Visit us at NASCC 2016; win an Android tablet; latest software updates!
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CloudCalc Newsletter for
March 2016
Visit us at NASCC 2016;
Plus Win an Android Nexus Tablet!

Here are the latest developments in the world of Structural Analysis in the Cloud

  • Visit us next month at the 2016 NASCC Steel Conference, April 13-15, at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center, in Orlando, FL.
    • Find us in booth 208 and we will show you all that CloudCalc can do.  Plus get entered for our Android tablet drawing.
    • Attend our Exhibitor Workshop, Thursday, April 14 from 3:00-4:00PM in St. George Room 104, to learn all about: “Structural Analysis in the Cloud: What’s in it for You?”.  Click on the graphic below for more information:
  • Take part in the CloudCalc Survey and maybe win an Android Nexus Tablet on us!
  • If you are already a registered CloudCalc user, simply fill out this survey:
  • If you are not yet a registered CloudCalc user, then register at and then you too can fill out the survey:
  • The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.  All those who participate in the survey will be entered in a random drawing for the Nexus Tablet to be held on April 27, 2016.
Software Update News:
This month we delivered our 27th 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 1.02.07
    • Added CIS/2 import capabilities.  CloudCalc imports CIS/2 files created for Analysis (as opposed to Design or Detail), and imports:
      • Geometry
      • Section types (names must match those in the CloudCalc database)
      • Beta angle
      • True lengths (of members broken up for analysis purposes)
      • Restraints
      • Member end releases
  • Click the graphic below to watch a video showing how to import CIS/2 files.
  • Added the ability to display the applied loads graphically.  Clicking the Load Display icons displays the Concentrated and Uniform loads.  Continuing to click these icons toggles the display through Loads Off, Dead Loads, Live Loads, and Occasional Loads:
  • Added automatic (temporary) inclusion of section and material types in the user’s Local Member Catalogs.  Now when you receive a structure that was not built by you (shared by another user, imported from a .CCM or CIS/2 file, etc.) any section or material types that are used in that model but that are not in your Local Catalogs are temporarily added, for use during that session only.  In that way, you can immediately work on those structures without having to rebuild your Local Catalogs.
Enjoy the latest from the CloudCalc Blog… – Happy Reading!

Saint Patrick, Structural Engineer

Saint Patrick, holding his second favorite book
This week, on March 17, there will be millions of revelers worldwide, dressed in green and drinking Guinness.  What could they be celebrating?  The conversion of Ireland to Christianity?  If so, they would be 1500 years too late.  The ridding of a distant island of snakes?  That couldn’t be of interest to anyone (other than an ophidiophobe).  A heritage that is claimed by as many as 80,000,000 people throughout the globe?  Maybe, but remember – there are over six billion who do not claim that heritage.  But if we approach a crowd of celebrants at random, it’s possible that we just might overhear them singing:

  “Saint Patrick was an engineer – he was, he was.
  Saint Patrick was an engineer – he was, he was,
  For he invented calculus and handed it down for us to cuss;
  Erin Go Bragh – Rah! For the engineers!”

Yes – just as we suspected, all of those partiers will be toasting Saint Patrick, the patron saint of engineers!  Continue reading →


And in honor of CloudCalc’s appearance at the NASCC Steel Show next month, here is the blog's report from our visit to last year’s Steel Show in Nashville, TN -- where we found time to search out the STEEL guitar players:

Happy Steel Week from Nashville!

This week brings me to Nashville, TN where CloudCalc is exhibiting at the NASCC 2015 (AISC’s annual steel conference).
Three days spent talking steel to the 4500+ engineers, designers, detailers, fabricators, academics, vendors, etc. who have registered to attend sounds like the makings of an engineering overdose.  But where others, less-stalwart, might be tempted to cry “¡No más!”, I actually came to Nashville with the intention of seeking out the engineering heart of the city above and beyond the convention itself.  Or specifically, in honor of Steel Week, my quest was to find Nashville’s most inspiring use of steel.   Continue reading →

Remember, CloudCalc is free to use.  Just go to to register – no obligation, no credit card, no hassle – just Structural Analysis in the Cloud.

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