Structural Design Software Certification – February 2011


The Government of South Australia, Department of Planning and Local Government, has advised that there is a mandatory variation to the Building Code of Australia 2010 (BCA-2010), says the Technical Director for the Pryda Group, Graham Cooper.

Graham explained, “The Minister’s Specification A2.2 Structural engineering software (May 2010) is now a mandatory document applicable to South Australia, and came into effect on 1st May 2010.

This Specification was based on the Australian Building Control Board’s Handbook ˜The Use of Structural Software for Building Design Approvals” (2007).

South Australian Department of Planning and Local Government :- Compliance with the Minister’s Specification will provide building surveyors with greater confidence that the design is compliant with the BCA and as such, an independent structural engineering check will not be required for individual development application.

Pryda is very pleased to advise that its independent structural software certification has been completed and accepted by a number of approval authorities in South Australia. This certification is part of the Pryda Compliance Document.

Graham highlighted, Furthermore, in Pryda’s latest software release, Pryda Build i, additional items of training confirmation are now automatically printed out on the Producer Statement so that separate lists of trained personnel are not required. This is of considerable benefit to approval authorities, and to fabricators using this design software.

Under this regime, fabricators will now not be required to submit computations. Instead the minimum documents required for approval are:
Roof truss layout
Producer statement
Truss detail sheets

Of course, there will also be occasions when more details are requested, but this will be the exception rather than the rule.

Graham was keen to point out that, Pryda Australia gratefully acknowledges the hard work and feedback from a number of people and organisations in order to have brought this process to a successful conclusion. It was not easy, and the construction industry in general is still coming to terms with it.

In South Australia, all Pryda fabricators have been trained in, and are using, Pryda Build V2. The latest generation of Pryda design software Pryda Build i has integrated all data (roof, walls and floor systems) into one package, and will be installed at all South Australian fabrication plants over the next few months.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact Pryda Australia on 03 9554 7001