News from CloudCalc -- Structural Analysis in the Cloud
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CloudCalc Newsletter for
May 2018

There is always a lot happening in the world of CloudCalc, Structural Analysis in the Cloud.  Read all about it here in this edition of the CloudCalc Newsletter!

  • Thanks to all those who took advantage of our introductory pricing deal!  As you know, our Promo Code promo348 expired yesterday, May 31.  However we have decided to extend this offer by one day – today.  If you think you might want to subscribe to CloudCalc -- Structural Analysis in the Cloud -- any time in the near future, this is your best time to do so.

    Sign up TODAY for 12 months using the Promo Code promo348 and you will get access to CloudCalc for only $29 per month ($348 per year).  This represents a savings of over 50% compared to the regular price of a one year subscription. 

    Maybe you're not sure?  All subscriptions come with a one month free evaluation -- just cancel the autobill authorization on your account before that month is over and you will not be charged! So act fast, as this Promo Code is only valid today, June 1, 2018.

    Want to sign up today and save?  Click here.
  • Privacy Policy – In recent days, you have probably received dozens of notifications of new privacy policies from various companies that you deal with.  The revision in everybody’s privacy policy was spurred by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect on May 25.  We, too, have updated our Privacy and Cookies Policy to conform as best possible to this new law.
You are welcome to read our Privacy and Cookies Policy, but here is a simplified version of what we do and don’t do:
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  • We do not place ads on our site, we do not use or track your browsing habits for the purpose of directing ads your way.  We do gather some demographic data (country, language, etc.) on you through Google Analytics, but that data has been anonymized and is only used to help us develop our product for the markets that seem to be seeking it.
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SEAoT Conference – Start making plans to visit us at the Structural Engineers’ Association of Texas (SEAoT) Annual State Conference, Nov 1-2, 2018 in Dallas.  We hope to see you there!

Software Update News:

In May we delivered Version 1.02.18 of CloudCalc, the 38th update of the software since its initial launch in June, 2014.  Remember – since CloudCalc is delivered on the cloud, you are automatically up to date every time every time you access the software, without having to install anything new.  And our updates are always upward compatible, so you never have to convert old models to run on the latest version of the software.

  • Version 1.02.18 – Automatic Generation of ASCE 7 LRFD Load Combinations
This release allows you to automatically generate the CloudCalc Load Case set as per the recommendations for Basic LRFD Load Case Combinations found in Section 2.3.2 of ASCE Standard ASCE 7-10/16:

CloudCalc now provides an ASCE 7 button at the top of the Static Load Cases screen.  Clicking this button generates the LRFD Load Cases as per ASCE 7.  The generated Load Cases will vary depending upon what individual loads have been used in the model.  Of course, you can still edit the CloudCalc Load Cases manually, whether after or instead of clicking the ASCE 7 button.

For more information on tailoring CloudCalc’s support of ASCE 7, you can read about the update here, or watch our instructional a video.

And now, enjoy this month’s article from the CloudCalc Blog…Happy Reading!

Road Trip! Houston to San Francisco; 2018 to 1908

Westward ho!!  I can’t believe we covered all that ground!

(A word of warning to my regular readers, there’s not a lot of engineering or software content in this issue of my blog.  Even I have to take a vacation some time!)

I spent last week doing a three-generation road trip from Houston to San Francisco – with my mother, my daughter, and me all crammed in a Toyota Prius for over 2400 miles across some of the most interesting terrain that this country – or any other – has to offer. Continue reading →


On a similar note, we are proud to reprise this report from a previous vacation:

What I did on my Summer Vacation

Travel, Structural Engineering, and Tech Startups!

With school starting this week in many parts of the United States, at this moment millions of students are completing the traditional first homework assignment of the school year: writing an essay entitled “What I did on my Summer Vacation”.  During my childhood, this exercise was always considered to be the best way to transition us kids from the lazing, fun-loving, carefree boys and girls of summer to the laser-focused, hardworking achievers of the other nine months of the year.  What better way was there to get me to slide back into work mode, than thinking about the hours I spent scavenging through the neighbors’ trash, looking for parts to build a go kart (summer before sixth grade)?  Or recapping all the time spent researching, via trial and error, the optimal grass-mud mix for sunbaked bricks, as I tried to build a full-scale replica of a Sumerian ziggurat in my back yard (summer before fifth grade)? Continue reading →

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