Computer Software for Steel Professionals

Structural Material Manager Version 12.0 Upgrade

Introduction: This information summarizes the improvements that have been made to the Version 12.0 Structural Material Manager software system.

Standardizing Plate, Checkered Plate and Bar Descriptions: Plate and Checkered Plate descriptions are normally expressed as thickness x width such that the thickness is the smaller of the dimensions. That convention is applied nearly universally so that the alternative width x thickness format is rarely encountered rarely encountered except in very few CAD systems that for some reason reverse the order.

Standard nomenclature for Bar descriptions places the width before the thickness so that the smaller dimension is to be last in the width x thickness format. Although the reverse format of thickness x width is also commonly encountered, width x thickness is the technically-correct Bar format.

In the new Version 12.0 upgrade, descriptions of Plates, Checkered Plates and Bars can be automatically checked for standard description order, and that order can be reversed if necessary. The following screen shot shows the dialog at which this is done for Plates and Checkered Plates, and it is of course very similar to the dialog that handles Bar options:

Not only can the system standardize descriptions of items that are already present in the material list, but descriptions can also be automatically standardized as the items are being imported from external data files. The Import External Data Dialog shown below now has new options to control this:

Upgrade Price Quote and Ordering Info: If you are an existing customer with an older Structural Material Manager version, please e-mail us at to obtain a price quote on the latest upgrade. You can then use the Online Upgrade Order Form to conveniently place the order for the latest Structural Material Manager upgrade.

Other Upgrade Versions: This page specifically covers Version 12.0 upgrade features. For information concerning other upgrade versions, visit our main Structural Material Manager upgrade page which contains links to pages describing improvements in each software release from Version 10.1 (circa 2007) to the present.