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Things to Know About Using "Smart End Conditions"
- by Gary Cox -
From time to time, we receive questions about a feature in the program that either most users don’t know about, or don’t fully understand how it works. During the BCMC, we were asked questions about just such a feature, the “End Condition Options” feature, which controls our Smart End Conditions for floor trusses.  This intuitive method of enabling layout to select the proper end condition and supply the appropriate variables automatically, based on bearing condition, was first introduced in version 26.  However, based on questions received regularly, we thought a further explanation of how to start using this tool and how to disable the old way of placing floor truss end conditions would be helpful.

To enable the new “End Condition Options” for floor trusses, you first need to turn off the default end condition(s) you are accustomed to using. To do so, go to "Utility > End Condition Defaults" and uncheck the "Enable Ends" checkbox as shown below.  This must be accomplished before going to the Floor Plane Section of Layout.

If you select the Floor Plane section before going to Utility > End Condition Defaults and un-checking the “Enable Ends” box, all walls will automatically have the end condition saved in End Condition Defaults applied to them.  After disabling the End Condition Defaults, users now need to go to Tools > End Condition Options. Once there you will need to set the options for each of the six Standard End types.

This is accomplished by checking the box for the appropriate Standard End type and then checking the “Enable Ends” box and dragging the end condition you wish to use as a default for that end type to the truss picture on the right side of the dialog. You can then set the General EC Properties as you need them to be. 

To take full advantage of the End Condition Options, you should also open the Utility > General Defaults and make some changes on the Floor Entities tab.  You should turn off the checkmark in the center of the dialog box that says “Walls”.

This will allow you to specify the Truss Depth in the associated field separately from the Floor Planes Depth field below.  For example, setting the Floor Plane Depth to 10000 and the Truss Depth to 10800 would result in the truss bottom chord dropping below the top of the wall on which the floor plane is placed.  This would trigger the default end condition for TC Brg X>6.0”.

Note too, if you have specific walls, beams, or lines where you wish to use a non-standard end condition, you can still use the EC field on the status line of the Floor Planes section to specify a special end condition for one or more walls, beams or lines within the layout.

Ends can also be explicitly applied to individual trusses in the Floor Truss section using the Ends tool.  These tools will override the defaults defined in End Condition Options.

We hope this helps clear up any issues you may have had in the past with this tool, and allows you to easily switch to the newer, more automated method of creating floor truss end conditions from layout.


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