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  • January 2016   The Lateral3 V4.3.0 upgrade has been released. The new version includes 2012 IBC code for load generation.
  • November 2014   Studs V4.3.0 upgrade has been released. The PCI 7th ed. Design Handbook, ACI 318-11 and ACI 318-08 are now available as design standards. All rental customers should install the upgrade.
  • September 2014   A beta test for Studs V4.3.0 is available. The upgrade includes code selections for PCI 7th ed. Handbook and ACI 318-11 and -08 Appendix D.
  • May 2014   Bcan, Compmem, Lateral3: Installing AutoCAD 2015 may cause these three programs to stop working. See update.
  • March 2014   New builds are available for Shearwal V3.2.2 and Studs V4.2.2 that fix the black radio buttons problem.
  • February 2014   Studs V4.2.2 update has been released. This update eliminates the machnm1.exe message at startup plus some other little bugs. All user should update.
  • December 2013   Beam V3.3.1 update is available for download. It fixes a few bugs that slipped into V3.3.0 and makes an important change to the reporting of minimum shear reinforcing. All Beam V3.3 users should update.
  • November 2013   Shearwal V3.2.2, has been released. It is an update to fix a few bugs that were introduced in the previous release. All Shearwal V3.2 users should update.
  • October 2013   The Beam V3.3.0 upgrade is released. ACI 318-11 and -08 options are the big items along with a few bug fixes.
  • September 2013   A beta test for Beam V3.3.0 is available. The upgrade includes code selections for ACI 318-11 and -08.
  • August 2013   The Shearwal V3.2.1 upgrade is released. Coverage for IBC 2012 and IBC 2008 is added along with many other changes. All rental users should get the new version.
  • May 2013   A beta test forShearwal V3.2.1 is available on the Downloads > Beta Test page. (You must be logged in to access the Beta Test page.) The new version brings the building code option up to IBC 2012 and also introduces a couple of significant changes in the underlying program. All licensed users are invited to try the beta test version.
  • August 2012   Lateral3 V4.2.3 update has been released. This update eliminates the machnm1.exe message at startup plus some other little bugs. All user should update.
  • April 2012   Bcan V3.0.5 and Compmem V3.1.2 are released. These updates eliminate the machnm1.exe messages at startup plus some other little bugs.
  • May 2011   Beam V3.2.1 is released. It is an update to V3.2.0. Everyone with a license for Beam V3.2 should upgrade.
  • March 2011   A beta test is underway for Beam V3.2.1.
  • September 2010   Beam V3.2.0 has been released. It updates the available codes to ACI318-05 and includes an alternate torsion method (Zia-Hsu).
  • March 2009   Lateral3 V4.2.1 update has been released. The ASCE 7-05 Supplement No. 2 is incorporated. All user should update.
  • December 2008   Studs V4.2.1 has been released. This is a bug fix update, all users should update.
  • November 2008   Studs V4.2.0 released. See it (link removed). This features the addition of ACI 318-05 and two new anchor types.
  • September 2008   Beta tests are underway for Studs V4.2.0 and Shearwal V3.2.0. Studs V4.2 features the addition of ACI 318-05 and two new anchor types. Shearwal V3.2 features the addition of IBC 2006 as a code option.
  • July 2008   Compmem V3.1.0 upgrade released. An option to select the ACI 318 revision, 1999, 2002, 2005 is added.
  • January 2008   Lateral3 V4.2.0 upgrade released. This adds the IBC 2006 code to the options.
  • December 2007   Lateral3 V4.2.0 beta test available. We welcome participation by all Lateral3 users.
  • November 2007   Lateral design seminar offered. Back to work after the PCI Convention.
  • September 2007   Studs V4.1.2 update released. All users should update.
  • June 2007   Lateral3 V4.1.2 update released. This fixes the DXF file problem. All users should update.
  • May 2007   Bcan V3.0.4 and Compmem V3.0.4 updates released. All users should update.
  • March 2007   Beam V3.1.1 update released. All Beam V3.1.0 users should update.
  • February 2007   Shearwal V3.1.0 released. See it (link removed). Beam beta testers please check in.
  • April 2006   Lateral3 V4.1.0 released. See it (link removed).
  • December 2005   Studs V4.1.0 released. See it (link removed).
  • November 2005   Studs integration with StructureWorks™ demonstrated at PCI convention.
  • September 2005   Upgrade to Studs expected by December
  • May 2005   Maintenance updates in progress
  • January 2005   Beam V3.1.0 announced



January 2016

Lateral3 V4.3.0 includes the 2012 IBC for lateral load generation. This also includes some changes for wind loads on sloped roofs and fundamental frequency of a building under wind load. Get the Release Notes from the Lateral3 product page for the full list of changes.


November 2014

The upgrade to Studs V4.3.0 adds design criteria for the PCI 7th ed. Design Handbook and Appendix D of ACI 318-11 and ACI 318-08 to it coverage of the 6th ed. Handbook and ACI 318-05 Appendix D. Get the Release Notes from the Studs product page for the full list of changes.


September 2014

Studs V4.3.0 beta test is was available on the Downloads → Beta Test Versions page. (You must be logged in to access that page.) The upgrade allows use of PCI 7th ed, Handbook and ACI 318-11 and -08 Appendix D design criteria. Several bugs have been fixed also. Please see the Release Notes (Link Removed) for the full list of changes.


May 2014

Bcan, Compmem, and Lateral3 may begin crashing on startup after you install AutoCAD 2015. Reports says you will get a "Runtime error 61" and the program will close right away.

UPDATE: Autodesk has released SP1 for AuotCAD 2015 that fixes the problem.


March 2014

There are new builds of Shearwal V3.2.2 and Studs V4.2.2 on the Downloads page. If you see the black radio button problem, please download and install the latest package for the affected application. See bug #1105 for more information.


February 2014

Studs V4.2.2 fixes the "machnm1.exe" problem for this application and eliminates the Compatibility Files problem for Windows 7 and 8. Several other small bugs are fixed. Please see the Release Notes (Link Removed) for the full list of changes.

Everyone with a current Studs V4.2.x license should download and install the new release. You'll need to log in when accessing the Downloads page.


December 2013

Beam V3.3.1 includes fixes for bugs 1071, 1067 and a couple others. Please see the Release Notes about the change to reporting of minimum shear reinforcing, Av,min, and the full list of changes.

Current rental customers should get the update from the Downloads page.


November 2013

Shearwal V3.2.2 fixes bugs including Nos. 1059 and 1031. Get the Release Notes from the Shearwal product page for more details.


October 2013

Beam V3.3.0 provides options for ACI 318-11 and -08. This is a catch-up upgrade with only a few bugs fixed. After the same is accomplished for Lateral3, we will return to Beam to add some often-requested features and to fix more bugs. See the Release Notes (Link Removed) for the list of fixed and waiting items.


September 2013

Beam V3.3.0 beta test is available on the Downloads > Beta Test Versions page. (You must be logged in to access that page.) The upgrade allows use of ACI 318-11 and -08 revisions. A few small bugs have been fixed also. See the Release Notes (Link Removed) for the full list of changes.

The plan now is to finish updating the Help for Beam V3.3.0 and make a final release as it is; then get Lateral3 updated to the newer codes before returning to Beam to fix more bugs and add features.


August 2013

Shearwal V3.2.1 incorporates IBC 2012 and IBC 2008 codes. The newly enhanced interface has expanded load input capabilities. Multiple distributed loads of various types as well as partially distributed loads can now be entered. All standard load types and load cases have been added to simplify code required or user-defined load combinations. See the Release Notes (Link Removed) for the full list of changes.

There are supplemental materials explaining the new option for the vertical force balance calculation and the change to reporting of Mu vs. φMn

Current rental customers should get the new release from the Downloads page.


May 2013

Shearwal V3.2.1 brings the building code option up to IBC 2012 and also introduces a couple of significant changes in the underlying program.

The first change introduces an option to choose between two ways of calculating the vertical force balance that is subsequently used in strain compatibility, moment and most other calculations. The second change reports the Mu and φMn values differently so that all externally applied loads are reflected in Mu and all internal resisting forces are reflected in φMn. Two PDF documents which are included in the ZIP with the installer provide more details about the changes.

There are many other smaller changes and bug fixes in the new version. See the Release Notes which are part of the ZIP download.

The installer will create a new folder in Program Files for the beta test version without disturbing your current Shearwal version.


August 2012

Lateral3 V4.2.3 fixes the "machnm1.exe" problem for this application. Compatibility with Windows 7 is improved and several other small bugs are fixed. See the Release Notes (Link Removed) for the full list of changes.

Everyone with a current Lateral3 V4.2.x license should download and install the new release. Please log in before accessing the Downloads page.


April 2012

Bcan V3.0.5 and Compmem V3.1.2 updates are released. The primary fix in both is the elimination of the annoying "machnm1.exe" messages at startup. Other small bugs also have been fixed. Please see the Release Notes (Links Removed) for a list of the bugs fixed.

As updates, anyone with a license for Bcan V3.0.x or Compmem V3.1.x can download and install the corresponding new version. If you don't have your download information, go to the Registration form, fill it out and submit it. You will get a response by the end of the next business day containing your download information and instructions.

A similar update for Lateral3 is was in beta test (ended July 31). You can get an installer for the test version when you download the Bcan or Compmem installers.


May 2011

Beam V3.2.1, an update to V3.2.0, has been released. It fixes several bugs in V3.2.0 including the non-symmetric debonding and saved window location bugs. See the Release Notes (Link Removed) for the full list of changes.

As an update, anyone with a license for Beam V3.2.0 can download and install V3.2.1. If you don't have your download information, go to the Registration form, fill it out and submit it. You will get a response by the end of the next business day containing your download information and instructions.


March 2011

Beam V3.2.1, an update, fixes several bugs. The primary bug fixed concerns non-symmetric debonding in short pieces. See the Release Notes for the full list of changes.

If you would like to participate in the beta test but haven't received an invitation, please send an email to let us know you are interested.


September 2010

The two main features added to Beam V3.2.0 for ACI 318-05 code are interpolation of φ factors for strand development and an alternate torsion reinforcement method (Zia-Hsu). See the Release Notes for the longlist of other changes.


March 2009

Lateral3 V4.2.1 incorporates the ASCE 7-05 Supplement No. 2 for Eq. 12.8-5 which affects minimum seismic loads. Several usability bugs have been fixed also. See the Release Notes (Link Removed) for the full list of changes.


December 2008

Studs V4.2.1, an update, has fixed a bug that could improperly report the tensile break-out capacity of post installed anchors in tension. Also fixed is a bug that could report an incorrect spacing requirement for post installed anchors. See the Release Notes (link removed) for a list of bug fixes.


November 2008

Studs V4.2.0, an upgrade, has added ACI 318-05 to the list of available calculation methods. See the Release Notes for a list of changes.


September 2008

Studs V4.2.0 (beta), an upgrade, has added ACI 318-05 to the list of available calculation methods. V4.2 also features the addition of L and J bolt calculations as well as calculations for Post Installed anchors. The new anchor types can be accessed when using either ACI 318-02 or 318-05. See the Release Notes for a list of changes.

Current Studs rental customers are encouraged to contact Salmons Technologies about becoming a part of our software pre-release feedback group.

The Shearwal V3.2.0 upgrade is still undergoing final testing at STI. A beta test version will be available by mid October. Check back here for information about its release.


July 2008

Compmem V3.1.0, an upgrade, allows you to select ACI 318 1999, 2002, or 2005 and set defaults accordingly. See the Release Notes (Link Removed) for a list of changes. The problem with tension designs from V3.0.4 has been fixed.

This upgrade is immediately available to all Compmem rental customers. If you have a prepaid license to an earlier version of Compmem and would like to upgrade to the newversion, please contact Salmons Technologies.


January 2008

We have released the Lateral3 V4.2.0 upgrade which includes an IBC 2006 option. See the Release Notes (Link Removed) for a list of changes. Following our upgrade policy, this is immediately available to all Laterl3 rental customers. If you have a prepaid license to an earlier version of Lateral3 and would like to upgrade to the new version, please contact Salmons Technologies.


December 2007

Development of Lateral3 V4.2.0 which includes an IBC 2006 option has reached the beta test stage. If you would like to participate in the testing, (click here link removed) to get the form for downloading the beta test package. We expect to complete testing and release the final package by mid January.


November 2007

If you are in the Pennsylvania area, please consider attending the seminar on Lateral Analysis and Design of Precast Structural Systems to be held near Denver, PA on January 15.

It was a pleasure to meet so many of our customers face-to-face at the PCI Convention. Now that the fun is over, it's back-to-work time.

We're finishing an upgrade for Studs that will add support for ACI 318-05 Appendix D and welded hanger bars.

That long-promised upgrade for Lateral3 to include IBC-2006 support should be out by the end of the year. The variable first story feature won't be in the first version to cover IBC-2006 but will be added some time early next year.

Compmem will get an upgrade to ACI 318-05 some time early next year. The addition of tension capabiltiy in the last version has caused some problem with the prestressed member design. The current version (V3.0.4) uses a linear interpolation for moment capacity when the member is in tension (sometimes too conservative) which we hope to replace with a more exact design once we determine what that should be.


September 2007

An update for Studs fixes several small bugs. Please see the Release Notes for details. All users of Studs V4.1.x should update. See our Upgrade/Update Policy on the FAQ page.


June 2007

An update for Lateral3 fixes the problem with AutoCAD® 2007 reading the DXF file of the wall layout. See the Release Notes for a list of other changes.


May 2007

Updates for Bcan and Compmem are ready! See the Release Notes inside the ZIP archive download for a list of the changes. All Bcan V3.0.3 and Compmem V3.0.2 users should install the updates. Get them from the download page. As always, if you need help, e-mail Salmons Technologies at Support@PrecastEngineer.com or call 505-260-1460.


March 2007

The update for Beam is finally ready! There is a long list bug-fixes. See the Release Notes located here (linked removed). All Beam V3.1.0 users should install the update. It will work with the same license as V3.1.0. If you need help with your licenses, e-mail Salmons Technologies at Support@PrecastEngineer.com or call 505-260-1460.


February 2007

An upgrade to Shearwal that includes the IBC 2003 code changes is available on this site. See it on the Shearwal product page. For details of all of the changes, see the Release Notes that are included in the ZIP download.

If you are participating in the Beam V3.1.1 beta test, please provide your feedback before the end of February so we can get the release together early in March. Thanks.

Work is progressing well on an upgrade for Lateral3 to include the IBC 2006 code changes. We are also looking at a modification to allow variable height of the first story (an often-requested change but we don't know yet if it's feasible). Look for the release later this year.

Steve Ortiz has joined the programming effort. We're putting him to work first on Bcan and Compmem updates to clear up the remaining user interface bugs in those two applications. There will be maintenance updates available soon. If you are a Salmons P.C. customer, you may know Steve from his work on precast design projects.


April 2006

An upgrade to the Lateral3 program that includes the IBC 2003 code changes is ready for distribution. Another cool feature of the new version is a button on the toolbar to display the wall layout in AutoCAD®. (Thanks to Mike Dixon at FDG, Inc. for the DXF file output for that.)


December 2005

We have released an upgrade to the Studs program that includes calculations to the PCI Handbook, 6th Edition, method. In addition, the printed reports have been completely rewritten to correspond more clearly to the section of the code that specifies each calculation. See the new Studs and get a free trial.


November 2005

At the PCI convention last month, StructureWorks, LLC demonstrated a beta test version of the Studs upgrade integrated into their StructureWorks™ Precast 2006 design/detailing software.


September 2005

We've been working on an upgrade to the Studs program. The upgraded Studs will add an option to use the method of the PCI Handbook, 6th Edition, to calculate the capacity of plates with headed anchor studs. In-house testing is nearly complete. A beta test version (available to subscribers) is anticipated by the end of September.

We've made good progress on the maintenance updates. However we've been delayed by some unsettled issues with the Beam program. I'll complete this work along with the Studs upgrade.


May 2005

Maintenance updates to our Windows programs are underway. They will fix most of the bugs listed on the FAQs page. When they are ready, annual subscribers and owners of current versions will be notified by e-mail and will be able to download the maintenance updates from our FTP site free of charge.


January 2005

We're pleased to announce the upgrade to Beam, V3.1.0, is released! This upgrade facilitates designing to the 2002 edition of ACI 318. Changes and additions include:

  • ACI 318-02 Updates (Implements ACI 18.3.3 and Table R18.3.3 classifications):
    • Calculates a cracked section moment of inertia for stress exceeding 12sqrt(f'c) (for positive moment only).
    • Flexural φ interpolated from 0.90 for tension-controlled regions (0.75 when reinforcement is still developing) to 0.65 for compression-controlled regions.
  • Other changes:
    • A more detailed calculation for cracked moment of interia is used for bilinear moment-deflection calculations (at user's option).
    • Load factors and combinations (Sect. 9.2): Added rain/snow and wind/seismic load types; simultaneous checking of multiple load cases for a maximum envelope.
    • Rectangular stress block is the default. Can still select parabolic stress distribution.
    • Added checkbox for loads not applied at the top of the member (ACI 11.1.3b).
    • Updated mild steel development to reflect equations as expressed in '99 and '02 codes (sect. 12.2). This has only a small effect on calculated values at the ends of members.
    • Max allowable stress in cotton duck pad is 2500 psi per PCI 5th ed Handbook.
    • Displays a message if trying to open an input file from a newer version.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Minimum shear reinforcement (Sect. 11.5.5.4): The previous version didn't switch to the use of eq. 11-13 as the prestress force diminished at the ends of the member. However, the current version considers only prestressing steel when it calculates the tensile strength for this determination. This will be fixed in a future release of the program.
    • Fixed a bug in the calculation of stresses at the top of the p/c when sustained live loads are present.
    • Fixed a problem with calculation of over reinforced section ('99 code only).

A user option to choose the ACI method or the 6th edition handbook torsion method (Zia-Hsu formerly Zia-McGee) has been delayed until a later time.