We have invested in some new software to analyse and design complex connections and member shapes using IdeaStatiCa Connection. We have been using it to check some cantilever members of a canopy with the lower plate in compression with potential buckling. It has the potential to check any shape of connection.
There are many different types of surveys and investigations for buildings and the Construction Industry Council (CIC) has produced a useful document defining the different types. The term “structural survey” although widely used should be avoided as it is not well defined and can lead to confusion as to what is included or excluded. A link to the document is included below.
Definitions of Surveys