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Supplier: Multinail Australia

The role of FloorSource is to create a floor truss layout and then detail each floor member all created from the ‘central plan input system’. The process is the same as TrusSource where the user defines the area that the floor trusses are to be positioned. Unlike TrusSource the area defined does not have to be a square or a rectangle it can be of any shape (as long as it is closed).



Load Transfer

  • The user can apply the wall frame and stud positions and loads to the floor joists and have the joists designed accordingly.
  • Wall frame stud positions and loads are shown in plan view so that the user can layout or place joists to achieve the most cost effective floor design.
  • Once the joists and beams have been designed the loads can then be placed onto the lower level wall frames so that the frames and lintels can be designed to the the floor system.

3D Visualisations of the Floor

  • The user can view the detailed floor joist and floor beam layout and components in a 3D image - all heights, widths and web layouts are shown.
  • The 3D view will also show the extra floor detail like load areas (wet areas, bathrooms etc), pocket sizes and lengths (A/C ducting, clear openings etc) and any load bearing structure supporting the joists
  • For more detailed views in 3D the user can also turn on the upper floor walls to view how they relate to the floor joist layout.

2D Visualisations of the Floor

  • The user can change between 3D and 2D viewing of the floor, but the user will detail and set out the joist in the 2D view
  • The user can control what details and data are shown in the 2D view, for example wall and joist labels, beam names and descriptions, colours or all components.


Setting out the Floor Joists

  • FloorSource has two methods for creating and setting out floor joists, one is to allow the program to automatically solve the floor layout and the other is for the user to manually define the floor areas that allow the program to layout the joists
  • Floor joists will automatically be cut off and trimmed around stair wells, voids and roof areas by defining these as exclusion areas. Users can manually trim or extend individual joists or multiple joists as the need arises.
  • Floor load areas can be placed on the floor joist layout by way of tracing the walls from either the upper or lower floors. The load units are defined by the use of predefined loads with joist designs being included in the design analysis of the joist.
  • Pockets or clear openings can be laid throughout the floor to represent A/C units, beams, clear ways etc. This pocket will then ensure that an opening is left in the joists webbing and the design analysis is catered for.
  • Joists can be copied and or moved as an individual item or as a group to any location in the layout.