Since opening the CHECKWIND beta in August of last year, over 500 users have supported us by downloading, sharing and providing feedback. It’s taken longer than we hoped to get to this point, but we think you’ll agree it was worth the wait. We listened to your feedback and have rewritten and improved nearly every aspect of the program, which is available to download here.
All users who participated in the beta will be supplied with a free 3 month licence active from today as a sign of our gratitude, and will receive instructions on activation in a separate email.
A simple interface which streamlines inputs for non-technical users.
An advanced interface for experienced users to tweak every parameter.
Support for AS/NZS 1170, ASCE 7-10, TIA-222-G, ASCE 7-16, and TIA-222-H (coming in late 2017).
Automatic Wind Region, Lee Zone and Basic Wind Speed determination based on NIWA maps and ATC Windspeed data.
Automatic structure detection for the Shielding Multiplier (Ms) based on Google Maps analysis.
Improved automatic Topography (Mt and Kzt) calculation boasts improved feature detection and filtering of non-relevant results.
It’s not uncommon for me to hear engineers say “we just assume everything is 1.0 because it’s conservative”. Until now, it’s been too hard to utilise terrain category averaging or shielding. With CHECKWIND, you can safely and transparently reduce your wind pressures by more than 50% compared with the more “traditional” approach by just identifying your site on the map.
CHECKPOLE v4.0.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:
Introduction of TIA-222-G wind loading and design, enabling CHECKPOLE to be used for analysis and design of monopoles across the world.
Automatic basic wind speed (V) determination for the United States, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.
Automated Topographic Multiplier (Kzt) calculation engine which checks 16 wind directions in seconds, accounts for upwind shielding features, and produces a terrain profile for each direction that can be interrogated by clicking on the feature points.
Refinement of the Topographic Multiplier (Mt) calculation engine for AS/NZS 1170.2 with improved topographic feature detection and filtering of non-relevant features.
Google Places Autocomplete integration for site address searches.
CHECKPOLE will automatically determine which of the available international design standards are required based on the monopole properties and site location. Users can change this selection at any time.
Introduction of NZS 3404 for steel monopole design.
CHECKPOLE v3.2.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. New features and enhancements include:
Simplified monopole opening interface enabling users to nominate a specific location along the shaft rather than assigning them to predefined nodes. Files saved in previous versions of CHECKPOLE will have their openings transitioned to the new system automatically, however you will be prompted to review them to ensure the approximations are accurate and make changes as necessary.
Specify standard Optus slimline, metropolitan (all types) and regional loadings in a single click.
Analyse and design square monopoles.
Improved stability of the custom monopole library to prevent CHECKPOLE from crashing if incompatible monopoles are detected. Users will be prompted to delete offending monopoles from their library.
Openings now considered in the calculation of the elastic critical buckling load.
Torsion now considered in the calculation of base connection bolt shear.
CHECKPOLE v3.1.0 is now live and can be downloaded here. This update was focused on improving the user experience and bringing wind analysis functionality in line with our recently released CHECKWIND software. New features and enhancements include:
Automatically determine Annual Recurrence Intervals based on Structure Importance Level and Design Life.
Connection components failing geometry checks highlighted in red.
Improved area load wizards.
Improved Shielding Multiplier (Ms) wizard.
Improved accuracy of elastic critical buckling loads, which until now have been slightly conservative.
Improved connection design resulting in more economical designs.
Improved summary and detailed reporting.
Improved Rocla Proforma exporting based on the worst case wind direction.
As of today, the CHECKWIND beta is open to the public. It’s focused on our groundbreaking Google Maps integration for 1-click wind analysis, featuring an automated Topographic Multiplier (Mt) calculator, terrain category averaging, definition of shielding buildings using satellite imagery, wind region detection, and lee zone detection and calculation for New Zealand.
The beta is completely free and can be shared with anyone you like. We’re looking to test it on a broad range of systems to stamp out the trickier bugs bugs that only appear under particular hardware/network/Windows configurations outside of our available testing environment. We appreciate your patience as the application evolves over the next few weeks/months, and let us know if you encounter something that isn’t right.