Projects - Your projects contain structural information specific to your site address for factors such as seismic, wind and snow loads. When you create an account, we automatically create a couple of default projects (one high seismic and one low seismic site), so you can immediately start trying out the design tool. If you have a specific site address you'd like to have setup please request a project by clicking on the "Create new projects" button in the upper right hand corner of your projects screen. You'll get an email notification letting you know your project is setup and ready (usually same business day)
Buildings - Each building you create will be assigned to a project. Once it's assigned to the project, it will adopt the site specific structural properties for that site address. Each project can contain multiple buildings. This allows you to test multiple design options for one site. To create a new building, click on the "New building" button in the upper right hand corner of your projects screen and fill in the required information. Once you've successfully created the building, click on the respective project to expand your building list. From there, click on your building, and start designing
Step 2 - Start Designing
Select your typology - On this page you'll choose from an available list of single story building typologies (single loaded without a corridor, or double loaded with a corridor). Click on the typology you'd like to use and hit "Next"
Size your building - On this page, you'll size the building by its overall footprint. For single loaded buildings, you have the option to grow the length of the building in increments of 8 feet (the depth of the building is fixed at 30 feet). For double loaded buildings you have the option to grow each wing of the building in increments of 8 feet (bar A and bar B), offset the wings of the building relative to each other in increments of 8 feet, and change the corridor width to several fixed sizes (the depth of the each building wing is fixed at 30 feet). Please note that the max length of the building wings are relative to each other, and the max length of the wing offsets are relative to the overall length of the building (longer building can have longer offsets).
Room Sizing - On this page you'll divide each wing of the building into rooms. Each room division will create a structural line in the building where structural shear walls will be placed. You can turn off room divisions by clicking on the red grid bubbles, and turn on room divisions by clicking on the empty grid bubbles. You will also notice a "layout design status" as the bottom of the page. This will tell you if your building layout and respective structural lines are returning a valid result for your building and site's specific structural criteria. Each time you turn a room division/structural line on or off, it will run a new structural validation. You cannot move on to the next step until you get a valid structural result.
Design - On this page you will design your building layout in more detail. When you first get to this page, you'll notice several dark lines distributed throughout the building floor plan. These dark areas indicate structural shear walls. The location of these walls is the optimal structural layout for your building. You can change the location of the walls by clicking on them and hitting the delete key. Then selecting the shear wall tool from the tool-bar on the right hand side of the screen, selecting the shear wall component, and placing a new shear wall in an available component cell (indicated by a dashed line along the perimeter and corridor of the floor plan). Each time you change a shear wall, the design status will be recalculated. If this returns an invalid result, delete your shear wall, and re-insert it in the original location. The tool-bar also has over a dozen different options to place doors and windows in the available component cells. Please note that component cells running horizontally are 8 feet in length, and cells running vertically are 6 feet in length.
Submit Your Design - Once you've finished your design on the Design page, click on the submit button in the lower left hand side of the screen. This will send your design to Project Frog where we will build out a detailed Revit model for you to view and download via Autodesk A360 (usually next business day). Once your design is ready to be viewed, you will receive an email notification with an A360 link. You can also go back to the building in your projects page to access the same A360 link.