Ever had MASS stop working while working on a design? You aren’t alone!

In any windows architecture application, there is a limit of 10,000 GDI objects. Internally, there a number of these crated with every design and population of each results screen. Unfortunately, there are a number of these that are not properly “cleaned up” so using the same MASS window for an extended period of time will trigger this crash.

The release of MASS Version 4.0 has mitigated the problem but there are always residual GDI objects between every design. Our recommendation in dealing with this issue is to regularly save your work.

A full video demonstrating this and how to check your GDI object status is shown below:

This issue is most likely to occur when designing a shearline or multi-storey shear wall module as these assemblage options coordinate the creation of several shear wall elements internally, triggering the creation of additional GDI objects.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact MASS support.

As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all. CMDC is the authorized service provider for the MASS software which is a joint effort of between CCMPA and CMDC.

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Brad Crumb

Brad is a Masonry Design Engineer with CMDC. Starting in 2011, his main role with the CMDC has involved developing the masonry design software, MASS, as well as handling the engineering related technical support questions that come in on a regular basis. If you've called or emailed the CMDC office about MASS, chances are you had the pleasure of meeting Brad.