When designing a structure, you as the structural engineer must keep in view the big picture. What are the ‘vital signs’ of the structure? What do you tell your supervisor when they ask for a quick status?
ETABS, like other analysis programs, doesn’t provide a quick answer to these questions. Enter the “Recovered Loads” spreadsheet, which provides a 30,000-foot view of your building on one printed page.
At a glance, this tool tells you what you need to know about the building:
- Mass and Weight
- Dead, Superimposed Dead, and Live Loads (total and per area)
- Steel and concrete weight per area
- Base Shears for all loads
- First three building periods
Instructions are found on the first tab of the spreadsheet. Questions? Let me know via the comments.