The StarFront Intermediate Course (SIC) is aimed at user's who are familiar with StarFront but want to get the maximum benefit from their program. The course covers all the topics NOT covered in the SBC plus advanced designs, creation of standard design libraries, interface to CAD and advanced configuration and settings.

The following is an outline of the topics covered in the SBC.

A.    Introduction

History of the StarFront Program and future developments
Purpose of the Intermediate course.

B.    User Feedback

What problems have been experienced with StarFront
Were any ‘bugs’ found in the program
Were any ‘bugs’ found in the cutting lists
What improvements can be made to StarFront
What extrusion systems need to be added to StarFront
What designs were the users not able to do on StarFront
What additional configurations can be added to help in the design process
What additional automations would assist during the design
What additional reports are required
Any other suggestions on how StarFront can be improved.

C.    Advanced Program Features

Inertia Calculations

            Revise the concept of Wind Load

Gain an understanding of Inertia
Look into the formula for calculating Ix from Wind Load and window geometry
Look at specific examples that can be resolved using the basic formula

Explain the Inertia spreadsheet
Do an example on SF4 where the user must use the inertia spreadsheet
Look at the extremes where HD mullion required or not


Advanced Designs


Mixing two systems on one design

Concept of ‘Hole in the Wall’

Example of combining two designs into one

Setting up StarFront’s Costing

            Costing Screen
            Costing Details
            Fabricator Spreadsheet
            Fabricator Example
            Advanced Costing Settings

Working with Contracts

            Copy Contracts
            Merge Contracts
            Setting frame glass sizes equal
            Setting insert glass sizes equal
            Contribution per System
            Adding Sections to a Design
            Adding Hardware to a Design

Working with Reports

Saving reports in other formats, e.g. PDF, Excel

Working with Standards

Using Standards Configurations
Creating Own Standard Configurations
Creating a Standard Price List
Using Standards to Copy designs within a contract
Using standards to copy designs across contracts

Other Program Features

Program Defaults
Contract Defaults
Hardware Defaults
Handle Styles
User Settings

D.            Working with CAD

Explanation of how to access and use the CAD drawings generated by StarFront

E.           Advanced Costing Concepts


Danger of non-standard finishes

Changing the finish on a contract

Danger of ‘doing a favour’

Changing design to reduce material purchases


F.         Thermal Performance of Windows


Understanding Double glazing and the systems that can use it

Concept of U-Value and SHGC value

Factors affecting U-Value

Factors affecting SHGC Value

Purpose of U-Solve


G.            Networking StarFront

Explanation of how StarFront works in a networked environment.
Setting up StarFront on a network.
Advantages of using StarFront on a network.

H.            What the Future Holds

Explanation of what the future holds for StarFront and news on future
releases of StarFront.

I.             Questions and Answers

Question and answer session to discuss any concepts, designs and problems experienced with StarFront. This also acts as a forum to help steer future versions of StarFront.

Please note that although this course outline seems substantially shorter than the SBC, these are advanced concepts which require detail description on live demonstrations to get the points across.