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Old 27th August 2010, 02:57 PM   #1
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Default Timber Data file

I would like to edit the data file so I can you Engineered timber such as Kerto. The file location for the timber data says "DEFAULT" and I cannot find any timber data files if I look through the program files or the application data files.

I did this successfully in older versions.

Where do I find it?
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Old 29th August 2010, 05:59 AM   #2
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If the timber file field says 'Default', the default timber data within the program is used. If you change this to a file name this data is written out to this file and will be read in from it each time you subsequently run the program. If you want to do this, I would suggest giving the file a name of UKTimber.dta or SB4Timber.dta (case doesn't matter) and storing it in the same folder as the steel data file (this depends on when the program was first installed)

The data file is a straightforward text file so can be edited using Windows Notepad or other text editor to add, remove or reorder grades. If you add species or grades please take special care to ensure you enter all the data correctly.
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Old 8th September 2010, 12:05 PM   #3
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That sounds quite straightforward but what format and order do I have to list the data?

I take it I should use Notepad for the file.

eg Material name,bending stress, comp par, comp perp,..., density

I assume the new file will show up in the box where default is currently shown and it applies for just that design run.

Will this file get overwritten with updates of the program or will it be available for all new versions?

Thanks.
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Old 8th September 2010, 12:32 PM   #4
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Forget the last post.

I have done what you said and I saved the new file location on the user set up tab.

I then shut down Superbeam 4 and opened the data file and added the values I want, then resaved the file.

I have opened SB4 again. The new file name/location is shown but the material does not come up in the drop down list on the edit timber tab window.

Do I have to shut down the computer or is something else wrong?
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Old 8th September 2010, 12:50 PM   #5
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I will check this out for you tomorrow. In response to your first question, if you create a timber data file it won't be affected when you install an update.
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Old 9th September 2010, 09:54 AM   #6
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I've checked this out on SuperBeam 4.56j and it works just as it should. If you've added new species and they are not showing up when you start the program, the most likely reason is that you have not entered the data in the correct format: data lines need twelve items separated by eleven commas; all other lines (such as the header lines) are ignored.
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Old 28th September 2010, 11:31 AM   #7
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Thanks Tony, I had an extra bit of data. It now works fine.
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