BC Calc General Release - December 2021


Updates apply to www.bccalc.com as of December 5th, 2021.

Release Highlights

New Features

  • Hanger Selection - Header Member Dialog 📺
    • This fresh design to the Header selection tool gives the user a graphical interface to choose from while selecting hangers for design. New header member types such as steel, nailer plate, ledger, as well as different sheathed wall types are now available for easy selection.

  • Accessory Labels 📺
    • Labels for web stiffeners, squash blocks and cantilever closures are now added to the member drawings.  Tag visibility can be modified using the Toggle Component Tags mceclip2.png icon. Toggling tags off and on will subsequently turn them off or on for the member report.

  • Dynamic Drawing Updates
    • Zoom Mode 📺
      • Member drawing zoom is locked by default to prevent inadvertent zooming with mouse wheel. To activate zoom with mouse wheel, click on the drawing to activate, then zoom in and out using the mouse wheel. The zoom in and out (plus and minus) icons function regardless of the drawing being selected.
    • Span Input Mode 📺
      • Added manipulation for span input via the dynamic drawing. Within the member drawing Edit Mode allow the span to be configured as Center in Spans or Clear Span. Using the mouse pointer, double arrows will indicate where the span can be modified.

  • Sheer, Moment, Deflection Diagram Redesign 🎥
    • New and improved with a more user friendly design
    • Diagrams now align with member drawing
    • Hovering the cursor over diagrams or member drawing will show dynamically updated values.
    • Point of interest can now be selected with a simple click on the drawing or diagram.
  • Copy and Paste of Uplift Loads 🎥
    • Pasting a load that contains an uplift load will now prompt the user twice, once for the downward forces and again for the uplift forces.


Notable Change in Design:

  • Not allowing AJS 24 FMJ to have hole and notch repairs.
    • Hole and notch repairs are not allowed in the AJS 24 FMJ product series.  For files that contain this product with an existing repair, the program will warn the user that the repairs are going to be removed, with an option to cancel or proceed.
  • New Versa-Lam® LVL product added
    • 3-1/2 x 19" VERSA-LAM® LVL 2.3E 3100 DF for Canadian Users.
  • Updated Resistance Values
    • The I-Joist resistance values for Canadian Building Code are now displaying accurate factored values. 
  • Notch Repair Note
    • In Member reports in Repair Details for Flange Notches the proper repair location is addressed in note 4.
  • Updated Cantilever Note
    • Updated note for cantilevered conditions - "Cantilevers require sheathed bottom edges, blocking at cantilever support and closure at ends" for rectangular and I-Joist products.

Bug Fixes

  • Recover Lost Data is now available for BCCalc.com and Offline Mode only.
    • Analysis Settings > Advanced: Restore Lost Data will re-open the last file from the current session within the selected interval.
  • Send to BC Calc Error Message – "beam too short" is now resolved.
  • Delete function within Loads works as intended.
    • Highlighted load is now deleted.
  • Offline versions 148 and 149 duplicate loads issue has been resolved.
    • An intermittent issue where opening a file may duplicate loads has been corrected.

  • Hangers now display properly for both ends of member.
  • Hierarchy of Beam Connection
    • The algorithm has been updated to deliver the same connection type if applicable for both full length beam connections and concentrated load connections.
  • General Speed Improvement
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