While it might feel like we just launched Vectorworks 2017, we’ve been hard at work preparing for the release of our Vectorworks 2018 product line. As a part of these efforts, we’re pulling back the curtain on one development to come in our next release later this year: Braceworks.
A 3D Finite Element Analysis (FEA) add-on for Vectorworks Spotlight, Braceworks provides design, production, and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary structures under load to ensure safety and compliance with engineering codes and standards. By adding Braceworks into Spotlight, it offers a completely integrated entertainment modeling, analysis, and documentation process.
“With today’s workflows, it’s difficult for entertainment professionals to quickly and accurately assess the safety of their designs,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Giving them access to structural analysis within their 3D design environment is a massive improvement for their workflows. It not only will save them time and effort, but make it much easier to quickly evaluate how design changes will impact a structure’s performance.”
Developed in collaboration with DeerSoft GmbH, Braceworks analyzes complete 3D structural systems modeled in Spotlight. It supports point and distributed load types, straight and curved members, and multiple materials. The FEA enables static analysis with results displaying graphically on the model for easy reference. Braceworks also includes support for Eurocodes and upcoming ESTA standards, such as the E1.6. Furthermore, detailed calculation reports are automatically generated with the add-on, and files can be exported as DTSV to be easily shared with structural engineers.
“Globally, the safety of temporary truss structures has come under scrutiny, so entertainment designers are constantly adjusting to new regulations and standards,” explained Moritz Staffel, managing director of DeerSoft GmbH. “Braceworks makes it easy for professionals to certify the safety of their structures.”
Pricing for this add-on will be made available upon the launch of Vectorworks 2018 later this year. In the meantime, if we’ve piqued your interest, and you want to learn more, let’s talk. We have plenty of options for those eager to know more. Those attending Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany this week can learn more about Braceworks at the Computerworks and Vectorworks booth E60, Hall 3.0.
If you’re not attending Prolight + Sound, you can find out more by tweeting @Vectorworks.