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 →
  2. 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 →
  3. 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

    59 votes
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    started  ·  3 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Dual screen capability

    Enable windows open on both screens.

    #gui

    58 votes
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    6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. 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 →
  6. GSA composite design

    Implement layer in GSA for definition of composite floor offering automatic and manual beam width definition.
    Design carried out by API link with Compos.

    Depends on 'Generalise section object'.

    #compos #design

    45 votes
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  7. 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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  8. GSA fabricated sections

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

    #section #object

    6 votes
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  9. 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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  10. 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 →
  11. GSA exploit multi-processors

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

    #system

    3 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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 →
  15. Customisable shortcuts

    Enable user assignment of keyboard shortcuts.

    #gui

    2 votes
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  16. 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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  17. 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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    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

  18. Unicode text

    Enable the use of a wide range of writing systems, including Chinese, Japanese and Greek, in Oasys structural products.

    #system

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