Finding the right fixing all around the world with fischer FIXPERIENCE!11. October 2019
One large-scale construction project is underway in Beijing, another has started in Dubai. Both projects require a steel construction to be connected to a concrete foundation. The civil engineer knows which cutting force to expect and must now calculate the right anchoring. The structural analysis programme won’t get them far, however. fischer offers its complimentary design software fischer FIXPERIENCE precisely for these types of tasks. “It is available in more than 20 languages and features measurement standards for 120 countries”, explains Johannes Braun, Head of International Application Engineering for the fischer Group of Companies. His responsibilities include the continuous development of fischer FIXPERIENCE in line with the latest measurement standards and requirements of planners and structural engineers across the globe.
Used around the globe
Johannes Braun’s office may be in the tranquil Black Forest, but his work takes him around the world. “fischer has 42 subsidiaries worldwide and we have importers who bring our product to market in an additional 80 countries”, he reports. “I travel to all these locations in order to give colleagues on-site support”. Lately his business trips often take him to the growth market in Asia. At the end of August he was at an engineering symposium in Jakarta, for instance, where he spoke about the country-specific difference in calculating anchors under seismic effect. He then travelled on to Bangkok in order to discuss a new project with an engineering firm.
fischer FIXPERIENCE is like verifying anchors by hand – but far more effective!
Structural analysis verification is required in order to prevent an anchor from failing, for instance by breaking out of concrete. “Back in the 1980s you could simply do these calculations using the rule of three on a sheet of DIN A4 paper”, Braun recalls. “But civil engineering and anchor technology have since developed at such a speed that nobody wants to do these calculations by hand any more”. An easy-to-use design software is therefore indispensable to planners, engineers, structural engineers, architects and craftspeople. “From the very start we designed fischer FIXPERIENCE so that the software would follow the logical route of manual verification”, Braun says. fischer FIXPERIENCE is therefore self-explanatory. Users can start calculating their projects immediately upon downloading the software. “It is very intuitive to use and the number of registered users is steadily increasing”, Braun is pleased to say. “Since the software’s introduction in 2014 we have barely had to make any adjustments. We are focusing on optimising its performance and incorporating new measurement standards”.
A helpful tool for construction engineers: The C-FIX module provides valid calculations for steel and bonded anchors in reinforced concrete.
Valid measurement and verifiable hard copies in just a few steps
Overall, fischer FIXPERIENCE comprises engineering software as well as seven specific application modules. They cover a broad field of applications for structural engineers, metalworkers, carpenters and many more (see box). “The C-Fix module for measuring steel and bonded anchors in concrete and masonry is of interest to construction engineers, for instance”, Braun says. “The programme allows users to model the anchor plate as desired and place the steel construction profile on top before entering the applicable loads. The next step allows the user to select the desired anchor”. In the best case the programme confirms a valid calculation before generating a verifiable hard copy. Alternatively, the programme can carry out multiple calculations by calculating the corresponding products and indicating which ones will work. “Those who urgently want to use a certain product can also use an optimisation function”, Braun explains. The programme then determines the size and shape of the anchor plate with the aim of generating a valid result.
What the seven fischer FIXPERIENCE modules do:
- C-FIX: Measure steel and bonded anchors in concrete as well as injection systems in masonry.
- WOOD-FIX: Calculate applications with fischer Power-Fast and Power-Full screws in wood construction.
- REBAR-FIX: Calculate post-installed rebar connections in reinforced concrete construction.
- MORTAR-FIX: Determine the required quantity of injection resin for bonded anchors in concrete.
- RAIL-FIX: Calculate anchors for rails on stairs and balustrades and generate verification for entire railings, including verification for hand rails, posts and weld joints.
- INSTALL-FIX: The calculation programme for installation systems in domestic engineering.
- FACADE-FIX: Calculate the fixings of facade systems for curtain wall facades with timber substructures.
Always up to date
Planners and structural engineers who supervise construction projects in various countries face the challenge that there is no design procedure that is valid worldwide. Since early 2019 there has at least been a uniform design standard for Europe under DIN EN 1992-4. But there are parameters that are defined nationally in addition to various units of measurement, for instance in Germany and Great Britain. There are significantly greater differences between China, Russia and the US. “fischer FIXPERIENCE allows users to easily switch between standards for 120 different countries and their units of measurement”, Braun explains. As soon as there is a new standard such as DIN EN 1992-4 it is immediately incorporated into the software. “The user is notified when an update is available and can decide whether to update the programme or not”, Braun says. This allows fixings to be easily designed and calculated in accordance with the latest engineering standards thanks to the help of fischer FIXPERIENCE.