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Privacy and Cookies

We may change this privacy notice from time to time by updating this page.

What information do we collect?

When you use this website, we may collect the following information:

  • the areas of the website that you visit
  • information about your computer, such as which browser you are using, your network location, the type of connection you are using (e.g. broadband, ADSL etc) and your IP address

We do this by using cookies, which are small files that help us track how our visitors use the website and enable us to understand where we can improve your experience. If you would like to find out which cookies we use and the information they track see our Cookies Policy.

Once you submit or register information through our website we will know who you are and your activities on this website and information about you and/or your company may be recorded on our systems. For example, we may ask for personal information when you download our software including:

  • your name
  • company name
  • email address
  • postal address
  • telephone number
  • country where you are based
  • Social media ID
  • your comments/questions
  • services/markets you are interested in

We may also collect personal information from telephone calls and/or other correspondence with you.

What do we do with the information we collect?

The information we capture is used for various purposes. The main purpose is to provide you with our services (whether available via the website or offline). We also use the information for:

  • website development
  • understanding how our visitors interact on the website
  • understanding what our clients are interested in
  • understanding what potential clients are interested in
  • dealing with enquiries/concerns
  • marketing our services and people to you
  • market research
  • service development
  • internal record keeping

Marketing

We would like to provide you with information about our services and other information which we think you may find interesting. We may send you such information by post, email and/or telephone, unless you have asked us not to do so.

We will not provide your personal information to other organisations for marketing purposes without your explicit consent.

If at any time you do not want your information used for direct marketing purposes, please contact us or follow the unsubscribe link in our marketing email messages.

Who do we share this information with?

We may share your personal information with companies acting on our behalf who will only use the information to provide that service. However, we will retain control of your data and any third party service provider that we use must act in accordance with our instructions. We may also share your personal information with a purchaser or potential purchaser of our business.

In some circumstances, we may have to disclose your personal information by law, because a court or the police or other law enforcement agency has asked us for it.

How to get copies of or amend the information we have collected

You may request details of the personal information that we hold about you under data protection laws. If you would like a copy of the information held about you please write to us at oasys@arup.com or at: Data Protection Officer, 13 Fitzroy Street, London, UK, W1T 4BQ. Please note that we may charge a small £10 administration fee for information requests.

If you think any information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us as soon as possible. We will correct or update any information as soon as we can.

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Data Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect, including locked cabinets, electronic password protection and pass card access to buildings.

If at any point you suspect or receive a suspicious communication from someone suggesting they work for Oasys or a website claiming to be affiliated with Oasys, please forward the communication to us or report the incident by email to oasys@arup.com or in writing to Oasys, 13 Fitzroy Street, London, UK, W1T 4BQ as soon as possible.

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Website Terms and Conditions

The contents of this web site are protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights under international conventions. No copying of any words, images, graphic representations or other information contained in this web site is permitted without the prior written permission of the webmaster for this site.

Oasys accepts no responsibility for the content of any external site that links to or from this site.

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Software Licensing Terms

Terms and Conditions of Purchase

The full conditions of purchase and maintenance for all Oasys software are set out in the Oasys Software Licence and Support Agreement. All prices are subject to TAX at the current rate.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice – please ask for a written quotation.

Although every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of all information contained herein, the contents do not form or constitute a representation, warranty, or part of any contract.

Superseded Versions of Terms and Conditions

Oasys keeps copies of all superseded versions of its terms and conditions.

Maintenance & Support Services

Twelve months support and maintenance is included with most products. Thereafter maintenance is typically 20% of the current sales price.

An annual maintenance service is available for most programs after the first year.

This service includes:

  • telephone/fax/email/web based support
  • free software updates available via internet download
  • personalised output header for many products

Using GSA User Modules

GSA’s User Modules are a way of making permanent copies of results but also to import results from outside the program. You can create them within GSA from existing results by setting up results contours in the graphical display and then saving them using the Graphics menu command Generate User Module. You can then view and delete saved user modules in the Manage User Modules command and view them in the model using the contours display, even if you have deleted the original analysis results. You can also use GSA itself to show data that is not structural in nature

User modules are saved in the model data file, but while the gwb digital format is very compact, you need to use the old gwa text format to create your own user modules. The syntax of the gwa format is fully detailed in the GSA help file, but I usually find it easier to create a model with a user model that is of the same type that I want to create, say nodal results. You do this using the command Generate User Modules from either the graphics or output menu, depending on which is active at the time.  I then save the file in the gwa format (using Save As) and search the result for the text USER_MOD, and copy the first couple of lines as a template. An alternative in the forthcoming GSA 8.7 release will be to export the user modules straight from the user module manager.

Once you have created my user module file, which is a gwa tab separated text file containing just the user modules (you don’t need the rest of the geometry definition if you are going to import it back into the original model), you can import it using the File > Import > Text (gwa) command and chose to overwrite or append the user modules as desired.

While you can create the new user module  in a text program such as notepad, I find that spreadsheets make the process easier, as they both give the ability to copy repeating text down columns and to do calculations. You will need to export the results in a tab-separated text format though and then ensure that the resulting file name ends with .gwa

I have seen a number of applications of user modules. Within GSA you might save a set of results in a file and then delete the results to save file size for perhaps emailing to a colleague so that they can see them without having to rerun the analysis. Another use was on an Arup designed glazed grid shell for the Singapore Gardens (above), where the engineers wanted to contour the glazing slope and panel size. To do this they exported the base information out into Excel to do the calculations, the used the spreadsheet to export user module data that GSA read back in.

While I have used user modules to show conventional information such as local deflection of a beam by removing the end deflections, I recently made a less orthodox use of user modules was

Variation of gravity over Britain

when I was asked to give an Institution evening lecture. As part of that I wanted to show a gravity map of the UK but could not find a suitable one online, but I did find a data file from the British Geological Society containing measurements from all over the country. As I didn’t have access to a GIS program at the time I used this data to create a series of GSA node coordinates and then a user module to import the varying gravity strengths as node results, producing the result below.

Please let me know if you have made any interesting uses of user modules.

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