New Software Program for Architects and Engineers
RedSpec, a new proprietary product sizing software from RedBuilt, has just been released and is available for free download on the company’s website at www.redbuilt.com. RedSpec is a user-friendly design program that allows engineers and architects to quickly and efficiently create floor and roof design specifications using Red-I Joists, RedBuilt Open-Web trusses, RedLam Laminated Veneer Lumber, glulam beams, and dimensional lumber for a variety of commercial and multi-family applications.
A central component of RedSpec is FloorChoice – RedBuilt’s proprietary floor performance rating system. FloorChoice allows a floor to be evaluated while still in the design phase, providing an easy to understand numerical rating system. The FloorChoice rating system is fully integrated into the RedSpec product sizing software.
The FloorChoice rating system quickly provides information on floor characteristics and qualities above and beyond code-prescribed strength and deflection limits. These subjective qualities often determine whether or not occupants will be satisfied with the floor, and FloorChoice allows these characteristics to be better understood while the project is still on the drawing board. Through RedSpec, users are able to identify an appropriate FloorChoice rating for their specific floor and application, taking into account considerations such as joist series, span, spacing and depth, sheathing thickness and more.
Another feature of RedSpec is its hanger selection capability. With the integration of the latest Simpson Strong-Tie database with the RedBuilt product design, it provides users with the most complete and current hanger selection options, even taking into consideration slopes, skews and optional nailing for uplift.
The new website is designed for architects, engineers, specifiers and contractors, and includes a full suite of tools, photos and information. It features a products section with detailed product specifications, construction application photos, answers to common questions, and available sizes and profiles for all of RedBuilt’s commercial and industrial products. It also includes profiles of recent projects, product literature downloads, AutoCAD Details and Revit Families download and more.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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