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.