STRAP enables you to define any model from the simple to the most complex with only few commands. The graphical interface of STRAP is very powerful, but at the same time interactive and easy to use. For example:
- STRAP contains a "wizard" library of standard structures that enable you to define your model by specifying only a few parameters. The library may be extended by the user.
- STRAP enables you to copy any part of the model without concern for duplicate beams and nodes as the program automatically eliminates them.
- The powerful submodel feature of STRAP enables you to assemble easily a complex structure with repetitive parts, each defined as a submodel. Each submodel may be added at multiple locations anywhere in the model.
- A very powerful but simple mesh generator enables you to define a plane area of any shape that may also contain openings. The program automatically creates a mesh of elements connected to the support nodes and existing elements at the contour border.
- A beam section of any shape may be defined in the CROSEC module and then used in the analysis and design modules.
- Solid elements may be created from existing plate elements by lifting or rotating the plate element to the nodes on the opposite face. The generated elements may have 4,5,6,7 or 8 nodes.
- "Wall Element" - a super element that is composed of one or more wall segments; each segment may contain an opening. The wall element option enables the simple and quick definition of a core/shear wall that extends the height of the building.
- Multiple "stages" can be defined for a model. In each stage beams and elements may be removed, different supports and properties may be defined, etc. Each load case may be assigned to a different stage and combinations may be defined with load cases from different stages.