Simpson Strong-Tie has released the Strong-Wall Bracing Selector web app, which is designed to suggest pre-engineered Strong-Wall shearwall solutions to meet job requirements.
The app automatically identifies shearwall alternatives to code-prescribed braced wall panels, selecting from among Strong-Wall designs that offer code compliance in a narrow format.
It can also be used together with the Simpson Strong-Tie Wall-Bracing-Length Calculator web app, which calculates the required length of wall bracing according to the 2009 or 2012 IRC.
“This app automates our 84-page design guide," said Simpson Strong-Tie VP and general manager Sam Hensen. "With a few easy steps, a designer can select a solution to meet the exact amount of bracing that is required. This new tool makes it easier to specify equivalent solutions and also provides builders with all the information they need to submit to building departments for permit approvals.”
The new web app replaces the Strong-Wall Shearwalls Prescriptive Design Guide.