18 Oct

Stuff I should have known earlier … shortcuts…

The other day I learned a useful shortcut in windows, being that the Windows key + SHIFT + S opens up the snipping tool in windows, very handy. This is something I always used to open manually with a search for via the start menu, very cumbersome right.

This got me thinking, what other things am I ashamed to admit I found out way after the rest of the world apparently did, and way after I’d like to admit after doing it some other way that either took more time or was just plain dumb in hindsight with respect to using shortcuts instead…. and things I instantly regretted with the power of a wayward shortcut applied in the wrong situation. Read on and learn:-

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23 May

Doing some cool stuff with JavaScript in Bluebeam (Part 2)

In part 1 we added a single line of JavaScript, it was basic. But hopefully that single line of JavaScript provided some inspiration on how you could make other stamps you might create dynamic, and less specific.

In this post we’ll do another example, but this time I’ll show you how to use some data input by the user when you place a stamp to do some calculations using JavaScript.

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28 Mar

To minimum or not to minimum, that is the question?

Minimum steel, love it or hate it, we have minimums for a reason even if it seems like overkill sometimes given that we may have very low demands.

This post will demonstrate why (I hope) we are required to comply with these arbitrary limits. Usually I’m going into these posts with only the theoretical background of why something exists, but hopefully once we get into it this theory can actually be demonstrated.

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29 Feb

Using Mathematica to save the world

Well, one person’s world of torsion anyway…

In this post I’ll show how to use Mathematica to check some derivatives of torsion relationships.

Mathematica is an analysis/computational tool by Wolfram. Now if you had to pony up the dollars for it you’d be out a few thousand dollars, but as it happens I’m cheap and it’s free on Raspberry Pi’s Raspbian operating system. Yes it’s linux based, but don’t let that turn you off, it’s so simple to setup anyone could do it.

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01 Feb

Rational Buckling Analyses to AS4100 or NZS3404 (Part 5)

So if you’ve been following along with this series you now hopefully know a little bit more about some of the methods involved in undertaking buckling analyses. Pat yourself on the back for making it this far through my ramblings I guess (if nothing else).

It’s pretty simple, and in most cases it will yield a capacity very similar to the code hand methods, albeit via a completely different path. It’s always good when different methods yield similar results.

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