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In the first quarter, we have collected some new model examples on topics of Grasshopper and Pangolin, own NA settings, pre-engineered Metal Building, and how to build models your own script, available for free download from the Knowledge Base.

Integrate structural model and analysis in Grasshopper

Did you know that Consteel provides a plugin to integrate structural modeling and analysis into your parametric Grasshopper definitions?

How will you possibly work in Pangolin? See the related videos on our YouTube channel, starting with the ‚Introducing Pangolin‚ video.

Create your own NA settings

Did you know that Consteel already supports most of the countries which have adopted Eurocode design standard?

Design a pre-engineered Metal Building

Did you know that you can use Consteel to design a pre-engineered Metal Building with all its unique characteristics, including web-tapered welded members, the interaction of primary and secondary structural elements, flange braces, shear and rotational stabilization effect provided by wall and roof sheeting? 

User-defined response spectrum

Did you know that in addition the standard Type 1 and Type 2 response spectrums defined by Eurocode 8, you can use also user-defined spectrums with Consteel

To see what else the Consteel software can do, check out the features.

Have you ever heard about the ‚General Method‘? Consteel recommends to use the General Method from EN 1993-1-1 for the evaluation of out-of-plane strength of members and sturctures. Free model examples and information are available in the Knowledge Base.

What is a ‚General Method‘?

General Method is an alternative design method to consider the interaction of axial compression with major-axis bending for general buckling situations, where the main interaction formulas are not applicable.

This basically includes every member with monosymmetric or asymmetric cross-sections or with cross-sections not uniform along the length (welded tapered sections) or laterally stabilized by sheeting or anything else without providing full fork supports.

The General Method is fully supported by Consteel and provides an automated buckling verification possibility. Of course, for the use of the General Method in a general case the traditional 12DOF beam finite elements are not applicable. If you are interested, take a look at the example.

Our software recommends to use this method from EN 1993-1-1 for the evaluation of out-of-plane strength of members and sturctures.

When linear buckling eigenform affine imperfections are used, Consteel can scale automatically the selected eigenmodes to perform a Eurocode compatible design, and you can even combine several imperfections. In addition, the scaled imperfection based 2nd order approach is available.

To see what else the Consteel software can do, check out the features.

Consteel 17 has been released! The new version concentrates entirely on usability, including improvements for efficient modeling, load adjustments and simplified calculations, broadened design result display and software interactions, and so much more. Watch our comprehensive guide!

We’ve already summarized the new features in our previous blog article, but we’ve also made a video with English and Hungarian subtitles. You can find the subtitles in the settings menu on our YouTube channel! Here are some highlights for inspiration:

🔹 Automatic model portions
🔹 X-brace
🔹 Improved handling of Load Transfer Surface loads
🔹 Extended and unified design results
🔹 New environment for software interactions (AxisVM plugin)
🔹 Numerous new Descript commands
🔹 Improvements for efficient modeling
🔹 Steelspace developments (detailed model compare, clipping plane, advanced collaboration management)

Watch our comprehensive guide on the new version

In this comprehensive video, we walk you through a step-by-step workflow guide, demonstrating how to leverage Consteel 17 to its full potential.

Explore the new features for free

Download the new version now!

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If you are new to Consteel, you can explore the new features easily. After the release of Consteel 17, the new developments will be automatically available in our free trial version.

Our users who use our software with online protection will automatically have access to the latest version after installation. Consteel users with USB dongle protection will receive the necessary information to upgrade when the new version is released. For any problems with the update, please contact our support team.

The Steel Lion Award is an international competition for steel structural engineers until April 5 – students can also apply in a separate category. This award recognizes creative parametric solutions in the field of steel structure design, promoting innovation, creativity, and excellence. The winners will be announced at the International Consteel Meetup on April 11, where the presentations will focus on what we are passionate about. This year the competition is open for submissions again so don’t hesitate to apply!

The history of the award

The award was launched last year with great success and 30 steel structure models from different industries were submitted in 2022. For two years, The Steel Lion Award will include all ConSteel-related competitions and contests, including the Hungarian User Day contest or Diploma Competition, to create a high-level, internationally recognized professional or graduate award.

The Steel Lion Award is an innovative program designed to recognize and motivate skilled structural engineers from around the world to showcase their best projects at Consteel. Considering our extensive user base, which includes both local and international markets, we want to give all users the opportunity to enter their exceptional work into the competition.

This year, you can submit entries for the award until April 5, students can enter their diplomas alongside Hungarian and international projects, which will be subject to a separate evaluation.

In 2022, we have created a website where the submitted and collected models can be viewed in a spectacular online viewer. For more details on this prestigious award, please read the website of the Steel Lion Award.

How to apply with your project?

The size of the project or the size of the Consteel model is not a key factor during the evaluation, so smaller projects with creative, unique solutions are warmly welcome. To apply with your project, it is also free for everyone in 2024, with the prerequisite that the company must have a live Consteel license. A company can apply for the award with more than one project, and in that case, an application form must be completed for each project. The end of structural design (e.g., finished model) for all projects should be within the previous 5 years. Applications will close on April 5 and will be reviewed by the professional jury.

An international ConSteel team of structural engineering professionals and academic professors will evaluate the submitted projects. All projects that use scripting technologies (Pangolin or Descript) in their solution will be automatically evaluated for the Pangolin Award. We believe that this new technology is the future of structural steel design and that it is essential to promote its uptake and spread within the profession. The winners will be announced during the International Consteel Meetup on April 11. The detailed program of this event will be available soon. The detailed program of the event is available.

APPLY FOR PROJECT CATEGORY

How to apply with your diploma?

To apply with your diploma, your thesis should be written between January 2022 and February 2024. If you are a student or have graduated in the last 2 years, you do not need to have a live Consteel license. The diplomas will not be evaluated together with the real projects submitted by experienced professionals. Applications will also close on April 5.

APPLY FOR STUDENT CATEGORY

Winners announced on the International Consteel Meetup

The winner of each category will be announced at the International Consteel Meetup on April 11, 2024. We believe that the power of community multiplies the performance of individuals. That is why we consider community building important in the field of structural engineering, and an important step is to share our results with each other. This is perhaps the most valuable part of The Steel Lion Award, to show each other what and how we work in Consteel.

This year we won’t be focusing on structural design as a work or job. We would like to focus on structural design as a passion! We would like to discuss what can make our beloved profession an exciting and fascinating activity.  

Come and let us show you how Consteel supports what we think is the best part of structural engineering!

Turn your passion into efficiency!

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This April 11, at the International Consteel Meetup, we won’t be focusing on structural design as a work or job. We would like to focus on structural design as a passion! We would like to discuss what can make our beloved profession an exciting and fascinating activity. We will also announce the winners of The Steel Lion Awards in this day.

Enjoy your structural design!

We believe that the power of community multiplies the performance of individuals. That is why we consider community building important in the field of structural engineering, and an important step is to share our results with each other. This is the most valuable part of The Steel Lion Award, to show each other what and how we work in Consteel. If you haven’t heard of the later, you can read more about it in our previous article.

In addition to experienced Consteel users, any interested engineers, companies, or students open to new technologies are also welcome to join. Come and let us show you how Consteel supports what we think is the best part of structural engineering!

Turn your passion into efficiency!

The event is free but registration will be required. For more details and program, scroll down!

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Presenters


József Szalai PhD
ConSteel Solutions
CEO
Bálint Vaszilievits-Sömjén
ConSteel Solutions
S. Research Engineer
Ádám Kis
ConSteel Romania
Development Engineer
Dávid Lewandowski
bim.GROUP
Structural Engineer

Program

The presentations will be in English only.

9.30 – 11.00

Components of the real experience of structural design in Consteel – how to study and understand the true structural behavior of your model, and control your design – József Szalai PhD, CEO, ConSteel Solutions Ltd.

11.00 – 11.30

The Steel Lion Award – presentation of the submitted projects and the winners – József Szalai PhD, CEO, ConSteel Solutions Ltd.


11.30 – 1.00 LUNCH BREAK


1.00 – 2.30

Unconventional solutions for conventional structures – Find the engineering challenges and elegant solutions in everyday design tasks

Bálint Vaszilievits-Sömjén, Senior Research Engineer, ConSteel Solutions Ltd.

2.30 – 3.00

Guest presentation: Parametric design workflow of the steel structure of Alba Arena, Hungary

Dávid Lewandowski, Structural Engineer, bim.GROUP Ltd.

3.00 – 3.30

Grasshopper scripting case studies – 5 years of Pangolin

Ádám Kis, Development Engineer, ConSteel Solutions Ltd.

3.30 – 4.15

New wind simulation tool – Integrating CFD to practical structural design

Ádám Kis, Development Engineer, ConSteel Solutions Ltd.


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This month we have shared 4 new example models on topics of Class 4 sections, cold-formed, reinforced concrete columns and shear connectors, available for free download from the Knowledge Base.

Calculate effective cross-section properties for Class 4 sections

Did you know that you could use Consteel to calculate effective cross-section properties for Class 4 sections?

Did you know that you could use Consteel to calculate effective cross-section properties for Class 4 sections?
Did you know that you could use Consteel to perform local and distortional buckling checks for cold-formed members?

Perform buckling checks for cold-formed members

Did you know that you could use Consteel to perform local and distortional buckling checks for cold-formed members?

Determine the second order moment effects for slender reinforced concrete columns

Did you know that you could use Consteel to determine automatically the second order moment effects for slender reinforced concrete columns?

Did you know that you could use Consteel to determine automatically the second order moment effects for slender reinforced concrete columns?
Did you know that you could use Consteel to determine the optimum number of shear connectors for composite beams?

Determine the optimum number of shear connectors for composite beams

Did you know that you could use Consteel to determine the optimum number of shear connectors for composite beams?

To see what else the Consteel software can do, check out the features.

Are you interested in basic-level Consteel training? We are now also presenting the fundamental functions and usage of Consteel in English. You can apply until November 6.


DATE: November 22, 2023 (registration deadline: November 6, 2023)

The online training in English will take place November 22 from 9.00 AM to 4.30 PM (UTC). There will be no more opportunities to attend this year!

Topics:

  • Basic modeling functions, load definition
  • Analysis and design options, 7DOF finite element, General method, real 3D behavior
  • Seismic and fire design
  • Connection design, spread footing
  • Documentation generation

Lecturer:

Vazul Török, Structural Engineer

Vazul has a lot of experience with Consteel software, having previously been part of our engineering support team. In addition to his structural design work, he has joined us as a Consteel training lecturer now.

Participation fee:

  • 295 EUR + VAT/person
  • 95 EUR + VAT/active full-time student

Discounts:

  • For active full-time students.
  • In the case of multiple applications from the same company, we offer a 50% discount on the participation fee per person from the second applicant onwards.
  • Discount on entry fee after the training.

Benefits:

  • We offer a Premium Community Membership level for one month to all participants after the training. This includes access to our highest-level Knowledge Base materials, scripts, and support service. 
  • The models used during the training will be made available to participants after the training. 
  • The program is a full-day commitment. If the participant purchases a new software license within 2 months of the training, they will receive a higher discount on the entry fee.

You can find more information about the participation requirements in Training Terms and Conditions, or you can request it by emailing info@consteelsoftware.com!

The event is closed, thank you for your participation!

Is the reliability and efficiency of design software important to you? In November, we will organize professional workshops in Romania, where we will show you our latest research and technological solutions in Consteel software.

We will show how to understand the real behavior of a steel structure through fast and efficient calculations, and how to build an exact, reliable design procedure on top of these. The language of workshops is ENGLISH!

There will be an opportunity for free personal consultations throughout the workshops. These consultations can also be conducted in Romanian.

SAVE THE DATE!

7 November, 2023 15.00-19.00 (EET, UTC +02.00) – The Polytechnic University of Timisoara

9 November, 2023 09.00-13.00 (EET, UTC +02.00) – Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

14 November, 2023 15.00-19.00 (EET, UTC +02.00) – The Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest

Program:

József Szalai PhD, CEO 

Consteel, fundamentals of a unique solution for structural steel design (Introductory presentation)

Bálint Vaszilievits-Sömjén, Senior Research Engineer

Design of hall constructions with hot-rolled, welded and cold-formed sections 

Ádám Kis, Development Engineer 

Scripting techniques with Grasshopper plugin 

Zoltán Plosz, Consteel and IDEA StatiCa distributor in Romania 

Consteel and IDEA Statica – an efficient workflow in steel structural design 

Participation in the event is free but registration is required! Those attending the event will also receive a larger discount on our software’s entry fee. Submit your application by clicking the ‚Register‘ button!

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This month we have shared 4 new example models on topics of elastic critical moment, overlapped purlins system, critical temperature and crane beam design, available for free download from the Knowledge Base.

Calculate the elastic critical moment of a member subject to arbitrary loading and boundary conditions

Did you know that you could use Consteel to calculate the elastic critical moment of a member subject to arbitrary loading and boundary conditions?

beam with arbitrary conditions
overlapped purlin tips

Design simple supported, continuous and overlapped purlins systems considering shear and rotational stiffness of attached roof sheeting

Did you know that you could use Consteel to design simple supported, continuous and over-lapped purlins systems, considering shear and rotational stiffness of attached roof sheeting?

Determine the critical temperature of a steel beam protected against fire with intumescent painting

Did you know that you could use Consteel to determine the critical temperature of a steel beam protected against fire with intumescent painting?

critical temperature tips
crane beam

Hot-rolled crane beam design considering the effect of code-prescribed load eccentricities

Did you know that you could use Consteel to design a hot-rolled crane beam considering the effect of code-prescribed load eccentricities?

To see what else the Consteel software can do, check out the features.

Save the date and join the Consteel Community on March 30. The International Consteel Meetup online event will shed light on various structural design topics with the help of Consteel software, focusing mainly on its unique and advanced solutions in steel structural design. In addition to experienced Consteel users, any interested engineers or companies open for new technologies are also welcome to join.

Be part of the Consteel Community for just one day

The event will be free, but registration will be required.

This year, we are organizing thematic afternoon so that everyone can listen to the presentation they really want to hear and learn about. In the morning session, there will be general topics with a guest speaker, after that you can join two sessions on different specific topics at the same time. We hope that the meetup will be a great opportunity to learn new techniques from experts in the field, get to know more of your peers’ projects, and build your professional community network. The presentations will be in English only.

This year’s winners of The Steel Lion Award for the best structural steel projects will be also announced at this event.

Don’t hesitate and register for our online event! See the detailed program under the ‚Events‘ tab!

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