Computes wind load calculations by analytical method rather than the simplified method.
Provides the user with options for determining wind loads for signs.
Reads the wind speed maps (including the Continental US and Alaska) for the user with the same or better accuracy the user could achieve by examining the map.
Allows the user to describe the topography by using parameters for the topographic conditions included in ASCE7 Section 6.
Allows the user to build the sign structure by defining multiple sign panels located at specified heights above grade. The software does not constrain the user to a set of preordained sign configurations.
Provides a drawing of the sign structure as the user adds components.
Permits the user to design one or two supports for a sign.
The software permits the user to design a basic drilled/cylinder shaped foundation for signs with pole supports. The user inputs a foundation diameter and estimated soil condition and the program produces the depth required. This is for volume estimations only, the program does not design the steel reinforcement.
The software allows the user to obtain wind loads for the Main Wind Force Resisting System (MWRFS) at pre-selected height intervals or user-defined intervals.
When a sign structure’s geometry is completely defined, the program will perform the computations for the wind loads at user defined stages of the sign support structure.
Allows the user to select structural pipe and/or tube members for structural support components from a list of members based on the design criteria input.
The user can click on various intermediate values of the MWFRS results to obtain the details of the calculations for a specific value, including: Velocity Pressure, Gust Effect Factor, Cp, Cf and Net Pressures.
Calculates a depth of a drilled/cylinder foundation for the calculated overturning moment and base shear created by the wind load on the sign design.
The software provides calculators to allow the user to "play" with parameters without changing the current design. The user can print results from the calculators individually. The printouts include the data entered, intermediate calculations with equations, and the final answers.
The software will output the final structure to the windows clipboard to facilitate project estimating and communication with a registered professional engineer prior to final adoption of the structural design.