CloudCalc Newsletter for
January 2016
Here is the first CloudCalc Newsletter of 2016, with the latest developments in the world of Structural Analysis in the Cloud
  • An article by Tom Van Laan, CloudCalc’s CEO was published in the Winter, 2015 Journal of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas.  You can read the article, entitled “Engineering or Art – Why Not Both”, as well as the rest of the Journal, here: SEAoT Winter 2015 Journal.
  • Please start making plans to visit CloudCalc at  the 2016 NASCC Steel Conference, April 13-15 in Orlando, FL.  Come by and see us in booth 208.
  • Software Update News:
    This month we delivered our 25th 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 1.02.05
    • Increased the length of job names from 25 to 50 characters
    • Added support for BS 4-1 (UK) Structural Sections

      CloudCalc has added over 850 sections from the BS 4-1 Standard (including UKB, UKC, UKBP, UKT, UKA, UKPFC, RHS, SHS, and CHC sections) to the 4,250+ AISC and IS 80 (Indian) sections already in its online Global Member Library.
               To see how to add new sections to (and otherwise
               manage) your Local  Member Library here: 
    • Added support for British Structural Materials

      CloudCalc has added a number of British structural steel grades (from S195 to S460) to in its online Global Material Library.
              See how to add new materials sections to your Local
              Material Library here:
Enjoy the latest from the CloudCalc Blog…Happy Reading!

90 Steps per Minute: Structural Dynamics of Marathon Running

500 feet to go – Don’t fall down now!
Many of you who read my earlier blog entry, 26.2: The Engineering of Marathon Racing, are aware that I was training for the Chevron Houston Marathon.  To those who wondered how I fared, I am proud to say that on January 17 I completed my first (and last!) marathon with flying colors.  If anyone is looking for a challenge in life, I cannot recommend a more rewarding experience than taking on your first marathon.
26.2 miles is a long time to be out on the road, a long time with nothing to do – besides putting one foot in front of the other 42,000 times – but people watch (after all there were 13,500 other equally crazy people huffing and puffing in front of me).  People watching is the easy part, since marathon runners tend to skew toward the physically fit and the attractive, with nearly half of the runners being women.  As I watched lady after lady run past me over the course of several hours, I gradually realized that a marathon could provide a perfect teachable moment for any engineer interested in better understanding structural dynamics. Continue reading →
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