Using the SkyCiv Load Generator in AS/NZS 1170.3 Snow Load Calculations
To calculate the snow load pressures for a structure using SkyCiv Load Generator, the process is to define first the code reference. From there, the workflow is to define the parameters in Project Tab, Site Tab, and Building Tab, respectively. However, only users with a Professional Account or who purchased the standalone Load Generator module will be able to use this calculation. You can purchase the standalone module thru this link.
Using the AS/NZS 1170 snow load calculation, you need to define the Annual Recurrence Interval or the SLS/ULS parameters. After selecting the options for these parameters, you need to put the address of the structure. The corresponding snow load for the address will be automatically calculated. Take note that this value is based on the following:
- Section 2 of AS/NZS 1170.3 for classification of snow regions based on Figures 2.1 and 2.2 and based on elevation
- Table 5.2 for specific locations in Australia
Take note that the snow region classification automatically displayed in the module shall prioritize the classification of the area based on elevation. To display the snow region map based on Figures 2,1 and 2.2, you need to click “View Map Contours” and then select “Snow” – “Australia/New Zealand.” For Australian locations indicated in Table 5.2, the user should select “Terrain Classification for Snow” as given in AS/NZS 1170.3 Supp 1.
The structure data and the wind and snow parameters are separated into different accordions. In order to calculate snow loads, the snow load checkbox should be checked.
Snow Exposure Category
This parameter is used in getting Exposure Reduction Coefficient Ce. The definition of each option is defined in table below:
|Sub-alpine||Sites classified as sub-alpine region.|
|Sheltered||Sites where roof is protected from the wind by obstructions such as other structures, terrain features or numbers of closely spaced trees higher than the roof.|
|Semisheltered||Sites where roof is only partially protected by numbers of scattered obstructions higher than the roof (e.g., scattered trees).|
|Windswept||Sites where the roof is exposed on all sides, with no protection provided by obstructions, trees, or terrain features higher than the roof.|
Consider Unbalanced/Drifted Snow Load Case?
This parameter is a “Yes” or “No” to calculate for Unbalanced Snow Load Case. Upon selecting “No,” the balanced snow load case shall only be calculated. On the other hand, upon selecting “Yes,” the unbalanced snow load case table will show. There are four options for AS/NZS 1170.3 alpine region:
Drift on duopitch roof
This case is used to calculate the drifted snow load on duopitch/gable roof as shown below:
Drift on monopitch roof
This case is used to calculate the drifted snow load on monopitch/monoslope roof as shown below:
Drift on lower roof
This case is used to calculate the snow load drift on lower roof level.
Drift on projections and obstruction
This case is used to calculate the snow load drift on obstructions above the roof level such as parapet walls, firewalls, chimneys, etc.
On the other hand, there are additional two options for AS/NZS 1170.3 sub-alpine region:
Drift on obstructed roof with parapet
This case is used to calculate the snow load drift on parapet walls in sub-alpine region.
Drift on obstructed roof with abutting
This case is used to calculate the snow load drift on obstructed roof with abutting in sub-alpine region.
The snow load results will show the parameters in calculating the undrifted snow load for either alpine or sub-alpine region as shown below:
Drifted/Unbalanced Snow Load
If Unbalanced/Drifted Snow Load is selected to be considered, the results are tabulated on a table depending on the cases defined: