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
Grid planes rationalised in GSA 9 and grid loads on 2D elements available
Neil Howley commented
Could you expand on the item "rationalise grid planes, to disassociate span directions" to explain what you have in mind?
I can see this as being progressive. It would be nice if only a single grid plane need be defined for each floor plate. Patterning could then be tackled by creating lists or groups of grid panels within a grid plane. A user friendly interface could then be developed such that the user can select individual or multiple grid panels and toggle between the span direction options, with the visual display updating with each toggle command.
At present it is not possible to "select" grid panels as they are not elements or members. Is it possible to change this? Also, displaying grid panels seems to be resource heavy and sluggish. This could be improved as part of the development.
Nick Jones commented
Yes! "map face loads" is OK for once-only loads application (I use this for hydrostatic pressures and earth loads etc) but changes to geometry mean all these individual little loads need to be cleared out and the process started again.
Darren Jones commented
+1 for grid loading on 2d elements so that we can use Bridge Loading option without having to cover our models in notional 1d elements just for load dispersal.
Neil carstairs commented
With the move to BIM it is important that models, including loads, can be regenerated from the BIM data which will include regions areas etc. Introducing grid loading on 2D elements will make this much easier.