Structural feedback – BIG ideas

This feedback forum is for your magnificent ideas for Oasys Structural software: major new features, significant changes to existing functionality, – suggestions that will impact on our development plan. These will be considered and prioritized in consultation with the Regional Panel.

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  1. GSA graphics interface upgrade

    GSA graphics interface upgrade
    1) Improve drawing in 3D
    2) improve sculpt capability:
    - snapping, trim/extend features
    - AutoCAD style drawing ability
    - move elements from node to node by picking these
    3) overcome mismatch of node display and node hot-spot
    4) improve visibility of annotation (e.g. draw in front of lines and fill)

    #graphics

    132 votes
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      started  ·  13 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • GSA grid loading enhancements

      * Rationalise Grid Planes, to disassociate span directions
      * Introduce grid loading on 2D elements
      * Introduce Area loading
      * Allow loads to be applied in cylindrical axis directions

      #object #tool

      83 votes
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        4 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Dual screen capability

        Enable windows open on both screens.

        #gui

        58 votes
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          6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • User Manual Improvements

          * Currently too brief
          * Add more graphical explanation
          * Arrange such that help can be displayed alongside GSA window instead of always on top
          * More tutorials

          #manual

          56 votes
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            started  ·  3 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • GSA tapered elements and members

            * Specify by second property per element/member
            * Only permit tapering between sections of same shape

            Depends on 'Generalise section object'

            #object

            54 votes
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              started  ·  0 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Clear Vision Needed for our Structural Software

              At the moment there appears to be a largely scattered approach, with feedback, requests, surveys, and "large project" requirements driving the development of features and functionality. The result of this is a scattered feature set and poor integration with the common structural design workflows that we use on daily basis. We are all filling in the gaps with workarounds, spreadsheets, scripts, and use of other software. As a firm we need to have a clear vision for our structural software suite.

              According to the GSA change log, the last major release (v8.0) was back in 2002 (http://oasys.intranet.arup.com/gsa/GsaChangeLog_8.htm) -…

              54 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Development plan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make the FE meshing easier

                It seems the steps required to produce an FE mesh is more complicated then it should be (compared to other programs such as Midas and Lusas etc.). The user should be able to select a number of elements and nodes and within a few click or two pull up a dialog box, enter the mesh size etc. and then generate the mesh.

                29 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • GSA steel design enhancements

                  1) Auto-constraints
                  * derive from connectivity to:
                  * floor
                  * connections
                  * secondaries
                  2) Auto-selection of section
                  * section range
                  * member grouping
                  * minimum weight / minimum depth per group
                  * option to optimise to specified utilisation factor
                  * option to perform final analysis and re-do section checks followed by final deflection check
                  3) Review output
                  * Output at critical position, not at every position
                  * Output steel design calculations (in a verbose or brief format) for envelopes
                  4) Provide more visual representation of member restraints, and include this in the manual
                  5) Improve clarity of check member-element relationships…

                  24 votes
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                    started  ·  0 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • GSA GsRelax updates

                    1) Improve convergence and make convergence criteria more transparent.
                    2) Non-linear time history analysis.
                    3) Review Spacers.
                    - provide tool for the automatic generation of spacers
                    4) Include all facilities of rest of GSA e.g. 2D elements, offsets.

                    #nonlin #analysis

                    13 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Generalise section objects

                      Extend scope of standard sections such that a section can be shared between GSA, AdSec, ADC and Compos.
                      To facilitate:
                      *• transfer of data between programs without data loss or complex manipulations
                      * cracked section analysis
                      * tapered sections
                      GSA cold-formed section properties
                      * Add cold-formed purlins/girts to section database
                      * Accommodate Cee and Zed section shapes
                      GSA fabricated sections
                      * Incorporate advanced section property calcs.
                      * Implement in steel design (in a general, code independent, way??)
                      GSA section insertion points
                      * Section offset/insertion point options (top right, top center, top left, middle right, centroid, middle left, bottom right, bottom…

                      8 votes
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                        started  ·  1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • GSA fabricated sections

                        * Incorporate advanced section property calcs.
                        * Implement in steel design (in a general, code independent, way??)

                        #section #object

                        7 votes
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                          started  ·  0 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • GSA OpenSees link

                          * Export
                          * Implement generic material objects in GSA.
                          * Implement specific OpenSees materials in GSA.
                          * Implement specific OpenSees element types in GSA.
                          * Consider new OpenSees materials and elements in the OpenSees Export option.
                          * Import
                          * Import OpenSees results into GSA.

                          #interop

                          7 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • GSA API enhancements phase 2 (.NET)

                            * Extend the COM interface to offer faster access to frequently used objects.
                            * Simplify and extend the interface to post-processed results.
                            Do this by the implementation of a .NET interface to GSA.
                            Also provide .NET interfaces to AdSec, ADC and Compos.

                            Depends on refactoring of program code.

                            #api #system

                            6 votes
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                              started  ·  1 comment  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • GSA exploit multi-processors

                              Exploit multi-processor hardware to speed up:
                              * analysis
                              * results handling
                              * graphics rendering

                              #system

                              3 votes
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                              • GSA database

                                - Export GSA input to sqlite (or mdb) format
                                - Export GSA results to sqlite (or mdb) format

                                #system

                                3 votes
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                                  started  ·  0 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • improve revit link

                                  The amount of processing needed on a GSA model of a slab and wall structure once it has been exported from Revit means that the models quickly diverge. The goal should be to maintain a single (BIM) model so that any changes in the geometry (Revit) model can be quickly exported to create a usable GSA model.

                                  Detailed notes from a GSA User (with no Revit experience) on the issues from a recent complex 3D model will be attached as a comment on this idea.

                                  2 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • GSA RC member design - phase 2

                                    * Extend 'bar arrangement' to accommodate full ADC definition
                                    * Design rationalisation:
                                    * member grouping
                                    * select bar arrangement for envelope of group
                                    * Add graphical representation of bar arrangement
                                    * Provide links to AdSec and ADC
                                    - replacemenet for HK-BEAM (i.e. include batch processing)

                                    #rcmem #design

                                    2 votes
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                                      started  ·  2 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Customisable shortcuts

                                      Enable user assignment of keyboard shortcuts.

                                      #gui

                                      2 votes
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                                      • GSA time history load curve per load case

                                        Include option to assign a different load curve per load case.
                                        (Excluded cases taken as constant.)

                                        #analysis

                                        1 vote
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                                        • Chart views have "case" drop down selector (and footfall charts have node selection drop down)

                                          Chart views could be made smarter by having drop down menus to select the case to plot, e.g. the modal analysis or footfall case - like the graphic view has. For footfall results it would be also good to have excitation and excitation node selection. This would remove the need to go through the toolbar menu every time the same chart needs to be plotted, for a different case or node selection.

                                          #chart

                                          1 vote
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                                            0 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            I’ve changed this to a ‘BIG idea’ as it would have a big impact on how chart views are handled. Currently the chart view is pretty dumb, simply displaying data that is passed to it and allowing some formatting adjustments.

                                            Easier selection of plotted results in GSA 9

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