BC Calc® performs engineering analysis to help our customers size beams, joists, columns, studs and tall walls for their building projects. It is simple to use, yet flexible enough to analyze a variety of common applications. The user enters the member geometry, adds loads, holes and other relevant data and then selects a product for analysis. The program helps the user identify which of Boise Cascade's engineered wood products meet the demands of the application.
After the analysis has been run, the user can create an easy-to-read PDF design report that clearly shows important span and load information as well as the analysis results.
The Next Generation of BC Calc Software
This next generation of BC Calc was redesigned from the ground up with a focus on productivity and expanded functionality. Existing users will note a similar, but enhanced user interface and experience that will allow them to easily transition to the new application. The same features from the desktop version are combined with new features exclusive to the web application. The table below highlights a few key new features and the benefits they provide.
|Web-based application||Always run the current version, no downloads or updates to manage; no installation, security, driver or other compatibility problems|
|Runs in Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome and Safari browsers||Accommodates multiple operating systems, iOS and Android tablets|
|New stud and wall member types||Easily analyze individual studs or model and analyze an entire wall complete with openings|
|Redesigned user interface||New users quickly get up to speed, existing users find productivity enhancers|
|Linked members||Loads transfer to supporting members, support conditions automatically set for supported member; dynamically updates with changes|
|BC FloorValue®||Analyze joist members to determine Standard, Enhanced or Premium rating; check floor sheathing span between joists for soft spots|
|Updated member report||Improved readability; create a calculation package with a cover page and member summary table|
|New span input options||Select dimension reference points for each support and view architectural style dimensions|
BC CALC® performs engineering analysis to help our customers size beams and I-joists for their building projects. It is simple to use, yet flexible enough to analyze most joist and beam applications. The user enters span, load, and hole information, and the program analyzes which of Boise Cascade’s engineered wood products are necessary for a project.
After the analysis has been run, the user may print an easy-to-read design report that clearly shows span and load information as well as analysis results. The program includes a comprehensive Help menu.
This program is designed to work on stand-alone computers. It runs on Microsoft Windows® 7 Pro or Windows® 8.1 Pro
Recommended Hardware Specifications:
|Video:||1024×768 or higher display|
|Operating Systems:||Windows 7 (Professional Edition 64-bit), and Windows 8 (Professional Edition 64-bit), Windows 10 (Pro or Enterprise Edition 64-bit)*
*Apple Mac or Windows Emulator not supported
BC CALC® is available for download to designers, architects and engineers free of charge.
BC CALC® is available in the United States and Canada only.
The most recent version of BC CALC® will not install if prior versions of BC CALC® or BC FRAMER® are detected. If you currently have a version of BC CALC® or BC FRAMER® (IA2.0 or IA3.0) installed, please remove those applications through an uninstall process before attempting to install the new version of BC CALC®.
After installing the application, navigate to the Project tab, Tools menu, select “Change Locale” and select your geographical region (United States or Canada) from the Menu. You will be prompted to restart the application to complete the locale change.
After each major release of new functionality, we host a webinar to give users an overview of what to expect in the latest release and to introduce new features. Recordings of past webinars are provided in the table below.
|Webinar Date||Features Covered|
|June 29, 2018||BC Calc® Columns and Studs walks users through the input and analysis for single- and multi-ply studs and columns, including the following topics: Axial compression / eccentricity, bending resistance, column cap conditions, and multi-ply connections. For a PDF of the presentation, click here.|
|June 1, 2018||BC Calc Basics provides an overview of features to familiarize users with the software to quickly size Boise Cascade engineered wood products, glulam, and solid sawn wood products. For a PDF of the presentation, click here.|
|Feb 8, 2018||Update on BC Calc Desktop Retirement, IBC 2012 and 2015, wind load helper updated, wind load groups for positive and negative loads, improved hanger selection dialog, auto Save and data recovery, compound wall header configurations, continue header slope input method, set wall material list parameters, user interface updates, concentrated side load analysis (limited to BC Engineering currently), revised project and file management interface, offline mode (beta testing). For a complete list of features in this release, click here.|
|May 12, 2017||Update on BC Calc desktop retirement, updated Canadian VERSA-LAM® design values, inventory management, improved wall functionality, end cuts for sloped members, navigating the user interface using the keyboard|
|Feb 22, 2017||Overview of new interface for joist and beam designs, project and file management, printing and reports|
|Feb 15, 2017||New design report cover page, simplified input of stacked openings for walls, new shared king stud between openings feature for walls, addition of a resource library, popup blocker notification|
|Nov 30, 2016||Registered user initial release, project creation and file management, linked supports, custom properties for individual wall studs, separation of uplift from downward reactions|
|May 25, 2016||Introduction to the new tall wall user interface and features, individual stud design and overview of 2016 development roadmap|
|May 18, 2016||Overview of BC Calc integration with BC Connect®, introduction to new user interface and features for member problems, analysis summary, analysis settings and defaults, output and reporting|