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CloudCalc Newsletter for
June-July 2016

Here are the developments for the past two months in the world of Structural Analysis in the Cloud:

  • Congratulations to us!  CloudCalc was selected by the AISC’s Modern Steel Construction magazine as one of the “Hot Products” exhibited at this year’s NASCC – The Steel Show in Orlando, FL.  Find out why they selected us by reading the August, 2016 issue of MSC.
  • Double congratulations to us!  CloudCalc turned two years old on June 2, 2016.  Read all about it here. Thanks to our 3,000+ loyal users who have stuck with us over those two years!
Software Update News:
In July we delivered our 30th 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 1.02.10 – Enhanced Units Management
This release gives the user additional options for the selection of Units Sets, as well as the ability to customize and create user-specific Units Sets.
Highlights include:
  1. Addition of a new Units Set, corresponding to typical metric units for UK structural engineering.
  2. Specification of two additional units types -- Displacements and Moment In.
  3. Ability to customize Units Sets – change the CloudCalc standard Units Sets to reflect individual needs.
  4. Ability to create new Units Sets as needed.
Read a detailed description of this update, or watch as the video below demonstrates these new enhancements to CloudCalc’s Units System.

And now, enjoy the latest from the CloudCalc Blog…Happy Reading!

Mountain of Ice: Structural Stories of the Baltics


Sergei Eisenstein, not just a story telling
filmmaker, but also an engineer!

This summer I joined the World Affairs Council of Houston on a tour of the Baltic nations (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland) as part of my quest to visit 100 countries (after these four, I now have rung up a total of 92).  Whenever I travel, I make it a point to keep my eye out for interesting structures, and of course this trip was no different.

The first thing I learned about the Baltic nations is that they love the stories and the songs of their folklore.  The tradition of storytelling has survived from the traditions of this region – the Baltic countries were the last pagan nations of Europe — and their national ethos bear strong marks of this.  Story and song are used to maintain history, pass down lore, impart advice, and even win national independence.  So my goal was not only to find buildings that were interesting from a structural point of view, but maybe one or more that tell a national story as well.  Continue reading


The Statue of Liberty, once the tallest structure in New York City,
surrounded by its taller descendants

Happy July 4, everybody!  In the United States, this is a day to celebrate our nation’s independence, and give thanks for the centuries of freedom that we have enjoyed since our founding on July 4, 1776.  There is no greater symbol of that freedom, than the Statue of Liberty (official title: “Liberty Enlightening the World”) – the glorious structure that since 1886 has welcomed millions of immigrants, many of whom were fleeing repression in their native lands.

Growing up in New Jersey, I saw the Statue of Liberty often.  Catching that first glimpse of it while driving down the New Jersey Turnpike or while heading into New York to witness yet another Mets’ baseball loss was always an exciting moment, and today when I fly into New York it still is.  To me (and many others) the statue is both beautiful art and one of the greatest symbols of all that is right with this country.  But as a structural engineer I have another reason to get a lump in my throat when I see it — did you know that the Statue of Liberty may well have been the world’s first skyscraper?  Continue reading

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