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We are really excited to let you know that Steelspace has launched! We believe that cloud-based services are the future! Our colleague had already written a great post about how cloud services can accelerate our workflow. We think structural design experience could be so much more if we take advantage of the opportunities of the cloud.

Just a few of the many benefits of moving services and data to the cloud:

We are confident that engineering work is facing a similar transformation and we want to be one of the inducers of this process with our latest development.

What is Steelspace?

Steelspace is a cloud-based storing, sharing and service providing open platform for structural models and their analysis or design results.

Users are immediately able to upload, store and view structural models from Grasshopper Pangolin and from Consteel and share them with colleagues having also Steelspace account. On the models in Steelspace several structural analysis and design calculation packages can be executed which are available for and compatible with the uploaded model.

Not sure how to export your model to Steelspace? Check our quick guides on Youtube!

The system is still under development and we will make sure to continuously improve our services. If you interested, head to Steelspace.io and give it a try! You can log in with your Consteel account if you already have one or just register for free.

We are open to collaborations as well! If you have a great idea or solution to implenet in Steelspace, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Steelspace

We are glad to let you know that Consteel 14 is out! We have expanded the boundaries of the latest version of Consteel and not just developed new features for Consteel, but created a plugin for Rhino-Grasshopper, and redesigned our website to serve better for our users’ needs.

What’s new in Consteel 14?

Overall Imperfection Method

Stability design based on imperfections is becoming more prevalent as modern architecture poses an increasing challenge to structural designers with its unusual, innovative, and non-conventional solutions. Global buckling shapes of the structure can be used as starting data to geometric imperfections. However, in addition to imperfection shapes, it is also necessary to determine their amplitudes, but the design standards do not provide much help for this, as it yields a solution for only simple column buckling problems. In the case of real, complex structures, the value of the imperfection amplitude cannot be calculated in this way. The new method we have developed, the Overall Imperfection Method, provides a solution to this.

We introduced a new sensitivity test called the Imperfection Sensitivity test. Using the results from this new test, we also automatically obtain the value of the required amplitude multiplier for the application of the buckling shapes as imperfection. Thus, the imperfection based stability design can already be performed automatically and quickly in Consteel as the design based on strength reduction factors in the general method.

Overall Imperfection Method

Smart Link

A new type of link element has been implemented into Consteel, the smart beam-beam link element, which greatly simplifies the modeling of the eccentric connection of two bypassing members. Typically, this is the case with the connection between the main beam and purlins. With this new object, we can place link elements at specific points in the main beam, and we can easily connect other beams to their other end point, based on the predefined parameters of the eccentricity. In the case of any change in geometry or profile, the link element follows the modification of the main beam, together with the purlin attached to it. The link elements can be placed individually or in groups with a predetermined arrangement along the main beam.

Smart Link

Linearly variable distributed surface load

The available types of surface loads have been expanded with a linearly variable type of distributed load. From now on, the definition of snow accumulation loads will be much easier than before. In this case also, the load can be applied over the entire surface or only on a delimited part of it. The desired load pattern of a roof can be assembled with several surface loads of different intensities linked to a single load-transfer surface spanning over the entire roof.

Linearly variable distributed surface load

Critical temperature

We have also implemented the calculation of the critical temperature, which is an important parameter of the design in fire situation. The critical temperature is the temperature at which, due to that heating, the material properties are reduced to such an extent that the load-bearing capacity of the element is exhausted at a given load. It means that the value of utilization is just 100%. If fire protection is to be achieved with fire-protection intumescent painting, this value is the basis for specifying the appropriate material and layer thickness.

Critical temperature

The critical temperature must be calculated differently for the strength and stability analysis. Consteel can perform both calculations and the result will be the lower of the two calculations, i.e. the design value.

Pangolin plugin for Grasshopper

In the intuitive and revolutionary parametric geometric modeling environment of Grasshopper, it has already been possible to create any spatial model that can be described by mathematical functions. The new plugin we have developed for this environment allows us to develop the geometric model directly into the Consteel model right in the Grasshopper, endowing it with gauges, supports, loads, and all the elements and features available in the Consteel. This model can then be uploaded directly to Consteel. The model thus adopted only needs to be run in Consteel, because the modeling can be carried out in a parametric way in Grasshopper. If you need to change somewhere in the geometry or loads, you can do so by changing a few parameters, and then passing the model that has changed in this way to Consteel, you can run the analysis again immediately. The live connection between Grasshopper and Consteel also makes it possible to supplement the model built in Consteel with additional elements and loads in Grasshopper, of course also in a parametric way.

Pangolin in action

Online user account and licence system

Along with the release of Consteel 14, we are also launching our new website which will offer a continuously growing personal space for registered users so there will be an opportunity to track your licenses, to send error messages to our support team and even upload your own csPI codes. We provide a continuously expanding set of materials, including different tutorials and learning materials, some of which will be available for registered users exclusively. Our aim is to create a centralized user experience. It is important to note that uploading csPI codes will only be available later in time.

Regarding our self-developed online license management system, the main advantage in this development is that from now on there is no need to differentiate between a local and a network license, as the user can use the purchased license on any computer where an internet connection is available. For larger companies where multiple licenses are used, a user with administrative rights can control the allocation of licenses to each engineer. This will make the use of licenses much more flexible within the company.

It is important to note that this option will only be available to students and trial users for the time being. However, in addition to continuous improvement, we will gradually make it available to other users in the future. The hardware keys used so far remain usable. It is up to the user to decide whether they want to switch to the new licensing mode and return their dongle or stay with the previous protection system.

We hope you like our new developments and features!

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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?

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

What are you working on right now?

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

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)?

How far away in time does the launch feel like?

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

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

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

Development Engineer

What are you responsible for, regarding the new version?

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

What are you working on right now?

How far away in time does the launch feel like?

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

Software Engineer

What are you responsible for, regarding the new version?

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

What are you working on right now?

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

How far away in time does the launch feel like?

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

Development Engineer

What are you responsible for, regarding the new version?

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

What are you working on right now?

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

Software Engineer

What are you responsible for, regarding the new version?

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

What are you working on right now?

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)?

How far away in time does the launch feel like?

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

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

UX/UI designer

What are you responsible for, regarding the new version?

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

What are you working on right now?

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

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)?

How far away in time does the launch feel like?

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

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

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!

The annual ConSteel distributor meeting took place in Budapest in early February 2020.
The meeting was about reviewing 2019, assessing the results of the past year and to discuss the plans for 2020.
Our goals for the new year were set, which we presented to the distributors, as well as the new programs and opportunities of ConSteel were introduced.
Besides, the meeting allowed everyone to grow their international relationships. We are glad that last year two distributor partners joined the ConSteel community, representing Romania and Finland. This means that two more countries have direct Consteel contacts and support providers in their homeland, which is a great benefit for the users.

This year six of our distributor partners participated in the event, representing Greece and Malta, Germany, Romania, Poland and Spain.

Day 1

On day one, the marketing and sales tasks were on the table, besides the annual reports and set goals were discussed, then the partners participated in a workshop to share their opinions and ideas about ConSteel’s existing and future developments.

We announced the winner of the ConSteel Distributor of 2019 award: this year the winning partner was ERGOCAD from Greece. The company has been a leader in licence sales for years as well as they take care of keeping the good reputation of ConSteel with their expert communication.

Distributor of the Year: ERGOCAD
As a closing to our day, the partners took part in team-building cooking dinner.

On day 2 the meeting took place in a SkyBox Conference room in the recently built Puskás Ferenc Stadium.

This day was dedicated to present the new directions of the developments and innovations of the software which the parters greeted with genuine interest. The novelties of the upcoming version of ConSteel, ConSteel 14 were presented, as well as other developments and software relations were introduced.

As a final program of the meeting, we had a tour around the stadium, being able to visit the highest point – built with beautiful steel structures, the VIP areas and the pitch as well.

Beautiful steel structures and the pitch
The distributor meeting was a good end to 2019 and an excellent start of 2020.

We are pleased to announce that the R&D project called “CFSExpert” led by ConSteel Solution Ltd. has won financial support on the EUROSTARS-2 international R&D funding programme.

The value of the winner project is indicated by the fact that up to now only 22 Hungarian participants won from a total of 182 submissions, which is only a 12% success rate, moreover, in the last 11th call only the ConSteel Solutions Ltd. was awarded from the Hungarian applicants.

What is EUROSTARS?

Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development- performing small- and medium-sized enterprises (R&D-performing SMEs). With its bottom-up approach, Eurostars supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world. Eurostars has been carefully developed to meet the specific needs of SMEs. It is an ideal first step in international cooperation, enabling small businesses to combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders. Eurostars is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission, co-funded from the national budgets of 36 Eurostars Participating States and Partner Countries and by the European Union through Horizon 2020. In the 2014-2020 period, it has a total public budget of €1.14 billion. These programmes are highly market-oriented, which means that in addition to high-level R&D content, a well-grounded marketing strategy and business plan must be submitted. Proposals are ranked centrally by the EU and evaluated by committees of independent international experts.

EUROSTARS-2 funded projects by country

The winner project

Title:CFSExpert – Structural design tool for cold-formed steel structures
Consortium:ConSteel Solutions Ltd. – Hungary – consortium leader
Universitatea Politehnica Timișoara – Romania
Gordias Srl. – Romania
Date:01.01.2020 – 31.12.2021

The goal of the project is to develop straightforward software tools for practising engineers to use in their projects including cold-formed steel (CFS) profiles of general shape, according to a design based on Eurocode 3 concept. The software is based on an innovative design process which integrates the specific modern mechanical analysis of CFS members (Constrained Finite Strip Method – cFSM) with existing and newly developed design procedures. The software tools will be launched at three levels for different types of target users having the same calculation core including the developed new innovative design methodology. Accordingly, the main R&D result of the project is in this special calculation core, but for the support of an efficient marketing and sales process, it is also aimed to implement it into three different types of software realization. The CFSExpert Structure is a design package implemented into the ConSteel 3D analysis and design software as an additional module for the design of cold formed sections within a general 3D steel structural model. The CFSExpert Member is a stand-alone software configuration to handle a single element, with simply supported or continuous statical system, with specific graphical input and output features limited to cold-formed profiles. The CFSExpert Engine is a “black-box” calculation engine, without graphical user interface, but having standard easy-to-use input-output interface suitable for implementing into any existing or new-to-develop specific design software tools. It is strongly believed that these three different software realizations provide the most efficient way for serving the largest part of practising engineers with the innovation implemented into the calculation core.