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Diaphragm Slicer - ETABs API

The Tool

One feature that I like to use in ETABs is the section cut tool, but it is quite cumbersome to utilize in practice:

Notice how you have to enter (4) valid points to define a section cut... a time consuming process. I love to …

One Way Load Distribution In ETABs

I have used ETABs one way load distribution button for a long time and it works great on flat floors and "slightly sloped roof" to distribute load based on tributary area.

Today though, a coworker of mine noticed on a slightly more pitched roof, angle of about 30 degrees, the …

ETABs API - More Examples (Database Tables)

Sparked by a reddit inquiry, I have added an example on my github to access the database table results using the ETABs API. The python code can be found on github.

The Code

The example code works to access the joint reaction database table results from ETABs v20.

The Beginnings of an ETABs Plugin

My first "Hello World" addin for ETABs is shown above. No matter how many times you see it, it is always satisfying to get Hello World to print out.

To make the addin, I followed Jeremy's examples on his website. Big thanks to him and his …

ETABs Plugin - Part 2

Having nailed down the initial steps of creating a plugin, I set out to do some real functional work with the plugin. Being naive, I went off the deep end to begin programming the diaphragm slicer, but was quickly met by a sea of syntax …

Transfer Diaphragm Design

I have been working through some complicated diaphragm designs with a newer engineer recently and have been learning a lot about transfer diaphragms. I realized I was falling into some pitfalls and it was good working through this with the newer engineer. One of the great things …

Section Cut Tool Upgrades

The Section Cut Tool got a big upgrade:

  • Ability to plot multiple load steps for a load case that contains multiple directions of loading.
    • Seismic X, Seismic X +e, etc.
    • Currently only supports ASCE 7-16 and ASCE 7-22 seismic loads. If …

E2R - ETABS Revit Connection Tool

After the development of R2R, RAM Structural to Revit connection tool, I wanted to make an E2R, ETABS to Revit connection tool. Below are some screenshots of the newly developed tool.

I made a youtube video on how …

Capacity Based Design of BRBs in ETABs

Unfortunately from my research, a capacity based design module for BRBs in ETABs does not exist. See snip below.

Given this glaring missing feature, I figured I would outline how I have …


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