Archforms is now shipping the 2017 version of MaxQuake, incorporating the requirements of  2015 IBC and 2016 CBC.

Speed: MaxQuake enables you to quickly evaluate Wind and Earthquake loads, and accurately determine the construction requirements for a safe building design.

Light Frame Buildings: MaxQuake is specifically designed for light frame buildings less than 60 feet tall (three stories or less), such as homes, apartments and small commercial buildings.

Users: MaxQuake is for architects, engineers, plan checkers, and building designers.

Calculates Construction Requirements: MaxQuake allows easy entry and organization of building data. Once building data is entered, MaxQuake automatically determines all shear wall, hold-down, roof tie-down, diaphragm, and collector requirements.

Compare Designs: MaxQuake allows easy evaluation and comparison of preliminary plan configurations and building systems. You can quickly test shear walls using wood sheathed wall segments, pre-manufactured unit frames, wall piers, or wall percentage method configurations to determine the most efficient shear wall system or combination of systems for your project.

Automatic Reference: MaxQuake looks up, from built-in libraries, the shear and overturning capacities of many typical shear wall materials; Wood sheathing of different grades, thickness, and nail or staple sizes, Simpson Wall units, Hardy Frame units, or custom manufactured steel brace units. MaxQuake also looks up sizes, types and capacities for framing hardware including “Simpson” hold-downs, straps and anchors. All these libraries (updated annually by Archforms) can be customized and saved, or new libraries added.

Schedules: MaxQuake creates Shear Wall, Hold-Down, Tie Downs, Up-Lift, Unit Frame, Diaphragm and Collector/Tie Schedules based on your choice of any combination material options you select. Appropriate notes required for working drawings are then automatically included on each schedule, based on the options within each schedule you select.

Documentation: In a user-friendly interface, MaxQuake is organized in logical steps so that all formulas, code references, and the results of each stage of the calculations are displayed together on separate tabbed pages. This information prints just as it is seen on the screen to provide a complete calculations and schedules in a simple twelve page document, ready to submit for a building permit.

Codes: The current version of MaxQuake calculates earthquake and wind loads according to your choice of the 2015 IBC Version or 2016 CBC Version for California or 2012 IBC Version for Alaska.

Based on ASCE/SEI 7-10 with Supplements 1&2