Frequently Asked Questions

What units are supported?

All units are supported. Units can be mixed to tailor the user's needs. The imported CSV pointlist file has to be either with mm or feet/inch as unit for the coordinates. Hyperlay can display the calculated results in any unit or combination of units.

How do I get the venue I work in included in Hyperlay?

It is possible to build simple venues inside the app using the bay builder. Please have a look in the video tutorials to find detailed information on that. 

If the venue is more complex, we would be more than happy to integrate it in Hyperlay. To get your venue added to Hyperlay, please use this form to upload the following documents:

1- Plan view.

2- Cross section.

3- Longitudinal section. 

And a detail that describes the shapes and the sizes of the beams. This can just be text. The drawings can be pdf with dimensions or preferable some CAD format like dwg or vwx. 

To make the initial automated calculation as close to what you normally will do, we also need to know the preferred length of baskets. Information about how an even bridle normally would look like, is also helpfull.

How is the initial bridle calculated?

The initial bridle is calculated based on the bridle drop or hook height and available steel lengths set by the user. 

The subscribed venue provides a value of the bridledrop that matches that venue, but the value can always be adjusted by the user. If the height to the beam is different on the two beams, the bridle drop is always calculated from the lowest beam.

The bridle is calculated to the closest possible value HIGHER than the specified bridledrop or hookheight. It’s normally only a 100-300mm difference, but depends on available steel etc.

If the bridle drop is set so the bridle gets to flat, Hyperlay automatically makes the initial bridle deeper to avoid dangerous conditions.

The initial bridle can’t have apex angles bigger than 120 degrees. And for uneven bridles, the tension in each leg will not exceed the applied load.

However, it is possible for the user to force the app to calculate the bridle flatter in the Bridle View screen. This has to be done by the user for each bridle.

Does the app warn about dangerous conditions?

Hyperlay warns about dangerous conditions in the bridle construction.

If the apex angle is bigger than 120 degrees, a yellow visual warning is displayed. If the steel WLL is exceeded by the applied load, a red visual warning is displayed and the device will shake. The app does NOT warn about overloaded building structures, as it does not know the structural capacities of the different venues. The overloaded steel is marked in red, but the warning is shown in both Adjustment, Markout and Loads segment.

How are the points grouped in the pointlist?

If the pointlist is sorted by DS/US or US/DS, points that are inline are automatically grouped. To make up for small errors from for example snapping to round tubes in the CAD software, points within a 50mm tolerance are grouped together. The meridian of the group is used as common coordinate for that group of points. The pointlist can be sorted by name, pointtype and US/DS.

What beam shapes are supported by Hyperlay

To make accurate bridle calculations, Hyperlay supports calculations on rectangular, T-shaped, trapezoid, and round beams.

Does Hyperlay require mobile data or wifi connection to work?

No. All calculations are done on the iPhone. Once you got the file with the show on your device, no data connection is needed.

It is also possible to share files between more devices at the same physical venue without a data connection using AirDrop. AirDrop lets you quickly and easily transfer files between iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It uses Bluetooth LE to broadcast, discover, and negotiate connections, and point-to-point Wi-Fi to transfer data. That makes it fast, power-efficient, and secure.

How are the summed beam loads calculated?

The venue beam system has to be a statically determinate beam system. All loads from the points applied to the venue are distributed to the beams they are applied to, based on their position in the venue. If the beam where a load are suspended from are secondary beams, the the load is also distributed to the main beams. If the beam system is statically indeterminate, Hyperlay will display a warning and only the loads directly attached to a beam is summed up. (At the moment, no venue definitions are of that type)

- The load stated when tapping on a secondary beam is the sum of the vertical forces suspended from that beam. 

- The load stated when tapping on a mainbeam is the sum of the vertical forces from the loads attached to that beam, plus loads distributed from secondary beams also attached to that beam.

How do I get my show into Hyperlay?

Save your show's point list as a CSV-file. This can be done directly from CAD software like AutoCad and Vectorworks or from a spreadsheet like Excel or Numbers. Once the file is ready, transfer it to the iPhone (via email or cloud services like Dropbox, iCloud or Google Drive) and then import it into Hyperlay, from within the app itself or by tapping on the file in Mail.

Which file formats are used by Hyperlay?

To import a show from your favorite CAD software, Hyperlay uses a standard CSV-file. To exchange a show between two units, Hyperlay uses an internal file format.

Please have a look at the Tutorials section where the import process is explained in detail. To make it easy, we also provide a set of motor symbols as a block for Autocad and a template for the Vectorworks Hoist-tool.

What should the CSV point list file format look like to work with Hyperlay?

The labels in the header can be chosen by the user. But the order of the columns must be the following:

Type: Type of motor or point. See question about supported point type for more information. E.g.. 1ton, 1/2ton, F/A etc.

Label: Name of the point. E.g.. L1, L2, L3 etc.

Coordinate-X: Distance in X direction from the show datum. Unit can be millimeters or feet/inches

Coordinate-Y: Distance in Y direction from the show datum. Unit can be millimeters or feet/inches.

Load: Load of the point. This value is optional. If not provided, the load distribution within the bridle is calculated in percent. Load can be in kilograms or pounds. If millimeter is chosen as unit for length, Hyperlay assumes that the load is provided in kilograms. If feet and inches are used, then Hyperlay assumes that load is provided in pounds.

You can download an example show file for reference. Available with mm or feet/inch.

What are the requirements of the CAD software?

The only specific requirement of the CAD software in order to make it work with Hypelay, is ability to export coordinates of the points as a CSV-file. For example AutoCAD, Inventor, and Vectorworks do that. But usage of the app is not limited to these brands of CAD software.

The point list can also be edited in any software that supports editing spreadsheets, e.g. Excel or Numbers, and then saved as a CVS-file from the spreadsheet software.

Is it possible to change basket of a point?

Yes it is possible to change baskets on a leg, on all points on that beam, or an all points at a time. The basket length can be adjusted in the beam view, accessed by tapping on the cross representing the center of the beam in the bridle view.

How do I set the work load limit (WLL) of the steel?

The WLL can be set for each point type in the steels-section of the app. The default setting is 1 ton. This setting does also control if the available steel is picked and counted in the 1-ton or 2-ton segment. The controls for this are found in the steel section of the app.

How do I see how much load will be applied to a beam?

From the overlay view, select tools, then select the load measuring tool and tap on the beam.

I have adjusted a point and want to revert it back to the original state. How do I do that?

Just shake your iOS device and answer restore to the question about restoring the point to the original position. This function is available in the bridle view screen where only the visible bridle is restored, and in the pointlist where all moved bridles is restored. In the overlay, if the bridle attachment tool is active. This option is also available for the current point.

How can I move my show to the right place in the venue?

You can easily move your show around by offsetting the show datum in the management tab of the app. It is possible to move and rotate, in order to get the right position of the show.

Please have a look in the Tutorials section to find detailed information on that.

What does the Oval symbol mean in the bridle view?

The oval symbol mean that there is no steel other than the basket in one or both legs of the bridle. An O-ring is needed to assemble it. The right short leg of this bridle is only the 3m house basket. (HB: House Basket)

How do I calculate a stinger for a reeved 2-ton, suspended dead off from hi-steel?

To avoid the chain rubbing against low steel, Hyperlay automaticallycalculates a stinger for all dead hangs that use WLL 2-tons steel, attached to hi-steel. No stinger is calculated for points using WLL 1-ton equipment. The length of the stinger is calculated so the reeve block is just below low steel.

I need more hook height on all my bridles than initially calculated. How do I adjust them all at the same time?

Tap on the management tap and tap on the current venue. Here you can set the bridledrop or the hook height. The bridle drop is the vertical distance from the center of the lowest beam to the apex of the bridle. Hook height is calculated from the floor to the apex of the bridle.

The constructed bridle is the best combination of available steels with the apex higher than value set.

If you want the same hookheight on all bridles on a sloping roof, then choose hook height. If you want highest possible hook height on all points, choose bridle drop.

I would like to add the stage to my pointlist. How do I do that?

Simply define a pointtype called stage. Place that point on each corner of the stage, label them incrementing from 1 ordered left or right around.

How do I transfer a show from one iPhone to another?

You can transfer a show using your method of choice; email, Messages, Dropbox, Airdrop...etc. We recommend that you use Airdrop for that.

Tap on the management tap, then tap "Export Current Project" and choose if you only want to export the current venue or all venues in the project. Then tap on the device you want to share with here.

This option can also be used to transfer a file between a mac computer and the iPhone. In this case, Airdrop must be turned on from the control center or finder in osX.

How do I save a file for later usage?

Simply export your Hyperlay show file to your own iCloud or other cloud service. Hyperlay can load it directly from there again. All user settings are stored with the file. If you only store the csv-file, custom settings must be set again.

How can I export the Steel Count?

In the Steels tab, scroll down to the bottom of the screen of either the 1- or 2-ton segment of the steel list, then tap "Export to PDF".

That will create a pdf which you can share using email.

Export Steel Count Screenshot
Does the cvs file have to be formatted in a specific way?

The cvs or txt file has to have the following information of each point:

  • Pointname
  • Point type (fx. 1/2-ton,1-ton, 2-ton, Fall Arrestor etc.)
  • X - coordinate
  • Y - coordinate
  • load (optional)

The order of the columns are not important. And the file can optionally have more columns. Other information will just be ignored.

This is an example of a pointlist formatted so it is readable by Hyperlay or Hyperlay markout.

Length units can be mm or imperial feet/inch. If mm is choosed the software assumes load is given in kg. If feet/inches are choosed the software assumes load is given in pounds.

The direction of the X and Y axis does not matter.

Do I need a high speed data plan?


Data is only transferred to the device once, and the files transferred are very small.

The app can be used without any connection. And files can be transferred between different devices with AirDrop.

I need a backup solution for this critical task. How do I do that?

The markout sheet can be exported as pdf and printed. I case the device is out of battery or lost, the pdf can serve as backup.

I you prefer to work with a paper in you hand, that is also an option.

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