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May 19, 2020
6 min read
Zsófia Szőnyi

A sneak peek into getting ready for the Consteel 14 launch

These days everyone is getting prepared for something: the children are waiting for the summer break, university students are preparing for their last exams, the rest is waiting for re-openings. We at Consteel, we are busy with preparing Consteel 14, along with Pangolin (Consteel’s new Grasshopper plugin) while still working from our homes.

We did a small interview with a few of our colleagues on the getting-ready phase.

How do you feel about Consteel 14 on a scale of 1-14, where 1= Meh  14= I can’t wait for the users to see it!   ?

The team’s answers average is 11, which means we are pretty close to the finish!  

Let’s see what our colleagues, working in different areas said.

Software Engineer

What are you responsible for, regarding the new version?

  • Pangolin, and the new Managed API underpinning it.

Pick something that you did (and is related to Consteel 14) and are especially proud of?

  • The Managed API, which will make programming ConSteel models from the outside possible in the ubiquitous .Net framework.

What are you working on right now?

  • Refinements of Pangolin.

Can you remember the hardest part during the development of something for Consteel 14 (if you want to / can name such)?

  • Solving various conflicts between Consteel’s and Grasshopper’s design philosophy in a non-confusing way.

Can you remember the greatest moment during the development of something for Consteel 14 (if you can/would like to, you can explain it a bit)?

  • Calculating the first 100% Pangolin created model.

How far away in time does the launch feel like?

  • Minutes.

How do your workdays look like? (Are you getting busier and busier each day or is it constantly easy/hard)?

  • Busier and busier as every change affects more and more.

Recommendation for the users to check out first after downloading Consteel 14?

  • Pangolin.

Anything else, that you would like to share about getting prepared for the new version launch?

  • Pangolin is immense but unrefined. The sooner and more you use it, the more suggestions and bug reports you to give us, the faster will it get better.

Development Engineer

What are you responsible for, regarding the new version?

  • Engineering background and functional planning for critical temperature calculation and linearly distributed surface load. coordination of the development of the new features I have tested the new features of ConSteel and created verification examples related to the new functionalities.

Pick something that you did (and is related to Consteel 14) and are especially proud of?

  • I think the intumescent paint design function is pretty thorough. It is unique that we calculate critical temperatures for every finite element. Also, I think it’s quite reassuring that we automatically check back the critical temperature with the design utilization. It was a team effort, so I can’t take all the credit, but I think it turned out great.

What are you working on right now?

  • Testing of design calculation improvements.

How far away in time does the launch feel like?

  • Feels like it’s right around the corner compared to the months of development.

How do your workdays look like? (Are you getting busier and busier each day or is it constantly easy/hard)?

  • Constantly busy.

Software Engineer

What are you responsible for, regarding the new version?

  • Coordination of the development of the new features I have tested the new features of ConSteel and created verification examples related to the new functionalities.

Pick something that you did (and is related to Consteel 14) and are especially proud of?

  • Load distribution of the linear surface load, calculation of the critical temperature.

What are you working on right now?

  • On lots of bugfixes.

Can you remember the hardest part during the development of something for Consteel 14 (if you want to / can name such)?

  • Correcting the wrong codes of someone else.

How far away in time does the launch feel like?

  • Tomorrow.

Recommendation for the users to check out first after downloading Consteel 14?

  • Surface load.

Development Engineer

What are you responsible for, regarding the new version?

  • I have tested the new features of ConSteel and created verification examples related to the new functionalities.

Pick something that you did (and is related to Consteel 14) and are especially proud of?

  • I have written the system design document of the Beam – Beam Link Element.

What are you working on right now?

  • I am working on the verification of the effective section properties of the cold-formed sections.

How do your workdays look like? (Are you getting busier and busier each day or is it constantly easy/hard)?

  • Sometimes it is very easy, but there are days when I am very busy.

Software Engineer

What are you responsible for, regarding the new version?

  • Developing the smart link / beam-beam link feature, testing other new features, writing descript code.

Pick something that you did (and is related to Consteel 14) and are especially proud of?

  • Smart link / beam-beam link.

What are you working on right now?

  • Fixes and testing.

Can you remember the greatest moment during the development of something for Consteel 14 (if you can/would like to, you can explain it a bit)?

  • When the engineering team is vocally satisfied.

How far away in time does the launch feel like?

  • Too close 🙂

How do your workdays look like? (Are you getting busier and busier each day or is it constantly easy/hard)?

  • It’s definitely getting busier

Recommendation for the users to check out first after downloading Consteel 14?

  • Smart link / beam-beam link 🙂

UX/UI designer

What are you responsible for, regarding the new version?

  • New website’s design and some other design related material.

Pick something that you did (and is related to Consteel 14) and are especially proud of?

  • Pangolin logo

What are you working on right now?

  • Refreshing our product brochures.

Can you remember the hardest part during the development of something for Consteel 14 (if you want to / can name such)?

  • Designing the new website.

Can you remember the greatest moment during the development of something for Consteel 14 (if you can/would like to, you can explain it a bit)?

  • When I finished the logo for the Pangolin plugin.

How far away in time does the launch feel like?

  • It’s around the corner.

How do your workdays look like? (Are you getting busier and busier each day or is it constantly easy/hard)?

  • It’s like a roller coaster from January. But with deadlines approaching, it becomes busier.

Recommendation for the users to check out first after downloading Consteel 14?

  • Register on our website. 🙂

As you can see, Consteel 14 will be out soon, and its development happens with multiple dedicated experts’ input. We can’t wait for the launch, stay tuned to get notified when you can access Consteel 14!

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Zsófia Szőnyi

Makes sure Consteel finds its way to its future users.
Works closely with sales and design. Plans Consteel’s marketing campaigns and creates content.

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