Form: Auto Construction Sequence Load Case
An auto sequential construction case provides an automated method of creating static
nonlinear staged construction cases that are specifically tailored to model construction
sequence loading. Note that only one auto sequential construction case can be defined
per model file.

1. Before defining the automatic sequential construction cases, define the Load
pattern(s) that will be used to define the Load Pattern (see below) for the active
structure.

2. Click the Define menu > Auto Construction Sequence Cases command to display
the Auto Construction Sequence Load Case form.

3. Select the type of construction sequence to be defined:

Case Is Active check box. If this check box is unchecked, the auto construction
sequence is inactive. No construction sequence case is defined. Use this option to
disable the existing construction sequence.

Auto Construction Sequence Load Case Name edit box. Use the name for the load
case suggested in the associated edit box or type a new name in the box.

Geometric Nonlinearity Option drop-down list. Geometric nonlinearity effects are
considered on all elements in the structure. Typically, the P-delta option is
adequate. If reasonable, it is recommended that the analysis be performed first
without P-delta (i.e., select None from the drop-down list), adding geometric
nonlinearity effects later. The following options are available:

o None option. All equilibrium equations are considered in the undeformed
configuration of the structure.
o P-Delta option. The equilibrium equations take into partial account the
deformed configuration of the structure. Tensile forces tend to resist the
rotation of elements and stiffen the structure, and compressive forces tend
to enhance the rotation of elements and destabilize the structure. This may
require a moderate amount of iteration.

This may require a large amount of iteration. Use the edit boxes. The force at each joint is proportional to the mass tributary to that joint and acts in the specified direction.  Loads Applied area. and so on. The distribution of load applied on the structure for a given construction sequence case is defined as a scaled combination of one or more of the following: o Any load pattern. Use the drop-down list to select the Group. and it acts in the direction of the modal displacement. buttons. .o P-Delta plus Large Displacements option. The force at each joint is proportional to the product of the modal displacement. and the mass tributary to that joint. o A uniform acceleration acting in any of the three global directions.  Construction Sequence o Combine this number of Stories in each Construction Sequence Group edit box. and display lists in this area to specify the Load Pattern. o A modal load for any eigen or Ritz mode. o Exclude this Group Until the Last Step check box and drop-down list. This means the structure will start with n stories in the first stage. Check this check box to specify that a Group be excluded from the construction sequence until the last step. the modal circular frequency squared (2). n more stories will be added in the second stage for a total of 2n stories. Enter the value for the number of stories in each sequence. All equilibrium equations are written in the deformed configuration of the structure.