Month: March 2020

Quantifire Latest Changes

Important – on 2021-01-21 a bug was identified in the Quantifire that can affect DFT calculations. It occurs very rarely, when a specific combination of products is loaded from both private and public databases, and could cause the DFTs of one product to be given for both. All generated reports have been reviewed by PFPS, and only 2 were affected. The creators of these projects have been notified. If you have not been contacted you do not need to take any action.
To prevent future occurrence, we recommended all users upgrade to the latest version.

1.2.6.2 (released 2021-01-22)

  • Bug fix: prevent specific combinations of products from giving incorrect DFTs
  • Bug fix: moving sections and moving/deleting zones bug fixed
  • New feature: Import from canvas will now ask users how to proceed if the advanced Tcrit calculation is selected and section lengths are outside the range of 3-30 m (10-98 ft). Users can choose to base the length on the settings and the quantity will be modified to give the same total length/area/weight.
  • Compatibility improved with eastern european systems, permitting use of comma decimals in the default section lengths.

1.2.6.1 (released 2021-01-18)

  • New feature: two extra columns to select on reports: theoretical use (kg/m or lb/ft) and number of kits
  • New feature: change all now includes option to modify concrete filled property of hollows
  • ‘X’ users now compatible with teams – restricting visibility of ‘X’ customer projects to relevant users
  • Import canvas now searches for the utilisation column automatically and will detect Ø as a CHS section
  • Improved handling of ULS partial safety factors – Base Eurocode and UK National Annex parameters now available from a drop down list for ease of use (default set to Eurocode storage to be conservative)
  • Entry by area and weight now expanded to imperial units
  • Cell beams can now be entered by area or weight (this ignores holes)
  • The detailed fire standard (e.g. EN 13381-6,-8,9,-10) now shown for each report line in the fire resistance standard column
  • Report translation bugs fixed: summary totals and use (beam/column) words now correctly translated
  • Bug fixed that caused crashes if the ALS loading was very high
  • Bug fixed that caused crash in some regions when entering system information

1.2.6.0 (released 2020-12-17)

  • Cell beam improvements:
    • The tee-finder is expanded to look for matches that have a weight tolerance of +/-1kg, if a perfect match is not found
    • Cell beams can now be entered by area or weight – NOTE the holes are excluded when calculating the length
    • First steps have been taken to implement cell beams into the import canvas (as described below)
    • Improved error handling to prevent unrealistic beams, with the implementation of an entry limitation of between 3 and 30m. Beams can be set to lengths outside this range using the Tcrit editor for those with the permission to do so.
  • Import canvas improvements
    • Cell beams in a westok designation (e.g. 650×305/305×248) will be automatically set as cell beams, if there term “cb”, “fab” or “westok” is included.
    • The tee finder routine has been set to return a broadly symmetrical beam, if multiple configurations are found.
    • Non-westok beams given in a westok format can also be calculated on the basis of a manually set flange to web thickness ratio (1.6 is entered as a realistic, but typically conservative, default)
    • If beam lengths fall outside the 3-30m range, the length will be automatically replaced with a calculated length based on the span/depth ratio set in the advanced settings.
    • The Edit Columns window will now guess the column letter based on the next available.
    • Bugs fixed whereby consolidation could crash due to a feature introduced in 1.2.5.0 and whereby the custom separator was not working in the text-to-columns feature.
  • Important bug fix: in previous versions the calculated weight of cell beams made from plate girder could falsely include a root radius if the preceding calculation was done on a similar beams from serial sections. This could give weight a tiny bit too high. This has been corrected. Note this bug had no affect on PFP DFTs or quantities.
  • Note: future developments will permit the holes to be defined on the import canvas. At present these are automatically generated for every beam based on the advanced Tcrit settings.

1.2.5.1 (released 2020-12-02), including 1.2.5.0 (released 2020-11-30)

  • v1.2.5.1 only: some bug fixes specific to the new teams feature
  • New feature: teams visibility restrictions. This allows the following:
    • Companies can implement an unlimited number of teams across 5 hierarchical levels (global, regional, sub-regional, country/state, district).
    • If enabled, users are restricted to seeing projects created by their team or any team that reports to them.
    • Specific permission can be granted (or removed) for any project to view a project outside their normal team
    • Teams can apply to hydrocarbon and cellulosic users separately
  • Rods DFT handling expanded to permit distinction between circular and square rods
  • Pasting locked cells into the canvas will no longer lock parts of the canvas
  • Improved regional compatibility, making use of the regional decimal and thousand system separators (instead of the UK/US defaults) and preventing some failures seen by users in eastern Europe.
  • Bug fixes
    • The “Flat” import canvas section builder could sometimes skip flats when importing
    • v1.2.4.0 reports sometimes gave the fire standard instead of the certificate reference
    • Some cell beam DFTs could revert to specified failure crtieria calcs when changing beam properties after reloading a job
    • Returning from the CB calculator could move the cell beam to a different position if in the last zone
    • Class 4 sections could crash on the Tcrit calculator page due to a graph plotting issue
    • The change all could miss sections when changing a specific zone after moving or duplicating sections

1.2.4.0 (released 2020-10-28)

  • Automatic note setting added: Quantifire now selects the notes automatically for the first revision of a report. Later revisions can also be set automatically.
  • Edit button improvements:
    • Move sections combined into a more useful button, allowing groups of sections to be moved to above or below any other section
    • Summary totals button added to give a quick summary for each product of the quantity, cost, kits required, and unprotected sections
    • Tooltips added to explain the function of each button
  • Import canvas improvements
    • Better logic to improve matches of SHS sections (which were previously failing to give the best match when a dimension was repeated)
    • Plate/Flat builder feature added: when a profile does not give a good match but the name includes “pl”, “fl”, “bl” then Quantifire will create a custom flat or plate is the number of dimensions is appropriate
    • Import now checks the sides against all the supported options, to prevent unsupported sides exposed descriptions passing to MTO Builder and causing problems later on.
  • Calculation reports and statistics page improved via auto-population of project information and the addition of print and back buttons
  • MTO Builder improvements:
    • BUP Box sections now permit a 0mm outstand when treated as RHS, allowing for entry of RHS sections with different flange and web thicknesses.
    • I sections can now be added when the side is against a wall (e.g. H) by selecting sides as “3 (end)”
    • Default Tcrit from industry guidance now set as Eurocodes and no longer resets when the method is changed.
    • Quantifire now detects when an EN13381-6 certificate is loaded, and turns off the CFT reduced section factor method and use of CHS sections automatically.
    • The area and weight column names have been clarified (as sum columns) and the totals bar now gives the sum total length.
  • Product comparison and DFT table builder bugs fixed: expiry date, access date, applicability to 4s.b. now correct.
  • Invisible improvements:
    • Better handling of expired products to allow jobs started before expiry to be loaded and edited
    • Better handling of report numbers to prevent numbers remaining reserved when reports are cancelled
  • Minor bug fixes (and editorial improvements):
    • Fixed bug whereby unprotected Tcrit calculations of cell beams could fail to show the DFT on screen
    • Fixed bug whereby entering by weight when steel units were set to tonnes could give wrong totals