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Structural Analysis and Design Software

Structural Analysis and Design Software

(OP)
I am interested in structural analysis and design software for R.C. continuous beams. Software such as Staad or Sap are more oriented to 2d frames and 3d frames or plates.
Any suggestions?

Hasanh

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

2
hasanh
I have come across very cheap software from Archon Engineering which includes a program called Wincrete which checks designs for RC Beams including multi-span. They also have nice programs for other structural areas. Their website is www.archeng.com
Regards
Mike

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

2
Hasanh

I have used software from CADS which comes in bolt together modules for structural steelwork, reinforced concrete etc. it is windows driven and engineer friendly. The website is www.cads.com

Regards

Ginger

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

(OP)
Thank you all for your responses.
Regarding Ginger's response, please confirm that www.cads.com is correct. The address does not seem to be relevant to our subject.

hasanh

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

hasanh
Once again I have given the wrong website for a company. The website for Archon Engineering is www.archoneng.com
Its worth a visit. You can download a shareware version of all of their software programs.
regards
Mike

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

(OP)
MPHenry
Thank you for your reply. I am checking the site out.
Many structural software companies give fantastic descriptions regarding their products. But when tested, they may not suit one's needs. Therefore, it is important that structural software companies allow downloading shareware versions for a limited time period.

Hasan

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Hasan

Apologies for the wrong address. CADS can be found on www.cads.co.uk Another avenue you may wish to try is the OASYS system by Arup. i don't have an address for their OASYS site but Arup are pretty easy to locate worldwide and someone there should be able to help you. Good Luck

Regards

Ginger

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Try PCA! They have a lot of good concrete software.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Hasanh
Please try www.avansse.com site.
They have very usefull and user friendly software. I am talking about AVwin and Gedi. Particulary Gedi will let you generate interactively all the parts of a concrete building.
I am a user of those programs and I feel very confortable.
Let me know your opinion after visiting the site, please.
Best Regards,
Carlos

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

(OP)
Ginger,

I have come upon a nice program called prokon. It is very easy to use and based on British and South African Standards.

Hasan

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Ginger,

I have used Prokon and its good and affordable. A more expensive option for design and detailing that it really worthwhile, (I thought anyway) is CADS 8110 - it is a structural analysis, design, drafting and detailing package I came across when I was in Singapore. I don't have a web address for them but they were marketted by a company called QE Design Systems in Singapore - Tel: 65 224 2883; fax no: 65 2218928

There is also an Australian package I foudn to be very good called SpaceGASS. Again I don't have a web address but if you search for SpaceGass you should find it easily.

Good luck,
Bridgeman

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

I think JC may have a good, economical suggestion. PCABeam is only $395 and will give you a fairly intuitive, quick design for beams with conventional loadings.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Hi,
Has anyone out there tried TEDDS from CSC? It is a series of Calculation Pad for the Professiional Engineer. Any comment on the above software will be much grateful.

BengChin

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Hi all!

please visit www.roynshenoy.com and click software. I have a very versatile software for RCC Columns, COLDES, which allows for Slender columns, subjected to biaxial Bending, different reinforcement percentages on adjecent sides, etc.
you may mail me for free version. roynshenoy@vsnl.com

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Spacegass is at : www.spacegass.com

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

I am Looking for a truss calculation program using light gauge steel (american standards)members.  I've tried to use the downloaded demo and the CD demo of SpaceGass and couldn't get either of them to run. <br>
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I used to do these by hand in the 60's. In the late 70's I programed my own calc's in basic. Currently, I am using a spreadsheet approach to analysis, and seem to always be behind the curve in conforming to codes and standards.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To BengChin:

I am curently reviewing the CSC TEDDS package. It is a good tool which works in Word for documenting calculations & code requirements. The initial interface takes some time to understand. I'd like to hear your comments on it's use & applications.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To DavidA:

Get a copy of Staad3 and you'll be able to do anything with trusses as well as anything else using steel or concrete. Also, Enercalc makes a program called FastFram, which can be downloaded, free, from their site but they don't update it and there is a bug in it. Good luck!

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Dear Hasanh,

I have come across a good software for design and analysis of concrete structures, i hope this software might be of some use to u, check it out at this site - http://www.zentech-usa.com/concrete.htm.
There are somemore, but they are either too much or too little for your purspose. I remember encountering a similar problem once, fortunately this s/w was enuf for my needs. check it out if it suits u too,

Regards,
Sreevathsa

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To Davida:

Check out a company called Keymark. I tested a beta program by Keymark, designing light gage steel trusses in 1994, which probably has improved greatly since than. When wood was getting expensive in the early '90s, we did a lot of light gage steel design for residential structures. They can be reached at www.keymark.com.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Check out the January 2000 issue of "Modern Steel Construction" by AISC. There is a listing of 26 structural programs with properties about each one. This should be a great starting point! Good luck!

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

If talking about just continuous beam design.  You'd better take a look at the standalone RCbeam module of Robot.  Simple with LL pattern shuffled and you can even get a basic drawing.   You can dwld to have a look at http://robot-structures.com/us/

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

CSC TEDDS is a good concept that requires quite an amount of self education to learn how to "program" your design sheets. However, if you have some standard computations you can enter them easily with care and produce good reliable "in house" software.

The main problem I have found is finding the time to learn how to use it effectively.

Regards

sc

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

I am intersted in spreadsheet applications in structural engineering.I would like to visit the sites which review such software

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

steng, try starting a new thread for this. It may get lost in this one...

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

I'm a big fan of Archon's products. I actually purchased WinWood and am more than satisfied. Great, intuitive continuous beam solutions, trusses, plywood, etc. with a vast wood properties database. I'm also a HUGE fan of Dr. Software's Dr. Beam and Dr. Frame packages. I own both and they run great on my Macintosh G4 (yay!) at home and my whateveritis at work. Dr. Beam is a great all-purpose beam analysis program and Dr. Frame is a full-blown 2D FEM program that packs a lot into a little program with a totally intuitive interface. Check 'em out at http://www.drsoftware-home.com/. They have working demos, too.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

try ROBOT MILLENIUM, seems to be a very good software...

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

you can use staadpro software package for 2D and 3D analysis.
i have expertise in modelling and analysing any type of structures using staadpro.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

TO 2610....

hi 2610, what version of STAAD are you using?

STAAD PRO2000 OR 2001?

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To ERNESTOBARRERA.....
HI,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION.
I AM USING STAADPRO (VERSION III)FOR ANALYSIS PURPOSES.
TELL ME ABOUT ANY SOFTWARE THAT CAN BE USED TO ANALYZE OFFSHORE STRUCTURES.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To 2610

Hi
Well, i dont know of any structural analysis software that would specially analyse offshore structures, maybe if you make a more detailed description of the structure you are dealing with,and the kind of analysis you want to do, i could help you. I guess that it has to do with structures subjected to impact loads from ships and sea wave loads. Maybe you could do all this with Sap2000, since this software is a little more powerful than STAAD III, and have better load generation capabilities.

I would like to know about your experiences with STAAD, since i also use that software. I would like to know if you consider it reliable.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To 2610

ive just seen a very interesting site:

www.zentech-usa.com/index.htm

They have a Software called STRUCAD 3d

i think this software is what you are looking for....

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

You can check out free continuous beam program at http://www.lanxun.com/pce

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Check out RAM Advanse. I have not seen any other software compare with their Concrete Detailing module of the sotware.
It's very affordable compared to others mentioned .

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To DavidA
Steel Smart System from ENR Solutions will do all kinds of light gage metal framing including trusses.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Steng

Here's a site that has Excel spreadsheets with various applications. I have gotten several of them and found them to be well written.  Very professional use of visual basic macros.

http://www.mecaconsulting.com/

http://www.spiraleng.com
If you wish to visit my website, we can discuss these or other issues further.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

TO POLECAT
THANKS BUT I COULD NOT FIND ANY CONCRETE DESIGN SOFTWARE.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To: 2610

I would check the Algor program. It has been used for offshore platforms.
Regards
Tony

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To
ERNESTOBARRERA ,
thank you for the information. I have visited the site. really they have the software which I need. But problem with me is I can not afford to buy the same.
I am presently involved in dynamic analysis of offshore fixed platform, which has got about 120 members of steel tubes having varing diameters.
problem in ussing staadpro is that it can't just calulate wave forces by taking in to wave heights, wave period and depth of water.
i have a problem of analysing the structure for the wave and wind force for different wave heights and periods.
the MORISSONS EQUATION has to be used to calculate the wave forces on each members, which becomes tedious process for different wave conditions.
my structure is like a tower, submerged in deeep water.

i need help from indivisuals or company who can analyse the tower and supply me the resuls like natural period, deck displacements, which I am using to train NeuralNetwork for predicting the responses of towers.
this is my Project work for M.Tech (structures) at Regional engineering college.

keep in touch. thank you in anticipation of suggestions.

Ganesh Hegde

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To,
tonyriva,


Hi, i want to know more on algor Program.
my problem is explained in the abve reply to ERNESTOBARRERA
if it helps in getting me the resuls please let me know from you

thank you
Ganesh Hegde

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To 2610 (Ganesh),

For offshore structures you want SACS (www.sacs-edi.com). The analysis of offshore structures is quite involved so I doubt you will be able to find anyone to donate the analysis. Good Luck anyway.

Randy

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Dear Hasanh

Please check the Reinforced Concrete Council's website below:

http://www.rcc-info.org.uk/

They have many spreadsheets for concrete design to BS 8110 and Eurocode 2, including continuous beam design. The spreadsheets used to be free but now there may be a small charge.

Regards

Angus

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

To,
rkillian
thank you,
i need these analysis results for thesis work.
I feel confidant that the world is so big, somebody will definitely help,
if you find please put it on this page.
(Ganesh)

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Have anyone of you used PROKON ? This is a great software which can be purchased as modules. I have been using this for 5 years. Very user friendly and fast too. I strongly recommend for daily design needs such as continuous beam anlaysis and design and other structural element designs. Check the website for details.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

Dear 2610 (Ganesh)

Check with your advisor. I guess that the proper modelization of the structures you're working with is an important part of your thesis work. Give a chance to RAM Advanse, it's an easy to use structural program that has several load tools that I guess would help you.

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

I think buillsoft powerframe may suit you

RE: Structural Analysis and Design Software

re: offshore structures analysis and design

to 2610 and others interested:

Stop trying to force-fit a solution!  If you are in a technical school/working on a MS thesis, GTSTRUDL has an excellent offshore module AND Georgia Tech (producers of GT STRUDL) offers GTSTRUDL to other colleges and universities and at cost; which is worth 2610 looking into!

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