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DESIGN SUITE

DESIGN SUITE: CODE CHECK AND AutoDESIGN OF CONCRETE AND STEEL MEMEBRS

 

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S-CONCRETE

Design and Detail Reinforced Concrete Walls, Columns and Beams

Quickly design and detail reinforced-concrete column, beam and wall sections to multiple design codes with S-CONCRETE, the concrete design software of choice by structural engineers worldwide.

Optimize a single section design or evaluate thousands of concrete sections at once.

 


Watch S-Concrete in Action

See automatic and immediate results as design parameter change.
Comprehensive code checks go well beyond the strength of the concrete section: Design for axial, shear, moment loads, and torsion.No black-box solution: results include everything you need to quickly detail and optimize concrete walls, columns and beam.

  • utilization status
  • governing load cases
  • detailing checks status
  • intermediate results
  • errors & warnings for failed checks with clause references

S-CONCRETE Wall, Column and Beam configurations

Concrete Wall Design

Design and detail walls having Rectangular-shaped, I-shaped, C-shaped, L-shaped and T-shaped sections.

In addition to distributed panel reinforcement, the boundary (zone) concentrated reinforcement can be specified for each of the various sections.

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Concrete Column Design

Design and detail rectangular or circular columns, with rectangular or circular ties or spiral reinforcement, rectangular or circular holes, and steel I-shaped composite columns.

S-CONCRETE columns

Concrete Beam Design

Design Rectangular beams, T-beams, L-beams, or Slab bands, with closed or open multi-leg stirrups.

 


Integrated Solutions with S-FRAME Analysis and 3rd Party Software

    • S-FRAME Analysis supports reinforced concrete design with the Integrated Concrete Design (ICD) option. With ICD engineers can build, analyze and edit concrete structures, run code checks, perform design group optimizations and automatically generate detailed design reports. Load data is automatically applied to concrete sections after running an analysis. Design and detail the sections within the S-FRAME Analysis Environment for maximum productivity.
    • S-CONCRETE Batch Processing Mode performs the design of thousands of concrete beams, columns and walls while performing structural analysis using any 3rd party analysis software.
    • Alternatively copy and paste loading data from any 3rd party application, using the interactive S-CONCRETE design interface. Apply factored loads for walls, columns and beam sections. S-CONCRETE supports Axial (Tension or Compression), Shear and Moment in two directions and Torsion loading.
    • S-CONCRETE Basic is a concrete design and detailing plug-in for Adapt Builder

 


Easily Define Concrete Sections

Quickly and easily specify concrete section dimensions, concrete and steel reinforcing strengths, concrete cover, reinforcement bar type, units and design codes and reinforcing bar type within a single dialog box.

defining wall loads in S-CONCRETE


Automated Design

Estimate your section dimensions, reinforcement amounts, and configuration then let the S-CONCRETE Automated Design tool check and modify your section in an iterative, automatic process that arrives at an optimum configuration for the section, while satisfies design requirements.

Use the S-CONCRETE Visual Editor to fine-tune your section design.  Main design parameters along with principal code check results are efficiently displayed on a single graphical window for easy reference.  Change and control your design parameters directly in a single window, getting immediate feedback as changes are made.

Steel Reinforcement Tools allow users to select and control easily:

  • Vertical and horizontal reinforcement including bar size and count or spacing.
  • Multiple layers of vertical bars in columns or longitudinal bars in beams.
  • Zones for concentrated vertical reinforcement in walls.
  • Tie and stirrup configuration, bars size, spacing, and hook type.
  • Splice type of vertical reinforcement, which is taken into consideration by S-CONCRETE in bar spacing checks.

S-CONCRETE design options

Automatically generate required tie arrangements for column, wall and beam sections.
All of the column designs shown below are automatically generated by simply increasing the vertical bars in the section.

steel reinforcement in concrete beams


Design Codes Supported

  • ACI 318-14, 11, 08, 05, 02
  • CSA A23.3-14, 04
  • EN 1992-1-1:2004  with standard design values
  • EN 1992-1-1:2004  with UK National Annex
  • BS 8110:1997
  • CP 65:1999

Results

S-CONCRETE displays immediate design results in the Visual Editor window, identifying hot-spots (problem areas) so the engineer can efficiently change model parameters within the same window.
Users can control the interactive iterations that check and update the design within the Visual Editor window.

Review Warnings Related to Code Checks

S-CONCRETE comprehensive code checking goes well beyond the strength of the concrete section.

In the example shown, the section capacity for applied Axial, Flexure, and Shear forces are well within limits, however, the detailed checks for tie size and tie spacing, and clear spacing between bars (at the bar splice location), do not meet the code requirements. S-CONCRETE gives a color-coded Warning to the user .

Warning messages are readily identified with citations of the specific Code Clauses as shown at the right.

concrete design report

S-CONCRETE generates and displays axial force versus biaxial moment interaction envelopes, N-M (P-M) diagrams. These envelopes are used to provide information for the relevant checks performed by the program. The diagrams are automatically generated for all applied moment angles, Theta, that are part of the specified load cases, as well as the four right angles of the section, i.e. 0, 90, 180, 270 degrees.

concrete design N-M diagrams

Once the design is complete, the ability to export the cross section with reinforcing steel to an AutoCAD DXF file showing the actual reinforcement layout, including primary and secondary bars, ties and stirrups, allows for quick and easy incorporation into engineering drawings.


Concrete Design Reports

S-CONCRETE’s comprehensive and customizable report provides details on all code checks performed.
Reports include:

  • Summary of results
  • Section dimensions and reinforcement layout
  • Calculated section properties
  • Calculated design loads
  • Utilization (demand/capacity) ratios
  • Status of checks (not applicable, acceptable, warning, unacceptable)
  • Governing load cases
  • Final results for each code check, as well as intermediate calculated values
  • List of messages for unsatisfactory checks including clause references

S-CONCERTE is available in 3 different editions

S-CONCRETE Standard includes all concrete design and detailing features for single sections.

S-CONCRETE Professional includes all capabilities in S-CONCRETE Standard plus

Batch processing mode to analyze and design multiple sections at once and include results a single design output file
Design aids for factored, nominal and probable moment capabilities and overstrength ratios

S-CONCRETE Enterprise includes all capabilities in S-CONCRETE Professional plus

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S-PAD

Steel Member Design Code Assessment

Use S-PAD to quickly code check a structural steel column, beam or brace without modeling the entire structure. Simply input design loads and effective lengths of the steel member then run a quick check in seconds, or even better, run an auto-design to identify the optimum section.

S-PAD includes advanced code checking capabilities as well as auto-design to the same steel design codes supported by S-STEEL, for both strength and serviceability. This standalone application employs a simple spreadsheet-like interface that delivers powerful steel-design and code check capabilities.


Design Interface

S-PAD uses a simple, intuitive spreadsheet layout that allows up to 20 design cases to be evaluated simultaneously.
Member definition input can be copied in from CSV files.
Input files can be saved and can contain multiple worksheets each with up to 20 design cases.

Easily view detailed design calculations for all section shapes.

Support for American, Canadian, British, European and other international section sizes.

 


Design Results

S-PAD features exactly the same comprehensive design output as S-STEEL as well as the same set of design constraints giving the engineer full control of all design parameters.
Quickly and easily input strength and stability design forces, effective lengths in compression and unsupported lengths in bending steel elements (beam, column or brace) and run a quick code check.

Auto-design steel members to help identify an optimum section according to:

  • Least weight
  • cost
  • depth and surface area

Steel member auto-design generates a sorted list of adequate sections to identify optimum sections easily. Detailed design calculations can be viewed for all sections.
Code relaxation option is available for more conservative designs.

steel member design criteria and results

Steel Design Codes

Canadian

  • CSA-S16-2014
  • CSA-S16-2009

American

  • ASCE 10-15 (coming soon)
  • AISC 360-16 LRFD/ASD
  • AISC 360-10 LRFD/ASD
  • AISC 360-05 LRFD/ASD

European

  • EN 1993-1:2005
  • EN 1993-1:2005/ UK Annex
  • BS 5950:2000

Additional Regions

  • EN 1993-1:2005/ Singapore Annex
  • Hong Kong Steel 2005 & 2011
  • AS 4100-1998
  • NZS 3404:1997

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S-CALC

The Ultimate Section Property Calculator

Increase productivity and design accuracy with S-CALC, a comprehensive section property calculator.

Ideal for sections having complex geometry and multiple materials, S-CALC calculates over 16 distinct section properties.

Generate cross-section properties using different calculation methods: database values, closed-form solutions, FEA methods and more.

Easily define models in S-CALC’s graphical editor or import geometry, material and section property data from AutoCAD® DXF and Revit® files.

Produce detailed engineering reports that include all section properties, geometry, material and graphics.

 


S-CALC’s Easy Shape Definition 3 Ways

  1. Easily define sections by selecting shapes from built-in steel databases (USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and more), all with support for Metric and Imperial units.
  2. Create custom sections by modifying any shape selected from an extensive shape library. Shapes include standard shapes, shapes with holes, hollow shapes, cold formed sections, reinforced concrete sections, bridge sections, rail sections, and user-defined polygons.
    Save time by using automated compound shapes that make it easy to define built-up shapes, including capped, plated, mirrored and crossed sections.
    Explode compound shapes into multiple child shapes to gain further control over dimensions, positions, and materials.
  3. Import shape definitions from a file using powerful, built-in data transfer links with AutoCAD® DXF and Revit® files.


Section Properties and Calculation Methods

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  • Area
  • Perimeter
  • Mass
  • Moment of Inertia
  • Monosymmetry Constant
  • Principal Moment of Inertia
  • Polar Moment of Inertia
  • Principal Axes
  • Plastic Axes
  • Plastic Section Modulus
  • Elastic Section Modulus
  • Principle Elastic Section Modulus
  • Shear Center
  • Shear Area
  • Stress Points
  • Radius of Gyration
  • Principal Radius of Gyration
  • Polar Radius of Gyration
  • Torsional Constant
  • Warping Constant

section property calculations for imported thin walled sections

section property calculates for regular polygon mutli-material concrete section

Generate over 16 section properties calculated about the centroid or any reference axis. Control the calculation method with options to use database values, closed-form solutions, proprietary polygon algorithms, or Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methods.

Quickly compare the results from the various methods in spreadsheet form to make engineering judgments.

 


Multi-Material and Composite Sections

Create multi-material sections and calculate properties based on the chosen reference material. Calculate Shear Area and Torsional Constant using Superposition.

Use default materials including steel, concrete, timber, aluminum, and iron, or change the materials to any custom values.

Custom materials can be exported into libraries and then imported into any S-CALC file.

 


 

 


S-CALC Integration with S-FRAME solutions and other 3rd party software

Easily transfer geometry, material and section property data between S-CALC and S-FRAME Analysis or S-TIMBER. Additionally import and export data with AutoCAD® DXF, or Revit®
files.

S-CALC automatically converts disparate unit systems and performs point tolerance checks during import to ensure model connectivity.

Through automation and customization, data can be imported from, or exported to, any other structural analysis program. Any property can be exported or set from the imported data. Data can be used to create new sections and materials.

 


S-CALC Automation and Customization Capabilities

Automate any process or workflow and distribute it across your organization.

Save time automating repetitive or iterative processes like section sizing, scanning databases for appropriate sections, reporting, file read/write operations or FEA settings by creating automation tasks with the built-in S-CALC API and Integrated Development Environment. Optionally directly integrate our API into your .NET project.

 


S-CALC Reports

Easily generate detailed engineering reports suitable for presentations and organized into easy to read tables.

Reports contain

  • company-branded cover page, table of contents
  • cross-section graphics
  • all section geometry and section properties grouped by type and material properties

Optionally export report data to an Excel file format for easy data access and manipulation.

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S-CALC Purchasing

S-CALC Feature List

For a full list of all the S-CALC section property calculator’s capabilities, including data transfer compatibility with 3rd party software, visit the link below.

 

S-CALC licenses are sold as standalone or multi-seat networked installations, with a subscription or paid-up option.

We offer multi-seat and discount licensing bundles for all our software products. Get help selecting the best option for your organization.


S-CALC System Requirements

  • Windows 10 (64-bit version) operating system
  • Min 2 GB RAM, Recommended 4 GB or more
  • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card – Must support hardware vertex processing

 


Newly Added Capabilities and Enhancements

S-CALC 2020, 2019

New Section Property: Calculation of Monosymmetry Constant, Beta X

New Modeling Features

  • Create reinforced concrete sections using ellipse, polygon or regular polygon shapes
  • Define rebar group configurations and locations independently of the encasing concrete shape
  • Reinforced Concrete shapes can be exploded into User Compound shapes for full control over individual rebar dimensions, positions, and materials
  • Built-Up shapes and Automatic Compound shapes can be exploded into User Compound shapes for full control over the child shapes’ dimensions, positions, and materials

Support for Revit™ 2020, 2019 and 2018 data transfer

Improved Python Automation Scripting Features