Hi all. Anyone out there doing FTAO with multiple openings both horizontal and vertical? Imagine if you will a nice residential greatroom wall two levels high and several nicely spaced and symmetrical windows up and across. Any success or methodology out there to recommend? I feel like I have exhausted the available examples for insight of which there are only a few. I do not have "the Analysis of Irregular Shaped Structures" by Malone but have considered he might have done this. I have done multiple openings before horizontally but the vertical ones are not coming out right It is messing with the distribution of the vertical shear force I think. I would like to avoid FEA if I can but am somewhat resigned to this being an only option. I should mention I am using the Diekman method of analysis. It has occurred to me this is a bad idea anyway so if someone want to nail that down for me and rational thought I'd like to hear that too. Please don't offer alternate means of framing (such as moment frames, engineered panels, etc) as I just want to discuss the merits of this type of analysis and leave it at that.
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