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How to draw a multi span beam in Etabs 2008 vs Etabs 2013

How to draw a multi span beam in Etabs 2008 vs Etabs 2013

How to draw a multi span beam in Etabs 2008 vs Etabs 2013

Dear All

How to draw a multiple span beam in Etabs/SAP as there are so many possiblities:
mesh/divide/full beam/separate spans/2008/2013
Possibilities are so numerous that I am lost...


RE: How to draw a multi span beam in Etabs 2008 vs Etabs 2013

Hi there!

So you are new with ETABS, I wish I had had someone to ask this kind of questions when I had just started. Therefore it is great to help others as I may.

If you are using ETABS 2013, whatever option of the above mentioned will be fine, except for the "mesh" option, meshing applies to shell elements and frame elements but it does not help you to draw a multi span beam.

Here is one option: Set the grid system including supports as grid lines. Then draw the line starting at the firs support and ending where the support is supposed to be, an continue on to the next supposed to be support grid, go on. Once you drew all the spans, assign supports by right clicking the points where you want each support and then going to assign→joint-restraint, now pick the type of support you need.

Hope it helps!

RE: How to draw a multi span beam in Etabs 2008 vs Etabs 2013

Thanks cyrosmith85
So this way I have both options in Etabs 2013: draw it from start to end one shot, or stop at each support, which seems preferable according to you (and to me also)

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