One of the most requested features by our customers has always been the ability to modify one or more material characteristics like allowable, yield strength or elasticity "on the fly". NextGen already supports custom materials, which is the preferred way for all those cases when a material not available in our database is needed. In some other cases however, a client may require modified values, for instance when the target country adopts a foreign calculation code with different safety factors: for this scenario we added in our 2017.1 release (May/June 2017) the ability to modify one or more material features.
An "Edit" button is now available near the well-known "Database" button used to select a material:
After selecting a material, clicking on the "Edit" button shows a new window where the user can overwrite common material characteristics:
Values can be edited in a friendly interface for our NextGen users: values are automatically calculated when the padlock icon is closed; to modify this values, simply click the padlock icon and input a new value. This value will then be used in every context where calculation code in use explicitly refers to it.
Report will show user defined data, omitting any eventual formulae.