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Webinar Productivity Diamonds

The webinar Productivity hacks for Diamonds can be watched on-demand

Key takeaways from the webinar


  • Use Design Types to classify the different elements in your model
    • Elements belong to a Design Type can be easily selected with CTRL key
    • Use CTRL + SHIFT to add or substract other Design Type elements to the selection
  • If you have selected elements with different properties (e.g. different spring support value), a lock will appear in the dialog window to protect unwanted modifications:
    • Parameters with common value can be modified as is
    • For parameters with different values, you need to consciously open the lock to enter the new value and override existing values
  • Easily select elements with similar or equal properties via
    • menu ‘Select‘ (more general selection)
    • select single element > right mouse button > menu to selected other elements with identical properties (granular selection)
  • On a large selection of elements: before you releasing the selection (clicking anywhere in the background), wait and think. You have to ask yourself: what other useful things can I do with this selection?
  • Use templates to store your preferred parameter values
  • Going from 2D to 3D, can be done by either
    • Drawing all walls, one by one
    • Creating a smart selection of elements and using the Translation function
  • When the model is upside down
    • Click with right mouse button on the coordinate system XYZ in right bottom corner to return to the default 3D view
  • If you have trouble zooming in
    • View > Perspective > Orthogonal view
  • [Good practice] Avoid narrow openings for the mesh to go through. It is better to split up plates in smaller plate elements by creating a closed contours.
  • If larger plates do not split up correctly, use the projection function.


  • [Good practice] Remove empty load groups – these are load groups without any loads on the structure. It will reduce memory consumption and lead to a faster transfer of results.
  • If you experiencing trouble defining the surface loads on bars, in particular the recognition of the surface, e.g. wind on walls/roof: use the projection function.
  • Use linked load groups to reduce the number of load combinations and therefore speed up the analysis
  • If you make a mistake in defining the load value, most people try to adjust the loads via the data table:
    • In 90% of cases the fastest way is to delete the load and add it again.
    • 10% exception: use the scale function to modify the value.


  • You can temporarily hide the results by simply clicking on the result button itself (e.g. deformation dy)
  • Section cut lines:
    • Adjust singles section lines via right mouse button: divide/translation …
    • Use Generate cut lines for model to cut whole model at one at certain X/Y/Z plane
  • Create a custom window configuration to quickly get an idea of what rebar net would be suitable, without really adding any practical reinforcement.
  • To add practical reinforcement in plates, use the practical reinforcement tool
  • In the cracking calculation, you can choose between
    • theoretical reinforcement,
    • practical reinforcement,
    • theoretical+practical reinforcement

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