Menu bar (Foundation)

Last modified by Fredrik Lagerström on 2021/06/22 08:30

The user chooses windows from the menu bar by clicking on a suitable menu text that will make a corresponding window to open or to show a submenu if there is any. There can be submenus in several levels. By clicking on a submenu option again the user will eventually open a corresponding window.

Some menu-options can be marked in grey. This means that the input data that has been given so far makes it unsuitable to open the window in question, which is why it has been marked in grey.



Contains commands for different functions such as open already saved information, save information and make printouts. Several of the File options are identical to other Windows programs.


Initiates a new file for calculation data input. The user can calculate several problems at the same time.


Retrieves input data from a previous calculation. A list on saved input data files is shown (files that end with .cfs).


Closes currently active file.


Saves input data for current calculation in the file with the current file name. Save is not to be used until after having used Save as.

Save as

Saves input data for current calculation in a file with a file name different from the current.

Printout options

Makes it possible to select what is to be printed.



This function is used for printing input data and results and also makes it possible to study the exact outcome of the chosen printout on the screen. This function includes determining the printout layout, i.e. tables with or without frames, header, margins and fonts.

The function of the Print enables the user to give a personal touch to the printouts. The print manager is called when the option is activated. The task for the print manager is to enable the user to create a personal template for what the printout is to look like, the size of the pictures etc. or, alternatively choose the standard template that already exists within the program.


Choose a printout template from the list. The program comes with a printout template called Standard. Click on the More button in order to edit current printout template or to create a new printout template.


A list on layout templates that can be used will now be displayed. The chosen template can be changed to the user’s requirements by clicking on the Change button. A layout template decides the layout of the printout, i.e. what fonts, colors and so on that are to be used. The layout template named Standard is used in the example below.



A table can have the following appearances:

  • Table with frames
    Frames around the table where each table column is separated from nearby table column/columns with one or more perpendicular lines.
  • Table without frames
    Table divided into columns without separation lines.
  • Light gray table
    Table without frames where every other table-post has been marked with a soft grey background color to make it more distinct.
  • Table with grid
    As for the light gray table option above but now with every line separated with lines.
  • Custom coloured table
    This function is the same as that for Grey-white layout but the users can now choose the background color by themselves. A suitable color can be chosen from the color palette by clicking on the … button. The user can set the appearance of the table contents. By clicking on the button to the right of the Table title text the font of the table title can be chosen from a font-dialogue box. This is also valid for the column title and the table posts. Note that too big fonts can cause tables or other objects to fail to fit in the page. If this should happen the table columns, or the width of the objects, will automatically be adjusted in width without any regards to text editing. If the objects fail to fit in the page the print manager will try and create a new page hoping to find more space. This attempt can fail, depending on what personal adjustments the user has made, and the print manager will then cancel the printout generation.


The user can set the size of the pictures by choosing one of the following options:

  • 1/1 Portrait
    Choose the 1/1 portrait option if you want the pictures to be presented in a whole page size.
  • 1/1 Landscape
    Choose the 1/1 landscape if you want the pictures to be presented lying in a whole page size. Depending on earlier printer settings, i.e. if portrait or landscape has been chosen, the print manager will switch from landscape for pictures to portrait for tables and other text material.
  • 1/2 Portrait
    Choose the 1/2 portrait option if you want the pictures to be presented in the size of a half page.
  • 1/3 Portrait
    Choose the 1/3 portrait option if you want the pictures to be presented in the size of a 1/3 of the page.
  • 1/4 Portrait
    Choose the 1/4 portrait option if you want the pictures to be presented in the size of 1/4 of the page. This option is the most economic one when thinking of the total number of generated pages. This is also the most preferable option if you want to obtain smaller printouts.
  • Picture
    Press the … button to the right of the picture text if you want to change font size of the picture title.
  • Frames
    Mark Frames if all picture objects, that are to be printed, are going to be framed.


  • Company
    Press the button to the right of the company text to choose an appropriate font.
  • Section title
    Press the button to the right of the section title text in order to change the characteristics of the headings.
  • Index
    A table of contents can be obtained by marking this option. All generated objects, as well as the number of the page, on which the object has been printed, can be added to the table of contents. The user can for example set if he wants to obtain a table of contents for all printouts with more than 20 pages. The table of contents is then added at the end of the generated document.

Printer settings

This function is used for specifying the printout in terms of type of printer, paper width and so on.


Ends Foundation.


This function makes it possible to hide and restore the toolbar and status bar and to change the input data picture.



Makes it possible to hide and restore the toolbar.

Status bar

Makes it possible to hide and restore the status bar.


Makes it possible to get current geometry displayed.

Load case

Makes it possible t-o get a chosen load case displayed.


Redraws the model.


Shows/hides a grid.


Shows/hides the auxiliary axes.

Show project

The picture is fit to the drawing area at its maximum.


A specified area can be enlarged with this command/button.

Zoom out

This command/button is used for reducing the window gradually.


Makes it possible to move the picture in an optional direction.


Used for going back to the latest previous zooming mode.


Shows the next view.


This is the menu option where the user defines the problem.



This function is used for specifying general information on the current calculation example.


The material conditions of the foundation are being defined.


The diameter of the reinforcement and cover are defined as well as the options “Code dependent”, “Use minimum reinforcement” and “Increase reinforcement due to shear if needed”.


Current geometric data is being defined.

Ground properties

Here soil type and other related parameters are defined.


Current loads are defined.

Serviceability Limit State

If SLS loads are defined a crack width design with regard to a defined crack value can be performed. If no SLS loads are defined this option is inactive.


Here the necessary input for a settlement calculation is defined. In case the settlement module is missing this option is inactive.


The following options will be shown when Calculate is activated.

Analysis and Design

Performs the calculation.


If the settlement module is present current settlement is calculated. Only possible if analysis and design has been performed earlier.



Ground pressure check

Control of ground pressure capacity.

Slide check

Control of slide capacity.


Design moments are displayed.

Shear forces

Design shear forces are displayed.


Required, minimum and selected bending reinforcement is displayed. If the option “Increase reinforcement due to shear if needed” is activated the required reinforcement may also be due to shear.

Shear check

Control of capacity due to shear.

Crack width control

Current crack widths are displayed for all SLS load cases. If crack width design is chosen it is also shown if the Reinforcement area is increased.

Crack width design

If crack width design is chosen and the reinforcement is increased to obtain the defined criteria the necessary area is displayed here. In other cases the option is inactive.

Punching check

Control of punching capacity.

Punching design

If the reinforcement has been increased due to punching the necessary area is shown here. In other cases the option is inactive.

Anchorage lengths

The necessary anchorage lengths are checked.


The settlement is calculated and checked against the given criteria.

Draw uniform ground pressure

Displays the uniform ground pressure used at the ground pressure check.

Draw Navier ground pressure

Displays the ground pressure used for concrete design.

Draw bottom reinforcement

Displays reinforcement at bottom of plate.

Draw top reinforcement

Displays reinforcement at top of plate.



New window

Used to open a new window for the same example, thus giving the user the possibility to have several pictures belonging to the same example visible at the same time.


This function is used for arranging the document windows that are currently shown, in a way that makes them cascade each other.

Tile horizontally

Used for arranging the currently shown document windows so that they all can be shown in full.

Tile vertically

Used for arranging the currently shown document windows so that they all can be shown in full.


This function is used for arranging the different calculation example icons that might be on the screen.




The entire manual can by this option be attained in the program.

License information

Shows information about the current license.

About Foundation

Shows information about the program, such as e.g. version number.


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