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Application: STAAD

First Class: Easy steps on STAAD Editor, just to give an indication about
how STAAD understands commands and how does it deal with them.
Second Class:

Steps are as follows :

First : Making a file
Open STAAD ----> New Project ----> Space ----> KN & Meter ----> Store it
on the "Local Disk (D)" ----> Add Beam ----> Finish
OR, if you already opened STAAD
File ---> New ----> Space ----> KN & Meter ----> (type the file's name) ---->
Store it on the "Local Disk (D)" ----> Add Beam ----> Finish

Now if you noticed, the structure is in the 3D mode Figure (1), and at the
beginning of this course we will use the 2D Structure mode. Now look at
the top left of the STAAD tools bar, you will find 7 boxes,
these are the view mode that you will select to work,
and for the 2D Structure purposes we will use

Figure 1
Second: Example Procedures
1- Go to "Geometry" Tab ----> Beam
1a.[ For STAAD 2006 users, from the right of your screen choose Irregular
and type the coordinates and not to forget to use Space Bar between
each dimension then [Snap Node/Beam] and begin drawing from left to
right ].

1b.[ For STAAD 2007 users, from the right of your screen you will find
, hit it and a window will appear,
choose Irregular,
and dont forget to put a name in the Name window
Relative gridline distances type the Coordinates,
then press the Ok button.

, and in the
, and

Your Irregular mode will appear like this

dont forget to put the to make sure you have selected the Irregular
mode. Then press on the [Snap Node/Beam] and being drawing from left
to right .

2- In "General" Tab ---->click on

which is a "Rectangular "

button and choose the shape

,then put the dimensions

And dont forget to choose the Material with is concrete in

our Example
In the previous steps we define materials and the sections , but we did not
assign ( Assigning is giving the section its characteristics)
3.1. Make sure that you have the current section chosen
Then you have many different ways to choose all beams, but dont forget
to make sure that the beam curser is working probably

a. By selecting them entirely Figure ( 2 )

Figure 2
b. By selecting one by one and holding the CTRL key

c. You can simply hit the

page will be selected.

and automatically all beams in the

d. You can assign and define .

After choosing any of "a to d" different methods hit the


4. Supports
4.1. Go to "General " Tab ----> "Support" Tab ----> From the right of the
screen you will see Figure (3) ----> From it, choose

support and click add.

Figure 3

, then choose

----> then by using the Nodes Curser


select all nodes

5. Load & Definitions

5.1. Go to "General " Tab ----> Load ---->
----> a window will appear choose

----> type the name of the load

, Then Add and

Now as you will see you will have

5.2. Click on the

----> Add ---->

direction to the
and the Factor to
the load is downward

put the
, the ( - ) indicates that

----> now the selfweight will appear like this

for 2007
STAAD users, but for 2006 STAAD users it will appear with a question
mark beside it, in this case you will have to assign it.
5.3. The same as (5.2.), but here you have to select the
and put a value to the load ( assume it -40)

and choose

(G = Globally) ----> Add

----> Close ----> Assign ( Select all beams and assign them)
6 Analysis and print
6.a. Go to "General " Tab ----> Analysis /Print ---->
will appear at the right of the screen.
7. Analyze
From the top bar of STAAD go to


----> Add ---->

Notes :
The structure is built in the "Modeling Mode" but the results are shown in
the "Post processing Mode, and then cause of that I have to different

Post Processing Mode

To see the displacement with a clear view:


From STAAD Tools bar Choose

10 to get

----> Scale ----> Go to Scales tab

and hit enter.

change 1000 to 5 or

To see results on the drawing :



From STAAD Tools bar Choose




then you will get


To go back to the same beam

Annotate ---->

do the same steps but instead of

Prepared by : Abbas Suwan

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