Dubuque, IA, June 28, 2011 -Digital Canal Corporation, a leading provider of professional structural engineering and design software, announced the release of its enhanced version of Frame Analysis & Design software for AutoCAD 2012, 2011 and 2010, (32 or 64 bit computers).

In addition to being compatible with the latest versions of AutoCAD, the new version of Frame Analysis & Design features updates to its integrated Steel and Spread Footing design capabilities.

The enhanced Steel Design now includes the AISC 13th Edition (ASD & LRFD) in addition to the previous AISC codes (ASD 9th Edition and LRFD 2nd Editions). The steel shape database has been updated to the AISC 13th Edition and now includes the rectangular, square and round HSS sections. The new optimization engine has also been enhanced to search the database more thoroughly and quickly than previous versions – particularly for HSS and angle shapes. For these shapes the width field is no longer required.

The integrated Spread Footing design has also been update and now incorporates the ACI 318-08 design code.

“The updated Steel Design inside of Frame Analysis & Design is critical to our clients”, stated Clint Auderer, lead developer at Digital Canal. “We realize that many engineers are still using the older codes, particularly the 9th Edition and haven’t found the time to learn the 13th Edition. However, the full adaptation of AISC 13th Edition is inevitable as it supersedes all previous AISC versions and is required by both the IBC 2006 and IBC 2009 codes. Frame Analysis & Design provides a unique tool for engineers to transition to the 13th Edition by producing very detailed hand calculation reports for the 13th Edition as well as previous editions.”

“There is another important reason to upgrade – more efficient designs. In a study of double digit real-world, client-submitted projects, Digital Canal found an average of 11.6% savings in structural steel using Frame Analysis & Design with its enhanced Steel Design.”

About Digital Canal Corporation – With over 9,000 clients, Digital Canal Corporation is a leading developer of software for the structural engineering, structural design and structural drafting markets. Digital Canal delivers time tested, innovative software solutions that are designed based upon input from its trusted clients; a process that is uniquely aided by its direct business model. For more information on Frame Analysis & Design and the new release contact Digital Canal at 800-449-5033, email

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