This tutorial demonstrates the assignment of complicated joint patterns using interactive database editing. The process outlined below will follow the development of a model where coordinates are a function of the global Z-axis.
Joint-pattern assignment using interactive database editing proceeds as follows:
Model Definition > Joint Assignments > Joint Item Assignments > Table: Joint Pattern Assignments
Figure 1 - Select database tables for interactive editing
To open the Joint Coordinates table in Excel, select OK, then select the Joint Coordinates table from the scroll-down menu, then select the To Excel option. The tables will be presented as shown in Figure 2:
Figure 2 - Joint Coordinates
Select the Joint Pattern Assignments table in the scroll-down menu, then select To Excel to open the table in Excel. From the previously saved Excel file, copy and paste columns, including joint labels and joint-pattern values, to this new Excel file. Select From Excel > Done to update SAP2000 database tables, as shown in Figure 3:
Figure 3 - Joint-pattern assignment
Finally, select Display > Show Misc Assigns > Joints to graphically review the joint pattern assignments, as shown in Figure 4:
Figure 4 - Assignment review
The area load assigned to each joint may also be displayed by selecting Display > Show Load Assign > Area Surface Pressure Values.