What’s New

Pryda Build i

Pryda Build i had a big year in 2011. The release of Version 3 brought you Truss Amalgamation, the new Floor Layout, a new Component Designer and much more. With the upcoming release of version 3.0.5 we are excited about the new functionality and further improvements it will bring to you.

For more information on these features and much more, check out the Pryda Build Help file


Northlight Trusses

You will now have the ability to add a northlight overhang straight from Roof Layout. The truss top chord will follow a northlight overhang roof plane and design with the eaves lining load as set in the Account Data

Multi Select Objects

Selection of multiple objects has been further enhanced to enable you to filter objects of a specific type via the Properties bar.

Chord Splices

For further flexibility in your roof truss design, the available range for chord splices (not at an existing joint) has been increased. You can now nominate a specific splice location within the available range of a panel.

Z Sprockets and Outriggers

You are now able to manually add single outriggers and z-sprockets in the Roof Trusses module as required.


To save time and take the next step in whole of house design, wall detailers will be able to quickly generate sublocators (critical studs) under specified trusses using the roof layout plan.

Special Noggings

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National Construction Code 2012

You may have heard about the National Construction Code (NCC) 2012 which came into force on 1st May 2012. As a result, all documentation submitted for building consent approval, which is produced from a structural design software package (i.e. Pryda Build i), will require proof that the user has been trained in the use of the software.

In an effort to ease the transition to the new NCC, a new default has been added to Pryda Build i, enabling training ID numbers to be automatically generated on your Producer Statement print outs.

Use the following steps to set up your signee details-
1. Go to the Start Page.
2. From the Accounts menu, select Personnel.
3. Click Add (to add a new employee) OR select the employee you want to change and Click Edit.
4. Add/change the employee information as desired (name etc.).
5. Check the Signee box



6. In the Position field (in the Name and Address section), enter the employee’s position within the company (e.g. Manager, Head Detailer, etc.).


7. In the Training Certificate ID section, select he prefix and enter the certificate ID from your Pryda Build training certificate.


8. Click OK.

To activate the Training ID on your Producer Statement-
1. Go to the Start Page.
2. From the Defaults menu, select System Data.
3. Click General in the left menu.
4. In the Producer statement section:


Check Signature required to include the signature section on the Producer statement.
• Check Print software training ID to include the training ID of the signee.
Note: For information on setting up and attaching an electronic signature, see the Pryda Build Help file, located under the Help menu in Pryda Build i.

To include the training ID on your Producer statement for your jobs-
1. Go to the Start Page.
2. From the Defaults menu, select Job Template Data.
3. In the Overall section-
• Select the Producer statement signee to appear on the Producer statements print outs for your jobs.



For further information about the National Construction Code – 2012, click here to open Pryda’s Technical Update Issue No.33.


If any assistance with the setup, contact our helpful Software Support Team on 1300techrep (1300 8324 737) or check out the Pryda Build Help file, located under the Help menu in Pryda Build i.

Roof Trusses With Warnings

There are two stages when designing trusses in Pryda Build i which may alert you to a warning in the truss design: validating the truss from Roof Layout, followed by the engineered design of the truss. As a result, there are two possible warning types: a (yellow marked) warning to which changes may or may not need to be made to the truss, and a (red marked) fail to which changes must be made to the truss.

Before trusses are designed from the Roof Layout they are put through a validation check. This looks for any issues surrounding the truss which may stop it from being designed (e.g. no support detected etc.) Issues arising from the validation check will be listed for the user to go through and determine what changes (if any) need to be made. For ease of use, the user can double click on the warning message to be automatically taken to the respective truss on their layout. If it is determined that no changes are required to a trussthat hasa (yellow marked) warning, the user can simply click to ignore and proceed to design their trusses.


After being validated in the Roof Layout, the trusses will then go through the engineered design process. This will look for any issues in the actual engineering of the truss design based on the Timber Design Standards, and some user defined settings within Pryda Build.
For further information on warnings visit the Pryda Engineering Advisory Centre located under the Utilities menu in Pryda Build, and check out the Warnings information in the ‘Engineering Features in Pryda Build’ section
Below is a list of possible warnings which may arise after the engineered design of the trusses-

Below is a list of possible warnings which may arise when trusses are validated-

Pryda Build V4 Wall Bracing Design By Des Daniells

Part of my job as a member of the Software Support Team is to review and test new software as Pryda develops it. So, over the past few months, I’ve been looking at Pryda Build v4 – Pryda’s newest detailing and estimating software.

The new wall bracing design is one of my favourite new features. Everything is in one place. You can design your bracing with confidence and accuracy that was not available before.

Bracing is one of the most important components to wall frame detailing, with major changes to industry practices over the 24 years I detailed. With Pryda Build v4, two storey, multiple buildings, even boomerang shapes are all taken care of. You can calculate the wind loads and distribution of residential bracing from within Pryda Build v4.
Any wall frame bracing you do needs to comply with Australian and New Zealand building design standards. The “I just know” or “I’ll just brace every wall” approach is obviously no longer acceptable. With Pryda Build v4’s new bracing design, there is no more wasting time and money bracing every wall “just in case”. There are no more costly site rectifications to add missed bracing.

Now you can let Pryda Build v4 automatically work out the brace area and calculate the kN value required. It will then let you know the remaining value as you continue to place your bracing. A balance indicator will guide you towards evenly distributed bracing with our Wall Frame Balance indicator tool. I found that I had a complete job braced in no time at all.

And there are no problems providing computations for your wall frame bracing – you can print out an engineering report to supply to the relevant authority.

So when I see the wall bracing button in Pryda Build v4, I think of designed bracing, placement, calculation, design report, time saving, cost saving and peace of mind. I personally think this is the best thing to happen to wall frames since pre-fabricated detailing began. What more could a wall detailer want

Software Support Team Update

Over the past couple of months you may have noticed some changes in the Software Support Team.

At the end of June it came time for the team to bid farewell to Dave Clayton. Dave continues as a member of the Pryda team, but he has made the decision to pursue other areas within Pryda. Whilst the team were sad to see him go, we wish him all the best in his next venture.

So who has joined the Software Support Team

The Software Support team would like to welcome our newest team member Fabian Rizk. Fabian comes with previous support role experience and over a years experience working in the Pryda Software Testing team. These combined attributes proved the perfect fit for a roll in the Software Support Team.

Users can be confident the Pryda Software Support team will continue providing them with the same high quality of support. With Fabians well mannered nature and enthusiasm, he is sure to be an asset to the team. Fabian has hit the ground running and is waiting to take your call.

So, next time you have a Pryda software query, rest assured the Pryda Software Support Team are here to help. Give us a call on 1300 techrep or send us an email totechrep@pryda.com.au and let our friendly and helpful representatives assist you.

Up Skill From The Comfort Of Your Desk

The introduction of Pryda’s Webinar workshops and Learning Portal over the past year have proven to be valuable tools in assisting our customers continuous improvement in Pryda Build i.

Pryda’s webinars run every fortnight on Wednesday’s at 11am (AEST). Each workshop runs for up to 30 minutes and covers a wide variety of topics from both new and current features, defaults and even common job specific scenarios. No need for any travel, with the use of internet and phone you can register and log in to the webinar from the comfort of your own desk. Don’t worry if you haven’t viewed a webinar before, we’ll attach a how to document to the invitation with easy to follow steps for you to set up. And if you happen to miss the webinar or would just like to see it again, we’ll load the video tutorials for each webinar on to our Learning Portal for you to view.

If you or someone you know are not receiving the webinar invitations and would like to, you can request to be added to our mailing list by contacting our Software Support Team ontechrep@pryda.com.au .

Whether you’re beginner or advanced, Pryda’s Learning Portal has a course to suit your needs. With courses in roof, wall and floor, our Learning Portal lets you learn something new, or hone your skills in existing functionality, at your own pace. The courses give you hands on experience in a simulated Pryda Build environment. And at the end of each course, you’re given the opportunity to complete an assessment.

Pryda’s Learning Portal is continuously updated with new courses for you to peruse. And with the forthcoming release of Pryda Build V4 later this year, you can rest assured Pryda’s Learning Portal will be armed with V4 appropriate courses, to build your knowledge and confidence on the new features within the software.

If you would like to set up a Learning Portal account, visit http://pryda.ecampus.com.au/ and click the link on the main page to request an account.

Pryda Build V4 Load Areas By Fabian Rizk

As a recent member of Pryda’s software testing team and now as part of the Software Support Team, I have spent a lot of time in the past few months looking at Pryda Build v4 – Pryda’s newest detailing and estimating software.

One of the features that really impressed me is the roof load area function that applies loads to a selection of trusses all at once instead of having to add point loads manually.

Inputting load areas is as easy as selecting the plane(s), and selecting the specific product – currently we have options for evaporative coolers and solar hot water services. You can also adjust the pitch and height of the deck, as per the plan quickly and efficiently.

I think roof detailers will really appreciate this functionality, because it’s a huge time saver adding a single object that applies the loads to the trusses. Gone are the days where you need to spend valuable time doing manual calculations and then adding point loads individually to each truss. There’s also less chance of over engineering, by adding a bit extra just to be safe. You simply select the product and position it and Pryda Build v4 takes care of the rest.

Builders and building inspectors will also be impressed that your site layouts and 3D inventor files provide a visual representation of the object on the plan. It makes their job so much easier too.

Sometimes there will still be a need to add point loads individually, and Pryda Build v4 can help with that too. Roof detailers will appreciate being able to add point loads to trusses from layout. Again, having them displayed on site layouts can only be a plus for builders and inspectors.

While the functionality is undoubtedly impressive, the thing that struck me most was the ease of use. I found that using the load areas function for the first time was straightforward and intuitive – I really believe it will have a big impact on speed and accuracy for roof detailers.

Pryda Build V4 Waling Plates, Attic Spaces & Truss Mitres By Aaron McQueen

Have you ever wished you could add a waling plate to truss and load specific trusses to it from layout What about defining an attic space straight from layout and seeing the space appear in 3d in real time Or would mitring rafters to hips on the fly be useful for you In my 8 years detailing, I know I would have liked these features.

As a member of Pryda’s Software Support Team, I have spent a lot of time in the past few months looking at Pryda Build v4 – Pryda’s newest detailing and estimating software. Among my favourite new features are adding waling plates and attic space from layout, and mitring rafters.

Think of the time you save loading trusses to a waling plate in roof layout. Pryda Build prompts you to select the truss to add the waling plate to, the truss to define the waling plate height and then any trusses the waling plate is to be loaded with. The waling plate is shown in 3D in real time and all point loads added accordingly. No more forgotten point loads, no more time cross referencing the layout to find the right trusses to load.

Another time saver is the new attic space feature. Using this feature, you can add an attic space directly to the layout, by line, by point or using a rectangular shape. There are a variety of methods available to set the bottom and top height for the attic space. Once inserted, the trusses simply adjust to the attic space, adding floor trusses automatically when designed, if there is sufficient space for them. The attic space is shown in real time in 3D, making it so much easier to visualise and check affected trusses. With Pryda Build v4, adding attic spaces to trusses one at a time is a thing of the past.

One further time saver is the ability to mitre a rafter that butts into a hip truss. You simply select the end of the rafter that you wish to mitre and select the hip to mitre it to. This feature also allows for double mitres where applicable. You no longer need to get out a calculator to work out the mitre angle to apply in the truss designer.

I know roof truss detailers are going to love using Pryda Build v4 –building on market proven technology.

Software Support Phone System Update

The Pryda Software Support team are excited to launch their new and improved support phone system in early 2013.

Over the past 4 years, we have seen the Software Support Team grow from just 1 person, to now having three representatives to assist with your software support needs. It seemed only a natural progression to introduce a more advanced phone system to ensure Pryda’s high customer service quality levels are continuously met.

Each call will now be queued and distributed to the next available representative. In the event of our Software Support Representatives being temporarily unavailable, Pryda Build users will now have the option to wait on hold, so there will be no worries about losing your place in the queue. But don’t worry if you’re can’t hold on the phone, simply leave a voicemail message and our trusty representatives will return your call at the next availability.

In support of our appeal to a wide audience, we of course still offer users the option to email a query through to the Software Support team. Every support representative will receive an alert to the email query where the first available representative will tend to your query.

Our new up to date reporting system will allow us to measure accurate call statistics. This data will aid us in monitoring everything from call peaks to call durations. As a result we will be able to make procedure adjustments as needed, to accommodate our user’s needs.

Pryda’s Software Support operates daily from 7am – 5.30pm AEST. Let our friendly staff assist with your software queries by calling 1300techrep or email techrep@pryda.com.au

Pryda Build V4 Load Transfer By Nola Evans

Being a member of Pryda’s Software Support team means I have the opportunity to test and review software as it’s developed. One of the features in Pryda Build v4 – Pryda’s newest detailing and estimating software – that I think will bring a lot of benefits is the load transfer visualisation tool.

With my previous experience in estimating and detailing, and working in Pryda’s Software Support team over the past 4 years, I know that load paths can become quite complex as housing designs become more involved. Pryda’s automatic referencing of objects reduces both, objects being either over or under designed, and the need for manual point loading. The load path visualisation tool not only provides experienced detailers with a method to identify if their trusses & frames will be structurally sound, it is also a useful tool for those newer to the industry to gain a higher understanding of how each object in the framework affects the other objects below it.

After the roof and floor trusses have been designed in a Pryda Build v4 job, you can view both a list of load transfer conflicts as well as a visual representation in the 3D model. Simply hold your mouse over any object in the 3D model to see its load path and immediately identify whether it is valid.

Pryda Build V4 highlights the trusses in different colours depending on the status of their load path to the ground. For instance a green truss means there is a valid load path to the ground from all the supports on that truss. Whereas a red truss indicates that there is an invalid load path to the ground on 1 or more of the supports on that truss.

The load path from each of the truss supports will be highlighted in various colours to distinguish whether the load path is both critical and valid to the ground. With the user now able to easily see when they have loads transferring to large openings or multiple loads concentrated to a single area, the user can easily identify when layout changes can be made to reduce the loads transferring onto large openings and create more efficient designs.

When the load path is not resolved for an object, the 3D model offers some options to resolve load transfer conflicts using two quick and easy methods: you can insert sub-components (critical studs) or load transfer blocks. However, you can also use tools such as referencing studs to trusses or beams to quickly ensure loads from above are transferred down to the ground.

So, whether you’re a beginner or have years of experience, Pryda Build V4 load transfer capabilities will take out the guesswork and provide you with both reassurance and confidence knowing that your trusses & frames are structurally sound for site.