Author: Chris Hackney

Chris founded Revolutio in 2012 as a part-time endeavour while working as a consulting structural engineer, but the underlying work can be traced back to his time as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney in 2007. He has worked for Taylor Thomson Whitting, SCP Consulting and Opus International Consultants and was involved in a number of high-profile engineering projects across Oceania, such as retrofitting walkways to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, earthquake assessments in Christchurch, and developing a tablet-based structural inspection application for the Northwest Rail Link.

CHECKWIND v8.0.0 released

CHECKWIND v8.0.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • STRUCTURE: BUILDING and TOWER structure types can now be oriented in 11.25 degree increments.
  • SITE: Basic Wind Speeds to ASCE 7-16, ASCE 7-22LRFD LTS-1, TIA-222-H and TIA-222-I are now sourced directly from ASCE 7 Hazard Tool.
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind analysis to MS 1553-2002 (Malaysia).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind analysis to Telecommunications Industry Association Standard TIA-222-I.
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to CIRSOC 102-05 (Argentina).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to NBR 6123 (Brazil).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to NCH 432-2010 (Chile).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to NBC-2006 (Nigeria).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to SBC 301 (Saudi Arabia).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to UNIT 50:84 (Uruguay).
  • SITE: Introduction of a brand new Terrain Class detection algorithm utilising machine learning to AS 4055-2012 and AS 4055-2021.
  • SITE: Introduction of a brand new Terrain Category detection algorithm utilising machine learning to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011, AS/NZS 1170.2-2021 and MS 1553-2002 (refer Image 1).
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Multiplier (Mt) detection to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • SITE: Introduction of a brand new Terrain Category (Ce) detection algorithm utilising machine learning to CSA S37-18.
  • SITE: Introduction of a brand new Exposure Coefficient (ce) detection algorithm utilising machine learning to EN 40.
  • SITE: Introduction of a brand new Exposure Category detection algorithm (including open patches) utilising machine learning to ASCE 7-16, ASCE 7-22LRFD LTS-1, NSCP 2015, TIA-222-H and TIA-222-I (refer Image 2).
  • SITE: Introduction of automatic directional Velocity Pressure Coefficient (Kz) averaging and transition zone analysis to ASCE 7 Section C26.10.
  • SITE: Specify shielding structures of any shape to AS 4055-2012, AS 4055-2021, AS/NZS 1170.2-2011, AS/NZS 1170.2-2021 and MS 1553-2002.
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Factor (Kzt) detection to ASCE 7-16, ASCE 7-22LRFD LTS-1, NSCP 2015 and TIA-222-H.
  • ANALYSIS: Specify RL maximum increment spacing for returned wind parameters to provide more granularity.

CHECKPOLE v10.0.0 released

CHECKPOLE v10.0.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Improved tnxTower importing.
  • SETTINGS: Override First Mode Natural Frequency (n1) to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • SETTINGS: Override Dynamic Response Factor (Cdyn) clause to AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • SETTINGS: Override Structural Steel Density.
  • STRUCTURE: Specify 6-SIDED polygonal shaft segments.
  • STRUCTURE: Specify material grade for structural elements (shaft segments, plates, strengthening members, etc) rather than yield and tensile stresses. An extensive list of standard material grades for Australia/New Zealand, China, Europe and the United States is included.
  • STRUCTURE: Specify custom material grades and save them to a custom material library.
  • STRUCTURE: Introduction of predictive bolted and welded end terminations for monopole strengthening to TIA-222-I Annex V (refer Image 1).
  • STRUCTURE: Introduction of standard European and US channel, equal angle, flat bar and unequal angle sections for monopole strengthening to TIA-222-I Annex V.
  • SITE: Basic Wind Speeds and Ice Thicknesses to LRFD-LTS-1, TIA-222-H and TIA-222-I are now sourced directly from ASCE 7 Hazard Tool.
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind analysis to MS 1553-2002 (Malaysia).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind analysis to Telecommunications Industry Association Standard TIA-222-I.
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to CIRSOC 102-05 (Argentina).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to NBR 6123 (Brazil).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to NCH 432-2010 (Chile).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to NBC-2006 (Nigeria).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to SBC 301 (Saudi Arabia).
  • SITE: Introduction of automated wind speeds to UNIT 50:84 (Uruguay).
  • SITE: Introduction of a brand new Terrain Category detection algorithm utilising machine learning to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011, AS/NZS 1170.2-2021 and MS 1553-2002 (refer Image 2).
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Multiplier (Mt) detection to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • SITE: Introduction of a brand new Terrain Category (Ce) detection algorithm utilising machine learning to CSA S37-18.
  • SITE: Introduction of a brand new Exposure Coefficient (ce) detection algorithm utilising machine learning to EN 40.
  • SITE: Introduction of a brand new Exposure Category detection algorithm (including open patches) utilising machine learning to LRFD LTS-1, NSCP 2015, TIA-222-H and TIA-222-I (refer Image 3).
  • SITE: Introduction of automatic directional Velocity Pressure Coefficient (Kz) averaging and transition zone analysis to ASCE 7 Section C26.10.
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Factor (Kzt) detection to LRFD LTS-1, NSCP 2015 and TIA-222-H.
  • LOADING: Introduction of “CYLINDER” and “LIGHT” appurtenance types.
  • DESIGN: Introduction of shaft design to TIA-222-I.
  • DESIGN: Introduction of bolted and welded end termination design for monopole strengthening to TIA-222-I Annex V.
  • DESIGN: Introduction of connection design to TIA-222-I.
  • DESIGN: Introduction of fatigue design to TIA-222-I.
  • DESIGN: Improved fatigue design to CSA S37-18 and LRFD LTS-1.

CHECKWIND v7.5.0 released

CHECKWIND v7.5.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • SITE: Added legend for shielding structures to AS 4055-2012, AS 4055-2021, AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • SITE: Reduced analysis time for Basic Wind Speeds (V) to ASCE 7-16, ASCE 7-22, LRFD LTS-1, TIA-222-H and TIA-222-I.
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Factor (Kzt) detection using “Average Elevation” methodology to TIA-222-H.

CHECKPOLE v9.8.0 released

CHECKPOLE v9.8.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Introduction of automated wind analysis to Malaysian Standard MS 1553-2002.
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Multiplier (Mt) detection to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • SITE: Manually override Topographic Multiplier (Mt) to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Factor (Kzt) detection to LRFD LTS-1, NSCP 2015 and TIA-222-H.
  • SITE: Manually override Topographic Factor (Kzt) to LRFD LTS-1, NSCP 2015 and TIA-222-H.
  • ANALYSIS: Reduced analysis time and improved stability.
  • DESIGN: Improved fatigue design to CSA S37-18 and LRFD LTS-1.
  • DOCUMENT: Expanded analysis results in summary report.

CHECKWIND v7.4.0 released

CHECKWIND v7.4.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Introduction of automated wind analysis to Malaysian Standard MS 1553-2002.
  • Introduction of automated wind analysis to Telecommunications Industry Association standard TIA-222-I.
  • SITE: Improved Topography Class detection to AS 4055-2012 and AS 4055-2021.
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Multiplier (Mt) detection to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • SITE: Manually override Topographic Multiplier (Mt) to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Factor (Kzt) detection to ASCE 7-16, ASCE 7-22, LRFD LTS-1, NSCP 2015 and TIA-222-H.
  • SITE: Manually override Topographic Factor (Kzt) to ASCE 7-16, ASCE 7-22, LRFD LTS-1, NSCP 2015, TIA-222-H and TIA-222-I.

CHECKPOLE v9.7.0 released

CHECKPOLE v9.7.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • STRUCTURE: Specify type of blind bolt (FORGBolt, Hollo-Bolt or NextGen2) for strengthening.
  • STRUCTURE: Specify EXTERNAL and INTERNAL strengthening.
  • SITE: Improved high-resolution topographic data coverage from GPXZ.
  • SITE: Control Google StreetView directly within the software when viewing shielding structures to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • LOADING: Appurtenance Library completely redesigned for a smoother experience.
  • LOADING: Custom appurtenance libraries now saved as CSV files.
  • DESIGN: Significant reduction in connection analysis time.

CHECKPOLE v9.6.0 released

CHECKPOLE v9.6.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • STRUCTURE: Polygonal members now modelled and designed based on their external corner radius (rext).
  • STRUCTURE: Specify both rectangular and tapered gusset plates.
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Multiplier (Mt) detection to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • SITE: Automatic Reference Wind Speed (Vref,0) detection to EN 1991-1-4 for Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugual, Slovenia and Spain.
  • SITE: Improved Basic Wind Speed (V) detection to LRFD LTS-1 and TIA-222-H to more closely align with ASCE 7 Hazard Tool.
  • ANALYSE: Option to utilise TIA-222-H Annex S provisions.
  • DESIGN: Improvements and corrections to monopole strengthening design module.

CHECKWIND v7.3.0 released

CHECKWIND v7.3.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Introduction of automated EN 40 wind analysis.
  • SITE: Automatic Reference Wind Speed (Vref,0) detection to EN 1991-1-4 for Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom (with remaining countries to come shortly).
  • SITE: Automatic Terrain Category (ce) detection to EN 40-3-1.
  • SITE: Automatic Topography Factor (f) detection to EN 1991-1-4.
  • SITE: Improved Topography Class detection to AS 4055-2012 and AS 4055-2021.
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Multiplier (Mt) detection to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Factor (Kzt) detection to ASCE 7-16, ASCE 7-22, LRFD LTS-1, NSCP 2015 and TIA-222-H.
  • SITE: Improved Basic Wind Speed (V) detection to ASCE 7-16, ASCE 7-22, LRFD LTS-1 and TIA-222-H to more closely align with ASCE 7 Hazard Tool.

CHECKPOLE v9.5.0 released

CHECKPOLE v9.5.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • SITE: Address searches now saved.
  • SITE: Improved Topographic Multiplier (Mt) detection to AS/NZS 1170.2-2011 and AS/NZS 1170.2-2021.
  • LOADING: Introduction of V-PANEL headframe/platform type.
  • ANALYSE: Specify the minimum number of nodes to be used per shaft segment during structural analysis.
  • DESIGN: Improvements and corrections to monopole strengthening design module.

CHECKPOLE v9.4.0 released

CHECKPOLE v9.4.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:

  • Introduction of automated EN 40 wind analysis.
  • SITE: Automatic Reference Wind Speed (Vref,0) detection to EN 1991-1-4 for Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg and United Kingdom (with remaining countries to come shortly).
  • SITE: Automatic Terrain Category (ce) detection to EN 40-3-1.
  • SITE: Automatic Topography Factor (f) detection to EN 1991-1-4.
  • SITE: Automatic Shape Coefficient (c) calculation to EN 40-3-1.
  • LOADING: Automated load cases to EN 40-3-3.