spacing ......................................................................................................................................................... 185
Girts ......................................................................................................................................................... 188
Panels, Colors
......................................................................................................................................................... 192
Framed Openings
......................................................................................................................................................... 194
Partial Walls
......................................................................................................................................................... 198
Intersections
......................................................................................................................................................... 201
Accessories.......................................................................................................................................................... 204
Light Panels......................................................................................................................................................... 204
Roof Light Panels ......................................................................................................................................... 205
Wall Light Panels......................................................................................................................................... 206
Gutters, Doors
......................................................................................................................................................... 207
Gutters & Dow nspouts ......................................................................................................................................... 207
Walk Doors ......................................................................................................................................... 208
Calc Button - Gutter ......................................................................................................................................... 209
Liner Panels......................................................................................................................................................... 211
Accessories ......................................................................................................................................................... 214
Additional Items ......................................................................................................................................... 214
Accessory Items ......................................................................................................................................... 215
Acc. Estimate
......................................................................................................................................................... 216
Accessory Estimates ......................................................................................................................................... 216
Floors .......................................................................................................................................................... 217
Layout ......................................................................................................................................................... 217
Layout ......................................................................................................................................... 217
Clearance ......................................................................................................................................... 218
Decking ......................................................................................................................................................... 219
Decking ......................................................................................................................................... 219
Floor Reference......................................................................................................................................... 220

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Panels ......................................................................................................................................... 221


Joists ......................................................................................................................................................... 222
Joists ......................................................................................................................................... 222
Locations ......................................................................................................................................... 223
Beams ......................................................................................................................................................... 224
Support Beams ......................................................................................................................................... 224
Locations ......................................................................................................................................... 225
Perimeter ......................................................................................................................................................... 226
Perimeter Beams......................................................................................................................................... 226
Columns ......................................................................................................................................................... 228
Columns ......................................................................................................................................... 228
Locations ......................................................................................................................................... 229
Openings......................................................................................................................................................... 231
Openings ......................................................................................................................................... 231
Loads ......................................................................................................................................................... 234
Loading ......................................................................................................................................... 234
Deflection Limits......................................................................................................................................... 235
Options ......................................................................................................................................................... 236
Detail ......................................................................................................................................... 236
Bracing ......................................................................................................................................................... 237
Bracing ......................................................................................................................................... 238

Part IV A1: How to Make Block Files for MBS


Programs 240
1 How...................................................................................................................................
to Convert a Pre-Drawn Drawing to MBS BLK Format 240
2 How...................................................................................................................................
To Make Block Files for MBS Programs 246

Part V A2: Obtaining a Renew Code for a MBS


Hardware Lock 249
1 Obtaining
...................................................................................................................................
a Renew Code for a MBS Hardware Lock 249

Part VI A3: Keyboard Operation 252


1 MBS...................................................................................................................................
Function Keys 252
2 MBS...................................................................................................................................
Hot Keys 255

Part VII A4: Steps to Start a MBS Job and Source of


Data 259
1 Steps
...................................................................................................................................
to Start an MBS Job and Source of Data 259
Design Control
.......................................................................................................................................................... 259
Job Id .......................................................................................................................................................... 260
Database .......................................................................................................................................................... 261
Draw ing Control
.......................................................................................................................................................... 262

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1 Set Up and Installation

1.1 Introduction
The two major steps in setting up the MBS software is to first load the MBS files into the computer,
and second, to set up the MBS software to work with the available peripherals. The peripherals
include printers, plotters, and electronic drafting systems. Loading the software will be covered in this
manual, Section 1.4. Detailed software setup is covered in Sections 1.5 through 1.8.

1.2 Minimum Computer Configuration


The Minimum Configuration would include:

a) Any system capable of running MS Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Because
of holes in the memory manager in the MS Windows 95, 98, and ME, these operating systems
will no longer be supported.
b) Large hard drives are preferred, since each very large building fully processed can require over
one megabyte of hard disk space even in a compressed mode. And Project jobs can be twice
or four times the size of a single building job.
c) A 17-inch or larger screen is recommended for drafting personnel.

For printers and plotters, see the next section.

1.3 Printers and Plotters


The program will generate a large number of drawings. This includes both shop drawings and building
drawings. Drawings can be output to any device with Windows Drivers, such as a printer or plotter.
Common paper sizes are letter, 11" x 17" (A3) and roll sheet plotter output. To obtain efficiency in the
detailing and/or drafting operations, it is essential to have printers and plotters that will produce, in a
batch mode, a large number of drawings in a short time.

A software product, MINIVIEW, is provided to permit the user to print/plot drawings while in MBS.
That is, it is not necessary to move to an electronic drafting program to view or print the drawings.

The MiniView for Windows program has been replaced by the MBS DXF viewer. The program is
called DXFView.exe and is located in the MBS\EXEWIN1 folder on the MBS FTP site.

1.4 Loading the Software


This section provides advice on loading MBS into Windows. There are two methods of installing on a
MBS user's computer. The Automated method allows an install CD to configure your computer
without much user interaction. The Manual method requires a computer that currently has MBS and
refers to copying files, installing third party software, and setting operating system environment
variables. We suggest using the Automated method.
1.4.1 Automated Method
The installation process of the MBS install CD disk is quite easy. Just follow the steps below
to install.

A.1After turning the computer on and getting into Windows, insert the CD into the CD drive. If

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your computer has the Auto-Notification turned on, the MBS install wizard will begin
automatically and you may skip Step C.

A.2On the CD is a file called SETUP.EXE, which needs to be executed to install the MBS
software. Click on the Start button and then on Run. When a dialog box appears (see
below), enter: D:\INSTALLS\SETUP.EXE where D is the drive letter of the CD and click ok.

A.3From the MBS install wizard, select Install MBS Software then Install Full Version. The
following items are the names of the screens shown when installing the software and what
should be pressed/clicked or selected. * Note: Please read the information on each screen.
This information is necessary to customize your setup.
a) Welcome screen press Next.
b) Pre-Installation screen press Next.
c) Choose Install Type screen select Complete.
d) Installation Directory screen press Next.
e) Ready to Install screen press Finish

A.4The install program copies and creates the MBS directories and sub-directories on the C:\
drive. When finished, a screen will prompt you that the first phase of the install is complete.
a) Last Minute Notes to remember… screen press Next
b) Finished screen press Finished

B. The Comprehensive Report program (CompRep) will need to be installed. From the Install
MBS Software screen, select Install MBS Comprehensive Report. The installation of
this program is optional. Just follow the prompts until done and you will be returned back the
Install MBS Software screen. (Do not restart the computer until all installations are
completed).

C. Translation Editor (TDF Editor) program is next to install. From the Install MBS Software
screen, select Install TDF Editor. The install is quite simple. Just follow the prompts and
you will be returned back to the Install MBS Software screen.

D. Visual Parameter Editor (VPE) program is next to install. From the Install MBS Software
screen, select Install Visual Parameter Editor. The install is quite simple. Just follow the
prompts and you will be returned back to the Install MBS Software screen. Click Back and
then select Install Other Software.

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E. Next, install MiniView for Windows.


a) Click Install MiniView
b) The Welcome screen is displayed. Press Next.
c) Software License Agreement screen. Press the Yes button.
d) User Information screen. Enter your name, company information, and serial number
(use 630047) as indicated below. Then press Next.

e) Next, MiniView requires a specific directory for installation. The default directory is
C:\MBS\MINIVIEW. Press Next.
f) Setup Type screen. Select Typical for this screen and press Next.
g) Select Program Folder screen. Use the highlighted value and press Next.
h) MINIVIEW for Windows will then be installed using the information you entered.
Next you will be prompted to view the Read Me file and/or run MINIVIEW. After
you check your preference, press Finish. If neither is checked, you will be returned
to the MBS Main install menu.

F. The Borland Database Engine (BDE) is second to last to install. This software package
merges into your operating system and allows MBS to access the many dbf files that needed
to run MBS. This package is need for the TDF Editor, the Visual Parameter Editor, and the
Comprehensive Reports program.

G. The last software package that needs to be installed is the hardware lock software.
a) Return to Install Other Software screen of Install CD.
b) Choose Install Az-Tech Software.
c) Choose either 2.22 or 2.31 versions. Version 2.22 is for Parallel port hardware locks
only.
d) The Welcome screen is displayed. Press Next.

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e) Software License Agreement screen. Press the Accept button.


f) Once the Next button is clicked, SETUP32 installs the needed drivers and support files
for the lock software.
g) SETUP32 then asks if you would like to restart your computer? You must restart
before using MBS. The lock software has copied files into the SYSTEM directory
that are required by MBS. Click Finish to restart.
h) Verify that the KECHK32.DLL (and KECHK2.DLL if installing version 2.22) file is
contained in the C:\MBS\LIB directory.

H. The MBS program requires environment variables be set to run properly. With the install CD,
the environment variables should be updated automatically. The Windows operating system
version dictates how these variables are set.

For Win 95 / Win 98 / ME, environment variables can be defined at computer start up by using
SET command lines in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. The Install CD will add the following three
lines to the AUTOEXEC.BAT file when these operating systems are detected:

SET DOS4G=QUIET
SET MVWINI=1
PATH=%PATH%;C:\MBS

** Important .. With the need for better memory management, MBS does not run on any
Windows operating system that is older than Windows 2000.

For Win NT/ Win 2000 / Win XP, environment variables and system variables are defined by
adding the variable and its value using a variable registry interface. This interface is accessed
by clicking START, Settings, Control Panel, and select the System icon and the Advanced tab.
On the Advanced tab, select Environment Variables. After clicking on Environment
Variables, a screen will appear similar to below.

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In the System Variable window, select New… A screen like below will appear.

Enter Variable Name: DOS4G (no longer used)


Variable Value: QUIET

Then click Ok. Select New… again and

Enter Variable Name: MVWINI (optional)


Variable Value: 1

Then click Ok. You will see the screen like at top of this page. Click on the PATH variable
to highlight your current PATH settings. Then click the Edit… button. After doing that, you
should see a screen appear similar to the one below.

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Make sure to add ;C:\MBS to the beginning UNLESS it is already in the PATH statement.
You may have to search the Variable Value entry box to see if MBS is in the PATH.

If it is or you have added it to the value then click Ok. On the Environment Variables screen,
click Ok to return to the System window of the Control Panel. On System Variable screen,
click Ok to close the window. You may have to reboot the computer for these changes to
take affect.

I. See the Section on configuring MBS for network applications.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed MBS using the Automated Install. See the
next Section for hardware lock installation in detail.
1.4.2 Manual Method
This installation process, unlike the Automated method, is not as easy. Just follow the steps
below to manually configure and install MBS. These steps requires a computer that currently
has MBS.

A. After turning the computer on and getting into Windows, open Windows Explorer. Copy the
MBS files from a computer that already has MBS running on it to the destination computer.
This may take some time, depending on speed of your network and/or method of copying
files.

If files are copied using a CD backup copy, then the file attributes of all files copied must be
changed to Read-Write instead of Read-Only.

B. The Comprehensive Reports program (CompRep.zip) can be downloaded from the MBS FTP
site and is located in the MBS\Reports sub-folder. You need to download this file into a
temporary directory and unzip and run the SETUP.EXE. See Section 1.4.1.B for installation.

C. The Translation Editor install program (TDFSetup.exe) can be downloaded from the MBS
FTP site and is located in the MBS\Installs sub-folder. See section 1.4.1.C for installation.

D. The Visual Parameter Editor program (VPESetup.exe) can be downloaded from the MBS
FTP site and is located in the MBS\Installs sub-folder. See section 1.4.1.D for installation.

E. With that step completed, we will install the MiniView software. The self-install executable
(MiniViewMBS.exe) can be downloaded from the MBS FTP site and is located in the
MBS\MiniView sub-folder. After downloading, double click on the exe file and follow the
steps in Section 1.4.1.E starting at item b.

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The DXFView.exe program has replaced Miniview for Windows software as the default DXF
viewer. The user can specify an alternate by editing the DXF VIEW section definition for
the options in the MBS.INI (or equivalent) file.

F. Once that step is complete, we can now install the Az-Tech hardware lock software. On the
MBS FTP site, in the MBS\AzTech sub-folder, are two folders: ver222 and ver231. The
ver231 is also for USB hardware locks and we suggest if you install 2.31 version on one
computer, you should install it on all the computers in the office. Version 2.22 (SETUP32.
EXE) is dated 11/22/99 and Version 2.31 (SETUP_AZ_DRIVERS.EXE) is dated 5/21/02.

As of the Windows 7 operating system, you should use the AzRockey.exe (dated 11/15/09) for
installation.

After downloading, double click on the exe file and follow the steps in Section 1.4.1.G.
Into the MBS\LIB folder, you must place the KECHK32.DLL (and KECHK2.DLL
(16 bit) for 2.22). Make sure the files within the version are correct. You should
never mix and match versions. Verify that KECHK32.DLL (version 2.31) or
KECHK32.DLL and KECHK2.DLL (version 2.22) are contained in the C:\MBS\LIB
directory.
Into the MBS\EXE2 folder, you must place the RENEW.EXE, ERRCODE.EXE, and
KESHOW.EXE. Use same precautions as you did in previous note.
Version 2.31 is not only for USB locks but will work for parallel port locks but should
be dated 2002 or newer.

G. To complete the installing of MBS, follow steps 1.4.1.H for either modifying the Autoexec.bat
file (for Windows 9x and ME) or modifying registry values (for Windows NT/2000/XP).

H. The MBS.INI may need to be modified if this computer will be setup for using files located in
a central location or network. See this Section for configuration for network use and
Appendix A7 for correct directory structure used. The list of directories below is the
directories that must be on each computer that will allow MBS to run. The directories that are
not shown can be located on a network computer. NOTE: Make sure to modify your MBS.
INI (or equivalent) to reflect these directory substitutions.

a. EXEWIN1
b. LIB
c. EXE2, and
d. SYSTEM

I. You will need to copy the MLCD1.dll from a computer running MBS (located in either the
\Windows or \WinNT directory) to your \Windows or WinNT directory.

NOTE: This is no longer valid as of 19 December 2007 as Windows Vista or newer operating
systems do not allow for Winhelp files. The help files are now CHM files and you will
need a different control program to be able to access the new CHM help.

J. You must create the directory, C:\MBS_JOBS\ (or equivalent), for storing of job files. Be
sure to make the changes in the MBS.INI file. See this Section for help with MBS.INI.

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Finished. You have successfully installed MBS using the Manual Install. See this Section for
hardware lock installation.

1.5 To Install the Hardware Lock


The MBS software will not process buildings unless the MBS hardware lock is installed on the parallel
port or USB port. The hardware lock should be directly attached to the computer. All other
peripherals should be attached to the back of the hardware lock (parallel port type only). In most
cases, the hardware lock will not interfere with the printer operation. However, if a printer is attached,
the printer must be turned on in order for the hardware lock to function properly. The hardware lock is
dated. When the date is exceeded the MBS program will no longer operate. Refer to Appendix A2:
LOCK UPDATE.

1.6 To Check or Advance the Date on the Hardware Lock


The user can check the time remaining and advance the hardware lock while on any of the MBS Main
screens. Press <Ctrl><F9> and the program will display the lock serial number, the number of days
remaining on the hardware lock as well as the expiration date.

The program to advance the date on the hardware lock is activated by pressing <Alt><F9> or
<Shift><F9>. The program will prompt for a renew code. Contact MBS to obtain the renew code. If
Alt-F9 or Shift-F9, is not active, execute the file RENEW.EXE or RENEW32.EXE in the C:
\MBS\EXE2 directory.

1.7 Desktop Icon Options


The icon on the desktop for either MBS, Project, or Dealer version of the same can have some options
specified, either by the install program or can be added by the user at a later time.

A. METRIC

This TARGET line option is a toggle for the control program, MBS2.exe, PROJECT.exe,
DEALER.exe, or PRJ_DLR.exe, to let the program know that the user wants to run with
Metric files and not Imperial.

NOTE: You must have Metric inventory files to run with this Metric option. The MBS
programs will not do the conversions for you.

For MBS2 and DEALER programs, the option to run with Metric files is:

C:\MBS\EXEWIN1\MBS2.EXE METRIC

C:\MBS\EXEWIN1\DEALER.EXE METRIC

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For Project and PRJ_DLR programs, the option to run with Metric files is:

C:\MBS\EXEWIN1\PROJECT.EXE /UM /UM is the switch for Metric units

C:\MBS\EXEWIN1\PRJ_DLR.EXE /UM

B. ALTERNATE INI FILE

The user can use an alternate INI file to start the MBS programs with. This way the user can
have one INI for testing and one for production jobs. See PE 3-00-6 for help on setting up for
using two icons.

To set up the MBS and Dealer programs to use an alternate INI file, the desktop shortcut just
needs to have the name of the INI file appended to the end of the file being run. The example
below shows the MBS2 program taking its information from the file MBSFTP.INI. When not
specified, MBS.INI is used.

To set up the Project and Project Dealer programs to use an alternate INI file, the desktop
shortcut needs to have the '/S' switch and then the file name appended to the end of the file
being run. The example below shows the PROJECT program taking its information from the
file PRJFTP.INI. When not specified, PROJECT.INI is used.

NOTE: As you can see in the graphics below, there is not a path set with the alternate INI file
name as all INI files are located in the C:\MBS\SYSTEM folder.

MBS2 Program Project Program

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If you want to have a METRIC icon with an alternate INI file, the icon's TARGET line would
look something like below. The /S switch is to indicate the next parameter will be the file
name of the INI to use. With the MBS program, the /S switch is implied so it is not needed.

C:\MBS\EXEWIN1\PROJECT.EXE /UM /SPROJECT.INI

C:\MBS\EXEWIN1\MBS2.EXE METRIC MBSFTP.INI

C. COMPATIBILITY MODE

This option, on some computers, might need to be set on the properties of the icon. This is not
set by default. Some computers do not handle MBS as well without this being set. Some
examples are the hidden window behind a window issue.

Below are screen captures of the Compatibility tab for the desktop icon. You can get to this
tab by right-clicking on the desktop icon and selecting Properties.

When setting this option, always use the next older version of Windows. For example, if you
are running Windows 7, you would use Windows Vista and the newest service pack available.
Then you would use Windows XP.

NOTE: Aspects of the MBS program do not function or do not function properly when running
on computer systems older than Windows XP.

MBS2 Program Project Program

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1.8 Setup the Jobs Directory


The files for each new MBS job reside in a specific directory. This directory will have the same name
as the job. Typically, one main directory is used to store all the individual job directories. The program
defaults the name of that directory as C:\MBS_JOBS. You can change the name of the directory.
Edit the line "DEFAULTJOB=" in the C:\MBS\SYSTEM\MBS.INI file.

1.9 MBS.INI File, C:\MBS\SYSTEM\MBS.INI


This is a window INI file and configures MBS. This type of file is used when Windows programs are
being initialized. Each Windows program is setup with a pre-defined format for the INI file. The
MBS.INI file requires a thorough understanding of each command line.

Note: MBS is automatically installed to run without editing the MBS.INI file. The user needs only
edit the MBS.INI file to specifically customize the software for unique use.

The MBS.INI file follows a set format herein described.

SPECIAL LINES:

'|'= COMMENT LINE(S), will begin with a special character, the pipe symbol. This special character
is located on your keyboard <SHIFT><\>. Any comment needed for future clarification by the
user can be added anywhere in the file by starting the line with the pipe symbol character, |.

[ ] = SECTIONS. There are predefined Sections that tell the program that the following lines pertain
to the section.

The current MBS.INI Sections (sorted alphabetically) are:

[CELLS]
[DEALER]
[DESCTRL EDIT]
[DESUSER]
[DXF EDIT]
[DXF PRINT]
[DXF VIEW]
[FORMAT]
[JOBLIST]
[JOBPATHS]
[LANGUAGE]
[LOCK]
[MAKE ALL]
[MAKE DDD]
[MBS_OLD]
[MBS_INIT]
[OPTIONS]
[PATHS]
[PKUNZIP]
[PKZIP COPY]
[PKZIP FLOPPY]

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[PKZIP PACK]
[PROCESSING]
[STARTUP]
[TDF_EDIT]
[TEXT EDIT]
[TEXT PRINT]
[TRANSLATION]
[WINDOWS]
[ZIPPATHS]

Below is a description of each Section. Each Section entry is followed by example entries and a
description for each entry.
[PATHS] Indicates the directory names to search for various MBS files. Below this line are
MBS standard directory names, followed by the = symbol, followed by the PATH
to look for files. Below are examples of the default PATH locations, which are on
the C:\ drive. Other drives or directories can contain the default PATH, including
network drives (F:\, or G:\, etc).

BLK=C:\MBS\BLK\ Default location for *.BLK files.


CODE=C:\MBS\CODE\ Default location for the building code files. The each
code file, i.e. IBC.06, ASCE.05, etc, contained in this
folder, store the default settings as set by MBS but can
be modified by the user.
DEFAULTJOB=C:\MBS_JOBS\ Default location for the JobPath. This is used by the Job
Manager Program. When This line does not exist or
references a directory name that does not exist, then the
program will default to the directory from where the
program was launched. The program launched was
MBS2.EXE in the C:\MBS\EXEWIN1 directory.
DOC2=C:\MBS\DOC2\ Default location for DESCTRL.*, DWGCTRL.*, and
MBS.* files. The default file extension for these files is *.
IN, however other extensions are used when other
defaults for these files are made. Other files with *.DEF
extension are also located by this PATH.
DXF=C:\MBS\DXF\ Default location for *.DXF files. The MBS-WIN help
programs require the *.DXF files to be located here for
Hyper-Link, which allows viewing of a DXF file while in
the help.
EXE2=C:\MBS\EXE2\ Default location for *.EXE files. The *.EXE files can be
located in any sub-directory under the C:\MBS directory.
ERRORS=CURRENTJOB Default location for error trapping files to be written to
and read from. This can be either a directory, or the
special case of CURRENTJOB. The typical directories
used for this is either the C:\MBS\ERRORS\ directory or
the current job directory. This feature is added to remove
conflicts with running multiple copies of MBS running at
the same time. When a default location other than the
current directory is used, then multiple copies of MBS
may not be able to run at the same time without conflict

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as each copy of MBS that is running will be accessing the


same files and can cause conflicts. The indication that a
conflict occurs is an error message of: ERROR I/O 32.
HLP=C:\MBS\HLP\ Default location for user-defined help files. See PE 11-
00-11 for further reference.
HLPWIN=C:\MBS\HLPWIN1\ Default location for MBS-Win help files, which are
Windows type help files that include hyper-text jumps to
other portions of help and jumps to reference drawings.
LIB=C:\MBS\LIB\ Default location for *.DLL files. These are Data Link
Library files, which work in conjunction with Windows
executable programs (MBS2.EXE).
NOT=C:\MBS\NOT\ Default location for note files, most commonly *.NOT
files.
REP=C:\MBS\REP\ Default location for *.FRM files. Template FoRMat files
are used for CONTRACTs, SHIP lists, CADD script
files, NOTEs for drawings, PROPOSALs, and
DXFCOVER sheets.
SIZ2=C:\MBS\SIZ2\ Default locations for DATA FILEs. The standard
extension for data files is *.SIZ
TRANS=C:\MBS\TRANS\ Default location for *.TDF files. These are for translation
of text for erection drawings and drawing option files.
UTIL=C:\MBS\UTIL\ Default location for utility programs used that are
supplemental. These include but are not limited to:
BOMCheck, DataSort, and Special programs.
[STARTUP] This feature allows for command lines to be run before the program begins.
Command lines are items that can be typed in and run at the command prompt.

TYPICAL USES INCLUDE:

The most common use of [STARTUP] is to update the C:\MBS directories from the
network at the start of MBS. Then all the computers in-house could obtain the data
files from their C:\ drive and the network could be the back-up copy of the program.
Users could run the program even when the network is down, or they are not logged
onto the network. Updating from the network can be performed using the
MBSUPDAT.EXE program located in the C:\MBS\UTIL directory. This program will
prompt the user to update newer files.

|Performs the command lines shown before the Get Job screen
appears.
CMD1=C:\MBS\UTIL\MBSUPDAT.EXE m:\exe2\*.exe c:\mbs\exe2
CMD2=C:\MBS\UTIL\MBSUPDAT.EXE m:\siz2\*.* c:\mbs\siz2
CMD3=C:\MBS\UTIL\MBSUPDAT.EXE m:\rep\*.* c:\mbs\rep
CMD4=C:\MBS\UTIL\MBSUPDAT.EXE m:\dxf\*.dxf c:\mbs\dxf

NOTE: Some users may want to use system calls, such as COPY, DELETE, or RENAME.
System calls are where an operation is performed, but there is not an EXE file
included in the PATH. For these scenarios, you will need to start a command window
and then use the /C command switch to do the system call. This is typically required
for Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. The following line is an example
line for using this switch:

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CMD5=CMD /C"COPY M:\MBS\SIZ2\*.SIZ C:\MBS\SIZ2"

NOTE: Source and destination location MUST be a mapped drive, i.e. C:, M:, X:. You cannot
use \\Computer\Directory.
[MBS_OLD] This feature allows for command lines to be run when an existing job is opened.
Command lines are items that can be typed in and run at the command prompt.

TYPICAL USES INCLUDE:

The most common use of [MBS_OLD] is to update this job with the latest data files
when an old job is opened. Updating from the default \MBS\SIZ2 location can be
performed using the MBSUPDAT.EXE program located in the \MBS\UTIL directory.
This program will prompt the user to update newer files.

NUM=2
OPTION1=CMD /C"C:\MBS\UTIL\SAMPLE1.BAT"
OPTION2=CMD /C"C:\MBS\UTIL\SAMPLE2.BAT"

In the example above, the Num=2 is set to indicate how many entries will be
executed.

Each option uses the CMD /C command line parameters. See PE 6-03-3 for further
explanation.
[MBS_INIT] This feature allows for command lines to be run when a new job is created.
Command lines are items that can be typed in and run at the command prompt.

TYPICAL USES INCLUDE:

The most common use of [MBS_INIT] is to open a log file that is begun when the job
has been initialized. The log file is accessed each time the job has been opened and
logs the user and current time that the job was accessed.

NUM=2
OPTION1=CMD /C"C:\MBS\UTIL\SAMPLE1.BAT"
OPTION2=CMD /C"C:\MBS\UTIL\SAMPLE2.BAT"

In the example above, the Num=2 is set to indicate how many entries will be
executed.

Each option uses the CMD /C command line parameters. See PE 6-03-3 for further
explanation.
[JOBPATHS] This feature allows for common directories to be listed in the "Jobs Directory:" pull
down list. This pull down list is available after the "Get Job" button has been
selected. This allows for quicker access to different common directories that jobs
are stored in. Some directories could be on the local hard drive and others on a
network drive.

An entry is designated as:

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PATHx=C:\MBS_JOBS\ where for each line x is a unique integer value such


as 0, 1, 2, etc.
[JOBLIST] This feature allows the program to select from a list the last opened MBS Jobs in
the job manager.

One additional entry is required under this section heading.

MaxJobs=# the maximum number of previously opened jobs that is to be


viewed in the list. The program limit is 20 jobs.

One optional entry can be included under this section heading.

AUTOLOAD=ON The program will automatically load the last job opened. The
job Id dialog box and the job manager is not displayed with
this option.
[LOCK] This has miscellaneous features that affect the lock. There are currently three
features available with this option: DELAY=xxxx, AVI=OFF, and
EXPIRE_DATE=xx.

DELAY=xxxx delays the lock check by the number of milliseconds


specified.

AVI=OFF turns off the AVI that appears when the make, or make all is
used. The AVI is a building being assembled while the system
is busy.

EXPIRE_DATE=xx allows the warning that appears when you are within the
number of days specified. For example, when 7 is entered
you will be warned 7 days prior to the lock expiring about the
number of days left on the lock.

[CELLS] This is an Advanced feature. Specify the cell name locations that are to be turned
off, or left blank, by the control program. Format is CELL NAME followed by an
= sign.

When a cell name has an INPUT and OUTPUT location and is listed in this
SECTION, both locations will be blank.

TYPICAL USES INCLUDE:

Pricing information may not be viewable by engineers. The engineers could have the
pricing information, DETAIL screen and DATABASE screen, cells left blank by this
Section setting.

The engineering department may want more than locked file protection against
accidental re MAKE ALL by someone else. The other than engineers could have the
DESIGN screen cells left blank by this Section setting.

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You may not require the "to scale" extra plate drawings now default, made in the
SHOP DRAWING screen. These are for Nesting software which optimizes for least
waste. Rather than have the program generate these extra DXF files, simply have
those cell locations left blank.

Example line entries for this Section are shown below:

RF_WEB= = cell location left blank on the SHOP DRAWINGS screen.


RF_BEP= = cell location left blank on the SHOP DRAWINGS screen.
RF_FLG= = cell location left blank on the SHOP DRAWINGS screen.
RF_STF= = cell location left blank on the SHOP DRAWINGS screen.
CWI_WEB= = cell location left blank on the SHOP DRAWINGS screen.
CWI_BEP= = cell location left blank on the SHOP DRAWINGS screen.
CWI_FLG= = cell location left blank on the SHOP DRAWINGS screen.
CWI_STF= = cell location left blank on the SHOP DRAWINGS screen.

Except from PE 10-02-4:

EditJobControlFile= = button turned off on Dealer main screen


MakeCostEstimate= = button turned off on Dealer main screen
ViewCostEstimate= = button turned off on Dealer main screen
PrintCostEstimate= = button turned off on Dealer main screen
MakeContract= = button turned off on Dealer main screen
ViewContract= = button turned off on Dealer main screen
PrintContract= = button turned off on Dealer main screen
BuildingDrawings= = button turned off on Dealer main screen
ZipJob= = button turned off on Dealer main screen

[PROCESSING] This is an Advanced feature. Format is the cell name in MBS followed by the
program or bat file name to be run immediately after the MBS cell.

The separate program will be run and MBS will resume when the program is closed.
Using the MAKE ALL or MAKE TAGGED options will continue when the
PROCESSING of the current cell is complete.

NOTE: *.bat and *.com files must have the extension included in the command line to
be processed. Windows programs will accept only *.EXE as the default extension for
command lines.

Example 1

You may want to rename the SHIP.OUT file to SHIP.XLS and the EXCEL program
to load this file to be processed immediately upon completion of making the SHIP cell.
This can be done by a batch file with 2 lines. The batch file, SHIP_XLS.BAT, would
contain the following 2 lines and be located in the C:\MBS\EXE2 directory:

COPY SHIP.OUT SHIP.XLS


C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT OFFICE\OFFICE\EXCEL SHIP.XLS

The line in the MBS.INI file's [PROCESSING] section would be:

SHIP=C:\MBS\EXE2\SHIP_XLS.BAT

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Example 2

You may want to load SHIP.OUT into Notepad immediately upon completion of
making the SHIP cell. This requires one line in the MBS.INI file:

SHIP=NOTEPAD %1

Example 3

You may want to generate user input error messages, assign user variables, or change
data file settings. The program DESUSER will perform all of these features. The line
in the MBS.INI file’s [PROCESSING] section would be:

MBSDESED=C:\MBS\UTIL\DESUSER

This line would execute after closing the Building Input Editor (MBSDESED).

If this process is required upon closing the job information then use the following
command:

MBSINFO=C:\MBS\UTIL\DESUSER

If this process is required upon completion of the job manager then use the following
command:

JOBMGR=C:\MBS\UTIL\DESUSER

If this process is required upon completion of the database manager then use the
following command:

DATABASE=C:\MBS\UTIL\DESUSER

[DESCTRL EDIT] These are features used to define the DOS version or WINDOWS version of the
input screens.

Option1 = WINDOWS is used to specify the Windows Design Editor to be used.


Without the Option1 = WINDOWS line specified, the program will default to the DOS
version of the input screens.

The second line allows the user to setup more than one DESED.INI file, which can be
used for an In-House versus Dealer version of the input screens. The default choice
of DESED.INI file is shown. When this line is not present the DESED.INI file is
used for the input format. The INI file specified must be located in
the \MBS\SYSTEM directory. Setting up the DESED.INI options are explained in
PE 10-99-4.

Option1=WINDOWS
INI=DesEd.ini

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STATUS=ON is used to display the program which is making within the MBS.avi. If
a problem occurs while making a dealer job, this feature can be activated to determine
the program that ran last prior to the problem occurring.

DESWARN=HIDE is used to hide the design warnings output. This output is


automatically displayed after the Cost Summary is viewed.
[OPTIONS] The features available allow for setting preferences while entering or leaving a
job.

When entering a new or existing job, the program allows for command lines to effect
specific functions when starting the program. Command lines are items that can be
typed in and run at the command prompt. The command lines allow the user to display
or not display the Job Information Screen.

When exiting an open job, the program allows the open job to automatically zip, never
zip or query, (i.e. zip or not to zip). Depending upon how jobs are handled on a daily
basis these options can streamline the entry and exiting of a project.

|Enter only one command line for the following set.


SHOWJOBINFO=FALSE Do not display the Job Information Screen
SHOWJOBINFO=TRUE Display Job Information Screen (default)

|Enter only one command line for the following set.


AUTOZIP=ALWAYS Always zip job upon exiting
AUTOZIP=NEVER Never zip job upon exiting
AUTOZIP=QUERY Query Yes or No to zip upon exiting (default)

SPECIAL=STANDALONE Allows the special program to be open and not


minimize the MBS control program. MBS
database files can be accessed while using
the special program.

SETTINGS=C:\MBS\SYSTEM\MBSSET.INI
Allows the user to control the pop-up
functions of each cell by specifying this
information in the referenced file. (See 10-
05-2)

|Used in Project.INI only


STATUS_TIME=OFF Allows the user to remove the label "Time
Remaining" from the status pop-up window.
(See PE 8-10-1)

|Enter only one command line for the following set.


AUTOCLEAN=ALWAYS Delete a ll files - files are deleted without the user needing
to run the utility program.
AUTOCLEAN=NEVER Don t delete files - files are not deleted. This choice
requires the user to manually run the program for files to
be deleted by clicking Utilities button and selecting the
DXF Cleanup menu item.

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AUTOCLEAN=QUERY Query for file deletion - the program opens before the
automatic make process begins. The files to delete are
confirmed before selecting the Delete Files button.
[FORMAT] This specifies the format to use when reporting certain items. Current items
controlled by this section include: DATE.

DATE=MM/DD/YY
Month is designated by the M characters and can be either MM for a numeric value,
or MMM for the first three characters of the month.
Year is designated by the Y characters and can be either YY for last two digit
numeric values of the year, or YYYY for the four digit numeric value of the year.
Only one character is permitted as the separator between month, day, and year. The
month, day, and year can be in any order.
[TRANSLATION] This is an Advanced feature. Format is the EXE file in MBS followed by the
translation file name to be used to translate terms used by the TRANSLAT.EXE
program. Refer to PE 7-95-4 or Detailing Manual 8.3.1 for the purpose of the
TRANSLAT.EXE program. This was previously available only for Report file
types. The use has been extended to Design and Detail output files, which allows
these files to be converted to Spanish, Chinese, or any other language. This is
only necessary when the *.TDF file name is different from the cell name.

RFDES=RFDES.TDF
[TEXT EDIT] This specifies the text editor to be used when a text file is edited. There are 3 text
editor options available. These are command lines run when the proper keys are
pressed.

OPTION1 occurs when the <E> or <F6> or right mouse click and <Edit> is selected.
The first option is <RESERVED> to the MBS-Win text editor, which has the HELP
and GRAPHICS features available.

OPTION2 occurs when the keyboard <CTRL><E> or <CTRL><F6> is pressed or


<CTRL> right mouse click and <Edit> is selected. The second option is user specified
to any editor, but the HELP and GRAPHICS features are not available. The editor
PATH and executable file name followed by %1 for the cell name are used. For
example, to use NOTEPAD as this editor, use the following line:

Option2=C:\WINDOWS\NOTEPAD %1

OPTION3 occurs when the keyboard <SHIFT><E> or <SHIFT><F6> is pressed or


<SHIFT>Right mouse click and <Edit> is selected. The third option is user specified to
any editor, but the HELP and GRAPHICS features are not available. The editor
PATH and executable file name followed by %1 for the cell name are used. For
example, to use DOS EDIT as this editor, use the following line:

Option3=C:\WINDOWS\Command\Edit.com %1

Other text editors can be used for OPTION2 and OPTION3. These are just 2
examples that may be used. For all editors the file must be saved in ASCII format.

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[DXF EDIT] This specifies the DXF editor to be used when a DXF file is edited. These options
will normally contain 2 command lines. The first line generates a script file to be
used once the CADD package is started. The second command line loads the
CADD package and the script file.

There are 3 DXF editor options available. These are command lines run when the
proper keys are pressed. OPTION1 occurs when the <E> or <F6> or Right mouse
click and <Edit> is selected. This makes the script file for CADD.

OPTION1a follows and loads the CADD and the script file using one command line.

OPTION2 occurs when the keyboard <CTRL><E> or <CTRL><F6> is pressed or


<CTRL>Right mouse click and <Edit> is selected. This makes the script file for
CADD.

OPTION2a follows and loads the CADD and the script file using one command line.

OPTION3 occurs when the keyboard <SHIFT><E> or <SHIFT><F6> is pressed or


<SHIFT>Right mouse click and <Edit> is selected. This makes the script file for
CADD.

OPTION3a follows and loads the CADD and the script file using one command line.

RunMode#=there are four available settings for this line: HIDE, SHOW, MIN, or
MAX.

HIDE is used to run a command line or DOS program behind the scenes, that is, a
separate screen does not appear and the program icon will not appear in the Windows
Task bar at the bottom of the Desktop. This mode should not be used for any
Windows programs, such as WordPad or Notepad, because this will lock up the
computer.
This is used for the script file command line, but not for the starting of the CADD
package. Do not use for WinNT/2000/XP applications.

SHOW is used to run a command line or program in the standard window size. A
program icon will appear in the Windows Task bar at the bottom of the Desktop. This
mode allows the program to return focus to the MBS program. The launched program
does not need to be closed to run MBS.

MIN is used to run a Windows program in the minimized mode. For this mode, the
program will launch without a screen appearing. The only indication that the program
is running is that a program icon will appear in the Windows Task bar at the bottom of
the Desktop.

MAX is used to run a command line or program in the maximized mode, or full screen.
A program icon will appear in the Windows Task bar at the bottom of the Desktop.

The most common CADD package is AutoCAD; therefore, our example command
lines are for various versions of AutoCAD. Command lines for other CADD
packages can be used which load the CADD package and a script file. Consult the

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Option#=c:\mbs\exe2\dxfedit %1 dxfedit#.frm caddedit.scr


*Typical AutoCAD, any version, first command line for creating script
file*

# - represents the numbers 1, 2, or 3 mentioned above.


c:\mbs\exe2\dxfedit - a program that takes a parameter, %1, and using the
template file substitutes in the value of the variable into a separate file placed
in the current job directory.
%1 - first parameter for the dxfedit program. Name of the cell currently on in
MBS when program is run.
dxfedit#.frm - second parameter for the dxfedit program. Name of template file
used for substitution.
caddedit.scr - name of script file made in the current directory with values for
variables substituted.

RunMode#=HIDE
*Typical AutoCAD, any version, first RunMode line for creating script file*

Option#a=start c:\acltwin\aclt %1 caddedit.scr


*Typical AutoCAD LT second command line.*

# - represents the numbers 1, 2, or 3 mentioned above.


start - Win95 and Win98 method of starting a new program.

NOTE: Do NOT use start OR RunMode#=HIDE with WinNT/2000/XP!

c:\acltwin\aclt - the Autocad program executable file including the complete


PATH to the file. It takes the parameter, %1, as the drawing name and runs
the script file name that follows.
%1 - first parameter for the AutoCAD program, used as the drawing name.
caddedit.scr - name of script file to be run. This script file is located in the current
directory.

Option#a=start c:\progra~1\autoca~1\aclt /b caddedit.scr


Option#a=start "c:\program files\autocad LT97\aclt" /b caddedit.scr
*Typical AutoCAD LT 97 second command line. The above 2 lines are
identical.*

start - Win95 and Win98 method of starting a new program.

NOTE: Do NOT use start OR RunMode#=HIDE with WinNT/2000/XP!

c:\progra~1\autoca~1\aclt - the Autocad program executable file including the


complete PATH to the file. It takes the parameter, %1, as the drawing name
and runs the script file name that follows. (~1 - Win95 and Win98
representation of long file names)
/b - switch for AutoCAD to know that what follows is a script file name to be run.
"caddedit.scr" - name of script file to be run. This script file is located in the
current directory.

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RunMode#=HIDE
*Typical GeneriCADD first RunMode line for creating macro file*

Option#=c:\mbs\exe2\dxfedit %1 dxfedit#.frm caddedit.mcr


*Typical GeneriCADD first command line*

# - represents the numbers 1, 2, or 3 mentioned above.


c:\mbs\exe2\dxfedit - a program that takes a parameter, %1, and using the
template file substitutes in the value of the variable into a separate file placed
in the current job directory.
%1 - first parameter for the dxfedit program. Name of the cell currently on in
MBS when program is run.
dxfedit#.frm - second parameter for the dxfedit program. Name of template file
used for substitution.
caddedit.mcr - name of macro file made in the current directory with values for
variables substituted. This is similar to the AutoCAD script file.

Option#a=copy caddedit.mcr c:\cadd6\caddedit.mcr

command line that copies caddedit.mcr from the current job directory to the
default location set for GeneriCADD.

Option#b=start c:\cadd6\cadd %1 caddedit.mcr

start - Win95 and Win98 method of starting a new program.

NOTE: Do NOT use start OR RunMode#=HIDE with WinNT/2000/XP!

c:\cadd6\cadd - the GeneriCADD program executable file including the complete


PATH to the file. It takes the parameter, %1, as the drawing name and runs
the macro file name that follows.
%1 - first parameter for the GeneriCADD program, used as the drawing name.
caddedit.mcr - name of macro file to be run. This macro file is located in the
default location set for GeneriCADD.
[DXF VIEW] This specifies the DXF viewer to be used when a DXF file is viewed. These
options will normally contain one command line, which loads the DXF viewer
program and opens the DXF file.

There are 3 DXF viewer options available. These are command lines run when the
proper keys are pressed. The MBS program comes with other DXF viewers.

OPTION1 occurs when the <V> or <F7> or Right mouse click and <View> is
selected.

OPTION2 occurs when the keyboard <CTRL><V> or <CTRL><F7> are pressed or


<CTRL>Right mouse click and <View> is selected.

OPTION3 occurs when the keyboard <SHIFT><V> or <SHIFT><F7> is pressed or


<SHIFT>Right mouse click and <View> is selected.

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Option1=<RESERVED>
*Windows Miniview is the default viewer (C:\MBS\MINIVIEW\MVW.EXE)*

Option#=start c:\mbs\miniview\asmn %1
*DOS Miniview command line*

Option#=start c:\mbs\exe2\fdxf %1
*FastDXF viewer command line*

[PKZIP COPY] command line entry used in the Job Manager program when the COPY JOB
option is selected.

Option1=C:\MBS\EXE2\MBSZIP -a -Jr -x*.zip %1 *.*

c:\mbs\exe2\mbszip - the mbszip program executable file name including the


complete PATH to the file. The MBSzip command is followed by switches,
which tell the program how to execute. All switches start with the - symbol.
After the switches is the file name to create followed by which files to zip.

Switches are best described by typing in MBSZIP at the command prompt


and follow the instructions for viewing switch settings.

-a a switch to add files

-Jr a switch to mask the read-only files, include these

-x*.zip do not include any files with extension *.zip

%1 name of zip file is passed as a variable that has the same name as
current directory

*.* include all files not excluded with the -x switch

RunMode1=HIDE
*Typical MBSZIP and MBSUNZIP RunMode line*

[PKZIP PACK] command line entry used in the Job Manager program when the PACK JOB
option is selected.

Option1=C:\MBS\EXE2\MBSZIP –m -Jr -x*.zip %1 *.*

-m a switch to move files. The unzipped file is removed from the current
directory when the zip is started.

NOTE: This option can result in loss of files should your hard drive be full.
[PKZIP FLOPPY] command line entry used in the MBS Windows program when the keyboard
<CTRL><Z> is pressed or with the mouse <Utilities>, <ZIP JOB TO...> option is
selected.

Option1=C:\MBS\EXE2\MBSZIP -a -Jr -x*.zip %1 *.*

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[PKUNZIP] command line entry used in the Job Manager program when a job is selected and
a *.zip file with the same name as the directory exists.

Option1=C:\MBS\EXE2\MBSUNZIP -n -Jr %1

c:\mbs\exe2\mbsunzip - the mbsunzip program executable file name including the


complete PATH to the file. The mbsunzip command is followed by switches,
which tell the program how to execute. All switches start with the - symbol. After
the switches is the file name to unzip.

Switches are best described by typing in MBSUNZIP at the command prompt and
follow the instructions for viewing switch settings.

-n a switch to extract from the zip file only newer files than are in the
current directory

-Jr a switch to mask the read-only files, include these

%1 name of zip file is passed as a variable that has the same name as
current directory
[TEXT PRINT] Printer settings for text files. These values are updated to this file when with the
mouse <Utilities>, <PRINTER SETUP>, changes made, and SAVE AS
DEFAULT are selected.

NOTE: These should not be changed with a text editor. Only from within the MBS program,
as described above, should these lines be changed.

[DXF PRINT] Printer settings for DXF files. These values are updated to this file when with the
mouse <Utilities>, <PRINTER SETUP>, changes made, and SAVE AS
DEFAULT are selected.

NOTE: These should not be changed with a text editor. Only from within the MBS program,
as described above, should these lines be changed.
[WINDOWS] Position for the upper left hand corner of the MBS-WIN screen when placed on
the DESKTOP.

NOTE: The upper left hand corner of the DESKTOP is the zero x-position and zero y-
position. Down and to the right are positive directions.
[MAKE DDD] This feature allows the user to include through Drawing2, or Combined Dwg tabs
when the Make Des/Dt/Dwg is selected from the Auto button.

The line following the section heading defines which option the user prefers. The line
begins with the word Option, and is followed by the equal sign and an integer for the
number of building drawing screens to include.

Option=1 includes only Drawing1 <Default program behavior>


Option=2 includes Drawing1 and Drawing2
Option=3 includes Drawing1, Drawing2, and Combined Dwg

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DETAILS=OFF disables the running of the detail drawing cells during the Auto Make
Drawing options.
[MAKE ALL] This feature allows the user to exclude cells from the Make All process without
totally removing the cell name.

The lines following the section are the cell name followed by an equal sign. The cell
will still be present allowing the user to double click the cell to make. This can be used
for items that do not change, such as DwgCovers, or for cells that do not apply to your
company, such as to-scale drawings for a plasma cutting machine.
[ZIPPATHS] This feature allows the user to define different locations to be used for the ZIP
JOB TO utility. See PE 6-03-2.

The ZIP JOB TO directory pull-down is populated by the lines you enter, where the
first entry is the default. To properly format each entry, the user is to precede the
folder location with an integer Id and equal sign.

i.e. 0=C:\SAMPLES\CANOPY
1=C:\SAMPLES\FACIA
2=C:\SAMPLES\PARAPET

[TDF_EDIT] This feature disables the accessing of the TDF (translation) editor.

|Translation and Options Editor


MENU=OFF Removes the ability to access translation editor

[LANGUAGE] This feature allows the user to define different language files to be used for the
translation of different program sections. These sections and a description is
shown below. See PE 3-05-6 for further setup. See PE 3-05-5 for preparing the
translation file.

DRAWINGS=CHINESE-B
Used to define the language file used for translating the elevation and shop
drawings.
EDITOR=CHINESE-B
Used to define the language file used for translating the Building Input Editor.
INPUT/OUTPUT=CHINESE-B
Used to define the language file used for translating the Input and Output files.
SYSTEM=CHINESE-B
Used to define the language file used for translating the MBS system
programs.
[DESUSER] This feature allows the user to specify the INI file and its file path to be used for:
DESERROR= Name of INI file for user defined errors
DESUSER= Name of INI file for user defined variables
DB_USER= Name of INI file for parameter adjustments

[DESUSER]
DESERROR=C:\MBS\SYSTEM\DESERROR.dif
DESUSER=C:\MBS\SYSTEM\DESUSER.dif

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DB_USER=C:\MBS\SYSTEM\DB_USER.dif

Some lines and [SECTIONS] in the original MBS.INI file have become obsolete. These are listed
below by Section.

In the [PATHS] Section:


SECTIONTYPE=PATHSELECT

In the [TEXT EDIT] and [DXF VIEW] Section:


SECTIONTYPE=COMMANDLINE1R

In the [MBS SECTIONS] and [PRINTER SETUP] Sections:


*Eliminate all lines and the Section*

In the [DXF EDIT], [PKZIP COPY], [PKZIP PACK], [PKZIP FLOPPY], and [PKUNZIP]
Sections:
SECTIONTYPE=COMMANDLINE

In the [TEXT PRINT] Section:


SECTIONTYPE=COMMANDLINEPRINT1R

In the [DXF PRINT] Section:


SECTIONTYPE=COMMANDLINEPRINT

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Below is an example MBS.INI file for reference:


|------------------------------------------------------------------
| C:\MBS\SYSTEM\MBS.INI
|
| The following sections may be edited:[PATHS], [TEXT EDIT],
| [DXF EDIT] and [DXF VIEW]
[PATHS]
| Indicates the directories to be used to store various MBS files.
EXE2=C:\MBS\EXE2\
CHECK=C:\MBS\EXE2\
MAIN=C:\MBS\EXEWIN1\
DOC2=C:\MBS\DOC2\
BLK=C:\MBS\BLK\
DXF=C:\MBS\DXF\
HLP=C:\MBS\HLP\
HLPWIN=C:\MBS\HLPWIN1\
SIZ2=C:\MBS\SIZ2\
NOT=C:\MBS\NOT\
REP=M:\REP\
TRANS=C:\MBS\TRANS\
LIB=C:\MBS\LIB\
DEF=C:\MBS\DOC2\
CODE=C:\MBS\CODE\
DEFAULTJOB=D:\
ERRORS=c:\MBS\ERRORS\

[STARTUP]
|CMD1=C:\MBS\UTIL\MBSUPDAT.EXE m:\exe2\*.exe c:\mbs\exe2
|CMD2=C:\MBS\UTIL\MBSUPDAT.EXE m:\dxf\*.dxf c:\mbs\dxf

[JOBPATHS]
PATH0=C:\MBS_JOBS\ALT_JOBS\
PATH1=C:\BALONGNA\
PATH2=C:\MBS_JOBS\
PATH3=C:\JOBS\
PATH4=C:\QUOTES\

[MBS_OLD]

[MBS_INIT]

[DESCTRL EDIT]
Option1=WINDOWS
INI=DESED.INI

[LOCK]
|Options available for lock.
|DELAY will stall the lock check by number of milliseconds specified.
| (500 ms=1/2 second)
|AVI will turn off the building AVI displayed when system is busy.
|
|DELAY=500
AVI=OFF

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[CELLS]
|List cells, which should not be displayed, followed by an equal sign (=)
|CWI_WEB=
|CWI_FLG=
|CWI_STF=
|CWI_BEP=
|Asm_Dwg=
|Desctrl=
|EwDet=
|DwgCover=
|WallIns=

[OPTIONS]
|Enter only one command line for the following set.
| SHOWJOBINFO=FALSE Do not display the Job Information Screen
| SHOWJOBINFO=TRUE Display Job Information Screen (default)
|Enter only one command line for the following set.
| AUTOZIP=ALWAYS Always zip job upon exiting
| AUTOZIP=NEVER Never zip job upon exiting
| AUTOZIP=QUERY Query 'Yes' or 'No' to zip upon exiting (default)
|Translation and Options Editor
| TDF_EDIT=OFF Removes the ability to access translation editor
SHOWJOBINFO=FALSE
AUTOZIP=ALWAYS

[TEXT EDIT]
| Command line entries used to invoke TEXT editors.
Option1=<RESERVED>
Option2=C:\WINDOWS\Command\Edit.com %1
Option3="C:\program files\microsoft office\office\WinWord" %1

[PROCESSING]
| Indicates which executable file or batch file will be run upon
| the MBS program completing
|
| FORMAT: Executable=BATch File Name
MBSDESED=C:\MBS\UTIL\DESUSER.EXE
SHIP=NOTEPAD %1

[TRANSLATION]
RFDES=RFDES.TDF

[DXF EDIT]
| Command line entries used to invoke DXF editors.
| Note: Runmode should not be used with Win2000 or WinNT
| Note: Any invalid DOS path names must be in quotes
|
| First option: example of AutoCAD LT 98 running on Win98
Option1=c:\mbs\exe2\dxfedit %1 dxfedit1.frm caddedit.scr
Option1a=start "c:\program files\autocad lt 98\aclt" /b caddedit.scr
RunMode1=HIDE
| Second option: example of AutoCAD LT 98 running on Win2000

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Option2=c:\mbs\exe2\dxfedit %1 dxfedit1.frm caddedit.scr


Option2a="c:\program files\autocad lt 98\aclt" /b caddedit.scr
| Third option: example of AutoCAD LT R2 running on Win95
Option3=c:\mbs\exe2\dxfedit %1 dxfedit3.frm caddedit.scr
Option3a=start c:\acltwin\aclt %1 caddedit.scr
RunMode3=HIDE

[DXF VIEW]
| Command line entries used to invoke DXF viewers.
Option1=<RESERVED>
Option2=C:\MBS\MINIVIEW\MVW %1
Option3=C:\MBS\EXE2\FDXF %1

[PKZIP COPY]
Option1=C:\MBS\EXE2\PKZIP -a -Jr -x*.zip %1 *.*
RunMode1=HIDE

[PKZIP PACK]
Option1=C:\MBS\EXE2\PKZIP -m -a -Jr -x*.zip %1 *.*
RunMode1=HIDE

[PKZIP FLOPPY]
Option1=C:\MBS\EXE2\PKZIP -a -Jr -x*.zip %1 *.*
RunMode1=HIDE

[PKUNZIP]
Option1=C:\MBS\EXE2\PKUNZIP -n -Jr %1
RunMode1=HIDE

[MAKE DDD]
|The Option is followed by the equal sign and
|the number of building drawing screens
|to include in the <AUTO> "Make Des/Dt/Dwg"
|
|Option=1 includes only BldgDwgs1
|Option=2 includes BldgDwgs1 and BldgDwgs2
|Option=3 includes BldgDwgs1, BldgDwgs2, and BldgDwgs3
Option=1

[MAKE ALL]
DesCtrl=
DwgCtrl=
DwgCover=

[ZIPPATHS]
0=C:\SAMPLES\CANOPY
1=C:\SAMPLES\FACIA
2=C:\SAMPLES\PARAPET

[DESUSER]
DESERROR=C:\MBS\SYSTEM\DESERROR.dif
DESUSER=C:\MBS\SYSTEM\DESUSER.dif
DB_USER=C:\MBS\SYSTEM\DB_USER.dif

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[LANGUAGE]
DRAWINGS=CHINESE-B
EDITOR=CHINESE-B
INPUT/OUTPUT=CHINESE-B
SYSTEM=CHINESE-B

| We recommend that sections below this point Should NOT be edited!

[TEXT PRINT]
Option1=<DEFAULT>
Printer1=FinePrint Driver on FPR1:
Orient1=Landscape
UseTitle1=0
TitleFont1=Times New Roman
TitleFontSize1=8
TitleFontStyle1=Bold
BodyFont1=Courier New
BodyFontSize1=12
BodyFontStyle1=
Option2=<DEFAULT>
Printer2=HP LaserJet 4L on LPT1:
Orient2=Landscape
UseTitle2=7
TitleFont2=Courier New
TitleFontSize2=8
TitleFontStyle2=Bold Underline
BodyFont2=Courier New
BodyFontSize2=7
BodyFontStyle2=
Option3=<DEFAULT>
Printer3=HP LaserJet 4L on LPT1:
Orient3=Portrait
UseTitle3=7
TitleFont3=Courier New
TitleFontSize3=11
TitleFontStyle3=Italic
BodyFont3=Courier New
BodyFontSize3=8
BodyFontStyle3=

[DXF PRINT]
Option1=<DEFAULT>
Printer1=HP LaserJet 4L on LPT1:
Orient1=Landscape
Option2=<DEFAULT>
Printer2=HP LaserJet 4L on LPT1:
Orient2=Portrait
Option3=<DEFAULT>
Printer3=HP LaserJet 4L on LPT1:
Orient3=Landscape
PageWidth1=0
PageWidth2=0

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PageWidth3=0
PageHeight1=0
PageHeight2=0
PageHeight3=0

[WINDOWS]
PositionX=152
PositionY=85

[JOBLIST]
NPrevJobs=1
MaxJobs=10
PREVJOB0=C:\MBS_JOBS\HELP_JOB

1.10 Directory Structure


See Appendix A6 for a detailed description.

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2 Overview of MBS Software Operations

2.1 Introduction
MBS will do the complete processing of a steel framed building for: design, detailing, erection
drawings, cost, shop drawings and preparing data for automatic shop processing. The purpose in this
section is to provide an overview of those operations. Details of these operations will be described in
other sections of the Manual, the purpose here is to provide an overview of the operations.

2.2 Features on the MBS Screens


Note the top line on the screen gives the job name, the INI file controlling MBS, and the Windows
operating system for your computer. The next line of buttons is the toolbar. The bottom line on the
screen gives further information on the job. These three lines of data are present on all MBS operation
screens.

2.3 The ToolBar


The tool bar contains buttons that control the MBS operations. The buttons are displayed below and
described hereafter.

2.3.1 Control
Options to get another job, browse jobs, select a recent job to open, zip current job to a different
location, or exit MBS.
2.3.2 Utilities
Special programs or files available to the MBS user, as shown below.

The File Maintenance provides an option to view the list of available files used in building startup for:
drawing control, database files, and list of clients. These are *.DEF files described in Section 3.2 and
Appendix 4.

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Print Manager contains a list of drawings and input or output files that may be tagged and batch
printed.

Printer Preferences is a program that leads you through setting up your windows printers to work
with MBS.

Job Information displays information for the current job such as customer name and address,
designer, and drafter. The screen layout can be modified to suit the user's needs.

*** An alternate method of accessing this screen is by pressing <J> key in the Design, Detail, or
Drawing screens. See Section A3 on hot keys.

Program Listing is a list of special programs to process buildings. A sample program listing is shown
on next page.

*** An alternate method of accessing this screen is by pressing <X> key in the Design, Detail, or
Drawing screens. See Section A3 on hot keys.

Report Editor contains optional reports available to the program user. The reports can be variations
in the shipping list and in the contract. The report listing looks similar to the program listing shown on
next page.

*** An alternate method of accessing this screen is by pressing <R> key in the Design, Detail, or
Drawing screens. See Section A3 on hot keys.

Notes Editor is used to denote progress, modifications, or revisions performed by the user.

*** An alternate method of accessing this screen is by pressing <N> key in the Design, Detail, or
Drawing screens. See Section A3 on hot keys.

Drawing Number is a utility program that permits the user to group and add page numbers into the
logo of MBS generated drawings. See PE 12-01-12 for setup and operation.

Dxf Cleanup is a utility program that permits the user to automatically or selective delete certain DXF
files on a Make All.

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Each line lists a different program. Each program is activated placing the cursor on the line and
pressing the enter key or double clicking on line. With the first line, you can shell to DOS. The second
line is the program that makes multiple three dimensional drawings. Other programs include:
customized reports, a detailed report on fastener count, program to update the DT_COST file with
current inventory, programs to edit different job files, a program to combine shipping lists from other
jobs, and a program to prepare fabrication data for the shop.

A program listing entry can contain multiple commands, thus eliminating the need for a batch file.

2.3.3 Auto
This button is not enabled on the main Dealer screen but is available in the Drawing section.
2.3.4 Help
Press the help button and the following screen appears.

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Click on any of these names or buttons to view that help reference. There are many hot keys and
function keys available to the user. These keys are described in the first help reference. Advice on
setting the print options is given in the next help file. Section 1.4 of the Training Manual on setting up
the MBS software is given in the next help file. The software user can make their unique drawing title
blocks, which will automatically appear on their drawings. The process used to prepare the title blocks
is given in the next help file.

The four buttons on the bottom are jumps to additional help files. The program enhancement button is
to all the current and former program enhancements. The help files are for 9 of the data files. The
same files are available with the data file. It may be more convenient to use these help files since you
do not have to get into the data base section of the software. The Example help is an electronic copy
of the Example Manual. It does not include all the drawings that are in the paper copy of the Manual.

2.4 Building Data Entry


The first step in processing a building is to enter the desired building data in the program. To do this,
click on the "Edit Job Control file" or press Alt-E. The building data entry screens will appear, follow
section 3 on entering building data. Exit the building data entry screens and the program will return to
this screen.

2.5 Preparing Erection Drawings


Note on the tabs that there are three tabs for building (erection) drawings. The files in the first tab are
used for all buildings while the files in the second and third tabs are used for more complex or special
building features. Select the Drawing 1 tab. This will bring up the screen shown below.

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Note the input and output cells. Also, note the name abbreviations, namely, sidewall, endwall, roof,
crane, and rigid frame. Additional cells include three cells for anchor bolt drawings. Often three anchor
bolt drawings are needed, one each for the anchor bolt plan, anchor bolt details, and for reactions. The
additional input and output cells for 3Dbuild are located in the upper right corner for a three
dimensional drawing of the building

Note the cell in the upper left corner labeled DwgCtrl. This cell contains the drawing control file. It is a
user set file that contains drawing options and scale factors that are used in preparing these drawings.
Multiple drawing control files are available to the user prior to or during the preparation of the erection
drawings.

To prepare these drawings, press the Auto button and select "make all cells on this screen". When the
drawings are complete, view the drawing to determine if they meet your needs. You can edit the
drawing by editing the input file and remaking the output file. Another method of editing the drawing is
to change one or more detailing methods, or to use the "options" feature for that drawing.

Select the Drawing 2 tab. This will bring up the screen shown below.

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Note there are additional sidewall and endwall drawings. Additional input and output cells include:
WallIns is a wall insulation drawing, WallLnr is a drawing of the wall liner panels, KeyDwg serves two
purposes, one is for the layout of partition walls and the second is for the layout of multiple buildings,
BrcDwg is a brace drawing, PartDwg is for the drawing of each partition wall, and JackDwg is for the
drawing of each jack beam.

The PartDwg, JackDwg, and WindDwg cells, like the Shop Drawing cells, are just a link to another
screen that contains the drawings. For example, double-clicking (or Make) the PartDwg cell will
display the screen below. If more drawings need to be displayed, more tabs indicating other pages will
be show.

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The Auto run feature should be used to make all the drawings or just the number needed for this job.
Each drawing should be viewed and if necessary modified within MBS.

Select the Detail Dwg tab. This will bring up the screen shown below.

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Note there are multiple detail drawing cells, from 1 to 23.

The Auto run feature should be used to make all the drawings or just the number needed for this job.
Each drawing should be viewed and if necessary modified within MBS.

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3 Entering the Building Data

3.1 To Start MBS Windows


Double-click on the MBS icon. The 'Get Job' box will appear.

This screen can be used to access the Job Manager. The user has the option of typing the job name
or pressing 'Browse' to go to the Job Manager. Checking 'Data File Update' will compare the data
files in the chosen job with the data files in the default SIZ2 directory. This will cause the data files in
the job to be updated with more recent files.

To change the directory path [PATH]; [EDIT] to alter the status or description shown; [ADD] to add
a new job; [DELETE] to remove the job; [SIZ] to update the database files in the job; [ZIP] to zip the
highlighted job; [ZIP ALL] to zip all shown jobs independently; [COPY] to copy and rename the job;
[INFO] gives directory name, # of files in job, total size and most current file; and [VIEW] shows the
3D graphic view of the job.

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The Job Manager contains a list of the Jobs in the designated job directory. Use the mouse or arrow
keys to move the blue line, which indicates the job to be selected. Double-click, and the highlighted job
will be selected. Additional options are shown at the top of the screen. To create a new job, click on
Add and type the new job name.

As you select a job, the job information screen appears. Fill in as much data as is appropriate for the
job and click Ok. The Job ID screen format can be altered by the user (MBS_INFO.DEF located in
folder C:\MBS\DOC2\). See the MBS Detailing Manual for more specific information.

3.2 Start Files


See Appendix 4 Steps to Start a MBS Job and Source of Data for specific information on default files.
A graphic representation is located at Appendix A7: MBS Directory Structure and File Sequence. It
is advisable, for example, to start with a default job design control file (DesCtrl.in) which is as close
to the building to be designed as possible.

3.3 To Enter Building Data


3.3.1 To Activate Building Entry Menu
While in a job on the design screen, place the cursor on the DesCtrl cell (highlight in red) and press
Ctrl-E, E, or double-click if set in MBS.INI. A picture of this screen and each successive input screen
may be referenced at Section 2.3.D INPUT SCREENS. Enter the job title to be used on design and
detailing reports.

The building editor menu appears. It is a list of the screens for building entry. Click on the desired
screen to proceed with building entry. As a general rule the ESC key will exit most MBS screens. *
'Click on' means to move the mouse to that location and press the left mouse key.

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NOTE: The above screen capture is shown as an example of all the buttons. The last five buttons in
the Partition Wall Book will not be shown if the number of partitions is zero.

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3.3.2 Screen Layout and Operations

Top line (A): Name of current building input area and reference *.INI file.

Menu buttons (B): Click on any of the following:

Building categories: Shape/Color, Loads, Wall/Roof, Accessories, Extensions,


and Partitions.
Graphics button: to view drawings of the building being entered.
Menu button: to return to the menu for all the building entry screens.
Help button: To provide help on the Windows program.

Menu tabs (C): Tabs for parts of the active building area. Note the active tab is linked to the
main screen below. Click on the desired tab to move to the desired screen, or
use Ctrl-PgUp/PgDn to move to the next screen.

Main Screen (D): This is divided into sections, see the title in the upper left corner. The active
section has a white background. Use the PgUp/PgDn keys to move between
sections, or click on the desired area to activate that section.

Bottom line (E): The following data references this job:

- Job Name TRAIN


- Job Description MBS TRAINING MANUAL JOB
- Job Directory C:\MBS_JOBS\TRAIN
- Today's Date 4/29/08

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- Units: English (SI) or Metric (blank)

F1 text help
Alt-F1 graphic help

Data entry locations within a section are called fields.

The TAB key is used to move between fields. The order is top to bottom then left to right. Another
way to move to a desired field is to click on the field.

Entering numeric data: If you move to the cell with the TAB key, enter the number (all numbers should
be separated by a space), press the TAB key. The numbers will be saved and you will be at the next
field.

If you move to the field with a single click, you can use the arrow keys to move to the specific
numbers to be edited. Edit the numbers, then move to the next cell with the mouse or the TAB key.

If you move to the field with a double click you can enter the new data while overwriting the old data.

Selecting from a Pick List: A pick list is available for the field if a down arrow is at the right side of the
field. Click on the down arrow and the available options will appear. Click on the desired option and it
will be selected. If there are more options than what appear on the list, move the scroll bar on the right
to view additional options.

Marking a Check Box:


Click on the box or label to change the setting. Click again to change back. If you click on the label it
will be accented (as seen by the box around the label). Then, the space bar can be used to mark or
unmark the check box.

Edit Box on list of numbers: Used to enter a list of numbers, where there is not a field for each
number.

Click on the field that contains the multiple numbers (for example: frame lines for a rigid frame). An
edit line will appear where the numbers can be entered, separate the numbers with the space bar.
When the desired data is entered, press the Enter key or click on 'OK'.

Edit Box on full line of data:


Used where a full line of data is to be entered, such as additional loads, framed openings, and much of
the accessory data. Enter the number of data lines and press TAB. Zeros or blank data will appear
for each line. Double click on the line or press the enter key and an edit box will appear. Enter the
desired data in the first field use the TAB key to move forward to the next field. Shift-TAB will move
backward.

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To accept the edited data: Press TAB on the last field. The default will be the 'OK' button, then press
enter to select 'OK' or, click on the 'OK' button. If you do not edit all the fields, and you wish to
discontinue the editing, click on the 'Cancel' button to exit.
3.3.3 Input Screens

BUILDING EDITOR:

Enter the Job Title to be used on output reports.


Click 'OK'.
3.3.4 Shape

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3.3.4 A Shape

3.3.4.1.1 Building Shape

BUILDING TYPE
'FF' for a full frame building.
'LT' for a lean to building.

BUILDING OPTION
'-' Standard
'E' for an erection sequence building (See PE 5-01-3),
'W' for a field welded building (See PE 6-01-9).

BUILDING WIDTH, (ft, mm)


The width of the building is the out-to-out distance between the sidewall girts on each side of
the building. To include panel thickness in the building width, set the panel thickness as the girt

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offset.

BUILDING LENGTH, (ft, mm)


The length of the building is the out-to-out distance between the endwall girts on each end of
the building. To include panel thickness in the building length, set the panel thickness as the girt
offset.

LEFT EAVE HEIGHT, (ft, mm)


The vertical distance from the finish floor elevation to the left eave. To decide what part of
the building is the left eave you need to first decide which sidewall will be the front sidewall.
Building location on the drawings is with the front sidewall along the base of the drawing.
Then, as you view the front sidewall from outside the building, the end of the building located
on your left is the left endwall. Building cross section dimensions are given as you view the
left endwall from outside the building. Therefore, the left eave height is also the back sidewall
height.

RIGHT EAVE HEIGHT, (ft, mm)


The vertical distance from the finish floor elevation to the right eave. Lean-to buildings must
have the high side on the front sidewall.

PEAK OFFSET, (ft, mm)


The horizontal distance from the back side of the building to the building ridge. For a single
slope or lean-to building, use zero.

LEFT ROOF SLOPE


Use the roof slope in terms of rise in 12 horizontal for imperial units (inches) and rise in 100
horizontal for metric units (mm).

SIDEWALL BAY
If all sidewall bays are to have the same value, set the bay spacing here. The program will use
the closest multiple to the building length. If different sidewall bay values are used, use the
desired bay spacing on the bay spacing screen.
3.3.4.1.2 Rigid Frame in Endw all

EXPANDABLE ENDWALL, Lt & Rt


'N' for no rigid frame in endwall,
'Y' if the building framing is to incorporate a rigid frame in the endwall (expandable
endwall frame),
'YE' the rigid frame in the endwall to use the common endwall columns as interior rigid
frame columns. See PE 2-03-3,
'I' for an endwall that is inset one bay from the end of building, see PE 12-00-4,
'I2' for an endwall that is inset two bays from the end of building,
'I3' for an endwall that is inset three bays from the end of building,
'I4' for an endwall that is inset four bays from the end of building,
'I5' for an endwall that is inset five bays from the end of building,
'I6' for an endwall that is inset six bays from the end of building,
'I7' for an endwall that is inset seven bays from the end of building,
'I8' for an endwall that is inset eight bays from the end of building, or
'I9' for an endwall that is inset nine bays from the end of building.

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OFFSET, (in, mm)


If Lt / Rt Offset was:
'Y' Use the distance from end of building to web line on the rigid
frame. For a small offset, the endwall columns and girts will
frame into the inside flange of the rigid frame. For a larger
offset, the endwall columns and girts will bypass the rigid
frame.
'I', 'I1' ... 'I9' Use the distance from the centerline of frame near the endwall
to the outside steel line of the inset endwall.

3.3.4.1.3 Flush Wall

FLUSH WALL; DEPTH, (in, mm)


Check the 'Use' box if the following structural items are to have the specified depth:
rigid frame sidewall columns,
sidewall girts,
endwall columns, and
endwall girts.

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3.3.4.1.4 Column Base Elevation

COLUMN BASE ELEVATION


For each of the four walls use the distance from the finish floor to the column base. Use a
negative value if the column base is below the floor. If necessary, in the input files of the
programs you can set unique elevations for each column.

3.3.4.1.5 Building Colors

BUILDING COLORS
Use a two character designation for each color. The color choices and the two character
codes are in the pull-down menu. These colors are referenced in the DT_COLOR.siz file.
In each report where the color is reported, a definition of the two letter designation will be
made.

This is a 4 letter entry. The first two letters come from the DT_COLOR.siz file and
represent the color of the trim. The second 2 letters come from the DT_TRIM.siz file and
represent the style of the trim. The STYLEs are specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using
'ST' as the TYPE in this file.

BUILDING STYLES
Style is used to choose unique profiles or types of trim. Roof style is for unique ridge caps.
Roof trim style is for unique gable trim.

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This is a 4 letter entry. The first two letters represent the color of the trim. The second 2
letters come from the DT_TRIM.siz file and represent the style of the trim. The STYLEs are
specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using 'ST' as the TYPE in this file.
3.3.4 B Bay Spacing

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COPY BAY ID
When a value is not present, then that bay Id is not available to other pull-down lists. Using
the pull-down list, the user can select a bay Id number to copy, and then click the Copy Button.

COPY BUTTON
The information which is entered for the wall will be copied to or from the wall.

SETS OF BAYS
The number of sets of data necessary to describe the column spacing along the wall. Set to 0
if the endwall column spacing is to be determined by the program. A set of data consists of a
bay width and the number of consecutive times that bay width occurs.

NUMBER OF BAYS
The number of consecutive occurrences of the bay width. Repeat this and the last item as
required to fully describe the bay spacing in the wall.

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WIDTH
The bay width. Start with the bay at the left end of the wall (viewed from outside that wall).

FRONT/BACK SOLDIER COLUMNS


For each sidewall with soldier columns, click the checkbox for that wall and set the bay
spacing information for that wall. The bay spacings must align with the roof bay spacings.

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3.3.4 C Rigid Frames

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COPY RIGID FRAME ID


When a value is not present, then that rigid frame Id is not available to other pull-down lists.
Using the pull-down list, the user can select a rigid frame Id number to copy, and then click the
Copy Button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the Frame Type, Frame Option, Load Width, Symmetry, Column Shape, and
Rafter Shape from the copied rigid frame. The program will jump to the # Frame Lines for
the next input item.

FRAME TYPE
'RF' for the typical rigid frame,
'LT' for the lean to frame with a moment connection at the top of the column,
'BC' for the lean to frame with a pin on the inside face of the column,
'TB' for a tapered beam frame consisting of a level bottom chord on the rafter with a

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constant depth column,


'HP' for a horizontal lower flange on the rafter at the ridge,
'SR' for the semi-rigid moment connection at the inside face of each sidewall column,
'TF' for a T frame,
'TH' for a Tee Hanger frame (open front sidewall),
'TR' for a Tee hanger Reverse frame (open back sidewall), and
'BM' for a beam frame.

LOAD WIDTH
The effective loading width to be used for the design of the frame. For a two bay building
with bypass purlins, the default effective load is increased by 25 percent to account for purlin
continuity.

FRAME OPTION
Use 'D' if the rigid frame columns are made from double C cold-rolled sections, see PE 7-
02-2.
'U' if the rigid frame depths are to be taken from the DS_FRAME.SIZ file, see PE 8-
01-9.
'-' for all other cases.

FRAME SYMMETRY
Use 'N' and the frame will not be symmetrical. For a frame to be symmetrical, both the
building shape and interior columns must be symmetrical.
'Y' and the frame will be symmetrical on the input file, the designed frame may not be
symmetrical.
'S' and the frame will be symmetrical on both the input file and in the designed frame.

COLUMN SHAPE
Use C for constant depth member,
T for tapered depth member,
TC for tapered and then constant (See PE 4-11-4),
R for hot rolled members, and
M for multiple depth (See PE 11-02-5)

RAFTER SHAPE
Use C for constant depth member,
T for tapered depth member,
TC for tapered and then constant depth member,
R for hot rolled member,
H and the TF rafter will be horizontal, and
HC and the HP rafter will be constant depth and then horizontal.

END SUPPORT (Left)


'P' for Pinned connection at base of columns,
'FI' for Fixed connection at base with anchor bolts Inside and outside of flanges,
'FO' for Fixed connection at base with anchor bolts Outside of flange only, or
'F4' for Fixed column base using 4 bolts per row.

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'P' for Pinned connection at base of columns,


'FI' for Fixed connection at base with anchor bolts Inside and outside of flanges,
'FO' for Fixed connection at base with anchor bolts Outside of flange only, or
'F4' for Fixed column base using 4 bolts per row.

NO. OF FRAME LINES


The number of frames of this frame Id to be used in this building. Expandable endwall frames
can be specified as a separate frame type, such as Rigid Frame #2, since the expandable
frame will be detailed for the connection to the endwall columns.

FRAME LINES
The number of the frame lines where this frame is to be located. The frame lines start with
frame number one at the left end of the building. Use a space between frame line numbers (i.
e. 1 2 3 etc.). When Soldier Columns are present, then the frame lines are based on Roof
Bays that are where the FRAMEs actually occur. For example, ID=1 is at the left endwall
and ID=2 is the next rigid frame location based on roof bay spacing.

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3.3.4 D Interior Columns

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COPY INTERIOR COLUMN ID


When a value is not present, then that rigid frame Id is not available to other pull-down lists.
Using the pull-down list, the user can select a rigid frame Id number to copy, and then click the
Copy Button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the Column Type, Rotate Column, Column Shape, Top Connection, Bottom
Connection, and Base Elevation from the copied interior column. The program will jump to the
# Locations for the next input item.

COLUMN TYPE (associated design also shown)


Use 'R' for hot rolled wide flange section,
'P' for pipe section,
'W' for welded wide flange section,
'T' for a square tube section, or

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'S' for special shape that is a wide flange member with variable depth.

ROTATE COLUMN
For the 'W' or 'R' column type, use Y if the column web is in a plane perpendicular to the plane
of the frame, else N.
The 'P' and 'T' tubes can not be rotated, use N.
For the 'S' column type the member cannot be rotated. If the column location is to the mid
column depth, use 'N'.
If you have a tapered column and you want one side of the column to be vertical and the other
side of the column to be tapered, then use R if the column is to be to the right of the
dimension line and L if the column is to be to the left of the dimension line.

COLUMN SHAPE
'C' used except for the special column type, then select as follows:
'T' if the column is to have a single taper,
'Y' if the column is to have more than one taper,
'S' if the column is to be stepped.
The minimum and maximum depths and the location of depth points on the columns comes
from the DS_RFDEP.siz file for COT, COS, COC, and COY span types.

TOP CONNECTION
The connection type for the top of interior columns:
'P' for Pinned connection at top of column or
'F' for Fixed connection at top of column.

BASE CONNECTION
The connection type for the base of interior columns:
'P' for Pinned connection at base of columns,
'FI' for Fixed connection at base with anchor bolts Inside and outside of flanges,
'FO' for Fixed connection at base with anchor bolts Outside of flange only, or
'F4' for Fixed connection at base with 4 bolts per row and anchor bolts inside and outside
of flanges.

BASE ELEVATION, (in, mm)


The distance from finish floor to the interior column base plate. A negative value places the
base plate below the floor.

NO. OF LOCATIONS
The number of interior column locations to be used with this frame.

LOCATIONS, (ft, mm)


The distance from the back side of the building to each column.

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NO.
The number of jack beams to be used.

ID
The counter for the jack beam beginning with 1 through the total number of beams.

BAY ID, START


Start bay of roof bays for the jack beam location.

BAY ID, END


End bay of roof bays for the jack beam location.

OFFSET, (ft, mm)


Distance from the back sidewall to the centerline of the jack beam. A value of zero will locate
the beam at the back sidewall, and a value of the building width will locate the beam at the

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front sidewall. All other locations must allow the jack beam to connect to a rigid frame interior
column at each end of the jack beam.

HEIGHT (ft, mm)


Distance from the floor to the top of jack beam. A value of zero will locate the beam directly
below the rafter for interior column locations, and near the eave for jack beams located along
either sidewall. User can specify heights which are used by the program.

BEAM TYPE
The member type for the jack beam.
'R' - Hot-rolled I-beam (DS_RFRM.siz)
'W' - Constant depth welded plate I-beam (DS_WFRM.siz)
'T1' - single taper where depth locations are based on DS_RFDEP.siz 'T1' entries
'T2' - double taper where depth locations are based on DS_RFDEP.siz 'T2' entries

BRACE TYPE
Bracing Type where:
'C' - Cable bracing
'R' - Rod bracing

BRACE LOCATION, (ft, mm)


The distance from the eave to the bracing point. The nearest purlin location to the entered
value will be the bracing point. The strut and end of bracing will be located at this distance
from the eave.

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3.3.4 F Special Shape

NOTE: When Special Surface is used, Width, Eave Height, and Slope are not used from Shape screen.

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NUMBER OF SURFACES
The number of outside surfaces that appear on a cross section of the building. Use zero and
this data line will not be used. The building shape will be obtained from screen 1.

X/Y COORDINATES, (in, mm)


The X and Y coordinate of the building surface intersections. Consider the lower left corner
of the building to be at coordinate 0,0 and do not use that point.

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3.3.5 Loads
3.3.5 A Code, Loads

3.3.5.1.1 Building Code

CALC BUTTON
See PE 11-03-7 for program to retrieve building code and climatic data. Help is also available
within the Climate Preprocessing screen. Climatic data retrieved corresponds to the building
code and the required MBS load screen fields.

WIND CODE
Click on the down arrow and select the code from the menu.

ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers (1990, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2010)
ASNZ Australia and New Zealand Code (2002)

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BCBC British Columbia Building Code of Canada (1992)


BOCA Building Officials and Code Administrators (1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999)
CBC California Building Code (1998, 2001, 2007, 2010)
CECS China Code CECS 102.02 (2002)
CFBC Canadian Farm Building Code (1995)
CFE Mexican Wind Code (1993)
CHNA China Code CECS 102.98 (1998)
DIN German Wind Code, DIN 1055-4 (2006)
DWC Dutch Wind Code (1990)
EC1 EuroCode 1: Actions on Structures Part 1-4: General Actions - Wind Actions
FBC Florida Building Code (2001, 2004, 2010)
IBC International Building Code (2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012)
I875 India Standard IS 875 (1997)
MBMA Metal Building Manufacturers Association (1986, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2006, 2010)
MCC Mexico City Code (1991)
MSC Massachusetts State Code (1993, 2001)
NBC National Building Code of Canada (1990, 1995, 2005, 2010)
NCBC North Carolina Building Code (1996, 1999)
NYBC New York Building Code (1989)
OBBC Ohio Basic Building Code (1995, 1998)
PN Poland National (1977)
PRC Puerto Rico Code (1987, 1998, 2011)
SBC Standard Building Code (1987, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1999)
UBC Uniform Building Code (1991, 1994, 1997)
VEN Venezuela Building Code (1999)
WBC Wisconsin Building Code (1991, 2000, 2002)

CLOSED/OPEN
Use one of the available options for each Building Code as listed in the help box.

EXPOSURE
Use one of the available options for each Building Code as listed in the help box.

IMPORTANCE FACTOR - SEISMIC


Use the importance factor for the seismic load.

IMPORTANCE FACTOR - WIND


Use the importance factor for the wind load.

SEISMIC ZONE / DESIGN CATEGORY


Use one of the available options for the listed Building Code. The Figures and Tables
referenced in the rightmost column pertain to the Building Code not MBS figures or tables.

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Seismic Zone /
Code Design Category Seismic Coefficient
ASCE 1990 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
1993 - Aa; See Figure 9-1
1995 - Ca; See Table 9.1.4.2.4
1998 A, B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See Table 9.4.1.2.4.a
Figure 9.4.1.1(a)
2002 A, B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See Table 9.4.1.2.4.a
Figure 9.4.1.1(a)
2005 A, B, C, D, E, F Ss * Fa; See Table 11.4-1
Figure 22-1
2010 A, B, C, D, E, F Ss * Fa; See Table 11.4-1
Figure 22-1
ASNZ 2002 Not available Not available
BCBC 1992 - Z, Za, Zv
BOCA 1987 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
1990 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
1993 - Aa; See Figure 1612.1.3(2)
1996 - Aa; See Figure 1610.1.3(2)
if DS_BUILD(roof 76) = 1, then
Use Ca, See ASCE Table
9.1.4.2.4
1999 - Aa; See Figure 1610.1.3(2)
if DS_BUILD(roof 77) = 1, then
Use Ca, See ASCE Table
9.1.4.2.4
CBC 1998 0, 1, 2A, 2B, 3, 4 Ca; See Table 16Q and 16I
2001 0, 1, 2A, 2B, 3, 4 Ca; See Table 16Q and 16I
2007 A, B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See CBC 2007
2010 A, B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See CBC 2010
CECS 2002 - Adjusted Horizontal Earthquake
Influence Factor (GBS0011-2001)
CFBC 1995 - Z, Za, Zv
CFE 1993 A, B, C, D 0; See Table 93 CFE-1
CHNA 1998 0, 1, 2A, 2B, 3, 4 See Code
DIN 2006 Not available Not available
DWC 1990 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
EC1 Not available Not available
FBC 2001 A, B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See ASCE 7-98
2004 B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See ASCE 7-02
2010 B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See ASCE 7-05

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IBC 2000 A, B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See Table 1615.1.2(1),


Figure 1615(1) and others
2003 A, B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See Table 1615.1.2(1),
Figure 1615(1) and others
2006 A, B, C, D, E, F Ss * Fa; See Table 1613.5.3(1)
Figure 1613.5(1)
2009 A, B, C, D, E, F Ss * Fa; See Table 1613.5.3(1)
Figure 1613.5(1)
2012 A, B, C, D, E, F Ss * Fa; See Table 1613.5.3(1)
Figure 1613.5(1)
I875 1997 II, III, IV, V 0
MBMA 1986 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
1990 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
1996 - Ca; See Table 7.4.1.1
2002 A, B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See IBC 2000
2006 A, B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See IBC 2006
2010 A, B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See IBC 2006
MCC 1991 I, II, III C, from Table 7.1
MSC 1993 - Aa
2001 - Aa; See Section 1612.2.3
NBC 1990 - Z, Za, Zv
1995 - Z, Za, Zv
2005 A, B, C, D, E, F See Canadian Code section
2010 A, B, C, D, E, F See Canadian Code section
NCBC 1996 - Aa; See Figure 1607.1.5B
1999 - Aa; See Figure 1607.1.5B
NYBC 1989 - Aa; See MBS Design Manual
Seismic Section G (pg 6-70)
OBBC 1995 - Aa; See BOCA-93
1998 - Aa; See OBBC-98 Figure 1610.1.3
(2)
if DS_BUILD(roof 82) = 1, then
use Ca, See ASCE
PN 1977 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
PRC 1987 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
1998 0, 1, 2A, 2B, 3, 4 Ca; See UBC-97 Tables 16Q and 16I
2011 A, B, C, D, E, F Ss * Fa; See Table 1613.5(13)
Figures 1 and 2
SBC 1987 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
1991 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
1994 - Aa; See Figure 1607.1.5B
1997 - Aa; See Figure 1607.1.5B
1999 - Aa; See Figure 1607.1.5B

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UBC 1991 0, 1, 2A, 2B, 3, 4 0


1994 0, 1, 2A, 2B, 3, 4 0
1997 0, 1, 2A, 2B, 3, 4 Ca; See Tables 16Q and 16I
VEN 1999 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
WBC 1991 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
2000 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 0
2002 A, B, C, D, E, F [1] Ss * Fa; See IBC-00 Table
1615.1.2(1) Figure 1615(1) and
others

[1] Seismic Design Category: use the most severe from the following tables.
ASCE98 Table 9.4.2.1a and 9.4.2.1b
CBC07 Table 1613.5.6(1) and 1613.5.6(2)
IBC03 Table 1616(1) and 1616(2)
IBC06 Table 1613.5.6(1) and 1613.5.6(2)
MBMA02 IBC: Table 1616.3(1) and Table 1616.3(2)
WBC02 IBC: Table 1616.3(1) and Table 1616.3(2)

Seismic Design Category is used for adjusting seismic factors according to the rules defined in
DS_Const.SIZ (see PE 4-04-6).

SEISMIC COEFFICIENT
Use one of the available coefficients for the listed Building Code.

See right column of the table above for Seismic Coefficient per Code.

NOTE: The 96 and 99 BOCA codes permit the use of ASCE 95. Both the BOCA and ASCE codes
are available as a user option, see PE 7-00-18.

TEMPERATURE CHANGE
If a change in temperature is to be considered in each of the design load combinations, set the
temperature change here. Use Fahrenheit for English jobs and centigrade for metric. See PE
3-06-2, 4-07-3, or 6-07-7.

To get a positive or negative change in temperature, set up load factors in the RF_Code.Yr
file. See PE 6-07-7.

CANADIAN CODE (Not shown by default)

NBC 90 and NBC 95 NBC 05

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CANADIAN CODE LOADING FACTORS (SEE APPENDIX C OF NBC 95):
Wind 10 Year:
Hourly wind pressure, 10 year return period
Wind 30 Year:
Hourly wind pressure, 30 year return period
Seismic Data:
Seismic v
Zonal velocity ratio.
Seismic Za
Acceleration related seismic zone
Seismic Zv
Velocity related seismic zone
Seismic I
Importance factor, see section 3.1.13
1.5 = post disaster buildings.
1.3 = schools
1.0 = all other buildings

For NBC 05 -

Wind 50 Year:
Hourly wind pressure, 50 year return period
Seismic Data:
Sa(0.2) = Spectral acceleration 0.2 second
Sa(0.5) = Spectral acceleration 0.5 second
Sa(1.0) = Spectral acceleration 1.0 second
Sa(2.0) = Spectral acceleration 2.0 second
3.3.5.1.2 Building Loads

DEAD LOAD
The roof dead load. This includes items supported by the roof purlins, typically: panels, purlins,
and insulation. (Do not include the rigid frame weight since the program will generate that
load.) You need to estimate the purlin weight. However, the roof design reports the purlin
weight, which you can use to adjust this dead load. By setting the dead load in this way, the
rigid frame can be designed without first designing the roof framing.

LIVE LOAD
The roof live load as reported on a horizontal projection.

ROOF SNOW LOAD


The roof design snow load. The larger of live load and snow load is used for building design.
Crane loads and seismic loads are combined with snow load.

COLLATERAL LOAD
The additional dead load that may or may not be on the building at sometime in the future.

WIND SPEED, BASIC WIND PRESSURE


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50 psf (10 kN/m2 ), the program considers it to be a basic wind pressure. Larger values are
considered to be a wind velocity. A few wind codes require that the basic wind pressure be
entered rather than a wind speed. See the code description in the MBS Design Manual.

Code Basic Wind Speed / Pressure Reference


ASCE 1990 Figure 1, pg 13
1995 Figure 6-1 pg 18
1998 Figure 6-1 pg 34-38
2002 Figure 6-1 pg 36-40
2005 Figure 6-1 pg 32-36
2010 Figure 26.5-1 A, B, or C
ASNZ 2002
BCBC 1992 See 1990 NBC
BOCA 1987 Figure 1112.3.2, pg 253
1990 Figure 1112.3.2, pg 270
1993 Figure 1611.3, pg 160
1996 Figure 1609.3, pg 170,
if DS_BUILD(roof76) =1, use ASCE 7-95
1999 Figure 1609.3, pg 175,
if DS_BUILD(roof77) =1, use ASCE 7-95
CBC 1998 Figure 16-1
2001 Figure 16-1
2007 Figure 1609
2010 Figure 1609 pg 22
CECS 2002 See Code
CFBC 1995 See NBC 1995 Code
CFE 1993 See Code
CHNA 1998 See Code
DWC 1990 See Code, Enter values in Dutch Wind Code
box
FBC 2001 Figure 1606, pg 168
2004
2010 Figure 1609 A, B, C, pg 16.14-16.16
IBC 2000 Figure 1609, pg 314-315
2003 Figure 1609, pg 284-288
2006 Figure 1609, pg 294-298
2009 Figure 1609, pg 320-324
2012 Figure 1609 A, B, or C, pg 350-352
I875 1997 See Figure 1 of IS 875 Code
MBMA 1986 Section A14, pg 264-287
1990 Figure 5.1, pg 21
1996 Figure 5.2, pg I-5-3 or Appendix 22
2002 IBC 2000, Figure 1609
2006 IBC 2006, Figure 1608.2
2010 IBC 2006, Figure 1608.2
MCC 1991 See Code
MSC 1993 Figure 1112.1A, 1112.1B, 1112.1C
2001 See Code

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Code Basic Wind Speed / Pressure Reference


NBC 1990 Supplemental Data Manual
1995 Appendix C pg 480-497
2005 Volume 2, Division B, Appendix C, Table
C-2
2010 Volume 2, Division B, Appendix C, Table
C-2
NCBC 1996 See 1990 ASCE
1999 Table 1606, pg. 380
NYBC 1989 Table V-803 and VI-803
OBBC 1995 See 1993 BOCA
1998 80 MPH per Code Section 1609.3
PN 1977 See Code
PRC 1987 Table PRC-1
1998 See 1995 ASCE
2011 Figure 1609, pg 321
SBC 1987 Figure 1205, pg 52
1991 Figure 1205, pg 290
1994 Figure 1606, pg 382
1997 Figure 1606, pg 218
1999 Figure 1606, pg 212
UBC 1991 Figure 23-1, pg 193
1994 Figure 16-1, pg 2-40
1997 Figure 16-1, pg 2-36
VEN 1999 Figure 5.1
WBC 1991 Minimum 20 psf, pg 144
2000 Comm 53.12 pg. 71
2002 Figure 1609

LOAD REDUCTION
Place a check in the box if the live load reduction is to be taken. The live load reduction is in
accordance with Section 2306 of the 1991 Uniform Building Code. That is, for loaded area of
200 ft2 (18.6 m2 ) or less use 20 psf (0.957 kN/m2 ), for loaded areas greater than 200 and up to
600 (55.7 m2 ) use 16 psf (0.766 kN/m2 ), and for loaded areas greater than 600 ft2 use 12 psf
(0.574 kN/m2 ). For ASCE/IBC related codes, see PE 5-04-8.

The rigid frame loaded area is the building width times the sum of one-half the bay width on
each side of the frame. If multiple frames have different load widths, the program will use the
smaller load width for the frames.

The endwall-loaded area is one-half the sidewall bay near endwall times smallest endwall bay
width.

EAVE EXTENSION, FACIA, CANOPY, PARTITION LOADS

(The term extension will refer to eave extensions, canopies, and facia attachment beam)

DEAD LOAD (psf, kN/m2 )


The extension dead load. This includes items supported by the extension beam, typically:

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panels, roof purlins, girts, and soffit purlins. When using the dead load of the facia included the
area of the facia face. (Do not include the attachment beam weight since the program will
generate that load.) You need to estimate the purlin weight (and girt if applicable). However,
the roof design reports the purlin weight, which you can use to adjust this dead load.

SNOW LOAD, SW (psf, kN/m2 )


The sidewall extension snow load as reported on a horizontal projection. If roof and soffit
panel is not used for facias, then attachment beam will be designed with no snow load. The
larger of roof snow and extension snow is used for eave extension/canopy design.

NOTE: Special eave / overhang requirements may exist per building code.

For Example
UBC: 2 * roof snow load
BOCA: 60 psf snow load, minimum (see code for criteria)

Snow drifting conditions may also exist on lower roofs, canopies, and facias should be
included.

SNOW LOAD, EW (psf, kN/m2 )


The endwall extension snow load as reported on a horizontal projection. If roof and soffit
panel is not used for facias, then attachment beam will be designed with no snow load. Snow
loads due to snow drift conditions may be entered here if greater than roof snow load. The
larger of roof snow and extension snow is used for eave extension/canopy design.

Snow drifting conditions may also exist on lower roofs, canopies, and facias should be
included.

PARTITION LOADS
WIND (psf, kN/m2 )
The design wind pressure for partitions. This is usually the minimum design pressure for
portions of the buildings as specified in the building code. Set to 0.00 to use the outside wall
wind loads. If you want a zero design load, use a number near zero, like 0.1.
3.3.5.1.3 Structural Code

The structural code is activated by entering these lines in the DESED.INI file.

[SECTION]
StructCodeSec=1

[FIELD]
StructType=1
StructCold=1
StructHot=1

To use the structural code, first select the Code Type. Then, select the code and year for cold rolled
design and for hot rolled design. See PE 1-02-1 for additional information. For the EC3 code there is an
additional entry, country code.

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3.3.5 B Wall Loads

COPY WALL ID:


All wall Id numbers are available to other pull-down lists. Using the pull-down list, the user
can select a wall Id number to copy, and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the information from the copied wall Id. It is presumed that one of the items
will be modified to make this entry unique from the copied wall Id. After the Copy button is
clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the information to make the item
unique from the copied line.

WALL DEAD, (psf, kN/m2 ):


Sidewall and endwall dead load to be used in calculated seismic forces. If you want to use a
sidewall and endwall dead load other than what is defined in DS_BUILD(roof 33) and
DS_BUILD(roof 34), then use that value here. If DS_BUILD values are 0.00, the program

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will default to 2 psf in Imperial units and 0.0956 kN/m² in metric units dead load.

SEISMIC IN-PLANE DEAD LOAD FORCE:


Used to indicate whether the dead load should be used in the seismic lateral force (in-plane)
calculations. The program defaults to Yes as checked. Uncheck if in-plane seismic dead
should not be used.

COLUMN WIND:
Checkbox should remain checked/selected if columns, girts, and wall panels are to carry wind.
Uncheck if wind is to be removed.

GIRT SEISMIC (Y, N)


Used to indicate whether the wall dead load should be used in calculating a seismic load on
girts. The program defaults to No as unchecked. Check if seismic load is to be considered on
girts.

NOTE: The seismic coefficient must be set in DS_CONST.siz. See also PE 4-06-7.

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Enter the number of data lines.


Enter data for each line.

COPY ADDITIONAL LOAD ID


Using the pull-down list, the user can select additional load Id number to copy, and then click
the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the additional load information from the copied additional load Id. It is
presumed that one of the items will be modified to make this entry unique from the copied
additional load Id. After the Copy button is clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry
and modify the information to make the item unique from the copied line.

GRAPHIC BUTTON
Selecting an entry and clicking this button will bring up a window showing the load in a

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graphical view. Only one entry at a time can be viewed in this matter.

NUMBER OF DATA LINES


The number of data lines which are necessary to call out the additional items.

FRAME LOAD
The program to consider the design loads specified.

EW_L for endwall design left


EW_R for endwall design right
EW_* for both endwalls
ROOF for roof design
RF_1 for rigid frame design 1
RF_2 for rigid frame design 2
RF_3 for rigid frame design 3
RF_4 for rigid frame design 4
RF_5 for rigid frame design 5
RF_6 for rigid frame design 6
RF_* for rigid frame design 1 through 6
BRAC for longitudinal bracing
BUILD global building load for DRIFT and SLIDE, see also PE 8-08-1

LOAD TYPE
The load type for each entry.

C for concentrated surface load (RFDES, exterior columns or rafters and


EWDES, rafters) or for a concentrated purlin load (ROOFDES).
D for distributed surface load (RFDES) or distributed rafter (EWDES) or
purlin load (ROOFDES).
I for concentrated endwall column load (EWDES) or concentrated rigid frame
interior column load (RFDES). Left corner column is Column Id number 1
for EWDES and left most interior column is Column Id number 1 for
RFDES.
W for distributed endwall column load (EWDES) or distributed rigid frame
interior column load (RFDES).
R for longitudinal bracing load (BRAC) that is transferred to the eave
F for longitudinal bracing load (BRAC) that is transferred to the floor or base

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BASIC LOAD
The load type for which this basic load is a part of. The load will be applied using the
coefficient for the design loads section of the design program input file. When the coefficient
is 1.00 the full basic load is applied with the full regular basic load.

DEAD for load to apply with all dead load cases


COLLAT for load to apply with all collateral load cases.
LIVE for load to apply with all live load cases. (Do not use for floor beams. Instead
use Rigid Frame Input line).
SNOW for load to apply with all snow load cases.
WINDL1 for load to apply with all wind from the left, case one load cases (RFDES and
EWDES).
WINDR1 for load to apply with all wind from the right, case one load cases (RFDES and
EWDES).
WINDL2 for load to apply with all wind from the left, case two load cases (RFDES and
EWDES).
WINDR2 for load to apply with all wind from the right, case two load cases (RFDES and
EWDES).
WINDP for load to apply with wind pressure case in endwall column design (EWDES).
WINDS for load to apply with wind suction case in endwall column design (EWDES).
SEIS for load to apply with all seismic load cases. (Apply only horizontal loads with
positive sign).
WINDL for longitudinal bracing (BRAC) wind load in the direction as positive from the
left
WINDR for longitudinal bracing (BRAC) wind load in the direction as positive from the
right
SEISL for longitudinal bracing (BRAC) seismic load in the direction as positive from
the left
SEISR for longitudinal bracing (BRAC) seismic load in the direction as positive from
the right
LWIND1 for wind load applied to the roof surface resulting from the longitudinal wind
direction, internal pressure coefficient used. Applied to endwall and rigid frames.
LWIND2 for wind load applied to the roof surface resulting from the longitudinal wind
direction, internal suction coefficient used. Applied to endwall and rigid frames.

ORIENTATION
If DRIFT and SLIDE are defined, then orientation is available for loads.
L - Longitudinal, tapered or uniform for a portion of the roof length,
T - Transverse, tapered or uniform for a portion of the roof width

SURFACE/COLUMN
The surface number that the load is applied to, or use the column ID number for interior
endwall or interior rigid frame columns. Exterior rigid frame columns and rafters require
surface numbers. The left most surface when looking at the wall from outside the building is
Surface number 1. Column Id number 1 is the left corner column for endwalls and the left

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most interior column for rigid frames. Using a surface number equal to 0 for a roof design
load will result in a concentrated (Load Type C) load or a distributed (Load Type D) load
being applied to all roof surfaces. For Drift and Slide loads, the roof surface number must be
defined.

When BRAC frame type is used, then this represents wall Id.
Wall Id
1 left endwall
2 front sidewall
3 right endwall
4 back sidewall

Fx / W1
The horizontal force for concentrated loads or distributed load starting value. Positive force is
to the right for concentrated load, outward for distributed surface load; and same direction as
wind pressure for distributed load on endwall column or soldier column.

For IBC/ASCE based codes, the seismic load should be the unfactored force (i.e. without
Omega ( )).

NOTE: Roof purlin design units are (lb/ft or N/m) for concentrated load and (lbs/ft2 or kN/m2 )
for distributed loads. Rigid frame and endwall design units are (kips or kN) for
concentrated loads and (kips/ft or kN/m) for distributed loads.

Fy / W2
The vertical force for concentrated loads or distributed load ending value. Positive force is
upwards for concentrated load, outward for distributed load; and same direction as wind
pressure for distributed load on endwall column or soldier column.

NOTE: Roof purlin design units are (lb/ft or N/m) for concentrated load and (lbs/ft2 or kN/m2 )
for distributed loads. Rigid frame and endwall design units are (Kips or kN) for
concentrated loads and (Kips/ft or kN/m) for distributed loads.

MOMENT / COEFFICIENT
For concentrated loads, this is the moment value where positive is counter-clockwise. This is
applicable for rigid frame, endwall, and soldier column. The units are ft-kip and N-m.

For distributed loads, the 'CO' is the coefficient that is multiplied by the perpendicular load to
obtain the load parallel to the surface. For example, a 1:12 gable roof pitch
is +0.08333 on Surface 2 and -0.08333 on Surface 3.

dx, dy / Dl1, Dl2


For concentrated loads, use the dx value.

Use the distance to the force in the x and y axis as measured from:

- the start of the surface for EWDES, RFDES, and BRAC.


- the base of the interior column in EWDES, RFDES, and BRAC.

- the start of the purlin run for ROOFDES.

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For distributed loads, use the dx value.

Use the distance to the start (D1) of the distributed load as measured from:

- the start of the surface for EWDES and RFDES.


- the base of the interior column in EWDES and RFDES.

- the start of the purlin run for ROOFDES.

NOTE: The start of the surface is the left most portion when looking at the wall from outside
the building.

Right click for graphics, then file and Print for paper copy as shown below.

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3.3.5 D Crane Loads

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Click on crane button 1.


Enter crane data.
Click on the next crane button and repeat.

COPY CRANE ID
All crane Id numbers are available to other pull-down lists. Using the pull-down list, the user
can select a crane Id number to copy, and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the information from the copied crane Id. It is presumed that one of the
items will be modified to make this entry unique from the copied crane Id. After the Copy
button is clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the information to make
the item unique from the copied line.

FRAME ID

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The frame Id for the frame which will support the crane loads.

FRAME COLUMN BAY


The number of the frame bay that contains the crane. Bays are numbered from left to right,
as viewed from the left end of the building. For a frame with no interior columns, the bay
number is 1.

CRANE TYPE
Use one of these crane types:
'MR' for mono rail,
'TG' for top run girder,
'UG' for underhung girder, or
'SG' for single gantry [NOT ACTIVE].

CAPACITY
The crane capacity. (tons, kN).

ADDITIONAL COLUMN
'Y' if, at the sidewall columns, an additional column is to be placed directly below the rail
beam,
'N' if there are not additional columns,
'L' for additional column only at left side of the frame bay,
'R' for additional column only at right side of the frame bay, or
'B' for additional columns at both sides of the frame bay.

RAIL LOCATION (ft, mm)


ELEVATION
Distance from floor line to top of beam.
XL, LEFT SIDE OFFSET
Distance from left side of the building (or bay line) to crane rail.
CRANE SPAN
Horizontal distance between rail beams.
XR, RIGHT RAIL OFFSET
Distance from the right crane rail to the right side of the building (or bay line).

CRANE OPERATION
'P' for a pendant operation or
'C' for a cab operation.

CRANE POWER
For each item listed, use
'E' for electric power or
'H' for hand power.

USE CRANE TABLES


Use 'Y' if the crane table data is to be used, else use 'N'. The crane table contains default
data for the items listed below. If specific crane data is not available from the customer, then
the crane table data can be used. The Crane Table file is defined in file DS_CRANE.siz. This
file is stored in the default directory for \MBS\SIZ2. When your Span, Capacity, Crane Type,
or Bay Spacing is exceeded, then crane weights and wheel base must be input by the user.

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CRANE WEIGHT
The weight for the bridge and also for the hoist plus trolley.

WHEEL BASE (ft/mm)


The distance (as measured in the plane of bridge movement) between the support wheels on
the bridge.

RAIL BEAM DEAD LOAD (lb/ft, kN/m)


Use the weight of the crane rail plus the crane beam.
3.3.5 E Crane Systems

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3.3.5.5.1 Crane Systems - Layout

NUMBER OF CRANE SYSTEMS


The quantity of crane runway systems to be defined. A unique system id is required if the
crane type, orientation, or elevation is different.

SYSTEM ID
Starting with 1 as the first runway system defined, and numbered consecutively through the
total number of runway systems.

COPY SYSTEM ID
The System Id from a previously defined System to copy to the active System Id.

CRANE TYPE
'TG' for top run girder,
'MR' for mono-rail [NOT ACTIVE]

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'UG' for under hung girder [NOT ACTIVE]


'SG' for single gantry [NOT ACTIVE]

ORIENTATION
The runway orientation.
'L' for Longitudinal runway - Runway beams run along the length of the building.
'T' for Transverse runway - Runway beams run along the width of the building. [
NOT ACTIVE]

ELEVATION (ft, mm)


Distance from floor line to top of crane runway beam (top running) and,
Distance from the floor line to bottom of runway beam [under hung - NOT ACTIVE]

OFFSET (ft, mm)


Distance from back sidewall to the left crane rail for Longitudinal runway systems,
Distance from left endwall to the left crane rail for Transverse runway systems. [NOT
ACTIVE]

SPAN (ft, mm)


Horizontal distance between left and right rail beams defines the crane bridge span.

START (ft, mm)


Distance from the left endwall to the start of the Longitudinal runway system,
Distance from the back sidewall to the start of the Transverse runway system. [NOT
ACTIVE]

END (ft, mm)


Distance from the left endwall to the end of the Longitudinal runway system,
Distance from the back sidewall to the end of the Transverse runway system. [NOT
ACTIVE]
3.3.5.5.2 Crane Support

RUNWAY BEAM
BEAM TYPE
The runway beam type.
'RC' as the beam type consisting of a 'R' shaped steel beam and a hot rolled channel,
'SC' as the beam type consisting of a 'S' shaped steel beam and a hot rolled channel,
'WC' as the beam type consisting of a 'W' member (welded plates) steel beam and a hot-
rolled channel,
'WB' as the beam type consisting of a 'W' member (welded plates) steel beam,
'RB' as the beam type consisting of a 'R' (hot-rolled) shaped steel beam,
'PC' as the beam type consisting of an unequal flange plate beam with a hot rolled channel.
This entry requires adding section properties to the DS_CRNBM.siz file. See PE 7-
02-11 and 6-00-5 for specifying this beam type.
'TC' as the beam type consisting of a beam without a top flange with a hot rolled channel.
This entry requires adding section properties to the DS_CRNBM.siz file. See PE 7-
02-11 and 6-00-5 forspecifying this beam type.
'PB' as the beam type consisting of an unequal flange plate beam without a hot rolled
channel. This entry requires adding section properties to the DS_CRNBM.siz file.
See PE 7-02-11 and 6-00-5 for specifying this beam type.

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BEAM OPTION
FOR FUTURE USE.

DEPTH OPTION
FOR FUTURE USE.

BEAM DEPTH, MINIMUM (in, mm)


If the user requires that the crane beam be made from a specified range of depth of wide
flange beams, then use that range in depth. These depths are compared to the nominal beam
depth given in the DS_CRNBM.siz file.

BEAM DEPTH, MAXIMUM (in, mm)


If the user requires that the crane beam be made from a specified range of depth of wide
flange beams, then use that range in depth. These depths are compared to the nominal beam
depth given in the DS_CRNBM.siz file.

AUXILIARY BEAM
The auxiliary beam is used to support the runway beam between endwall columns. Indicate if auxiliary
beams are to be used in the left and right endwall.

BEAM TYPE
The auxiliary beam type.

The available auxiliary beams are:


R - hot rolled wide flange section,
W - welded wide flange sections.

BEAM OPTION
FOR FUTURE USE.

DEPTH OPTION
FOR FUTURE USE.

BEAM DEPTH, MINIMUM (in, mm)


If the user requires that the auxiliary beam be made from a specified range of depth of wide
flange beams, then use that range in depth. These depths are compared to the nominal beam
depth given in the DS_CRNBM.siz file under the marker @AUX_BEAM.

BEAM DEPTH, MAXIMUM (in, mm)


If the user requires that the auxiliary beam be made from a specified range of depth of wide
flange beams, then use that range in depth. These depths are compared to the nominal beam
depth given in the DS_CRNBM.siz file under the marker @AUX_BEAM.

AUXILIARY COLUMN
COLUMN TYPE
'N' if there are no additional columns, else the auxiliary column type.

The available auxiliary columns are:


R - hot rolled wide flange section,
W - welded wide flange sections.

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COLUMN OPTION
FOR FUTURE USE.

DEPTH OPTION
FOR FUTURE USE.

COLUMN DEPTH, MINIMUM (in, mm)


If the user requires that the auxiliary column be made from a specified range of depth of wide
flange beams, then use that range in depth. These depths are compared to the nominal beam
depth given in the DS_CRNBM.siz file under the marker @AUX_COL.

COLUMN DEPTH, MAXIMUM (in, mm)


If the user requires that the auxiliary column be made from a specified range of depth of wide
flange beams, then use that range in depth. These depths are compared to the nominal beam
depth given in the DS_CRNBM.siz file under the marker @AUX_COL.

ELEVATION
For each of the left and right auxiliary columns, use the distance from the finish floor to the
column base. Use a negative value if the column base is below the floor. If necessary, in the
input files of the programs, you can set unique elevations for each column.
3.3.5.5.3 Crane Systems - Detail

RUNWAY BEAM
'Y' Detail and Cost runway Beams,
'N' Not provided.

AUX. BEAM
'Y' Detail and Cost Auxiliary Beams,
'N' Not provided.

AUX. COLUMN
'Y' Detail and Cost Auxiliary Columns,
'N' Not provided.

STOPS
'Y' Detail and Cost crane Stops, [NOT ACTIVE]
'N' Not provided

BRACKET (LEFT/RIGHT)
'Y' Detail and Cost crane Bracket provided,
'N' No bracket provided
3.3.5.5.4 Crane Rail

TYPE
Select the crane rail type.
'R' Rail (ASCE or Bethlehem)
'S' Square guide

CONN OPT [NOT ACTIVE]

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Select the rail connection option to the runway beam.


'H' Hook bolts
'B' Bolted clamps
'R' Rail bolted clips
'P' Pad w/ bolted clips
'S' Stud clamps welded
'W' Weld clips
'F' Field weld attachment

DEPTH (in, mm)


Specify the crane rail depth. This will allow vertical clearance calculations from the top of rail
to underside of rigid frame.

DEAD LOAD (lb/ft or kN/m)


The weight of the crane rail.
3.3.5.5.5 Crane Deflection Limits

RUNWAY BEAM DEFLECTION (Horiz)


The horizontal deflection limit for the runway beam.

MBMA suggests for top running cranes with 100% of lateral force as L/400.

RUNWAY BEAM DEFLECTION (Vert)


The vertical deflection limit for the runway beam.

MBMA suggests for top running cranes with service class.


A, B, C as L/600
D as L/800

AUXILLARY BEAM DEFLECTION (Vert)


The vertical deflection limit for the auxiliary beam.

FRAME VERTICAL IMPACT


'Y' to use the crane runway beam reactions (including vertical impact) on the rigid frame,
auxiliary columns, auxiliary beams, and endwall columns,
'N' to apply vertical loads to rigid frames, endwall columns, auxiliary beams, and auxiliary
columns without the vertical impact factor. MBMA states that the vertical impact
factor need only be applied in the design of runway beams.
3.3.5.5.6 Crane Systems - Bracing

Crane bracing is independent of the building longitudinal bracing for wind and seismic. Crane diagonal
bracing can be used below the auxiliary beam in the endwall and longitudinally between auxiliary
columns.

AUXILIARY BEAM
Select diagonal bracing type below the auxiliary beam in the endwall.

'N' No bracing
'C' use Cable bracing
'R' use Rod bracing

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'A' use Angle bracing

LONGITUDINAL
Select longitudinal bracing type in between the auxiliary columns.

'N' No bracing
'C' use Cable bracing
'R' use Rod bracing
'A' use Angle bracing

OPTION
FOR FUTURE USE.

NUMBER OF BAYS
The number of bays in that wall which will have wind framing. Use 0 if the program is to
locate the wind framing.

BAY ID
The bay number for the wind framing. Bays are numbered from left to right looking at the
front sidewall.

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SYSTEM ID
Select crane runway system id to define individual cranes.

CRANE SPAN (ft, mm)


This is filled in with the information used in the Runway Location, Span on the Crane Systems
tab. Horizontal distance between left and right rail beams defines the crane bridge span. This
entry is for display only.

COPY FROM CRANE #


The Crane ID # from a previously defined Crane that will be copied to the displayed Crane #.
Select the "Copy From" Crane ID # in the dropdown list next to the right of the [Copy From
Crane #] button. Select the "Copy To" Crane by clicking the Crane # button (Crane #1 to
Crane #5) in the left column. If the button that corresponds to an empty slot for the Crane is
not enabled, you must increase the Number of Cranes needed.

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NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL CRANES ON RUNWAY SYSTEM


The quantity of cranes to be associated with each runway system.

MINIMUM CRANE SPACE


The minimum crane spacing between multiple cranes per runway system.

START (ft, mm)


Distance from the left endwall of the building to the start of the leading trolley wheel of the
crane on a Longitudinal runway system looking from the front sidewall. Distance from the
back sidewall of the building to the start of the leading trolley wheel of the crane on a
Transverse runway system looking from the left endwall.

END (ft, mm)


Distance from the left endwall of the building to the end of the trailing trolley wheel of the
crane on a Longitudinal runway system looking from the front sidewall. Distance from the
back sidewall of the building to the end of the trailing trolley wheel of the crane on a
Transverse runway system looking from the left endwall.

CAPACITY (tons, kN)


The crane capacity.

USE CRANE TABLES


'Y' if the crane table data is to be used,
'N' if no crane table data is to be used

The crane table contains default data for the items listed below. If specific crane data is not
available from the customer, then the crane table data can be used. The Crane Table file is
defined in file DS_CRANE.siz. This file is stored in the default directory for \MBS\SIZ2.
When your Span, Capacity, Crane Type, or Bay Spacing is exceeded, then crane weights and
wheelbase must be input by the user. Crane rail dead load is not retrieved from the
DS_CRANE.siz file since this is now a crane runway system entry.

CRANE WEIGHT
BRIDGE (Kips, kN)
The weight for the bridge.

HOIST/TROLLEY (Kips, kN)


The combined weight for the hoist and trolley.

MAXIMUM WHEEL LOAD (Kips, kN)


The maximum wheel load (without impact) if given in crane specifications. The design
program will use the wheel load if non-zero, else the wheel load is based on the capacity,
bridge, and hoist weights.

WHEEL BASE
OUT (ft, mm)
The distance (as measured in the plane of bridge movement) between the support wheels on
the bridge. When four support wheels are on each end of the bridge, use the distance
between the outer most wheels on the truck.

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IN (ft, mm)
Distance from the outer wheel to an inner wheel for a 4-wheel truck. If only two support
wheels on each end of the bridge, set to 0.00.

BRIDGE CRANE POWER


The bridge power influences the longitudinal input factor.

'E' for electric power (10)


'H' for hand power, CSA 01 Hot-Rolled (10)
'H' for hand power, All Other Hot-Rolled (0)

HOIST CRANE POWER


The hoist power influences the vertical input factor.

If you have a cab-operated bridge, select ‘C’.


If no cab, select the power for the hoist as 'E' or 'H'.

'E' for electric power (pendant operated) (10)


'C' for cab operated bridge (25)
'H' for hand power, CSA 01 Hot-Rolled (5)
'H' for hand power, All Other Hot-Rolled (0)

TROLLEY CRANE POWER


The trolley power influences the lateral input factor.

'E' for electric power (20)


'H' for hand power, CSA 01 Hot-Rolled (10)
'H' for hand power, All Other Hot-Rolled (0)

BEAM IMPACT (%)


LONGITUDINAL
The longitudinal impact percentage for the crane runway beam.

When changing the crane power, the corresponding impact percentages will change. Default
percentages are indicated along with the power options in parenthesis.

LATERAL
The lateral impact percentage for the crane runway beam.

When changing the crane power, the corresponding impact percentages will change. Default
percentages are indicated along with the power options in parenthesis.

VERTICAL
The vertical impact percentage for the crane runway beam. Can also be applied to rigid
frames, interior rigid frame columns, auxiliary columns, endwall columns, and auxiliary beams
if the Frame vertical impact option = 'Y'.

When changing the crane power, the corresponding impact percentages will change. Default
percentages are indicated along with the power options in parenthesis.

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SERVICE CLASS
SERVICE CLASS - AISC 05
The crane service classification is based on the load spectrum reflecting the actual service
conditions as closely as possible. This is used to assign the number of stress cycles (Design
Life = first lift to decommission) for fatigue calculations. Classes E and F can produce severe
fatigue conditions. For more information see AISC Design Guide 7, Part 2.

A Standby or Infrequent Service - Design life of 20,000 stress cycles.


Rated capacity loads mostly for initial installation and long idle periods between lifts.
(used in powerhouses, public utilities, turbine rooms, motor rooms and transformer
stations)

B Light Service - Design life of 50,000 stress cycles.


Loads are light and speed is slow (2-5 lifts per hour for about 10')
(used in repair shops, light assembly operations, service buildings, light warehousing,
etc.)

C Moderate Service - Design life of 100,000 stress cycles.


Loads are about half rated capacity (5-10 lifts per hour for about 15')
(used in machine shops or paper mill machine rooms, etc.)

D Heavy Service - Design life of 500,000 stress cycles.


Loads approaching half rated capacities handled constantly throughout day (10-20
lifts per hour averaging 15'). Not more than 65% of lifts at rated capacity.
(used in heavy machine shops, fabricating plants, steel warehouses, container yards,
lumber mills, standard duty bucket and magnet operations)

E Severe Service - Design life of 1,500,000 stress cycles.


Loads approaching rated capacity (20 or more lifts per hour)
(used in magnet/bucket operations, scrap yards, cement mills, lumber mills, fertilizer
plants, container handling, etc.)

F Continuous Severe Service - Design life greater than 2,000,000 stress cycles.
Loads approaching rated capacity continuously.
(used in custom specialty cranes for critical work tasks affecting total production
facility)

A stress cycle, N, can be approximated by multiplying the number of lifts per day times 365
times number of years for design life.

LOADING CONDITION - AISC 89


The crane loading condition is used for the AISC 89. This is used to correlate to the number
of stress cycles (Design Life equals first lift to decommission) for fatigue calculations.
Loading Conditions 3 and 4 can produce severe fatigue conditions. For more information see
AISC 89 Appendix K4.2, Table A-K4.1.

1 Moderate Service - Design life of 20,000* - 100,000 stress cycles.


*Approximately 2 cycle per day for 25 years
Approximately 10 cycles per day for 25 years

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(used in machine shops, paper mill machine rooms, or for smaller applications)

2 Heavy Service - Design life of 100, 000 - 500,000 stress cycles.


Approximately 50 cycles per day for 25 years
(used in heavy machine shops, fabricating plants, steel warehouses, container yards,
lumber mills, standard duty bucket and magnet operations)

3 Severe Service - Design life of 500,000 -2,000,000 stress cycles.


Approximately 200 cycles per day for 25 years
(used in magnet/bucket operations, scrap yards, cement mills, lumber mills, fertilizer
plants, container handling, etc.)

4 Continuous Severe Service - Design life greater than 2,000,000 stress cycles.
Loads approaching rated capacity continuously.
(used in custom specialty cranes for critical work tasks affecting total production
facility)

A stress cycle, N, can be approximated by multiplying the number of lifts per day times 365
times number of years for design life.

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3.3.5 G Deflection, Yields

3.3.5.7.1 Deflection Limits

Member deflection limits are reported in terms of the span divided by a value. For example, a 20' bay
would give 240 inches / 180 = 1.333 inch maximum deflection, where 180 is the value set.

Endwall Columns: wind load

Endwall Rafters: live load, wind load

Wall Girt: wind load

Purlin: live load, wind load

Wall Panel: wind load

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Roof Panel: live load, wind load

Rigid Frame: horizontal drift at top of sidewall column, seismic horizontal drift at top of
column, crane, vertical displacement at rafter mid-span.

Wind Framing: wind loading on wind bent or wind column.

Partition Column:

Partition Girt:

Partition Panel:
3.3.5.7.2 Extension, Deflection Limits

Member deflection limits are reported in terms of the span divided by a constant. Enter the constant to
be used for each member and loading.

Attachment Beam: Live Load

Attachment Beam: Wind Load

Attachment Beam: Total Load

Attachment Beam Purlin: Live Load

Attachment Beam Purlin: Wind Load

Attachment Beam Purlin: Total Load

Facia Arm: Wind Load

Facia Panel: Wind Load

Facia Girt: Wind Load


3.3.5.7.3 Steel Yield

The yield strength of the steel to be used in the building. Use the yield strength of the wall and
roof panel.

Hot rolled refers to R and U members.


Cold rolled refers to C Z and D members.
Web plate and flange plate refer to the plates in the rigid frames and all W members.
3.3.5.7.4 Stress Ratio

The acceptable upper limit of the ratio of the calculated stress to the allowable stress, which
will be used in the design programs.

For the CECS 102:02 Design Code, this factor can be used to represent the design lifetime of
the building as follows:

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Lifetime, years 100 50 25 5


Max Stress Ratio 0.91 1.00 1.05 1.11

Use the maximum stress ratio corresponding to the building design lifetime.
3.3.6 Walls / Roof
3.3.6 A Girts

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COPY GIRTS ID
Using the pull-down lists, the user can select girt information for a wall Id number to copy, and
then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the information from the copied wall Id. Wall Id numbers are available for all
walls other than the current wall Id number. After the Copy button is clicked, the user can
<TAB> through each entry and modify the copied information, or <PGDN> for the next wall.

GIRT TYPE
Click the down arrow to select the desired girt and mount.

The first letter is member type where:


D = double C,
R = hot rolled wide flange,

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W = welded plate flange,


U = hot rolled channel,
C = Cee shape,
Z = Zee member, and
J = joist.

For type of mount:


B = bypass,
F = flush, and
O = outside mount with no lap.

The CL is a CO with a lap piece attached to each girt and located at the support.

USE FLANGE STRAP


Check the 'Use' box if the inside flange of the roof purlins are to be braced. This bracing is
sometimes called "bridging angles." The maximum spacing of the flange braces is set in the
DS_BUILD(roof 5) for fasten through panels and DS_BUILD(roof 6) for standing seam
roofs.

SUPPLY
Check the 'Supply' box if the inside flange braces are to be furnished with the building.

OFFSET (in, mm)


The outside girt flange can be set inward (offset) from the outside building line. This is
available for any wall girt type.

PROJECTION (in, mm)


The outside girt flange can project beyond the face of the column (projection). This is
available for any wall girt type.

For flush girts, a value less than the girt depth is expected, and for bypass and outset girts, a
value greater than the girt depth is expected.

SET DEPTH (in, mm)


If the girt depth is to be set by the user, use desired depth, else zero and the program will
determine the depth.

SET LAP (ft, mm)


If the girt lap is to be set by the user, use desired lap, else zero and the program will
determine the lap.

SET LOCATION
N for the program to locate the girts,
Y for the user to specify the location of each girt,
P (partial) for the user to set some girts and the program to locate the other girts,
S for the endwall girts to be at the same location as the sidewall end bay girts at same
elevations,
B for the endwall girts to be at the same location as the back sidewall girts,
F for the endwall girts to be at the same location as the front sidewall girts, and
I for interval spacing, where the girt location determines the repeated girt spacing.

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NUMBER OF GIRTS
The number of girts for which locations will be set on the next line. If zero is used, the
program will start by locating the first girt at DS_BUILD(wall 3) and the remaining girts at an
equal spacing not to exceed that value. When Set Location is I (interval) and Number of Girts
equals 1.0 then the program will space the girts as set by the Girt Location value. When
Number of Girts equals 2.0, the first location value will locate the lowest girt and the second
location value specifies the girt spacing above the lowest girt.

GIRT LOCATION (ft, mm)


The distance from the finish floor to the girt web, one value for each girt. If building has a
base girt on a specific wall, use the distance above the finish floor to the girt web followed by
other girt locations. When Set Location is I (interval), the girt location values are used as
defined by the number of girts being 1.0 or 2.0.
3.3.6 B Purlins

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3.3.6.2.1 Roof Purlins

PURLIN TYPE
Click the down arrow to select the desired purlin and mount.

The first letter is member type where:


D = double C,
R = hot rolled wide flange,
W = welded plate flange,
U = hot rolled channel,
C = Cee shape,
Z = Zee member, and
J = joist.

For type of mount:


B = bypass,
F = flush, and
O = outside mount with no lap.

The CL purlin is a CO purlin with a lapped piece at each support point. JF is for an open web
steel joist attached to the top of the rafter.

FLANGE STRAP
Check the 'Use' box if the inside flange of the roof purlins are to be braced. This bracing is
sometimes called "bridging angles." The maximum spacing of the flange braces in set in the
DS_BUILD(roof 5) for fastening through panels and DS_BUILD(roof 6) for standing seam
roofs.

SUPPLY
Check the 'Supply' box if the inside flange braces are to be furnished with the building.

OFFSET (in, mm)


The outside purlin flange can be set inward (offset) from the outside building line. This is
available for any roof purlin type.

PROJECTION (in, mm)


The outside purlin flange can project beyond the face of the rafter (projection). This is
available for any roof purlin type.

For flush purlins a value less than the prulin depth is expected, and for bypass and outset
purlins, a value greater than the purlin depth is expected.

PEAK SPACING (ft, mm)


The distance from the roof surface intersection to the web of the nearest purlin as measured
along either the roof surface or the rafter surface depending on DM57. For single slope
buildings, set to zero and the program will:
(1) use equal spacing for the first and last purlin on the surface when the set purlin
spacing option is used, or
(2) use equal spacing for all the purlins when the set purlin spacing option is not used.

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MAX SPACING (ft, mm)


The maximum permitted purlin spacing. The program will start with this spacing but may
reduce to a smaller value for strength or economy reasons. Spacing is measured along the roof
surface.

SET SPACE (ft, mm)


If the final purlin spacing is to be set by user and not determined by the program, use that
spacing. If the program is to determine the spacing, set to zero.

SET DEPTH (in, mm)


If the user wants to set the purlin depth, use that depth. For the program to determine the
purlin depth, set to zero.

SET LAP (ft, mm)


The lap if it is to be set by the user, else 0 and the program will determine the lap.

EAVE STRUT TYPE


The 2 letter code for the eave strut type selected.

'--' - Eave strut will be as specified in DS_BUILD(roof27) and DS_BUILD(roof67),


'EO' - Eave strut outside mount,
'EF' - Eave Strut Flush mount,
'CO' - Cee shape Outside mount,
'CF' - Cee shape Flush mount,
'ZF' - Zee shape Flush mount,
'ZB' - Zee shape bypass eave strut,
'ZO' - Zee shape outside mount,
'JF' - Joist shape flush mount,
'JO' - Joist shape outside mount, or
'GO' - G-shape outside mount.

Note: All eave strut types except '*F' attach to the soldier columns. '*F' eave strut types
span between rigid frames and do not attach to soldier columns.
3.3.6.2.2 Set Purlin Spacing

SURF ID
The first roof surface id, typically 2, and numbered consecutively through the total number of
roof surfaces.

COPY ID
Using the pull-down list, the user can select a roof surface Id number to copy, and then click
the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the roof purlin spacing information from the copied roof surface Id. After the
Copy button is clicked, the user can modify the information. To reverse the purlin spacing for
the surface, select Yes in the confirm dialog box, else select No.

SETS OF SPACE
The quantity of purlin spaces to be defined.

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NUMBER OF SPACE, SPACING (ft, mm)


For each spacing, set the spacing and the number of times that spacing occurs. Move from left
right along each surface. Do not include the peak space in the spacings that has been set. You
can use a spacing of zero and the program will determine the value not to exceed the
maximum spacing and to fill the available space. You can also set the number of times that
spacing will occur as zero and the roof design program will fill in the value not to exceed the
available space.

For a single slope building, the peak space is always on the right side, regardless if it is the high
side or low side of the frame.

Use DS_BUILD(Roof 2) to set the minimum purlin spacing. See PE 11-94-1 for entering
variable purlin spacing.

ROOF SURFACE LENGTH, (ft, mm)


The total sloped distance for the surface Id selected as measured along the panel.

REMAINING LENGTH ALONG ROOF LINE, (ft, mm)


Length of surface remaining after all non-zero entries. The value is continually updated as
spacings are defined. The peak space is considered in the remainder length is applied along
the roof line. If DM57 = ‘Y', this distance is still applied along the roof line, since the purlin
depth is may not be known, and it is suggested to have at least one entry with a space of 0.00.
Rigid frame drawing purlin space dimensioning is according to DM199 should be consistent
with DM57.

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3.3.6 C Endwall Framing, Panels

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3.3.6.3.1 Endw all Framing

COPY BUTTON
The information can be entered for the Left or Right Endwall, and then the Copy button can
be selected for the information to fill in the remaining endwall.

COLUMN TYPE
The available endwall columns are:
C - cold formed C sections,
D - double cold formed C sections,
R - hot rolled wide flange section,
W - welded wide flange sections, or
U - hot rolled channel sections (U).
The user can select a single member type by entering a single letter, like 'C' or the user can
select a first choice type and if the program determines that the first choice is not available in
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type. First and second choice members are indicated by the order in which the data is
entered, that is 'CW' indicates, use the C section if adequate, else use the welded section.
Up to four member types can be in the selection process, such as 'CDRW'.

If the endwall has columns that are also used as door jambs and you want, for example, 'R'
endwall columns except for those columns that are also door jambs. Then, you can call for
column selection of 'RC' or 'RU'. However, you also have to place a file marker in the
DS_RCOL.siz file. The file marker is '@JAMB' and is placed as the last member in the file.

COLUMN DEPTH (in, mm)


The desired depth for the columns. If the program is to determine the column depth, use 0.

COLUMN ROTATION
The default corner column orientation is for the column web to be parallel with the plane of
the sidewall. If you want the column web to be parallel with the endwall, use "Rotate
Column 90 degrees".

RAFTER TYPE
The available endwall rafters are:
C - cold formed C sections,
D - double cold formed C sections,
R - hot rolled wide flange section,
W - welded wide flange sections, or
U - hot rolled channel sections (U).
The user can select a single member type by entering a single letter, like 'C' or the user can
select a first choice type and if the program determines that the first choice is not available in
the required strength or stiffness the program will go on to the second choice in member
type. First and second choice members are indicated by the order in which the data is
entered, that is 'CW' indicates, use the C section if adequate, else use the welded section.
Up to four member types can be in the selection process, such as 'CDRW'.

RAFTER DEPTH (in, mm)


The desired depth for the rafter. If the program is to determine the rafter depth, use 0.

SPLICE TYPE
Use either 'S', 'S2, 'S3', 'S5', or 'S7' for a shear splice or 'M' or 'F' for moment splices. The
splices are described as follows:
'S' = bolted web plate on one side of member web (PE10, PE18),
'S2' = bolted web plate on both sides of member and bolted to web of adjacent member (
PS25, PS34),
'S3' = end plate welded to member, bolts in end plate used to transfer shear force (PE59,
PE68),
'S5' = bolted web plate on both sides of member web (PE69),
'S7' = rafter web bolts to column inside flange for a C U rafter, or to welded bracket for
R W rafter (PE73),
'M' = end plate welded to member, a pair of bolts on each side of each flange to transfer
moment (PE11, PE12, PE42), and
'F' = end plate welded to member, a pair of bolts just inside each flange to transfer
moment (PE41, PE42).
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the rafter is set by DS_BUILD(ew12). However, if DS_BUILD(ew12) is set to 10, this


splice type entry at the building peak will also apply to the splices along the rafter.
3.3.6.3.2 Panels

PANEL TYPE
The symbol used in the panel file to identify the selected panel. Choices come from the
DS_PANEL.siz file.

SCREW LENGTH
Use S, M, or L for the screw length as small, medium, or long.

SCREW FINISH
This is a two character field, where the two characters are for the screw finish as defined in
the DT_SCRW1.siz file. Finish entries must also be set in the DT_COLOR.siz file to be
available in the pull-down list.
3.3.6.3.3 Insulation

INSULATION, TYPE
One of the insulation types that is available in the DT_INSUL.siz file.

INSULATION, THICK
The insulation thickness from the available list. The thickness must match with that available in
the DT_INSUL.siz file.

INSULATION, WIRE
Use Y if the insulation wire is to be supplied,
S for insulation strapping, or
N for none.

STANDING SEAM
Select one of the available choices.

The types available are:


FL for floating and
FX for fixed.

The length available per type is the clip height in inches or millimeters.

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3.3.6 D Wainscot

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3.3.6.4.1 Layout

COPY ID
Using the pull-down lists, the user can select a wainscot Id number to copy, and then click the
Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the wainscot information for the currently selected wainscot item from the
copied wainscot Id. It is presumed that one of the items will be modified to make this entry
unique from the copied wainscot Id. After the Copy button is clicked, the user can <TAB>
through each entry and modify the copied information to make the item unique from the copied
wainscot.

NUMBER
The total number of wainscot's used for the building.

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WAINSCOT ID
Starting with 1 as the first wainscot defined, and numbered consecutively through the total
number of openings. The program automatically assigns this number.

WALL ID
The id representing the wall where the wainscot is being used.
1 - Left endwall
2 - Front sidewall
3 - Right endwall
4 - Back sidewall

BAY ID, START


Bay number at which the wainscot starts. Bays are numbered from left to right along the wall,
as you view the wall from outside of the building.

BAY ID, END


Bay number at which the wainscot ends. Bays are numbered from left to right along the wall,
as you view the wall from outside of the building.

HEIGHT (ft, mm)


Use to set the height of the wainscot panel on the wall. A value of 0 will indicate a full height
panel (panel is as high as the highest surface point) for the defined area of a wainscot item.

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3.3.6.4.2 Framing Type

BASE
Used to choose the type of framing member to attach the wainscot panel for the bottom of the
wainscot on the wall.
- - None
A - Base Angle
B - Base channel

TOP
Used to specify the type of framing member for where the wainscot panel meets the wall
panel.
- - None
C - Cee

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D - Double Cee
U - Rolled Channel
Z - Zee
3.3.6.4.3 Panels

PANEL
Used to choose the panel for the wainscot panel on the wall. Panel is specified in the
DS_PANEL.siz file; the @WAIN marker can be used to specify panels for wainscot only.
Note: If panel is defined as '-------- - None' then no girts will be added below the wainscot
height.

PANEL COLOR
Used to choose the color of the panel for wainscot on the wall. Color is specified in the
DT_COLOR.siz file using '--' as the type.

PANEL STYLE
Used to choose a unique profile or type of panel for the wainscot on the wall. Style is specified
in the DT_COLOR.siz file using 'ST' as the type.

PANEL OPTION
Used to choose what to do with the panel splice where the wainscot panel meets the wall
panel:
'B' - Break the wainscot at the wall panel, do not lap the panels
'L' - Lap the wall panel over the wainscot panel.
'N' - Break the wall panel at the wainscot, girt designed with no flange bracing (unbraced)
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SCREW LENGTH
Used to choose the length of the screws for the wainscot panels.
S - Short length
M - Medium length
L - Long length

SCREW FINISH
Used to choose the screw finish for consideration when selecting screws from the
DT_SCRW1.siz file. Finish is specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using 'FN' as the type.
3.3.6.4.4 Trim

COLOR
BASE
Used to choose the color of the trim for the bottom of the wainscot on the wall. Color is
specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using '--' as the type.

LEFT END
Used to choose the color of the trim for the left and right ends of the wainscot on the wall.
This is used when the wainscot does and does not start or end at the corners of the
building. When a wainscot starts and ends at the corner of the building with an adjacent
wainscot, both wainscots must have the same color. Color is specified in the DT_COLOR
.siz file using '--' as the type.

RIGHT END
Used to choose the color of the trim for the left and right ends of the wainscot on the wall.
This is used when the wainscot does and does not start or end at the corners of the
building. When a wainscot starts and ends at the corner of the building with an adjacent

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wainscot, both wainscots must have the same color. Color is specified in the DT_COLOR
.siz file using '--' as the type.

TOP
Used to choose the color of the trim for the top of the wainscot on the wall. Color is
specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using '--' as the type.

JAMB
Used to choose the color of the trim for the jamb and header of a framed opening in the
wainscot are on the wall. Color is specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using '--' as the
type.

STYLE
BASE
Used to choose a unique profile or type of trim for the bottom of the wainscot on the wall.
Style is specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using 'ST' as the type.

LEFT END
Used to choose a unique profile or type of trim for the left and right ends of the wainscot
on the wall. This is used when the wainscot does and does not start or end at the corners
of the building. When a wainscot starts and ends at the corner of the building with an
adjacent wainscot, both wainscots must have the same style. Style is specified in the
DT_COLOR.siz file using 'ST' as the type.

RIGHT END
Used to choose a unique profile or type of trim for the left and right ends of the wainscot
on the wall. This is used when the wainscot does and does not start or end at the corners
of the building. When a wainscot starts and ends at the corner of the building with an
adjacent wainscot, both wainscots must have the same style. Style is specified in the
DT_COLOR.siz file using 'ST' as the type.

TOP
Used to choose a unique profile or type of trim for the top of the wainscot on the wall.
Style is specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using 'ST' as the type.

JAMB
Used to choose a unique profile or type of trim for the jamb and header of a framed
opening in the wainscot area on the wall. Style is specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file
using 'ST' as the type.

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3.3.6.5.1 Wall - Left and Right

COPY WIND FRAMING WALL ID


All wall Id numbers are available to other pull-down lists. Using the pull-down list, the user
can select bracing information for a wall Id number to copy, and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the Panel Shear Use, Diagonal Bracing Type, Wind Bent Use, Wind Column
Use, RF Weak Axis Bending Use. The program will jump to the # Diagonal Bracing Number
of Bays for the next input item. The quantity of bays and bay Id numbers are not copied for
any of the bracing types. When endwall bracing is copied from a sidewall, the wind bent, wind
column, and RF weak axis bending is not used.

PANEL SHEAR, USE


Use Y for each framing to be used, else N. On a given wall the user may set to Y for all
options. The program will then use these priorities:

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(1) panel shear,


(2) diagonal bracing,
(3) weak axis bending providing the sidewall column flanges do not exceed a specified
value, and
(4) either wind bent or wind column, whichever has the least weight.
The sequence of priorities selected is active only when a bay or bays of bracing are NOT
specified for a brace element. When bays of bracing are specified the program will use only
that brace element for design. For each option that the user does not want the program to
consider, set to N.

DIAGONAL BRACING - TYPE


The following entries may be used to specify the use and type of diagonal bracing. Types
made up of C, R, and A are not displayed in the pull down list if not found in the DS_CABLE.
siz file.

'N' = No bracing.
'Y' = Use bracing of the type set by DM27.

'C' = Use cable bracing.


'R' = Use rod bracing.
'A' = Use angle bracing.
'A2' = Use two angles, or double angles. They have twice the capacity of a single angle
in tension.
'C2' = Use two sets of cable bracing side by side in the same bay.
'R2' = Use two sets of rod bracing side by side in the same bay.

(C2 and R2 options require the items be included in the DS_CABLE file).

Sidewall Only:
'TE' = Use torsional bracing, torsion force carried by endwalls. See PE 7-00-13.
'TF' = Use torsional bracing, torsion force carried by adjacent rigid frames. See 7-00-13,
rev 6-21-02.

Endwall Only:
'CF' = Use cable bracing system to transfer endwall shear forces to adjacent rigid
frames. See 4-03-3.
'RF' = Use rod bracing system to transfer endwall shear forces to adjacent rigid frames.
See 4-03-3.

DIAGONAL BRACING - NUMBER OF BAYS


The number of bays in that wall which will have wind framing. Use 0 if the program is to
locate the wind framing.

DIAGONAL BRACING - BAY ID


The bay number for the wind framing. Bays are numbered from left to right along the wall.

NOTE Should the Wind Bent or Wind Column be the required bracing system then they will
be used in the bays specified.

BRACE OPTION

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The following options are available to define the bracing configuration in the braced bay. The
Diagonal Brace Type must be other than N.

XX - Tiered X-bracing
XB - Wind bent with X-bracing

BRACE HEIGHT
The height elevation from finish floor to the first tier diagonal bracing attachment location (XX)
or the top of wind bent (XB) based on the brace option selection. This must be a value greater
than 0.00.
3.3.6.5.2 Wall - Front and Back

COPY WIND FRAMING WALL ID


All wall Id numbers are available to other pull-down lists. Using the pull-down list, the user
can select bracing information for a wall Id number to copy, and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the Panel Shear Use, Diagonal Bracing Type, Wind Bent Use, Wind Column
Use, RF Weak Axis Bending Use. The program will jump to the # Diagonal Bracing Number
of Bays for the next input item. The quantity of bays and bay Id numbers are not copied for
any of the bracing types. When endwall bracing is copied from a sidewall, the wind bent, wind
column, and RF weak axis bending is not used.

PANEL SHEAR, USE


Use Y for each framing to be used, else N. On a given wall the user may set to Y for all
options. The program will then use these priorities:
(1) panel shear,
(2) diagonal bracing,
(3) weak axis bending providing the sidewall column flanges do not exceed a specified
value, and
(4) either wind bent or wind column, whichever has the least weight.
The sequence of priorities selected is active only when a bay or bays of bracing are NOT
specified for a brace element. When bays of bracing are specified the program will use only
that brace element for design. For each option that the user does not want the program to
consider, set to N.

DIAGONAL BRACING - TYPE


The following entries may be used to specify the use and type of diagonal bracing. Types
made up of C, R, and A are not displayed in the pull down list if not found in the DS_CABLE.
siz file.

'N' = No bracing.
'Y' = Use bracing of the type set by DM27.

'C' = Use cable bracing.


'R' = Use rod bracing.
'A' = Use angle bracing.
'A2' = Use two angles, or double angles. They have twice the capacity of a single angle
in tension.
'C2' = Use two sets of cable bracing side by side in the same bay.

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'R2' = Use two sets of rod bracing side by side in the same bay.

(C2 and R2 options require the items be included in the DS_CABLE file).

Sidewall Only:
'TE' = Use torsional bracing, torsion force carried by endwalls. See PE 7-00-13.
'TF' = Use torsional bracing, torsion force carried by adjacent rigid frames. See 7-00-13,
rev 6-21-02.

Endwall Only:
'CF' = Use cable bracing system to transfer endwall shear forces to adjacent rigid
frames. See 4-03-3.
'RF' = Use rod bracing system to transfer endwall shear forces to adjacent rigid frames.
See 4-03-3.

DIAGONAL BRACING - NUMBER OF BAYS


The number of bays in that wall which will have wind framing. Use 0 if the program is to
locate the wind framing.

DIAGONAL BRACING - BAY ID


The bay number for the wind framing. Bays are numbered from left to right along the wall.

NOTE Should the Wind Bent or Wind Column be the required bracing system then they will
be used in the bays specified.

BRACE OPTION
The following options are available to define the bracing configuration in the braced bay. The
Diagonal Brace Type must be other than N.

XX - Tiered X-bracing
XB - Wind bent with X-bracing

BRACE HEIGHT
The height elevation from finish floor to the first tier diagonal bracing attachment location (XX)
or the top of wind bent (XB) based on the brace option selection. This must be a value greater
than 0.00.

WIND BENT - TYPE


The following entries may be used to specify the type of wind bent.
N - No wind bent
Y - Use member type set by DS_BUILD(wall11)
R - Use Hot Rolled
W - Use Welded Plate
S - Use Special (Tapered Columns)

WIND BENT - NUMBER OF BAYS


The number of bays in that wall which will have wind framing. Use 0 if the program is to
locate the wind framing.

WIND BENT - BAY ID

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The bay number for the wind framing. Bays are numbered from left to right along the wall.

WIND COLUMN, USE


Use Y for each framing to be used, else N. On a given wall the user may set to Y for all
options. The program will then use these priorities:
(1) panel shear,
(2) diagonal bracing,
(3) weak axis bending providing the sidewall column flanges do not exceed a specified
value, and
(4) either wind bent or wind column, whichever has the least weight.
For each option that the user does not want the program to consider, set to N.

WIND COLUMN - NUMBER OF BAYS


The number of bays in that wall which will have wind framing. Use 0 if the program is to
locate the wind framing.

WIND COLUMN - BAY ID


The bay number for the wind framing. Bays are numbered from left to right along the wall.

WIND COLUMN - SIDE


Use L or R to indicate if the wind column is on the left or right side of the bay.

RIGID FRAME WEAK AXIS BENDING


Use Y for each framing to be used, else N. On a given wall the user may set to Y for all
options. The program will then use these priorities:
(1) panel shear,
(2) diagonal bracing,
(3) weak axis bending providing the sidewall column flanges do not exceed a specified
value, and
(4) either wind bent or wind column, whichever has the least weight.
For each option that the user does not want the program to consider, set to N.
3.3.6.5.3 Interior Column

DIAGONAL BRACING - TYPE


The following entries may be used to specify the use and type of diagonal bracing. Types
made up of C, R, and A are not displayed in the pull down list if not found in the DS_CABLE.
siz file.

'N' = No bracing.
'Y' = Use bracing of the type set by DM27.

'C' = Use cable bracing.


'R' = Use rod bracing.
'A' = Use angle bracing.
'A2' = Use two angles, or double angles. They have twice the capacity of a single angle
in tension.
'C2' = Use two sets of cable bracing side by side in the same bay.
'R2' = Use two sets of rod bracing side by side in the same bay.

(C2 and R2 options require the items be included in the DS_CABLE file).

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Sidewall Only:
'TE' = Use torsional bracing, torsion force carried by endwalls. See PE 7-00-13.
'TF' = Use torsional bracing, torsion force carried by adjacent rigid frames. See 7-00-13,
rev 6-21-02.

Endwall Only:
'CF' = Use cable bracing system to transfer endwall shear forces to adjacent rigid
frames. See 4-03-3.
'RF' = Use rod bracing system to transfer endwall shear forces to adjacent rigid frames.
See 4-03-3.

BRACE OPTION
The following options are available to define the bracing configuration in the braced bay. The
Diagonal Brace Type must be other than N.

XX - Tiered X-bracing
XB - Wind bent with X-bracing

BRACE HEIGHT
The height elevation from finish floor to the first tier diagonal bracing attachment location (XX)
or the top of wind bent (XB) based on the brace option selection. This must be a value greater
than 0.00.

WIND COLUMN - OPTION


Use Y for each framing to be used, else N. On a given wall the user may set to Y for all
options. The program will then use these priorities:
(1) panel shear,
(2) diagonal bracing,
(3) weak axis bending providing the sidewall column flanges do not exceed a specified
value, and
(4) either wind bent or wind column, whichever has the least weight.
For each option that the user does not want the program to consider, set to N.
3.3.6.5.4 Roof

PANEL SHEAR, USE


Use Y for each framing to be used, else N. On a given wall the user may set to Y for all
options. The program will then use these priorities:
(1) panel shear,
(2) diagonal bracing,
(3) weak axis bending providing the sidewall column flanges do not exceed a specified
value, and
(4) either wind bent or wind column, whichever has the least weight.
The sequence of priorities selected is active only when a bay or bays of bracing are NOT
specified for a brace element. When bays of bracing are specified the program will use only
that brace element for design. For each option that the user does not want the program to
consider, set to N.

DIAGONAL BRACING - TYPE


The following entries may be used to specify the use and type of diagonal bracing. Types

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made up of C, R, and A are not displayed in the pull down list if not found in the DS_CABLE.
siz file.

'N' = No bracing.
'Y' = Use bracing of the type set by DM27.

'C' = Use cable bracing.


'R' = Use rod bracing.
'A' = Use angle bracing.
'A2' = Use two angles, or double angles. They have twice the capacity of a single angle
in tension.
'C2' = Use two sets of cable bracing side by side in the same bay.
'R2' = Use two sets of rod bracing side by side in the same bay.

(C2 and R2 options require the items be included in the DS_CABLE file).

Sidewall Only:
'TE' = Use torsional bracing, torsion force carried by endwalls. See PE 7-00-13.
'TF' = Use torsional bracing, torsion force carried by adjacent rigid frames. See 7-00-13,
rev 6-21-02.

Endwall Only:
'CF' = Use cable bracing system to transfer endwall shear forces to adjacent rigid
frames. See 4-03-3.
'RF' = Use rod bracing system to transfer endwall shear forces to adjacent rigid frames.
See 4-03-3.

DIAGONAL BRACING - NUMBER OF BAYS


The number of bays in that wall which will have wind framing. Use 0 if the program is to
locate the wind framing.

DIAGONAL BRACING - BAY ID


The bay number for the wind framing. Bays are numbered from left to right along the wall.

NOTE Should the Wind Bent or Wind Column be the required bracing system then they will
be used in the bays specified.

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3.3.6 F Soldier Column

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COPY BUTTON
The information can be entered for the Front or Back Sidewall, and then the Copy button can
be selected for the information to fill in the remaining sidewall.

COLUMN TYPE
The available soldier columns are:
R - hot-rolled wide flange section or
W - welded wide flange sections.
The user can select a member type by using the pull-down list box.

COLUMN DEPTH (in, mm)


The desired depth for the columns. If the program is to determine the column depth, use 0.

COLUMN OPTION
Use '-' as this is for future use.

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RAFTER TYPE
Use the same criteria in selecting rafter type as was used in selecting column type.

RAFTER DEPTH (in, mm)


The desired depth for the rafter. If the program is to determine the rafter depth, use 0.

RAFTER OPTION
Use
'4' for soldier rafters that are continuous span between rigid frames and top of soldier
columns bolt to the rafter web.
'5' for soldier rafters that are continuous span between rigid frames and inside flange
of soldier columns bolt to the rafter flange.
'6' for soldier rafters that are supported by the purlins and inside flange of soldier
columns bolt to the rafter end.

BRACE TYPE
For diagonal bracing, use 'C' or 'R' to specify the type of bracing as Cable or Rod.

BRACE LOCATION
The horizontal distance to the bracing from the sidewall. The nearest purlin to the location
specified will be the end of the rafter and high side location for the bracing.

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3.3.6 G Design/Detail

3.3.6.7.1 Design/Detail Options

Respond to the following detail/design options for each wall.

USE TRIM
Check if trim is to be used with building.

USE WALL
Check this to respond to the above three items with a single check.

Endwall Additional feature


Design: Check to design columns and rafters
Detail: Check to detail columns and rafters

Sidewall Additional feature

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Design: Check to design columns with lateral bracing.

NOTE: Parts cannot be detailed if not designed.

USE GIRTS
Design: Check for design of girts.
Detail: Check for detailing of girts.

USE PANELS
Design: Check for design of panels (By not checking the use here, this will consider the wall
open).
Detail: Check for detailing of panels

USE WIND FRAME


Design: Check from design of wind framing.
Detail: Check from detailing of wind framing.
3.3.6.7.2 Roof Detail Options

USE ROOF
Check this to respond to the three items below with a single check.

NOTE: Parts cannot be detailed if not designed.

USE PURLINS
Design: Check for design of purlins
Detail: Check for detailing of purlins

USE PANELS
Design: Check for design of panel
Detail: Check for detailing of panel

USE WIND FRAME


Design: Check for design of wind framing
Detail: Check for detailing of wind framing
3.3.6.7.3 Base Detail Options

USE ANGLE
Use 'N' if the bridging angles are not to be included in the BOM, else 'Y'.

BASE CHANNEL
Use 'Y' to have a base channel around the perimeter of the building. The channel selected will
match the depth of the wall girt. Program uses the channel sections on line 30 to 35 in the
DT_ANGLE.siz file.

BASE SEAL
Use 'Y' if the base seal (base trim) is to be included. The base seal can be used with both the
base angle and the base channel. Program uses the member in line 6 of the DT_ANGLE.siz
file.

BASE ANGLE/SEAL

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Use 'Y' to use a special angle that serves as both the base angle and the base seal, or to use
the Delux Base Angle. Program uses the member in line 5 of the DT_ANGLE.siz file. When
this option is used, the above options do not apply and should be unchecked (= 'N').
3.3.7 Openings

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3.3.7 A Framed Openings

Click on the label for the desired wall.


Click on and enter the number of openings for the wall.
Click on the open space and the data will have zero or blank entries.
Double click on the first line of data and the edit box will appear.
Complete the edit box and click on the Ok button.
Repeat with the next data line or wall.
To view the framed openings that have been entered for a specific wall, click on the wall label.

COPY FRAMED OPENINGS - WALL


Using the pull-down lists, the user can select framed opening information for a wall Id number
to copy, and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the frame opening information from the copied wall Id. Wall Id numbers are

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available for all walls other than the current wall Id number. After the Copy button is clicked,
the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the copied information, or <PGDN> for
the next wall. All openings along each wall should be reviewed so that the section check is
performed for each opening, because copied framed openings may not fit within the current
wall.

NO OF OPENINGS
The number of framed openings on that wall (0 to 250). No more than ten openings are
permitted in each bay.

BAY ID
The number of the bay which contains the framed opening. Bay 1 is at the left end of the wall
when viewed from outside the wall.

OPEN WIDTH (ft, mm)


The width of the framed opening, face of jamb to face of jamb. All framed openings must be
contained within the width of the bay except the strip window may extend into many bays.

HEADER HEIGHT (ft, mm)


The height of the opening. Distance from finish floor to face of door header.

OPEN OFFSET (ft, mm)


The distance from the left side of the bay to the nearest side of the framed opening.

DOOR TYPE
The first letter of this two letter code is the door type and the second letter is the framed
opening type. If the first digit is blank then the door type is not considered.

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DIGIT DOOR TYPE


(blank) Door type is not used.
1 Walk door
2 Self flashing window
3 Standard flashing window
4 Overhead door
5 Inside mount roll-up door
6 Outside mount roll-up door
7 Louvers
8 Overhead door blocking
9 Inside mount roll-up door blocking
10 Outside mount roll-up door blocking
11 Window blocking
12 Center sliding door
13 Right sliding door
14 Left sliding door
15 Window blocking with diagonal rods

OPENING TYPE
The first letter of this two-letter code is the door type and the second letter is the framed
opening type. If the first digit is blank then the door type is not considered.

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DIGIT OPENING TYPE


0 Opening with no framing members used.
1 Door jamb extends to the level of the next
highest girt.
2 Door jamb extends to the eave strut or the
endwall rafter.
3 A window where the door jamb extends from
one girt to another girt, or to the eave strut.
The window jamb does not start at the floor.
The window jamb may cut a wall girt.
4 This is for a completely open bay. That is,
there will be no wall girts, panels, or jambs.
5 The top of jambs extends to an 'added girt' at
a height above the header as specified by
DS_BUILD(Wall20)
6 Strip window, that is a window that starts in
one bay and extends into one or many bays.
No headers or sills provided. Program places
a C girt at the opening elevation and at the sill
elevation. NOT available with Partitions.
7 Opening between wall girts, no wall girts are
cut. See PE 7-01-9.

SILL HEIGHT (ft, mm)


The distance from finish floor to the top face of the window sill.

BASE ELEVATION (in, mm)


The distance from finish floor to the bottom of the jamb base plate. A positive elevation is
above finish floor.

REMOVE PANELS
When Opening Type is not 4, these are the options available:
'Y' to remove panels, trim, and base angle at framed opening
'F' for a field located framed opening with no deduction for wall panels, trim, and base
angle
'N' for sheeting to remain but remove trim, base angle, and girts
'G' for sheeting, trim and base angle to remain, provide girts within framed opening if
required.
When Opening Type is 4, these are the options available:
'Y' to remove panels and apply no wind load on the open area
'W' to remove panels but have the full wind load applied to the open area, see PE 1-11-1

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3.3.7 B Wide Doors

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3.3.7.2.1 Opening Layout

NUMBER OF WIDE DOORS


The total number of openings used for the building. Multiple openings are possible provided
that the openings are separated by at least one bay. They cannot share the same jamb.

COPY ID
Using the pull-down lists, the user can select an opening Id number to copy, and then click
the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the opening information from the copied opening Id. It is presumed that one
of the items will be modified to make this entry unique from the copied opening Id. After the
Copy button is clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the copied
information to make the item unique from the copied opening.

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DOOR ID
Starting with 1 as the first opening defined, and numbered consecutively through the total
number of openings. The program automatically assigns this number.

WALL ID
The number or select from the pull-down list the id representing the wall for the opening.
1 = Left endwall
3 = Right endwall

BAY ID, START


Bay number at which the opening starts. Bays are numbered from the left to right along the
wall, as you view the wall from outside of the building. The first and last bay of the building
cannot be used. When more than one opening is used in the wall there must be at least one
bay in between the openings.

NOTE: Stub column locations are defined as bays in the endwall bay spacing screen.

BAY ID, END


Bay number at which the opening ends. Bays are numbered from the left to right along the
wall, as you view the wall from outside of the building. The first and last bay of the building
cannot be used. When more than one opening is used in the wall there must be at least one
bay in between the openings.

NOTE: Stub column locations are defined as bays in the endwall bay spacing screen.

CLEAR OPENING, WIDTH (ft, mm)


The clear width for the opening. The width for the opening cannot be greater than the sum
of the bays - 6" (152 mm) and not be less than the sum of the bays - 12" (305mm).

CLEAR OPENING, HEIGHT (ft, mm)


The clear height of the opening from the floor. The height for the opening cannot be greater
than the lowest bay height - 18" (457 mm) and not less than 6' (1829 mm).

WEDGE HEIGHT (ft, mm)


The height of the door wedge when the door is in the open position from the bottom of the
door to the top of the hinge. The height of the wedge cannot be less than 10" (254 mm) and
no greater than the lowest bay height - clear open height - 18" (457 mm).

STUB ELEVATION (ft, mm)


Distance from the floor to the base of the stub column. The elevation of the stub column can
not be greater than the clear open height + wedge height - 6" (152 mm) and not less than the
clear opening height.

NOTE: When a header beam is used, the stub elevation is the distance from the floor to the
web of the header beam.

TOTAL DOOR WEIGHT (lb, kg)


The total weight of the door; this is to be the sum of the framing, panels, etc. The weight of
the door cannot be less than 3 lbs/sq. ft. (15 kg/m2 ) and no greater than 26 lbs/sq. ft. (127 kg/
m2 ). This is calculated by taking the door weight and dividing by the sum of the panel lengths.

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3.3.7.2.2 Opening Framing

JAMB TYPE
Select the jamb columns type by either using the letter or selecting the type by using the pull-
down list.
R - Hot rolled section
W - Built up sections

JAMB FLANGE, WIDTH (in, mm)


The minimum flange width to be used in selecting a member. The flange width cannot be
less than 6" (150 mm) or greater than 12" (305 mm).

JAMB FLANGE, THICK (in, mm)


The minimum flange thickness to be used in selecting a member. The flange thickness
cannot be less than 0.1875" (5 mm) or greater than 1.75" (44 mm).

STUB COLUMN TYPE


Select the stub columns type (support member not extending to the floor) by either using the
letter or selecting the type by using the pull-down list.
R - Hot rolled section
W - Built up sections

HEADER TYPE
Select the header type (used along the top of the opening to attach the bottom of the wall
panel) by either using the letter or selecting the type by using the pull-down list.
Z - Zee
C - Cee
D - Double cee
R - Hot rolled
W - Built up

DEFLECTION, HORIZONTAL (in, mm)


The allowable horizontal deflection for the header. The deflection cannot be less than
0.5" (13 mm) or greater than 4" (102 mm).

DEFLECTION, VERTICAL (in, mm)


The allowable vertical deflection for the header. The deflection cannot be less than 0.5" (13
mm) or greater than 4" (102 mm).
3.3.7.2.3 Strut Framing

BACK BRACE LOCATION


The location the back brace is attached to for supporting the stub columns.
R - Roof Strut: Back brace to attach to a point on a roof strut in the bay.
F - Rigid frame: Back brace to extend to the next rigid frame line.

BACK BRACE TYPE


A - Angle*
B - Back-to-Back angle*
C - Cee
D - Double cee

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R - Hot rolled
W - Built up
P - Pipe
T - Tube
U - Hot-Rolled Channel

The B angle is a back-to-back angle with a possible gap between the angles. The gap is
set with DT_BUILD(tdd).

The user can select a single member type by using a single letter, like 'C' or the user can
select a first choice type. If the program determines that the first choice is not available in
the required strength or stiffness, the program will go on to the second choice in member
type. First and second choice members are indicated by the order in which the data is set,
that is 'CW' indicates, use the C section if adequate else use the Welded section. Up to four
member types can be in the section process, such as 'CDRW'.

ROOF STRUT TYPE/LOCATION


Select the roof strut type (used to attach the back brace to at a point between the two rigid
frames) by either using the two-letter code or selecting by using the pull-down list.

The first letter is used to define the type of member used for the roof strut.
The second letter represents if the roof strut:
(O) - outset and attaches along the top of the rafter or
(F) - flush and attaches between the rafter webs.

'ZO' - Zee type member outset


'CO' - Cee type member outset
'DO' - Double Cee member outset
'WO' - Built up member outset
'WF' - Built up member flush
'RO' - Hot rolled member outset
'RF' - Hot rolled member flush
'UO' - Rolled channel member outset

HEADER BEAM TYPE


Select the header beam type by either using the two-letter code or selecting by using the pull-
down list. This member helps to stabilize the base of the stub columns. When used the
program will only provide back braces at the points where the header beams ends attach to
the stub column.
-- - No member is used.
Z - Zee member to be used attached at the base of the stub column.
C - Cee member to be used attached at the base of the stub column.
D - Double cee member to be used attached at the base of the stub column.
U - Rolled channel member to be used attached at the base of the stub column.
R - Hot rolled member to be used attached at the base of the stub column.
W - Built up member to be used attached at the base of the stub column.

MAXIMUM LENGTH (in, mm)


Maximum length the header beam can span. The maximum length for the header beam can
not be less than the largest bay width for the opening or greater than the building width.

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3.3.7.2.4 Opening Insulation

INSULATION, TYPE
Select the insulation type to be used for the opening from the pull-down list; referenced from
the DT_INSUL.siz file.

INSULATION, THICK (in, mm)


Thickness of the insulation selected in the insulation type; referenced from the DT_INSUL.
siz file.

INSULATION, WIRE
Use Y if the insulation wire is to be supplied,
S for insulation strapping, or
N for none.
3.3.7.2.5 Opening Panels

PANEL
Select from the pull-down list or use the panel id used for covering the opening; referenced
from the DS_PANEL.siz file.

PANEL COLOR
Select from the pull-down list or use the two-character code from the available entries listed
in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

TOP LENGTH
The length of the panels for the top half of the opening. If using a single panel to cover the
opening then use zero here and use the full panel length as the bottom panel length. The sum
of the top and bottom panels cannot be less than the clear opening height or greater than the
clear open height + wedge height.

BOTTOM LENGTH
The length of the panels for the bottom half of the opening. The sum of the top and bottom
panels cannot be less than the clear opening height or greater than the clear open height +
wedge height.

TRIM COLOR
A two-character designation for each color. The color choices and the two character codes
are in the pull-down list; referenced from the DT_COLOR.siz file.

TRIM STYLE
Select the trim style to use for the panels on to cover the opening; referenced from the
DT_COLOR.siz file.

SCREW LENGTH
Use S, M, or L for the screw length as small, medium, or long.

SCREW FINISH
This is a two character field, where the two characters are for the screw finish as defined in
the DT_SCRW1.siz file. Finish entries also need to be in the DT_COLOR.siz file to be
available in the pull-down list.

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3.3.7 C Wide EW Openings

<dwg>

3.3.7.3.1 Layout

For Future Use


3.3.7.3.2 Opening Framing

For Future Use


3.3.7.3.3 Strut Framing

For Future Use

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3.3.7 D Partial Walls

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Click on wall label.


Enter sets of bays.
Enter base type and full load.
Click on start bay/end bay.
Edit line appears, complete edit line and click on Ok.
Repeat for other walls.

COPY PARTIAL WALLS - ID


Using the pull-down lists, the user can select partial wall information for a wall Id number to
copy, and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the partial wall information from the copied wall Id. Wall Id numbers are
available for all walls other than the current wall Id number. After the Copy button is clicked,
the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the copied information, or <PGDN> for

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the next wall. Partial walls along each wall should be reviewed so that the section check is
performed for each wall, because copied partial walls may not fit within the current wall.

SETS OF BAYS
The number of sets of bays which are necessary to describe the partial wall.

BASE TYPE
The item on which the base of the wall panels will be attached.
'C' for cee section,
'D' for double cee section,
'Z' for zee section,
'R' for hot-rolled I-beam section,
'W' for built-up plate I-beam section,
'U' for hot-rolled channel section,
'A' for base angle, or
'S' for special angle section (not detailed).

FULL LOAD, GIRT


If the girt at the base of the partial wall is to carry its share of the added wind load that
accumulates on the wall below the partial wall, use 'Y' else 'N'.

FULL LOAD, COLUMN


If the wind load on the wall below the start of the partial wall is to be transferred to the
adjacent columns, use 'Y', else 'N'.

BAY ID - START
The start bay for that part of the partial wall which is at a constant height.

BAY ID - END
The end bay for that part of the partial wall which is at a constant height.

WALL HEIGHT (ft, mm)


The distance from the finish floor to the bottom of the partial wall.

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3.3.8 Extension / Canopies


3.3.8 A Extension / Canopies

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3.3.8.1.1 Canopies/Extensions

COPY EXTENSION ID
Using the pull-down list, the user can select an extension Id number to copy, and then click the
Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the extension information from the copied extension Id. It is presumed that
one of the items will be modified to make this entry unique from the copied extension Id.
After the Copy button is clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the
information to make the item unique from the copied line.

NO. OF DATA LINES


The number of extensions on the sidewall. Multiple extensions are possible if they do not have
a common extension beam.

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EXTENSION TYPE
The canopy/eave extension type.

'C' - Canopy Type - occurs along endwall or sidewall and beam is located below the roof
line,
'E' - Eave Extension Type - occurs along sidewall and beam is located similar to an eave
extension where roof panel is a continuation of the roof line, and
'N' - No facia, this allows removal of a previously input facia.

Examples of 'C' and 'E' type facias are shown on:


FaciaCE, FaciaCE2, FaciaCE3, FaciaCE4, and FaciaCE5

WALL ID
1 for left endwall,
2 for front sidewall,
3 for right endwall, and
4 for the back sidewall.

BAY ID - Left
The bay number at which the sidewall eave extension or canopy starts. Bays are numbered
from left to right along the wall, as you view the wall from outside the building.

BAY ID - Right
The bay number at which the sidewall eave extension or canopy ends. Bays are numbered
from left to right along the wall, as you view the wall from outside the building.

WIDTH, (ft, mm)


The horizontal distance that the sidewall eave extends beyond the outside edge of the building.

HEIGHT, (ft, mm)


The vertical distance from the floor line to the intersection of the eave extension or canopy
roof panels with the wall panels.

SLOPE
Rise in 12 horizontal for English units, rise in 100 horizontal for metric units. Set the rise for the
slope of the extension.

PURLIN EXTENSION, START


If flush or bypass roof purlins are used and they extend beyond the start bay of the sidewall
eave extension, then use the purlin extension for the start bay of the sidewall eave extension.

For flush case, the eave strut will extend to support an end extension beam. At the endwall,

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the end extension beam is attached to the first purlin above the building line eave strut. Not at
the endwall, the end extension beam attaches to the building line eave strut. This added end
extension beam supports the short purlins and at the endwall supports the building line eave
strut.

PURLIN EXTENSION, END


If flush or bypass roof purlins are used and they extend beyond the end bay of the sidewall
eave extension, then use the purlin extension for the end bay of the sidewall eave extension.

For flush case, the eave strut will extend to support an end extension beam. At the endwall,
the end extension beam is attached to the first purlin above the building line eave strut. Not
at the endwall, the end extension beam attaches to the building line eave strut. This added
end extension beam supports the short purlins and at the endwall supports the building line
eave strut.

PURLIN TYPE
The two letter designation for any of the available purlin types. Example is ZB for bypass or
ZF for flush. By calling for a bypass purlin, the program will design beam extensions that are
below the purlins. By calling for flush purlins, the program will design extension beams that
place the top of the beam flush with the top flange of the purlin.

EAVE STRUT TYPE


The 2 letter code for the eave strut type selected.
'EO' - Eave Strut Outside mount,
'ZB' - Zee shape Bypass eave strut,
'ZO' - Zee shape Outside mount,
'JF' - Joist shape flush mount, or
'JO' - Joist shape outside mount.
Note: all eave strut types except 'JF' attach to the soldier columns. 'JF' purlin types span
between rigid frames and do not attach to soldier columns.

MEMBER TYPE
The member type for the interior extension or canopy beams. The rafter at the endwall will
extend out as the extension for 'ZB' purlin type, or the same rafter type will bolt to the top of
the rafter for the 'ZF' purlin type.

The following member types are available:


R = hot rolled member from DS_RCOL.siz file,
W = welded plate member from the DS_WCOL,siz file,
T = welded plate member made from plates which are in the DS_PLATE.siz file,
C = single C from the DS_CCOL.siz file, and
D = double C from the DS_DCOL.siz file.

MEMBER SHAPE
One of the following to designate member shape:
C = Constant depth,
T = Tapered shape, and
H = For a tapered member, a horizontal bottom flange will be provided. For a constant
depth member, the member will be horizontal.

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SOFFIT TYPE
Two letter designation that is defined in the soffit panel data line.

SOFFIT COLOR
Two letter designation that is defined in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

SOFFIT STYLE
Two letter designation that represents the trim style. This can be used to differentiate size or
styles designated in the DT_TRIM.siz file. Style entries must also be included in the
DT_COLOR.siz file to be available in pull-down list.
3.3.8.1.2 Gable Extensions

SURFACE ID
The surface number which will receive the gable extension.

LEFT END (ft, mm)


The distance the roof extends beyond the outside face of the endwall girt at the left and right
endwall. Set the extension for each roof surface.

RIGHT END (ft, mm)


The distance the roof extends beyond the outside face of the endwall girt at the left and right
endwall. Set the extension for each roof surface.

SOFFIT

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The soffit panel type if soffit panels are to be provided to cover the underside of the purlins.
This can be a 4 character panel type. An N indicates that soffit panels will not be used.

The soffit color, where the first 2 characters are the soffit panel color, and the third and fourth
characters are the soffit trim style as noted in the DT_TRIM.siz file.

SOFFIT TYPE
Two letter designation that is defined in the soffit panel data line.

SOFFIT COLOR
Two letter designation that is defined in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

SOFFIT STYLE
Two letter designation for soffit trim style.

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3.3.8.2.1 Location

COPY FACIA ID
Using the pull-down list, the user can select a facia Id number to copy, and then click the Copy
button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the facia1 information from the copied facia Id. It is presumed that one of
the items will be modified to make this entry unique from the copied facia Id. After the Copy
button is clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the information to make
the item unique from the copied facia.

NUMBER OF FACIA
The quantity of facia to be defined.

FACIA ID

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Starting with 1 as the first facia defined, and numbered consecutively through the total
number of facias.

WALL ID
The wall Id for the facia.

1 = Left Endwall
2 = Front Sidewall
3 = Right Endwall
4 = Back Sidewall

FACIA TYPE
The facia type.

'C' - Canopy Type - occurs along endwall or sidewall and beam is located below the roof
line,
'E' - Eave Extension Type - occurs along sidewall and beam is located similar to an eave
extension where roof panel is a continuation of the roof line,
'G' - Gable Extension Type - occurs along endwall and beam is located similar to a
canopy beam. The building roof purlins and roof panels extend to the backside of the
facia, and
'N' - No facia, this allows removal of a previously input facia.

Examples of 'C' and 'E' type facias are shown on:


FaciaCE, FaciaCE2, FaciaCE3, FaciaCE4, and FaciaCE5

Examples of 'G' type facias are shown on:


FaciaG, FaciaG2, and FaciaG3

FACIA STYLE
The facia style as selected from the DS_FACIA.siz file. This defines framing criteria, and
connection criteria for design.

BAY ID, START


The bay number at which the facia starts. Bays are numbered from left to right along the
wall, as you view the wall from outside the building.

BAY ID, END


The bay number at which the facia ends. Bays are numbered from left to right along the
wall, as you view the wall from outside the building.

EXTENSION, START
If bypass roof purlins/facia girts are used and they extend beyond either ending frame line,
then use the purlin/girt extension for the start bay of the facia.

EXTENSION, END
If bypass roof purlins/facia girts are used and they extend beyond either ending frame line,
then use the purlin/girt extension for the end bay of the facia.

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The height above the floor where the top of attachment beam (flush or no purlin) or
attachment beam roof surface (bypass purlin) intersects the wall surface. The attachment
beam is connected to and supported by the building columns.

'C' - Canopy type facia. Can be placed on any wall, and specify the height below the roof
line considering purlin and endwall rafter depth.
'E' - Eave extension type facia. Can only be placed on the sidewalls, and specify the height
as the eave height
'G' - Gable extension type facia. Can only be placed on the endwall, and specify the height
below the roof line considering purlin and endwall rafter depth.

ATTACHMENT BEAM WIDTH


The horizontal distance the facia projects out from the wall surface.

ATTACHMENT BEAM SLOPE


The slope of the top flange of the attachment beam. For 'E' eave extension type facia, this is
building roof slope.

FACIA ELEVATION
The distance above the floor to the bottom of the facia.

FACIA HEIGHT
The vertical height of the facia.

FACIA SLOPE
The slope of the facia.

FACIA ARM SLOPE


The facia arm is the framing member that is supported by the attachment beam.
Use 'S' for the facia arm to be sloped at the same slope as the facia panel.
'V' for the facia arm to be vertical.

FACIA BACK SLOPE


When the back panel is present, use:
'S' for the panel to be sloped at the same slope as the facia panel or
'V' for the back panel to be vertical.

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3.3.8 C Facia 2

FIGURE 4
FACIA COMPONENTS

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COPY FACIA ID
Using the pull-down list, the user can select a facia Id number to copy, and then click the Copy
button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the facia1 information from the copied facia Id. It is presumed that one of
the items will be modified to make this entry unique from the copied facia Id. After the Copy
button is clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the information to make
the item unique from the copied facia.

FACIA ID
Starting with 1 as the first facia defined, and numbered consecutively through the total
number of facias.

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3.3.8.3.1 Purlin/Girt

PURLIN/GIRT STYLE
Select the Purlin/Girt style from the available pre-defined styles listed in the DS_FACIA.siz
file. Using the pull-down menu button, select the style to fill in the other portions of this screen.

Each remaining entry can be individually edited by moving to the cell and selecting a different
option.

ROOF: Purlins on top of the attachment beam


SOFFIT: Purlins on the bottom of the attachment beam
F_TOP: Girts at the top of the facia arm
F_INT: Girts at intermediate locations on the facia arm
F_BOT: Girts at the bottom of the facia arm
GUTTER: Girts on the back of the facia arm for gutter

PURLIN/GIRT TYPE
Select 'ZB', 'ZF', 'ZO', 'CF', or 'CO'.

The first letter is the member type, and the second letter is the mount condition.

Z or C is the purlin/girt member type.

The B is for bypass mount, F is for flush mount, and the O refers to an outside mount girt with
sufficient lap for each purlin/girt to be fastened with two bolts.

PURLIN/GIRT DEPTH (in, mm)


If the purlin/girt depth is to be set by the user, use desired depth, else use zero.

EAVE STRUT TYPE


Use 'EO', 'EF', or 'ZB' for the attachment beam eave strut.

The first letter is the member type, and the second letter is the mount condition. Z or E is the
eave strut member type.

E is selected from the DS_EAVE.siz file and Z is selected from the DS_ZGIRT.siz file. The
B is for bypass mount, F is for flush mount, and the O refers to an outside mount eave strut.
3.3.8.3.2 Panels

PANEL STYLE
Select the Facia panel style from the available pre-defined styles listed in the DS_FACIA.siz
file. Using the pull-down menu button, select the style to fill in the other portions of this screen.

Colors and Styles are defaulted to the building wall and roof colors and styles.

Each remaining entry can be individually edited by moving to the cell and selecting a different
option.

ROOF: Panels on top of the attachment beam


SOFFIT: Panels on the bottom of the attachment beam
FRONT: Panels on the front of the facia

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BACK: Panels on the back of the facia

PANEL TYPE
Select from the available Part Names as listed in the DS_PANEL.siz file.

PANEL COLOR
Select the two letter color code from the available entries listed in the DT_COLOR.siz file.
Default information for the building input is used here:

Facia roof color: building roof color


Facia soffit color: building wall color
Facia front color: building wall color
Facia back color: building roof color

Each entry can be individually edited by moving to the cell and selecting a different option.

PANEL STYLE
Select the two letter style code from the available entries listed in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

PART
Select the clip type and size to use from the available entries listed in the DT_SSEAM.siz
file.
Use 'FL' for floating or
'FX' for fixed.

ROTATE
The panel can be rotated 90 degrees from the standard orientation by selecting this option.
For rotated back panels, the panel ribs would run horizontally along the wall.
For rotated soffit panels, the panel ribs would run along the length of the facia.

Check the box by clicking with the left mouse button, or pressing the <SPACE> bar on the
keyboard.

SPACING
The maximum spacing of angle framing when using a rotated panel.
3.3.8.3.3 Gutters and Dow nspouts

USE GUTTER
Check the box by clicking with the left mouse button, or pressing the <SPACE> bar on the
keyboard. This will denote to use gutter behind the facia, else unchecked to not use gutter.

GUTTER - COLOR
Select the gutter color from the available pre-defined colors listed in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

Colors are defaulted to the building gutter colors.

Each remaining entry can be individually edited by moving to the cell and selecting a different
option.

GUTTER - STYLE

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Select the gutter style from the available pre-defined styles listed in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

Styles are defaulted to the building gutter styles.

Each remaining entry can be individually edited by moving to the cell and selecting a different
option.

GUTTER WIDTH
The gutter width. This controls the location of the eave strut on the attachment beam. A
default gutter size is selected from the information in the DS_FACIA.siz file.

GUTTER HEIGHT
The gutter height. This should not be larger than the purlin depth. A default gutter size is
selected from the information in the DS_FACIA.siz file.

QUANTITY OF DOWNSPOUTS
The number of downspouts to be used on the facia.

DOWNSPOUT - COLOR
Select the downspout color from the available pre-defined colors listed in the DT_COLOR.siz
file.

Colors are defaulted to the building downspout colors.

Each remaining entry can be individually edited by moving to the cell and selecting a different
option.

DOWNSPOUT - STYLE
Select the downspout style from the available pre-defined styles listed in the DT_COLOR.siz
file.

Styles are defaulted to the building downspout styles.

Each remaining entry can be individually edited by moving to the cell and selecting a different
option.

END PANEL
Check the box by clicking with the left mouse button, or pressing the <SPACE> bar on the
keyboard. This will denote to supply a panel at the end of the facia to enclose the facia end,
else unchecked to not use an end panel.
3.3.8.3.4 Trims

COPY FACIA ID
Using the pull-down list, the user can select a facia Id number to copy, and then click the Copy
button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the facia 2 information from the copied facia Id. It is presumed that one of
the items will be modified to make this entry unique from the copied facia Id. After the Copy
button is clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the information to make

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the item unique from the copied facia.

Facia Top Trim - occurs at the top of the front panel


Facia Bottom Trim - occurs at the bottom of the front panel
Facia Corner Trim - occurs at the end of the facia run
Facia Soffit Trim - occurs at the inside of the soffit panel (building line)

COLOR
Select the facia trim color for each area from the available pre-defined colors listed in the
DT_COLOR.siz file.

Colors are defaulted to the building area colors.

Facia top trim building eave trim color


Facia bottom building eave trim color
Facia corner building corner trim color
Facia back building roof panel color

Each remaining entry can be individually edited by moving to the cell and selecting a different
option.

STYLE
Select the facia trim style for each area from the available pre-defined styles listed in the
DT_COLOR.siz file.

Styles are defaulted to the building area styles.

Facia top trim building eave trim color


Facia bottom building eave trim color
Facia corner building corner trim color
Facia back building roof panel color

Each remaining entry can be individually edited by moving to the cell and selecting a different
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PARAPET LOCATION & EXTENSION

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3.3.8.4.1 Layout

COPY PARAPET ID
Using the pull-down list, the user can select a parapet Id number to copy, and then click the
Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the parapet information from the copied parapet Id. It is presumed that one
of the items will be modified to make this entry unique from the copied parapet Id. After the
Copy button is clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the information to
make the item unique from the copied parapet.

NUMBER OF PARAPET
The quantity of parapet to be defined.

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Starting with 1 as the first parapet defined, and numbered consecutively through the total
number of parapets. A quantity of six facia and parapets total is the maximum allowed.

WALL ID
The wall Id for the parapet.

1 = Left Endwall
2 = Front Sidewall
3 = Right Endwall
4 = Back Sidewall

PARAPET TYPE
The parapet type.

'PE' - Endwall column extended as the parapet arm. This requires flush endwall girts,
'PF' - Flush parapet where a separate arm is bolted to each column or rafter to support
parapet girts, and
'N' - no parapet, this allows removal of a previously input parapet.

PARAPET STYLE
The parapet style as selected from the DS_FACIA.siz file. This defines framing and
connection criteria for design and detailing.

PARAPET HEIGHT (ft, mm)


The vertical distance above the floor to the top of the parapet.

PARAPET ELEVATION (ft, mm)


NOT AVAILABLE

BAY ID, START


The bay number at which the parapet starts. Bays are numbered from left to right along the
wall, as you view the wall from outside the building.

BAY ID, END


The bay number at which the parapet ends. Bays are numbered from left to right along the
wall, as you view the wall from outside the building.

EXTENSION, START (ft, mm)


If top parapet girts extend beyond either ending frame line, then use the girt extension for the
start bay of the parapet.

EXTENSION, END (ft, mm)


If top parapet girts extend beyond either ending frame line, then use the girt extension for the
end bay of the parapet.
3.3.8.4.2 Girts

GIRTS
TOP:
Girt Type at the top of the parapet arm
INTER:

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Girt Type at intermediate locations on the parapet arm


GUTTER/EAVE:
Girt Type on the parapet arm for gutter
BOTTOM:
Girt Type at the bottom of the parapet arm NOT ACTIVE

GIRT TYPE
Select 'ZB', 'ZF', or 'CF'. Select 'ZF' or 'CF' for intermediate or gutter/eave girt.

The first letter is the member type, and the second letter is the mount condition.

Z or C is the purlin/girt member type.

The B is for bypass mount and F is for flush mount.


3.3.8.4.3 Back Panel

PANEL TYPE
Select from the available Part Names as listed in the DS_PANEL.siz file.

PANEL COLOR
Select the two letter color code from the available entries listed in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

PANEL STYLE
Select the two letter style code from the available entries listed in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

ROTATE
To rotate the panel means the panel ribs run horizontally along the wall. Check the box by
clicking with the left mouse button, or pressing the <SPACE> bar on the keyboard.

SPACING
The maximum spacing of angle framing when using a rotated panel.
3.3.8.4.4 Gutter and Dow nspouts

GUTTER

USE
Check the box by clicking with the left mouse button, or pressing the <SPACE> bar on the
keyboard. This will denote to use gutter behind the parapet. Gutter behind parapets are
required on sidewall parapets.

COLOR
Select the gutter color from the available pre-defined colors listed in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

STYLE
Select the gutter style from the available pre-defined styles listed in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

GUTTER WIDTH (in, mm)


The gutter width. This controls the location of the eave strut on the building and the location of
the gutter girt.

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GUTTER HEIGHT (in, mm)


The gutter height. This should not be larger than the purlin depth.

DOWNSPOUTS

QUANTITY
The number of downspouts to be used on the parapet.

COLOR
Select the downspout color from the available pre-defined colors listed in the DT_COLOR.siz
file.

STYLE
Select the downspout style from the available pre-defined styles listed in the DT_COLOR.siz
file.
3.3.8.4.5 Trims

COLOR - TOP, CORNER, BOTTOM


Select the parapet trim color from the available pre-defined colors listed in the DT_COLOR.
siz file.

STYLE - TOP, CORNER, BOTTOM


Select the parapet trim style from the available pre-defined styles listed in the DT_COLOR.siz
file.

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3.3.9 Partition Walls

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3.3.9 A Layout, Framing

COPY LAYOUT - PARTITION ID


Using the pull-down list, the user can select partition layout information for a partition Id to
copy, and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the partition layout and framing information from the copied partition Id. It is
presumed that one of the items will be modified to make this entry unique from the copied
partition Id. After the Copy button is clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and
modify the information to make the item unique from the copied partition. The first time this
screen is loaded, the first item is the number of partitions. For the remaining partition Id
numbers, the Copy Layout - Partition Id will be the first item on the screen.

NO. PARTITION
The quantity of partition walls to be defined. A maximum of 6 unique partition walls are

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available.

ORIENTATION
The direction for the partition wall. Use:
'L' for partition walls that are the longitudinal direction, which is the building length
direction.
'T' for partition walls that are the transverse direction, which is the building width direction.
'N' for partition walls that are not active. This option allows for predefining partition wall
information.

OFFSET, START
Distance from the building wall to the start of the partition wall. The difference between the
start offset and the end offset is the length of the partition wall.
For 'L' orient walls, this is the distance from the left endwall.
For 'T' orient walls, this is the distance from the back sidewall.

OFFSET, END
Distance from the building wall to the end of the partition wall. The difference between the
start offset and the end offset is the length of the partition wall.
For 'L' orient walls, this is the distance from the left endwall.
For 'T' orient walls, this is the distance from the back sidewall.

ADJ. WALL ID, START


The partition wall Id for the wall occurring at the start of the partition. Use 0 for an exterior
building wall occurring at the start, and for the absence of an adjacent partition wall.

ADJ. WALL ID, END


The partition wall Id for the wall occurring at the end of the partition. Use 0 for an exterior
building wall occurring at the end, and for the absence of an adjacent partition wall.

TIE-IN OPTION, START


The tie-in option for the adjacent wall Id. Refer to drawing PT20 for available options.
'-' = No column is present and tie-in option is not used.
'0' or '1' = Column is not attached to other wall and location is not adjusted.
'2' = Column is not attached to other wall and location is adjusted.
'3' = Column is attached to other wall and location is not adjusted.
'4' = Column is attached to other wall and location is adjusted.

TIE-IN OPTION, END


The tie-in option for the adjacent wall Id. Refer to drawing PT20 for available options.
'-' = No column is present and tie-in option is not used.
'0' or '1' = Column is not attached to other wall and location is not adjusted.
'2' = Column is not attached to other wall and location is adjusted.
'3' = Column is attached to other wall and location is not adjusted.
'4' = Column is attached to other wall and location is adjusted.

WALL SIDE vs LOCATION


The wall location offset specifies the distance to the reference point of the partition wall. The
wall direction is 2 characters. The first character specifies to which side of the reference
point the wall framing occurs and the second character specifies which side of the wall is the

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outside of wall. Outside of wall is important for bypass girts and for determining the girt
direction for flush girts.

'LR' - the wall framing to the left of location offset, and the right side is the outside of
wall.
'RL' - the wall framing to the right of location offset, and the left side is the outside of
wall.
'CR' - the wall framing centered on the location offset, and the right side is the outside of
wall.
'CL' - the wall framing centered on the location offset, and the left side is the outside of
wall.

QUANTITY
The number of times this partition wall occurs.

LOCATION
The distance to the reference point of the partition wall. Distances are measured left to right
as viewed from outside the building.
For the 'L' orient walls the distance is measured from the left corner of the Left Endwall.
For the 'T' orient walls the distance is measured from the left corner of the Front
Sidewall.

COLUMN DEPTH
The desired depth for the columns. If the program is to determine the column depth, set to 0.

COLUMN TYPE: START/END/INTERIOR


Available partition wall columns are:
O - cold formed Open Channel sections,
C - C sections,
D - double cold formed C sections,
R - hot rolled wide flange section,
W - welded wide flange sections, and
U - hot rolled channel sections.

The user can select a single member type by using a single letter, like 'C' or the user can
select a first choice type and if the program determines that the first choice is not available in
the required strength, the program will go on to the second choice in member type. First and
second choice members are indicated by the order in which the data is set, that is 'CW'
indicates use the C section if adequate, else use the welded section. Up to four member
types can be in the selection process, such as 'CDRW'. Separate entries are available for
start column, interior column, and end column.

RAFTER DEPTH
The desired depth for the rafters. If the program is to determine the rafter depth, set to 0.

RAFTER TYPE
Available partition wall rafters are:
C - cold formed C sections and
O - open C sections.

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RAFTER ROTATE
There are 3 directions available for the rafter. These are shown on reference drawing PT1.
Orientation is used to specify the open face direction of the C or O section.
'L' is for left orientation, which is open toward the left endwall.
'R' is for right orientation, which is open toward the right endwall. Both 'L' and 'R' are
oriented with the rafter web vertical.
'D' for the downward direction for the open face of the C or O section, and the web is
horizontal.

RAFTER OPTION
There are 3 rafter options available. These are shown on reference drawing PT1.
Option 1 is for rafters at top of columns only, and the rafters are between the adjacent
purlins at the top of the column.
2 is for rafters at top of columns only, and the rafters are to the underside of the
adjacent purlins at the top of columns.
3 is for a continuous rafter the full length of the partition. The rafter attaches to the
underside of all purlins.

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3.3.9 B Bay Spacing

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COPY PARTITION BAYS - PARTITION WALL ID


Using the pull-down list, the user can select bay spacing information for a partition Id to copy,
and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the bay spacing information from the copied partition Id. Partition Id
numbers are available for all partitions other than the current partition Id number. After the
Copy button is clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the copied
information, or <PGDN> for the next partition.

SETS OF BAYS
The number of sets of data necessary to describe the column spacing along the partition wall.
A set of data consists of a bay width and number of bays.

NUMBER OF BAYS

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The number of consecutive occurrences of that bay width.

Repeat BAY WIDTH and NUMBER OF BAYS as required to fully describe the bay
spacing in the wall.

BAY WIDTH (ft, mm)


The bay width. Start with the bay at the start offset.

Repeat BAY WIDTH and NUMBER OF BAYS as required to fully describe the bay
spacing in the wall.

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3.3.9 C Girts

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COPY GIRTS PARTITION ID


Using the pull-down list, the user can select girt information for a partition Id number to copy,
and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the girt information from the copied partition Id. Partition Id numbers are
available for all partitions other than the current partition Id number. After the Copy button is
clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the copied information, or
<PGDN> for the next partition.

GIRT TYPE
Use 'ZB', 'ZF', 'ZO', 'CB', 'CF', 'CO', or 'CL' where the first character represents the
member type and the second character represents the mount or lap.
C = single C section,
Z = Z section.

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B = bypass mount (lapped),


F = flush mount (non-lapped),
O = outset mount where the girt is in the same location as the bypass girt (non-lapped),
and
L = lapped C girts. The L is special for the C type in that an extra piece is supplied that
accounts for the lap.

FLANGE BRACE, USE


Check the box if the inside flange is braced, else uncheck. (The flange brace spacing is set by
DS_BUILD(ew4)

SUPPLY
Check the box if the inside flange braces are to be furnished with the building.

SET DEPTH (in, mm)


If the girt depth is to be set by the user, use desired depth, else set to zero.

SET LOCATION
Use 'N' for the program to locate each girt.
'Y' for the user to specify the location of each girt.
'P' (partial) for the user to set some girts and the program to locate the other girts.
'S' for girts at same elevation as exterior walls.
'I' for interval spacing, where the girt location determines the reported girt spacing.

NUMBER OF GIRTS
The number of girts on that wall. If zero is used, the program will calculate the standard wall
girt spacing.

GIRT LOCATION (ft, mm)


The distance from the floor line to the girt, one value for each girt.

TOP GIRT
This is only used when the partition panel is not full height and this allows setting the girt type
for the girt at the top of the panel. This specification can be different than the other girts,
except that an outset top girt is not available with a flush girt since their location in respect to
the column is different.

Use 'ZB', 'ZF', 'ZO', 'CB', 'CF', 'CO', or 'CL' where the first character represents the
member type and the second character represents the mount or lap.
C = single C section,
Z = Z section.

B = bypass mount (lapped),


F = flush mount (non-lapped),
O = outset mount where the girt is in the same location as the bypass girt (non-lapped),
and
L = lapped C girts. The L is special for the C type in that an extra piece is supplied that
accounts for the lap.

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BASE OPTIONS

ANGLE
Check the box to have a base angle along the length of the partition, else uncheck.

CHANNEL
Check the box to have a base channel along the length of the partition. The channel selected
will be to match the depth of wall girt.

SEAL
Check the box if the base seal (base trim) is to be included. The seal can be used with both
the base angle and base channel.

ANGLE/SEAL
Check the box to use a special angle which serves as both the base angle and base seal.

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3.3.9 D Panels, Colors

COPY PANEL/COLOR - PARTITION ID


Using the pull-down list, the user can select panel, color, and insulation information for a
partition Id number to copy, and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the information from the copied partition Id. Partition Id numbers are
available for all partitions other than the current partition Id number. After the Copy button is
clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the copied information, or
<PGDN> for the next partition.

PART NAME
The panel part name as designated in the DS_PANEL.siz file.

HEIGHT (ft, mm)

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The vertical distance from the floor line to the top of the partition panel. For full height panels
to extend to roof line, set to 0.00 and respond to the remaining questions in this section.

PANEL TOP
Use 'T' if the panels extend to the top of the roof purlins,
'B' if the roof panels are to extend to the bottom of the roof purlins. This affects
panel length for both the longitudinal and transverse partition walls.

PANEL COLOR
The first two letters of this four letter code represents the color of the panel.

PANEL STYLE
The second two letters represents the style for the panel (not used).

SCREW LENGTH
The first letter of this three letter code represents the color of length of screw:
'S' for short,
'M' for medium, or
'L' for long.

SCREW FINISH
The second and third letters represent the screw finish as designated in the DT_SCRW1.siz
file.

TRIM COLOR: CORNER, JAMB, TOP, BASE


This is a 4 letter entry. The first two letters come from the DT_COLOR.siz file and
represent the color of the trim.

TRIM STYLE; CORNER, JAMB, TOP, BASE


This is a 4 letter entry. The second 2 letters come from the DT_TRIM.siz file and represent
the style of the trim.

INSULATION, USE
Use 'Y' to call for insulation by metal building manufacturer,
'O' for insulation by others, or
'N' for none.

INSULATION, TYPE
One of the insulation types that is available in the DT_INSUL.siz file.

INSULATION, THICKNESS (in, mm)


The insulation thickness.

INSULATION, WIRE
Use 'Y' if the insulation wire is to be supplied,
'S' for insulation strapping, or
'N' for none.

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COPY FRAMED OPENINGS - PARTITION ID


Using the pull-down list, the user can select framed opening information for a partition Id
number to copy, and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the girt information from the copied partition Id. Partition Id numbers are
available for all partitions other than the current partition Id number. After the Copy button is
clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the copied information, or
<PGDN> for the next partition. All openings along each partition should be reviewed so that
the section check is performed for each opening, because copied framed openings may not fit
within the current partition.

NO. OF OPENINGS
The number of framed openings on that wall (0 to 20). No more than two framed openings
are permitted in each bay, and a maximum of 20 openings are available per wall.

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BAY ID
The number of the bay that contains the framed opening. Bay 1 is at the start offset of the
wall.

OPEN WIDTH (ft, mm)


The width of the framed opening.

HEADER HEIGHT (ft, mm)


The height of the opening.

OPEN OFFSET (ft, mm)


The distance from the left side of the bay to the nearest side of the framed opening.

DOOR TYPE
The first letter of this two letter code is the door type and the second letter is the framed
opening type. If the first digit is blank then the door type is not considered.

DIGIT DOOR TYPE


(blank) Door type is not used.
1 Walk door
2 Self flashing window
3 Standard flashing window
4 Overhead door
5 Inside mount roll-up door
6 Outside mount roll-up door
7 Louvers
8 Overhead door blocking
9 Inside mount roll-up door blocking
10 Outside mount roll-up door blocking
11 Window blocking
12 Center sliding door
13 Right sliding door
14 Left sliding door
15 Window blocking with diagonal rods

OPENING TYPE
The first letter of this two letter code is the door type and the second letter is the framed
opening type. If the first digit is blank then the door type is not considered.

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DIGIT OPENING TYPE


0 Opening with no framing members used.
1 Door jamb extends to the level of the next
highest girt.
2 Door jamb extends to the eave strut or the
endwall rafter.
3 A window where the door jamb extends from
one girt to another girt, or to the eave strut.
The window jamb does not start at the floor.
The window jamb may cut a wall girt.
4 This is for a completely open bay. That is,
there will be no wall girts, panels, or jambs.
5 The top of jambs extends to an 'added girt' at
a height above the header as specified by
DS_BUILD(Wall20)
6 Strip window, that is a window that starts in
one bay and extends into one or many bays.
No headers or sills provided. Program places
a C girt at the opening elevation and at the sill
elevation. NOT available with Partitions.
7 Opening between wall girts, no wall girts are
cut. See PE 7-01-9.

SILL HEIGHT (in, mm)


The distance from the floor line to the window sill.

BASE ELEVATION (in, mm)


The distance from the floor line to the bottom of the jamb base plate.

REMOVE PANELS
Use 'Y' to remove panels at framed opening, else 'N'. Set to 'F' for field located framed
openings.

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3.3.9 F Partial Walls

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COPY PARTIAL WALL ID


Using the pull-down list, the user can select partial wall information for a partition Id number
to copy, and then click the Copy button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the partial wall information from the copied partition Id. Partition Id
numbers are available for all partitions other than the current partition Id number. After the
Copy button is clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the copied
information, or <PGDN> for the next partition. Partial walls along each partition should be
reviewed so that the section check is performed for each partition, because copied partial
walls may not fit within the copied partition.

SETS OF BAYS
The number of sets of bays, which are necessary to describe the partial walls for this
partition Id.

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BASE TYPE
The item on which the base of the partition panels will be attached using 'BA' for base angle
and any of the two letter designations for girts.

FULL LOAD, GIRT and COLUMN


If the girt at the base of the partial wall is to carry its share of the added wind load that
accumulates on the wall below the partial wall, check the box, else uncheck.

BAY ID, START


The start bay for that part of the partial wall that is at a constant height.

BAY ID, END


The end bay for that part of the partial wall that is at a constant height.

HEIGHT (ft, mm)


The distance from the floor to the bottom of the partial wall.

USE
Currently not active. Program requires a '-' value.

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3.3.9 G Intersections

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QUANTITY
The quantity of intersections of two continuous walls requiring information. This information
is required for design of girts and columns.

FIRST / SECOND PARTITION ID


Information about the two continuous intersecting walls that are being defined. For the wall
containing the column, define the column type and location. The other wall should not contain
information, that is '-' for type and tie-in option will not be used.

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COLUMN TYPE
Available partition wall columns are:

'O' cold-form Open channel sections


'C' cold-form Cee sections
'D' cold-form Double-cee sections
'R' hot-rolled Wide flange sections
'W' welded Wide flange sections
'U' hot-rolled channel sections
'-' indicates a rigid frame interior column, or no column in the wall being specified.

TIE-IN OPTION
The column option can be '-', '1', '2', '3', or '4'. See drawing PT20 for reference.

'-' = No column is present and tie-in option is not used


'0' = Column is not attached to other wall and location is not adjusted.
'1' = Column is not attached to other wall and location is not adjusted.
'2' = Column is not attached to other wall and location is adjusted.
'3' = Column is attached to other wall and location is not adjusted.
'4' = Column is attached to other wall and location is adjusted.
NOTE: Column quantity is doubled and the same column is placed on each side of
the intersecting wall.

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3.3.10 Accessories
3.3.10 A Light Panels

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3.3.10.1.1 Roof Light Panels

NO. OF DATA LINES


The number of data lines necessary to call out the light panels. Use one data line for each
type of light panel on each roof surface.

SURFACE ID
The number of the roof surface that will receive the light panels.

PANEL QUANTITY

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The number of panels.

PANEL TYPE
Enter a panel type from the available panel types in the DT_SKYLT.siz file.

PANEL COLOR
Use one of the available colors in the DT_SKYLT.siz file.

PANEL LENGTH (ft, mm)


Use one of the available lengths in the DT_SKYLT.siz file.

PANEL OFFSET
The panel offset is reported as follows:
Sidewalls: from eave line to start of wall light. To have sidewall panels cut, use 0 (zero).
(See PE 9-98-9).
Roof Surface: this is the distance from the peak of the building to the start of the roof light
panel.

REMOVE PANEL
Checking the box will deduct roof/sidewall panel beginning at the offset distance (zero offset
for sidewall) through the light panel length, see PE 9-98-9. The panel lap parameters apply
when calculating roof/sidewall panel length.
3.3.10.1.2 Wall Light Panels

NO. OF DATA LINES


The number of data lines necessary to call out the light panels. Use one data line for each
type of light panel on each roof surface.

WALL ID
The number of the wall that will receive the light panels.

PANEL QUANTITY
The number of panels.

PANEL TYPE
Enter a panel type from the available panel types in the DT_SKYLT.siz file.

PANEL COLOR
Use one of the available colors in the DT_SKYLT.siz file.

PANEL LENGTH (ft, mm)


Use one of the available lengths in the DT_SKYLT.siz file.

PANEL OFFSET
The panel offset is reported as follows:

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Sidewalls: from eave line to start of wall light. To have sidewall panels cut, use 0 (zero).
(See PE 9-98-9).
Roof Surface: this is the distance from the peak of the building to the start of the roof light
panel.

REMOVE PANEL
Checking the box will deduct roof/sidewall panel beginning at the offset distance (zero offset
for sidewall) through the light panel length, see PE 9-98-9. The panel lap parameters apply
when calculating roof/sidewall panel length.
3.3.10 B Gutters, Doors

3.3.10.2.1 Gutters & Dow nspouts

GUTTER LENGTH (ft, mm)


The length of gutter that will be used on the front sidewall and the back sidewall.

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GUTTER COLOR
This is a 2 letter entry. These two letters come from the DT_COLOR.siz file and represent
the color of the trim. The STYLEs are specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using 'ST' as the
TYPE in this file.

GUTTER STYLE
This is a 2 letter entry. These two letters come from the DT_TRIM.siz file and represent the
style of the trim. The STYLEs are specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using 'ST' as the
TYPE in this file.

GUTTER TYPE
This applies to building line gutter. This does not apply to facia, canopy, eave extension, or
parapet.
Use E for exterior, or
I for interior gutter with double eave struts.

NO. OF DOWNSPOUTS
The number of downspouts to be used on the front and back sidewalls.

DOWNSPOUT COLOR
This is a 2 letter entry. These two letters come from the DT_COLOR.siz file and represent
the color of the trim. The STYLEs are specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using 'ST' as the
TYPE in this file.

DOWNSPOUT STYLE
This is a 2 letter entry. These two letters come from the DT_TRIM.siz file and represent the
style of the trim. The STYLEs are specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using 'ST' as the
TYPE in this file.
3.3.10.2.2 Walk Doors

DATA LINES
The number of data lines that are necessary to call out the doors. Use one data line for each
door type.

WALL ID
The wall number where the walk door will be located. This feature permits the program to
detail the door jambs for that wall. To use this feature, the walk door file must contain the
appropriate data. If the jambs are not to be detailed by the program, use 0 as the wall Id.

DOOR QUANTITY
The number of doors of this size and located on this wall if the jambs are to be detailed for a
particular wall.

DOOR SIZE

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The door size and type as a single name (example 3070M where the size is 3070 and M is the
type). See the door file for the list of available doors.

DOOR TYPE
Y = yes for any standard type door,
N = no. Additional references can be made to any door found in the DT_DOOR.siz file.

DOOR COLOR
The available door colors are listed in the DT_COLOR.siz file with a TYPE of 'DR'. When
these entries do not exist the complete DT_COLOR.siz file will be displayed as available door
colors.

DOOR STYLE
This is used to specify the trim style for doors. It is used with the '@JAMB' and
'@HEADER' trim part names in the DT_DOOR.siz file, which are then searched in the
DT_TRIM.siz for panel and trim style requirements.

WEATHER STRIPPING
Use 'Y' or 'N' for the weather stripping listed in your data file.

HARDWARE - PANIC
Use 'Y' to select this item, else set to 'N'.

HARDWARE - MULLION
Use 'Y' to select this item, else set to 'N'.

LOCK TYPE
Note the door data file has items listed under door type as 'LKST' that represents the standard
lockset. To select the standard lockset use 'ST' for type. The other lockset options are labeled
in a similar way.

CLOSER TYPE
Note the door data file has items listed under door type as 'HDST' that represents the standard
heavy duty closer. To select the standard heavy duty closer set to 'ST' for type. The other
heavy-duty closer are labeled in a similar way.

ACCESSORY TYPE
A two-letter code to indicate the type of accessory. The letters come from the data file and
are the two letters that follow the 'AC' letters in the ACCESSORY column.
3.3.10.2.3 Calc Button - Gutter

See PE 4-02-2 for more information on this program to calculate gutter and downspout sizes. Clicking
on the Calc button, the following will appear on the screen.

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3.3.10 C Liner Panels

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COPY LINER WALL ID


Entries in the pull-down list are based on the value for Use. When the Use check box is
empty, then the wall Id number is not available to other pull-down lists. Using the pull-down
list, the user can select liner information for a wall Id number to copy, and then click the Copy
button.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in all the liner information from the copied wall Id. After the Copy button is
clicked, the user can <TAB> through each entry and modify the information as applied to the
current wall. When liner information for a wall is copied and the information exceeds the
maximum length or height, then the standard section checking will warn the user of the
incorrect item.

USE LINER
Use 'Y' if liner panel is used on this wall, else 'N'.

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LOCATION, START (ft, mm)


The location along the wall where the liner panel is to start, measured from the left end of the
wall as viewed from outside the building. If start is listed as zero, the panels will begin at the
inside wall corner. Measured in ft and mm.

LOCATION, END (ft, mm)


The location along the wall where the liner panel is to end, measured from the left end of the
wall as viewed from outside the building. If end is listed as the wall length, the panels will stop
at the inside wall corner. Measured in ft and mm.

LOCATION, HEIGHT (ft, mm)


Height of the liner panels (ft, mm). A height greater than the wall height or 0.00 indicates full
height liner.

PANEL - PART
Use one of the available type, gage, and yield in the DS_PANEL.siz file.

PANEL COLOR
Use one of the available colors in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

PANEL STYLE
Use one of the available colors in the DT_COLOR.siz file.

DOOR TRIM
Set to 'Y' if liner trim (framed openings, corners, top, and bottom trim) is to be used, else 'N'.

DOOR TRIM COLOR


The trim color, which is a two-letter code from the DT_COLOR.siz file.

DOOR TRIM STYLE


The trim style, which is a two-letter code from the DT_COLOR.siz file. The STYLEs are
specified in the DT_COLOR.siz file using 'ST' as the TYPE in this file.

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3.3.10 D Accessories

3.3.10.4.1 Additional Items

This section is for those items, which are a pass through to the BOM and Costing. Here the
user has the ability to type in any item that is not otherwise included.

NO. OF DATA LINES


The number of data lines which are necessary to call out the additional items.

QUANTITY
The quantity of an item. Unit Weight, Unit Cost and Quantity will be transferred to the BOM.

DESCRIPTION
The description that will appear in the BOM.

SUPPLIER ID

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The supplier Id as designated in the DT_SUPLY.siz file. This will allow the item to be
grouped together with other like items from that supplier and include the item in the summary
reports from BOM and Shipping List.

The default program behavior is for this field to be turned off and not displayed, in which case
a Supplier Id = 0 is assigned and a mark-up or profit margin is not applied. For this case, the
"Unit Cost" value entered should be the selling price.

UNIT WEIGHT (lb, kg)


The weight for an item. Unit Weight, Unit Cost or Price and Quantity will be transferred to the
BOM. If unit weight is zero the entry is interpreted as a labor cost. If unit weight is non-zero
the entry is interpreted as a material cost. Unit Cost would be the selling price to the
customer.

UNIT COST
The cost or price for an item. Unit Weight, Unit Cost or Price and Quantity will be transferred
to the BOM. If unit weight is zero the entry is interpreted as a labor cost. If unit weight is
non-zero the entry is interpreted as a material cost. Unit Cost would be the selling price to the
customer.

The value entered will be marked up for profit as set in the DT_SUPLY.siz file for each
supplier. When Supplier Id is not included as an input item, then Supplier Id = 0 is assigned
and mark up or profit is also zero, which implies the value entered here should be the selling
price (not cost).
3.3.10.4.2 Accessory Items

These items come from the DT_ACC.siz file. The user has the ability to choose any quantity
of items from this list. These items will be passed into the BOM and Costing.

FIND ACCESSORY
This allows the list of accessory descriptions to be searched. Click the "Find Accessories"
button. Enter the text to search in the Windows "Find what:" field, set the preferences for the
search, and then click the "Find Next" button. The list will jump to the next entry that satisfies
the search criteria.

QUANTITY
The quantity for each accessory.

ACCESSORY ID
This item is listed in the DT_ACC.SIZ file. The user prepares this file with the accessories
that they want to have available.

DESCRIPTION
This item is listed in the DT_ACC.SIZ file. The user prepares this file with the accessories
that they want to have available.

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3.3.10 E Acc. Estimate

3.3.10.5.1 Accessory Estimates

This section is for default items that are a pass through to the BOM and Cost reports. They
are considered alternates and are not totaled with the building price. These items are called
from the EST_ACC.siz file.

Items are defined by Quantity, Length or Area.

FEATURE
Cost report and contract can include accessories that were not ordered for the building.

BACKGROUND
One approach to quoting a building price is to include all the parts of the building in a single
price. Another approach is to include a number of prices, first a price on the basic building and
next the price of each of a number of building options. With this enhancement, the program

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will calculate the price for a wide range in building options and include these options in the cost
report and the contract.

See PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT 12-95-2 on how to activate this feature.


3.3.11 Floors

3.3.11 A Layout

3.3.11.1.1 Layout

NUMBER OF FLOORS
The quantity of floor systems within the building.

COPY FLOOR ID
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COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the currently highlighted floor system line to match the floor id that was selected
to be copied.

FLOOR ID
The identification number assigned to the floor.

JOIST ORIENTATION
'L' = Longitudinal, joists are in the building length direction
'T' = Transverse, joists are in the building width direction.

WIDTH, (ft, mm)


The nominal floor width direction is perpendicular to the joist direction.

When floor joist rotation is 'T', then the width is the building length direction.
When floor joist direction is 'L', then the width is the building width direction.

LENGTH, (ft, mm)


The floor length direction is the same as the joist direction.

When floor joist rotation is 'T', then the length is the building width direction.
When floor joist direction is 'L', then the length is the building length direction.

BACK SIDEWALL OFFSET, (ft, mm)


Distance from the back sidewall to closest edge of floor.

LEFT ENDWALL OFFSET, (ft, mm)


Distance from the left endwall to closest edge of floor.

ELEVATION, (ft, mm)


Distance from finish floor elevation of the building to the top of the floor component selected in
Elevation Locate.

ELEVATION LOCATE
The reference location for top of floor can be to one of the following components:
'F' = top of Finish Floor
'J' = top of Joist
'B' = top of Beam
3.3.11.1.2 Clearance

UNDER JOIST, (ft, mm)


Distance from finish floor elevation of the building to the bottom of the floor joist, opening
header, and perimeter beam.

OVER BEAM, (ft, mm)


Distance from finish floor to the bottom of the rigid frame rafter or to the bottom of a floor
support beam

UNDER BEAM, (ft, mm)

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Distance from finish floor elevation of the building to the bottom of the floor support beam.
3.3.11 B Decking

3.3.11.2.1 Decking

FLOOR TYPE
From the pull-down list, select the decking type to use:
'CS' = Concrete with Sheeting
'CL' = Light Weight Concrete
'PC' = Precast Concrete
'MG' = Metal Grating
'MD' = Metal Decking Only
'PL' = Plywood

FLOOR THICKNESS (in, mm)


The total thickness of material between the top of floor deck to top of joist.

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PANEL TYPE
From the pull-down list, select the panel type to use.
3.3.11.2.2 Floor Reference

LEFT ENDWALL
Items available in a pull-down list depend on the condition at each floor edge. Floor locations
are input to touch the outside of exterior walls as a nominal location. Floor reference defines
the actual edge of floor deck to be measured from one of the available reference options of:

'S' - steel line, or the flat of the exterior panel,


'C' - column line, or outside of column flange,
'G' - girt line, or the inside of girt flange, or
'P' - panel line, or the hi-rib of any interior panel such as liner or partition

All floors that do not extend to an exterior wall will have a reference of:

'X' - extended, or floor extends a nominal amount beyond any existing centerline

Items available in a pull-down list depend on the condition at each floor edge.

FRONT SIDEWALL
Items available in a pull-down list depend on the condition at each floor edge. Floor locations
are input to touch the outside of exterior walls as a nominal location. Floor reference defines
the actual edge of floor deck to be measured from one of the available reference options of:

'S' - steel line, or the flat of the exterior panel,


'C' - column line, or outside of column flange,
'G' - girt line, or the inside of girt flange, or
'P' - panel line, or the hi-rib of any interior panel such as liner or partition

All floors that do not extend to an exterior wall will have a reference of:

'X' - extended, or floor extends a nominal amount beyond any existing centerline

Items available in a pull-down list depend on the condition at each floor edge.

RIGHT ENDWALL
Items available in a pull-down list depend on the condition at each floor edge. Floor locations
are input to touch the outside of exterior walls as a nominal location. Floor reference defines
the actual edge of floor deck to be measured from one of the available reference options of:

'S' - steel line, or the flat of the exterior panel,


'C' - column line, or outside of column flange,
'G' - girt line, or the inside of girt flange, or
'P' - panel line, or the hi-rib of any interior panel such as liner or partition

All floors that do not extend to an exterior wall will have a reference of:

'X' - extended, or floor extends a nominal amount beyond any existing centerline

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Items available in a pull-down list depend on the condition at each floor edge.

BACK SIDEWALL
Items available in a pull-down list depend on the condition at each floor edge. Floor locations
are input to touch the outside of exterior walls as a nominal location. Floor reference defines
the actual edge of floor deck to be measured from one of the available reference options of:

'S' - steel line, or the flat of the exterior panel,


'C' - column line, or outside of column flange,
'G' - girt line, or the inside of girt flange, or
'P' - panel line, or the hi-rib of any interior panel such as liner or partition

All floors that do not extend to an exterior wall will have a reference of:

'X' - extended, or floor extends a nominal amount beyond any existing centerline

Items available in a pull-down list depend on the condition at each floor edge.
3.3.11.2.3 Panels

PANEL COLOR
Use a two character designation for each color. The color choices and the two character
codes are in the pull-down menu. These colors are referenced in the DT_COLOR.siz file. In
each report where the color is reported, a definition of the two letter designation will be made.

OPEN TRIM COLOR


Use a two character designation for each color. The color choices and the two character
codes are in the pull-down menu. These colors are referenced in the DT_COLOR.siz file. In
each report where the color is reported, a definition of the two letter designation will be made.

OPEN TRIM STYLE


Style is used to choose unique profiles or types of panel/trim. Roof style is for unique ridge
caps. Roof trim style is for unique gable trim.

SCREW LENGTH
Use S, M, or L for the screw length as small, medium, or long.

SCREW FINISH
This is a two character field, where the two characters are for the screw finish as defined in
the DT_SCRW1.siz file. Finish entries must also be set in the DT_COLOR.siz file using 'FN'
as the TYPE in this file to be available in the pull-down list.

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3.3.11 C Joists

3.3.11.3.1 Joists

COPY JOISTS ID
Using the pull-down list, the user can select the floor system that will be copied.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the currently highlighted floor joist line to match with the floor id that was
selected to be copied.

TYPE
'JO' = Joist Outside Mount with No Lap
'CB' = Cee Bypass
'CF' = Cee Flush
'CO' = Cee Outside
'DF' = Double Cee Flush

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'DO' = Double Cee Outside


'RF' = Hot-rolled Wide Flange Flush
'RO' = Hot-rolled Wide Flange Outside
'UF' = Hot-rolled Channel Flush
'UO' = Hot-rolled Channel Outside
'WF' = Welded Plate Flange Flush
'WO' = Welded Plate Flange Outside
'ZB' = Zee Bypass
'ZF' = Zee Flush
'ZO' = Zee Outside

MAX SPACING (ft, mm)


This is the maximum space between any two adjacent joists.

SET SPACE (ft, mm)


A value of zero will allow the spacing to be calculated with the maximum spacing. When this
value is non-zero, it is the spacing that is used.

SEAT DEPTH (in, mm)


For the 'J' type joist members, there is a seat at the end and this is the height of the seat at the
end.

MIN DEPTH (in, mm)


A value of zero will allow the smallest available depth to be considered. To set an exact depth,
have both Min Depth and Max Depth set to the same value.

MAX DEPTH, (in, mm)


A value of zero will allow the largest available depth to be considered. To set an exact depth,
have both Min Depth and Max Depth set to the same value.

SET LAP EXT (ft, mm)


For bypass joists, this is the lap amount over the first support line from the end of mezzanine.
A value of zero will allow the program to consider all available laps and optimize between the
available laps set in DS_LAP.siz.

SET LAP INT (ft, mm)


For bypass joists, this is the lap amount over the interior support lines, and not at the first
support from the end of mezzanine. A value of zero will allow the program to consider all
available laps and optimize between the available laps set in DS_LAP.siz.
3.3.11.3.2 Locations

CALC
Click the CALC button to locate joists. The calculated locations can then be adjusted and used
by the program.

NO. OF LOCATIONS
The quantity of joist locations. With a non-zero value, only the displayed offset locations are
used.

OFFSET, (ft, mm)

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This is the distance from the floor edge to the centerline of the joist.

For 'T' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the left endwall.
For 'L' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the back sidewall.
3.3.11 D Beams

3.3.11.4.1 Support Beams

COPY SUPPORT BEAM ID


Using the pull-down list, the user can select the floor system that will be copied.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the currently highlighted support beam line to match with the floor id that was
selected to be copied.

TYPE

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Member type is designated by a single character:


'C' = Cee
'D' = Double Cee
'R' = Hot-rolled Wide Flange
'U' = Hot-rolled Channel
'W' = Welded Wide Flange

MAX JOIST SPAN, (ft, mm)


Maximum length that a joist can be fabricated. This value controls when additional support
beam lines are added.

MIN DEPTH, (in, mm)


A value of zero will allow the smallest available depth to be considered. To set an exact depth,
have both Min Depth and Max Depth set to the same value.

MAX DEPTH, (in, mm)


A value of zero will allow the largest available depth to be considered. To set an exact depth,
have both Min Depth and Max Depth set to the same value.

SPLICE TYPE
Splice type is designated by a single character:
'S' - Shear splice
'M' - Moment splice
3.3.11.4.2 Locations

CALC
Click the CALC button to locate joists. The calculated locations can then be adjusted and used
by the program.

NO. OF LOCATIONS
The quantity of beam locations. With a non-zero value, only the displayed offset locations are
used.

OFFSET, (ft, mm)


This is the distance from the floor edge to the centerline of the support beam.

For 'T' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the back sidewall.
For 'L' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the left endwall.

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3.3.11 E Perimeter

3.3.11.5.1 Perimeter Beams

COPY PERIMETER BEAM ID


Using the pull-down list, the user can select the floor system that will be copied.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the currently highlighted perimeter beam line to match with the floor id that was
selected to be copied.

LEFT TYPE
The Left side of the mezzanine is dependent on the joist direction.

For 'T' direction joists, the left is the floor edge nearest the back sidewall.
For 'L' direction joists, the left is the floor edge nearest the left sidewall.

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The perimeter beam type is designated by a single character:


'C' = Cee
'D' = Double Cee
'J' = Joist
'R' = Hot-rolled Wide Flange
'U' = Hot-rolled Channel
'W' = Welded Wide Flange

RIGHT TYPE
The Right side of the mezzanine is dependent on the joist direction.

For 'T' direction joists, the left is the floor edge nearest the back sidewall.
For 'L' direction joists, the left is the floor edge nearest the left sidewall.

The perimeter beam type is designated by a single character:


'C' = Cee
'D' = Double Cee
'J' = Joist
'R' = Hot-rolled Wide Flange
'U' = Hot-rolled Channel
'W' = Welded Wide Flange

MIN DEPTH, (in, mm)


A value of zero will allow the smallest available depth to be considered. To set an exact depth,
have both Min Depth and Max Depth set to the same value.

MAX DEPTH, (in, mm)


A value of zero will allow the largest available depth to be considered. To set an exact depth,
have both Min Depth and Max Depth set to the same value.

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3.3.11 F Columns

3.3.11.6.1 Columns

COPY COLUMN ID
Using the pull-down list, the user can select the floor system that will be copied.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the currently highlighted columns line to match with the floor id that was
selected to be copied.

TYPE
The columns type is designated by a single character:
'R' - Hot-rolled Wide Flange
'W' - Welded Wide Flange
'P' - Pipe
'T' - Tube

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ROTATE
The column rotation follows the same rotation criteria as rigid frame interior columns. When
the web of the column is in the transverse direction, then the column is not rotated. A single
character designates whether or not the columns are rotated:
'Y' - Rotate Post
'N' - Do not Rotate Post

MAX BEAM SPAN, (ft, mm)


Maximum distance that a support beam can span. This value controls when additional columns
are added.

MIN DEPTH, (in, mm)


A value of zero will allow the smallest available depth to be considered. To set an exact depth,
have both Min Depth and Max Depth set to the same value.

MAX DEPTH, (in, mm)


A value of zero will allow the largest available depth to be considered. To set an exact depth,
have both Min Depth and Max Depth set to the same value.

BASE ELEVATION, (in, mm)


Distance above or below building finish floor elevation to bottom of column base plate. Positive
values are above and negative values are below finish floor.

TOP CONNECTION
The connection type is designated by a single character:
'B' - Bypass, continuous over top of column cap plate
'F' - Flush, connects to web or flange of column
'O' - Outset, starts and stops on top of column cap plate
3.3.11.6.2 Locations

CALC BUTTON
Click the CALC button to locate columns. The calculated locations can then be adjusted and
used by the program.

NUMBER OF LOCATIONS
The quantity of column locations. With a non-zero value, only the displayed column locations
are used.

TYPE
The columns type is designated by a single character:
'R' - Hot-rolled Wide Flange
'W' - Welded Wide Flange
'P' - Pipe
'T' - Tube

ROTATE
The column rotation follows the same rotation criteria as rigid frame interior columns. When
the web of the column is in the transverse direction, then the column is not rotated. A single
character designates whether or not the columns are rotated:

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'Y' - Rotate Post


'N' - Do not Rotate Post

OFFSET, (ft, mm)


This is the distance from the floor edge to the centerline of the column.

For 'T' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the back sidewall.
For 'L' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the left endwall.

LOCATE, (ft, mm)


This is the distance from the floor edge to the centerline of the column.

For 'T' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the left endwall.
For 'L' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the back sidewall.

BASE ELEVATION, (in, mm)


Distance above or below building finish floor elevation to bottom of column base plate. Positive
values are above and negative values are below finish floor.

TOP CONNECTION
The connection type is designated by a single character:
'B' - Bypass, continuous over top of column cap plate
'F' - Flush, connects to web or flange of column
'O' - Outset, starts and stops on top of column cap plate

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3.3.11 G Openings

3.3.11.7.1 Openings

NO. OF OPENINGS
The quantity of floor openings.

COPY OPENING ID
Using the pull-down list, the user can select the floor system that will be copied.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the currently highlighted columns line to match with the floor id that was
selected to be copied.

WIDTH, (ft, mm)


The width of the framed opening is the opening side dimension that is perpendicular to the joist
direction.

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LENGTH, (ft, mm)


The length of the framed opening is the opening side dimension that is parallel to the joist
direction.

OFFSET, (ft, mm)


The distance from the floor edge to the edge of the opening.

For 'T' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the left endwall.
For 'L' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the back sidewall.

LOCATION, (ft, mm)


The distance from the floor edge to the edge of the opening.

For 'T' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the back sidewall.
For 'L' direction joists, the distance is from the floor edge nearest the left endwall.

FRAMING TYPE, JAMB1


The Jamb1 is located nearest to the back sidewall or left endwall. The jamb type is designated
by a single character:
'-' - Remove the jamb as it is either near a perimeter beam or support beam
'C' - Cold-formed C section
'D' - Double Cold-formed C section
'R' - Hot-rolled Wide Flange section
'W' - Welded Wide Flange section
'U' - Hot-rolled Channel section

FRAMING TYPE, JAMB2


The Jamb2 is located nearest to the front sidewall or right endwall. The jamb type is
designated by a single character:
'-' - Remove the jamb as it is either near a perimeter beam or support beam
'C' - Cold-formed C section
'D' - Double Cold-formed C section
'R' - Hot-rolled Wide Flange section
'W' - Welded Wide Flange section
'U' - Hot-rolled Channel section

FRAMING TYPE, HEADER1


The Header1 is located nearest to the back sidewall or left endwall. The header type is
designated by a single character:
'-' - Remove the header as it is either near a perimeter beam or support beam
'C' - Cold-formed C section
'D' - Double Cold-formed C section
'R' - Hot-rolled Wide Flange section
'W' - Welded Wide Flange section
'U' - Hot-rolled Channel section

FRAMING TYPE, HEADER2


The Header1 is located nearest to the back sidewall or left endwall. The header type is
designated by a single character:

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'-' - Remove the header as it is either near a perimeter beam or support beam
'C' - Cold-formed C section
'D' - Double Cold-formed C section
'R' - Hot-rolled Wide Flange section
'W' - Welded Wide Flange section
'U' - Hot-rolled Channel section

OPENING LOAD, (kip, kN)


The load applied to a member from stairways or elevators.

LOAD LOCATION
From the pull-down list, select the member in which to apply the load:
'J1' - Jamb1
'J2' - Jamb2
'H1' - Header1
'H2' - Header2

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3.3.11 H Loads

3.3.11.8.1 Loading

COPY LOADING ID
Using the pull-down list, the user can select the floor system that will be copied.

COPY BUTTON
This will fill in the currently highlighted loadings line to match with the floor id that was
selected to be copied.

USE / OCCUPANCY
A single character is used to specify the Use Group or Occupancy classification:
'A' - Assembly
'S' - Storage
'-' - Other

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DEAD
The magnitude of dead load of any permanent items. (For example, Joist, Deck, Insulation, and
Liner)

COLLATERAL ABOVE
The additional dead load that may or may not be above the floor in the future.

COLLATERAL BELOW
The additional dead load that may or may not be below the floor in the future.

LIVE
The magnitude of live load.

PARTITION
The partition dead load on the floor.
3.3.11.8.2 Deflection Limits

Member deflection limits are reported in terms of the span divided by a constant. Set the constant to
be used for each member and loading.

DEAD + LIVE
Dead + Live Load.

LIVE
Live Load alone.

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3.3.11 I Options

3.3.11.9.1 Detail

With a 'Y' for each of the following items, that item will be detailed and included on the
shipping list.
With an 'N', the item will not be detailed nor included on the shipping list.

DECK
Floor panels.

JOIST
Zee or Joist members.

BEAMS - SUPPORT
The support beams that the joists attach to.

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BEAMS - PERIMETER
The perimeter beams at the floor edge in the same direction as the joists.

COLUMN SUPPORT
The columns added below the support beams.

ANGLES - PERIMETER
The edge angle for pouring concrete.

ANGLES - BRIDGING
The bridging for the joists.
3.3.11 J Bracing

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3.3.11.10.1 Bracing

LATERAL SUPPORT BY MANUFACTURER


For Future Use

LONGITUDINAL
The available brace types are:
'C' = cable, or
'R' = rod

TRANSVERSE
The available brace types are:
'C' = cable, or
'R' = rod

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4 A1: How to Make Block Files for MBS Programs

4.1 How to Convert a Pre-Drawn Drawing to MBS BLK Format


The following steps will guide you through the process for detail drawings. For other drawings such as
a Logo drawing, the principles are still the same. I will be using AutoCAD 2000i in my examples. The
process may be different if you are using a different version of AutoCAD or an entirely different
program, i.e. GeneriCAD or IntelliCAD.

1. Run AutoCAD.

2. Open your drawing. For example, TRIM_18.dxf.

3. After it is loaded, Zoom to EXtents.

NOTE: When you create Details, always remember that you are looking to stay within a 36" x
36" box. If you have to, drawing a box around the item, using 0,0 as lower left point
and 36,36 as the upper right point. OR move the drawing so the lower left is at the
point 0,0.

NOTE: For user details that need to be bigger than the default, you can use TDF options to
resize the detail. Related PEs: 2-00-5, 12-01-14.

4. If the drawing was Blocked before, select and eXplode the drawing. Using the purge command,
remove the block information, in this example TRIM_18, from the file as shown below.

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5. For ease in the program, we will move all of the items in the drawing to layer 0. In this example,
there are three layers: 0 (default), 1 and 3.

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6. To move the items to layer 0 and keep the current formatting, we must turn off layer 0 by turning
the light bulb off (turning the layer off).

7. What you see is what is not on layer 0.

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8. Each item (text, line, etc) will have a certain properties set. When selecting items, always select
items that will be similar. For example, the three items above in Red are similar as they are all red. If
you select something that is not similar, you may lose a property you never meant to. Note: some
items will be a certain color 'by layer'. Select the items and change their color to desired as layer 0
will most likely be in a color you may not want. Do this also for line types.

9. You should end up with a blank page because all items are on layer 0 but layer 0 is turned off. Now
purge the unused items, like before.

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NOTE: You will need to do steps 8 and 9 for each item until the drawing is all contained on layer
0.

NOTE: Polylines and hatch patterns are not usable on the MBS logo and detail drawings. You will
need to explode and/or build the draw up to simulate these drawing types.

NOTE: Only fonts that are SHX type can be used in a drawing within MBS. Arial, Tahoma,
Verdana, etc are TTF (true type font) style and will need to be replaced by a SHX type.
Make sure to add the SHX fonts to your \MBS\DOC2\DXFSTYLE.DEF file or you will
only see txt.shx style text.

10. Now turn on layer 0. You can save now as old file or a new one.

11. Using the Block command, enter the name of block to be created but do not press Enter. Note: for
logos and title blocks, use LOGO. For details, either user or MBS defined, use the file name.

If you do press Enter, the window will think that you are done. But you never selected the items
for this block. If you get this window, click Yes and select the objects.

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After, you will return to the screen below.

12. Insertion Point: for logos and title blocks, use lower right corner of drawing. For details, use lower
left. If you have been following my example, you would use the 0,0,0 coordinate.

13. Select Objects: when you click the button, the above window goes away and you are required to
select ONLY the items (objects) that you want in this block.

14. Then press Enter. The block with the name, i.e. TRIM_18, will be defined with this file.

15. You will need to DXFOUT to save the block information to a file. NOTE: As of this printing, MBS
only works with a version of AutoCAD R12 or earlier. For title blocks and logos, use LOGO.DXF
or LOGOx.DXF if you are not going to use the default 'Y' option. For details, user or MBS
defined, use the name of the block you just defined. In this example, we defined the block to be
TRIM_18, so this is the file name that you DXFOUT as.

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This is optional. You can set the number of decimals to the right of the period (significant digits).
From this point here, DXFOUT command, you click on the Tools drop-down list and select
Options. On the second tab is a place for the number desired. You may either use the 16 that
is default or use a value from 0 to 16. Some MBS clients use a 2.

Then, press Ok to return to the DXFOUT window.

Now, press Save to complete the DXFOUT command.

16. Now if you are creating a logo or title block, you will run the \MBS\UTIL\EXTRACT.EXE
program to extract the block into a BLK file. See Using the MBS Extract.EXE Program for more
help.

17. Otherwise, for all details, leave in the DXF format.

4.2 How To Make Block Files for MBS Programs


These steps are very easy as outlined below. In the example, I am going to export the A1 block
definition from A1.dxf to a TEST.blk that I will save into my BLK folder.

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1. Using the Source Path button, navigate to the directory that stores the dxf that is blocked. Or
select a previous stored folder from the pull-down. This will refresh the list of files shown.
In this example, I will use C:\MBS\DXF as the source path.

2. Select the DXF file by left clicking once on its name.


I will select the A1.DXF file.

3. Select the block definitions desired by left clicking once on each check box associated with the
block reference to mark it selected.
As shown in item A.5 above, the A1 file only has a block reference of A1. I left click once in
the check box to select it.

4. Left click the Export button to display the Save dialog. You can use the highlighted file name
or enter a new one. If you are going to overwrite a file with the same file name, the dialog
with prompt you to enter Yes or No to confirm your choice.
Clicking the Export button, I navigate to the C:\MBS\BLK where I store the BLK files. Since
the TEST.BLK is not shown in the list of files for this folder, I enter the file name, TEST,
as shown below and click Save.

5. You can close the program now. Finished.

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5 A2: Obtaining a Renew Code for a MBS Hardware Lock

5.1 Obtaining a Renew Code for a MBS Hardware Lock


1. This is VERY important. Before you start the process, make sure that the date and time are
current on the computer that has the lock you are going to renew. If you need to correct the time
and date, you should do this now. This is VERY important.

2. There are two ways to get the needed information for renewing your MBS key. First, run MBS
(depending on which version you are running, either Windows or DOS) and continue with step 3.
Or, run the RENEW program directly from the C:\MBS\EXE2 directory. If you select the second
option, please skip to step 7.

For WinNT, Win2000, and WinXP, you will need to run the RENEW32.exe program. (Note: MBS
may have already renamed this file to RENEW.EXE)

3. If you do not receive an error, skip this step and go on to step 4. When you try to run MBS and
you get the "WARNING: No Active Hardware Lock Found (xxxx-xxxx-xxxx)" message, where
xxxx-xxxx-xxxx is an error code.
Just press ESC or click the Ok button to continue.
Next you will get the MBS_LOCK.CHM file. You can press ESC or click the X in the upper
right corner to close the window and continue.

4. Select a job. It does not matter which one. If you received the warning message like in step 2,
just follow the steps in step 2 to continue.

5. When the MBS Info screen is displayed, press ESC or click on the Ok button to continue on to the
Design screen.

6. Now, hold down the Alt key and then press the F9 function key.

7. A MS-DOS screen (if running RENEW.COM) else a Windows screen (when running RENEW.
EXE or RENEW32.EXE) will now be displayed showing information you will need to get a renew
code from a MBS Staff member. The screen will show the following items:
Serial Number (a five digit number starting with 4 for parallel port key or 6 for USB)
Use number (called the Use Count or RUC)
Today's date (as currently set on your computer - shown in RENEW.COM only)
RENEW program version number, if not 2.22. By default, USB MBS keys use version 2.31.

8. For RENEW32.EXE, the first item on the list (your MBS key by default) will be in the Choose
One pull-down box.

For RENEW.COM, the cursor will blink on the first number of the month of today's date. If you
did not correct the time and/or date, you must do so now before you should continue.
Close the Lock renewal window by click on the X in the upper right corner.
Click the Yes button (for DOS version).
When done, go to step 6 (or if you ran the RENEW program outside of MBS, go to step 7).

9. When you call MBS for a renewal number, a MBS Staff member will ask for the items in step 7:

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Serial number, Use Count/RUC, and Type of Lock (Full or Dealer version). They will generate a
renew code for you which is a number of 17 characters long (12345-12345-12345 for example).

If you are emailing or faxing MBS for a renew code, do not forgot to send the information from
step 7. If you forgot to send the needed information, MBS cannot send you a renew code.

10. After receiving the renew code by phone, email, or fax, follow the steps below for the type of
RENEW program that you are using.

For RENEW.COM, you press Enter on the date. A line for entering the renew code will be
displayed. Enter the code you received and press enter.

For RENEW.EXE and RENEW32.EXE, you click on the Next button. This screen will appear
with a Create Text File button. Click the Next button to continue. An edit box will appear on this
next screen with the cursor waiting for a renew code. When done entering the renew code, click
the Finish button to renew the MBS key.

11. Follow the prompts and if everything was done correctly you will receive one of three messages:
Lock Renewed Successfully.
Renew32 Completed Successfully. Expire Date Limit Updated, or
A blue screen is displayed, showing information on the lock. In the lower right corner the
number of days left will be displayed or lock is good til date.

12. If not everything was entered correctly, you will receive an error code displaying the problem.
The program, ERRCODE.EXE, located in the C:\MBS\EXE2 directory, will give you a general
description on what this error code means.

Next, you should retrace you steps to see if you missed any steps along the way. Or, contact your
MBS Administrator (contact person within your company) for help.

13. Just close any unneeded windows and DONE!

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6 A3: Keyboard Operation

6.1 MBS Function Keys


Standard Windows Clipboard Hot Keys for highlighted text are available for text editors and portions
of the Building Editor. These keystrokes and their description are as follows:

<Ctrl><X>
- Cuts the highlighted text from a text editor and places it into the Windows Clipboard.

<Ctrl><C>
- Copies the highlighted text from a text editor and places it into the Windows Clipboard.

<Ctrl><V>
- Pastes the text from of the Windows Clipboard to the current cursor position.

NOTE: Cell functions are the <F5> through <F9> keys as described below. Most cell
functions are available by clicking the right mouse button. Alternate viewers or editors
are available with the <Shift> or <Ctrl> and clicking the right mouse button.

Help on MBS Button


- The help file for the MBS control program.

<F1>
- This will bring up the help file for the cell that the cursor is at. (i.e. If the cursor is at EwDes-L cell,
the help file for endwall design)

<C>
- Brings up the graphics viewing program. This is available on the Design screen for cells: EWDES,
ROOFDES, RFDES, SCDES, COMPDES, PARTDES, and DESCTRL. This is available on the
Detailing screen for cells: EWDET, PARTDET, and RFDET.

<Alt><C> or <F2>
- Activates the MBS control menu.

<Ctrl><F2>
- Locks or unlocks a file. If you lock a file, you can not remake the file, or edit. You can only view
the file. If you press this key again, you will unlock the file.

<Alt><U> or <F3>
- Activates the utility menu. This allows you to go to the defaults lists, printer setups, program and
report listing, project notes, shipping list editor, drawing numbering program, and "Zip Job to..."
utility.

<Ctrl><F3>
- Activates the default file list. This list shows the default files that the user has set up, so that they
can select a file, and it will be copied into the current job directory. This will run UTIL.DLL in the
C:\MBS\LIB directory.

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Double-click the desired entry, or move to the entry you want to select and press <ENTER>.
<ESC> will quit without selecting.

In the DESIGN and DETAIL DATABASE section, the default list of database files will appear.
Double-click the desired entry, or move to the entry you want to select and press <ENTER>, or
<ESC> to quit without selecting.

<Alt><F3>
- Allows you to add new default files to the default file list. This allows you to add job files as a
default while you are currently working on it. You will be prompted to enter a three digit Id and a
description. The new entry will appear on the default file list when you start a new job, or when
you press <Ctrl><F3>, as described above. This will run UTIL.DLL in the C:\MBS\LIB directory.

In the DESIGN section, you can add the design control file to the default design control list.

In the BUILDING DRAWING section, you can add the drawing control file to the default drawing
control list.

In the DESIGN and DETAIL DATABASE sections, you can add a database file to the database
default list. This will add the database file that your cursor is currently on to the default database
list.

<Alt><A> or <F4>
- Activates the automatic operation menu. This allows you make or print selected files, make all files,
tag all, or clear the tagged items.

<M> or <F5>
- Makes a file. The file that is made is the cell that is highlighted. You can also point at a cell and
double click the left mouse button.

<F6> or <E>
TEXT: Edit a text file.
Activates the MBS text editor to edit an input file. This will run the MBSEDIT.EXE file in the C:
\MBS\EXEWIN1 directory. The graphics feature will only work with the MBS Editor.

DXF: Edit a DXF file.


This will bring up a drawing in your CADD program. The program will run each command line
found in the MBS.ini file in section [DXF EDIT] that begins with Option1, Option1a, Option1b, etc.
The first line (Option1) will generate a script file to be used by AutoCAD. The second line
(Option1a) will begin AutoCAD and run the script file.

<Ctrl><E> or <Ctrl><F6>
TEXT: Edit a text file.
Activates the user-defined editor to edit an input file. The user defines the editor in the MBS.ini file
in section [TEXT EDIT] that begins with Option2, Option2a, Option2b, etc. An example is to use
the DOS editor or Windows notepad. You can also press the <Ctrl> key and point at and click the
right mouse button, then select (2) Edit from the popup menu.

DXF: Edit a DXF file.


Same as <F6>, but the Option2, Option2a, Option2b, etc. from the [DXF EDIT] section of the

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MBS.ini file is used.

<Shift><E> or <Shift><F6>
TEXT: Edit a text file.
Same as <Ctrl><F6>, but the Option3, Option3a, Optionb, etc. from the [TEXT EDIT] section of
the MBS.ini file is used.

DXF: Edit a DXF file.


Same as <F6>, but the Option3, Option3a, Optionb, etc. from the [DXF EDIT] section of the MBS.
ini file is used.

<V> or <F7>
TEXT: View a text file.
Activates the MBS text editor to view an input or output file. This will run the MBSEDIT.EXE file,
in View mode, in the \MBS\EXEWIN1 directory.
DXF: View a DXF file.
Activates the MBS DXF file viewer to view a DXF drawing file. This will run the MVW.EXE file
in the \MBS\MINIVIEW directory.

<Ctrl><V> or <Ctrl><F7>
TEXT: View a text file.
Activates the text editor defined in the [TEXT EDIT] section of the MBS.ini file beginning with
Option2, Option2a, Option2b, etc.

DXF: View a DXF file.


Activates the DXF file viewer defined in the [DXF VIEW] section of the MBS.ini file beginning
with Option2, Option2a, Option2b, etc.

- Paste from the clipboard. Move cursor to paste location, then <Ctrl><V>. This function is used
with <Ctrl><C> to copy information and is used during building data entry. [This is a STANDARD
WINDOWS keystroke].

<Shift><V> or <Shift><F7>
TEXT: View a text file.
Activates the text editor defined in the [TEXT EDIT] section of the MBS.ini file beginning with
Option3, Option3a, Option3b, etc.

DXF: View a DXF file.


Activates an alternative DXF file viewer defined in the [DXF VIEW] section of the MBS.ini file
beginning with Option3, Option3a, Option3b, etc.

<P> or <F8>
TEXT: Print a text file.
This will run the print feature of the MBSPRINT.dll file in the \MBS\LIB directory. Paper size,
orientation, and printer are defined in the [TEXT PRINT] section of the MBS.ini file. If there is a
warning message on the screen, and you press <P> or <F8>, the warning message will be printed.

DXF: Print a DXF file.


This will run the print feature of the MVW.EXE file in the \MBS\MINIVIEW directory. Paper
size, orientation, and printer are defined in the [DXF PRINT] section of the MBS.ini file.

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<Ctrl><P> or <Ctrl><F8>
TEXT: Print a text file.
This will run the print feature of MBSPRINT.dll file in the \MBS\LIB directory. This allows you to
use another print program, or use a different configuration setup for printing.

DXF: Print a DXF file.


This will run the print feature of the MVW.EXE file in the \MBS\MINIVIEW directory. Paper
size, orientation, and printer are defined in the [TEXT PRINT] section of the MBS.ini file.

<Shift><P> or <Shift><F8>
TEXT: Print a text file.
This will run the print feature of MBSPRINT.dll file in the \MBS\LIB directory. Paper size,
orientation, and printer are defined in the [TEXT PRINT] section of the MBS.ini file.

DXF: Print a DXF file.


This will run the print feature of the MVW.EXE file in the \MBS\MINIVIEW directory. Paper
size, orientation, and printer are defined in the [TEXT PRINT] section of the MBS.ini file.

<F9>
- File and system information. This will display the information about a file for the current cursor
location, as well as free RAM memory and available hard disk space.
<Ctrl><F9>
- Hardware lock information. This will display the number of days left on the hardware lock, lock
serial number and the expiration date.

<Shift><F9>
- Activates the hardware lock renewal program. This will run the RENEW.EXE (if not found,
RENEW32.EXE) file in the \MBS\EXE2 directory. The serial number and RUC (renew use count)
for each lock on the current computer are displayed. A lock is selected and the Next button is
clicked. You will be prompted to enter a code, which you will get from MBS to update the lock.

<F10>
- Displays the MBS error message meanings and solutions.

6.2 MBS Hot Keys


<C>
- Brings up the graphic viewing program. This is available on the Design screen for cells: EWDES,
ROOFDES, RFDES, SCDES, COMPDES, PARTDES, and DESCTRL. This is available on the
Detailing screen for cells: EWDET, PARTDET, and RFDET.

<J>
- Brings up the Job ID screen for the current job directory. The Job ID screen can be changed and
saved by using this key.

<Ctrl><J>
- Activates the Job ID default file list. This list shows the default files that the user has set up, so that
they can select a file, and it will be copied into the current job directory. This will run the file UTIL.
dll in the \MBS\LIB directory.

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While in any main screen, press <Ctrl><J>, the default list of Job ID files will appear. Double-click
the desired entry, or move to the entry you want to select and press <ENTER>. <ESC> will quit
without selecting.

<Alt><J> or <Ctr><J> and ADD Button


- Allows you to add new default files to the default file list. This allows you to add Job ID files as a
default while you are currently working on it. You will be prompted to enter a three digit Id and a
description. The new entry will appear on the default file list when you start a new job, or when
you press <Ctrl><J>, as described above. This will run the UTIL.dll file in the \MBS\LIB directory.

<N>
- Activates the MBS_NOTE.DEF file from the current job. Pressing the <N> key will display the
notes for the current job. While in the notes screen, entries can be edited, deleted, or the complete
list printed as described at the bottom of the screen using the function keys. This will run the UTIL.
dll file in the \MBS\LIB directory.

<Alt><N> or <N> and ADD Button


- Allows you to add new notes to the MBS_NOTE.DEF file in the current job directory. You will be
prompted for the Date, Initials, and Description to define the new note. This will run the UTIL.dll
file in the \MBS\LIB directory.

<R>
- Activates the REPORT.DEF file from the \MBS\DOC2 directory. The default reports list will
appear. This list shows the default report files that the user has set up. There are various types of
report template files: CONTRACT, NOTE, SHIP LIST, or DXF Cover. Double-click the desired
entry, or move to the entry you want to select and press <ENTER> and the report will be made and
edited, or <ESC> to quit without selecting. While in the reports list, entries can be edited, viewed,
or printed using the standard keys: <F6>, <Ctrl><F6>, or <Shift><F6> to edit; <F7>, <Ctrl><F7>, or
<Shift><F7> to view; and <F8>, <Ctrl><F8>, or <Shift><F8> to print. The <R> key will run the
UTIL.dll file in the \MBS\LIB directory.

The program will use the REPORT.FLD file from the current job directory to substitute values for
the variables listed in the template file and create an output file in the current job directory.

Each template file type has a specific use described below.

The CONTRACT and PROPOSAL types refer to a template file in the \MBS\REP directory.
These template file types are used to create price proposals, or description information so that a
customer will know items included and design criteria associated with the building being purchased.
These input template files are in the format: NAME.FRM. Output files are in the format: NAME.
OUT. See the Detailing Manual p. 8-7 for reference.

The NOTE type template file uses a template file from the \MBS\REP directory. These input
template files are in the format: NAME.FRM and the output files are in the format: NAME.NOT.
These files are used by the erection drawing programs. The .NOT files in the current directory are
used by the program if they exist, or the program will use the .NOT files in the \MBS\NOT
directory. See the Drawing Manual p. 2-18 for reference.

The SHIP LIST type template file uses a template file from the \MBS\REP directory. These input

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template files are in the format: SHIP*.FRM and the output files are in the format: SHIP*.OUT.
These files are used to generate customized list of materials required for a building. See the
Detailing Manual p. 9-3 through the end of the chapter for reference.

The DXF cover type template file uses a template file from the \MBS\DXF directory. These input
template files are in the format: COVER*.DXF and the output files are in the format: COVER*.
DXF. These files are used for drawing cover pages for erection drawings or shipping list cover
sheets. More than one drawing cover sheet can be used, or extra drawing cover template files can
be setup for different customers. See Drawing Manual p. 9-7 for reference.

<Alt><R> or <R> and ADD Button


- Allows you to add an entry to the end of the reports list.

<X>
- Activates the PROGRAM.DEF file from the \MBS\DOC2 directory. The default program list will
appear. This list shows the default program files that the user has set up. Move to the entry you
want to select and press <ENTER> and the command will be run, or <ESC> to quit without
selecting. DOS batch files or executable programs can be listed. While in the programs list, entries
can be edited using the <F6> key as shown at the bottom of the screen. This will run the UTIL.dll
file in the \MBS\LIB directory.

<Alt><X> or <X> and ADD Button


- Allows you to add an entry to the end of the program list. You will be prompted for the Description
and Command. The Description will be displayed when the programs list is shown and the
Command is the program, which is executed when the entry is selected from the program list. This
will run the UTIL.dll file in the \MBS\LIB directory.

<Ctrl><X>
- Brings up a one-line command prompt, which is similar to using the SHELL command with the <F2>
key except only one command at a time will be executed.

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7 A4: Steps to Start a MBS Job and Source of Data

7.1 Steps to Start an MBS Job and Source of Data


7.1.1 Design Control

When starting a new MBS job the program begins by asking the user to select a Building Template.
The Building Template is a predefined building. Often users will have Building Templates defined for
each unique building type that is typically processed (i.e. gable building, single slope, lean-to, etc.)
Selecting a Building Template similar to the building that will be entered greatly reduces the time
required for entry.

The file \MBS\Doc2\DesCtrl.def contains a listing of the available Building Templates. This screen is
not displayed if no building templates are listed in the DesCtrl.def file. The file DesCtrl.xxx, where
'xxx' represents the ID column shown above, defines each unique Building Template.

To create a new Building Template, first enter the desired building in a new job. Copy the file DesCtrl.
in from this new job and rename it DesCtrl.xx1 (where 'xx1' represents any unique file extension).
Place the file DesCtrl.xx1 in the \MBS\Doc2 directory. Edit the file DesCtrl.def with any word
processor. Add the line:

xx1 New Building Template (or any other description)

Exit and save the file DesCtrl.def. When beginning a new job the user will now have the option of

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choosing the new Building Template DesCtrl.xx1.

*** An alternate method of adding to this list is to place the cursor on the DesCtrl cell to be added and
press the <Alt><F3> keys. See Section A3 on hot keys.
7.1.2 Job Id

When starting a new job the program will ask the user to specify a Job ID. The Job ID screen
contains the customer database information (i.e. customer name, address, contact person, etc.). If
there are customers that the user is typically selling to, these can be chosen from the list above as
opposed to entering this information on each job.

The file \MBS\Docs2\JobID.def contains a listing of the available Job ID information. This screen is
not displayed if no job IDs are listed in the JOBID.def file. The file MBS.xxx, where 'xxx' represents
the ID column shown above, defines each unique Job ID listing.

To create a new Job ID, first enter the desired building in a new job. Copy the file MBS.in from this
new job and rename it MBS.xx1 (where 'xx1' represents any unique file extension). Place the file
MBS.xx1 in the \MBS\Doc2 directory. Edit the file JobID.def with any word processor. Add the line:

xx1 New Customer Info (or any other description)

Exit and save the file JobID.def. When beginning a new job the user will now have the option of
choosing the new Job ID referred to as MBS.xx1.

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Drawing screens. See Section A3 on hot keys.


7.1.3 Database

When starting a new job the program will ask the user to specify Optional Database files. The
Database Files screen contains the Optional Database files available to the user. An example would
be to have an option to choose galvanized members.

The file \MBS\Docs2\Database.def contains a listing of the available Database options. This screen is
not displayed if no Database options are listed in the DATABASE.def file. Each database file is
contained in the \MBS\Siz2 directory. For the above example the file DT_Color.gal, where 'gal' is
represented in the ID column shown above, defines the DT_Color file with galvanized members.

Create a new DT_Color.gal file. Place the file DT_Color.gal in the \MBS\Siz2 directory. Edit the file
Database.def with any word processor. Add the line:

GAL Option for Galvanized members (or any other description)

Exit and save the file Database.def. When beginning a new job the user will now have the option of
choosing Galvanized members.

*** An alternate method of adding to this list is to place the cursor on the data file cell which is to be
added and press the <Alt><F3> keys. See Section A3 on hot keys.

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7.1.4 Drawing Control

When starting a new job the program will ask the user to specify a DwgCtrl file. These are referred
to as Drawing Control files. These files contain the building drawing format, size and scale options
available to the user. An example would be to have an option to choose 24" x 36" or 11" x 17" paper
for the building drawing output.

The file \MBS\Docs2\DwgCtrl.def contains a listing of the available DwgCtrl files. This screen is not
displayed if no DwgCtrls are listed in the DwgCtrl.def file. The file DwgCtrl.xxx, where 'xxx'
represents the ID column shown above, defines each unique Drawing Control file.

To create a new Drawing Control file, simple edit any DwgCtrl.in file. It maybe easiest to do this
within MBS. The user then has the ability to immediately make the output files to determine if the
desired changes have been made. After the DwgCtrl.in file has been altered. Copy the file DwgCtrl.
in from this new job and rename it DwgCtrl.xx1 (where 'xx1' represents any unique file extension).
Place the file DwgCtrl.xx1 in the \MBS\Doc2 directory. Edit the file DwgCtrl.def with any word
processor. Add the line:

xx1 Building Drawings on 24" x 36" paper (or any other description)

Exit and save the file DwgCtrl.def. When beginning a new job the user will now have the option of
choosing the new DwgCtrl.xx1.

*** An alternate method of adding to this list is to place the cursor on the DwgCtrl cell which is to be
added and press the <Alt><F3> keys. See Section A3 on hot keys.

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