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3D Structural Analysis and Design Software

BRAND STAAD

  • STAAD.Pro - 3D Structural Analysis and Design Software

  • STAAD.Pro Advanced - Advanced Structural Analysis Software

  • STAAD Foundation Advanced - Comprehensive Foundation Design Software

  • STAAD RCDC - Advanced Concrete Design Software

  • Microstran – General Purpose Structural Analysis Software

  • MStower – Specialty Software for Steel Tower Design

  • Structural Enterprise – 3D Analysis and Design Software Suite

Confidently design any type of structure and share your synchronized model data among your design team, in one integrated set of applications. Complete your steel, concrete, timber, aluminum, and cold-formed steel projects, on time and in budget, regardless of complexity. Design structures anywhere in the world with confidence using over 80 international codes, reducing your team’s need to learn multiple software applications. Increase your design productivity with streamlined workflows to reduce duplication of effort and eliminate errors.

STAAD.Pro - 3D Structural Analysis and Design Software

Perform comprehensive analysis and design for any size or type of structure faster than ever before using the new STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition. Simplify your BIM workflow by using a physical model in STAAD.Pro that is automatically converted into the analytical model for your structural analysis. Share synchronized models with confidence for multi-discipline team collaboration and, most importantly, deliver safe, cost-effective designs.

Because every firm has different needs, there are three flexible STAAD.Pro options:

  • STAAD.Pro – The most basic STAAD option including FEM analysis and physical modeling

  • STAAD.Pro Advanced – Adds faster, more advanced and complex analysis 

  • Structural Enterprise – The most popular structural applications in a single a cost-effective license

Confidently design steel, concrete, timber, aluminum, and cold-formed steel structures anywhere in the world using over 90 included international design codes, regardless of which STAAD option you choose.

  • Automatically convert your physical model into an analytical model to streamline your workflow.

  • Improve multi-discipline team collaboration through broad interoperability with Bentley desktop and cloud and mobile applications like AECOsim Building Designer, AutoPIPE, Revit, and Tekla.

  • Optimize concrete and steel BIM workflows with the full integration of physical members and surfaces.

  • Run many design alternatives in parallel with STAAD’s cloud services and view the results in clear, graphical side-by-side comparisons.

  • Design for high-seismic regions or everyday conditions, using Finite Element analysis.

  • View and edit models of any size from mobile devices.

LATEST VERSION: STAAD.Pro CONNECT EDITION V22 Update 2

The principal developments and enhancements that are delivered in this new version of STAAD.Pro are:-

Physical Model Loading

With the growing adoption of engineers using the Physical Model workflow to create the STAAD structure, there has been a requirement to extend the range of loading definitions that can be supported and used in the analysis

  • Wind Create definitions of static and dynamic wind loading in the Catalog and use to create special load cases where the structure is loading using the specification.

 

  • Temperature and Strain Loading Account for thermal and stresses due to strain on members and thermal loading on surfaces.

 

  • Variable Surface Loading Quickly generate complex variable loading of surfaces by defining the intensity at known positions on the surface and let STAAD.Pro then determine the way this will be distributed on the plates that are created in the decomposition of the surface for analysis purposes.

 

  • Hydrostatic Built around the variable loading, this new tool generates the variable loads typically found on tank walls or retaining structures where the intensity of load varies along a (typically vertical direction)

  • Snow Automatically distribute loading caused by a snow loads according to the ASCE 7 code on a roof structure defined in a new group collection and added to your model as a new special Snow Definition load case .

  • Inclined Node Loading There are times when the forces applied to the structure don’t align with the global axes and it can be difficult to try and manually resolve the actual loading into the global directions. So the node loading tool has been extended to allow the direction of loading be defined to a user defined axes system. Additionally, where the load may emanate from a central location, such as the centre of a circular tank, having the load point to or from that location means that the loading becomes much easier to manage.

  • Combinations Methods When working with non-linear behaviour in the structure such as tension only or compression only members or supports, or non-linear forms of analysis including P-Delta, then the standard for of combination using superposition may not be appropriate. So to create the combinations of loading effects needed for post processing and the design processes, the analysis should be performed on a combination of loading rather than combination of results. STAAD.Pro supports this with REPEAT loading and the combinations can be quickly changed to support this method with a new option in the Options settings:-

Seismic Loading

Support of the IBC 2018 / ASCE 7-16 response spectrum loading with the values of SS and S1 determined from a zip code or latitude and longitude on mainland USA.

Implementation of the horizontal and vertical irregularity checks for the static seismic loading routine when using rigid floor diaphragms.

For models that include both beam and column designs to the IS 13920, there is now the additional implementation of the joint checks for IS 13920-2016.

 

Connection Design

The range of supported design codes in the Connection Design workflow has been extended with support of the New Zealand NZ3404-1997 design specification as provided in the RAM Connection standalone application.

AISC 360-16

The Post Processing layout for Ultilization for the AISC 360-16 has been extended to support models which includes multiple code checks rather than just the details that are resultant from the last design CHECK or SELECT. Additionally there is an option to see which design checks produced the most onerous utilization.

Network analysis

Whilst the most efficient way to perform an analysis is on a local computer, there are times when the model is hosted across the network and to help engineers who have to work in that situation, we have introduced a number of changes have resulted in a noticeable performance boost such as using a local folder to temporarily host the data for the analysis and also reducing the calls into temporary files.

 

Additional Modules

STAAD.Pro has grown to be more than just the analysis program, but it also includes a supporting cast of complimentary software that provides extra value to engineering designs. This new release has seen development in some of these modules too, most notably:

Advanced Concrete Design – RCDC

Version 9.0 provides greater support for ACI 318 design for beams, columns and foundations with English units

Chinese Steel Design – SSDD

(available as a separate installation)

The design of steel structures to the Chinese steel code now available as a CONNECT Version using a modern ribbon style GUI to mirror that used in STAAD.Pro. Including improved report customisation and available in Chinese and English versions.

 

Section Wizard

Additional tables in the Indian database for WPB and NPB shapes and Tata Structura 2014 shapes

 

Note that if you are already using STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition, you should be notified of the new build with the Bentley CONNECTION Client.

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CASE STUDY:

USER:

“The Bentley solution helps us meet the unprecedented challenges that Hamon faces in air cooling programs. With this solution, we save 120 man-hours and 400 tons of steel in steel structure designs, thereby producing millions of Yuan in economic gains for Hamon.”
— Yang Xiaobing, chief engineer, Hamon Thermal (Tianjin) Co. Ltd.

“When the architect turns innovative, a structural engineer cannot lag behind. So we, too, responded positively by being innovative. Our engineers have mastered the art of modeling any complicated structure in STAAD.Pro. In this building, the main challenge before us was to employ the curved walls to support the slabs, and exploit their in-plane strength to resist seismic shears effectively. We could achieve whatever architects wanted and imagined.”
—Prakash Channappagoudar, senior vice president, structural design, Shibanee and Kamal Architects.

STAAD.Pro Advanced - Advanced Structural Analysis Software

Solve the most complex design and analysis problems faster than ever before with STAAD.Pro Advanced CONNECT Edition. It’s the most comprehensive version of STAAD.Pro and up to 100 times faster than STAAD.Pro with its advanced solver. Tackle projects of any scale and analyze simple to complex models with over 20,000 nodes at optimum speed. Design under any static or dynamic loading conditions, meeting the highest seismic building standards. Complete intricate projects quicker, including large or complicated models with multiple load cases and combinations. Quickly perform Eigen, Ritz, Nonlinear, P-Delta analysis, thermal loading, and more. Leverage integrated concrete member design, detailing, and documentation using the Advanced Concrete Design workflow.  

In addition to all of the capabilities included in the standard STAAD.Pro, this advanced option offers state-of-the-art and more complex analysis such as:

  • Geometric Non-linear 

  • Steady State  

  • Buckling 

  • Cable 

  • Pushover 

  • Floor Spectrum

So sánh tính năng STAAD.Pro vs STAAD.Pro Advanced vs SEL

 

STAAD Foundation Advanced - Comprehensive Foundation Design Software

Get efficient foundation design and documentation using plant-specific design tools, multiple design codes with U.S. and metric bar sizes, design optimization, and automatic drawing generation. STAAD Foundation Advanced provides you with a streamlined workflow through its integration with STAAD.Pro or as a stand-alone application. You can design virtually any type of foundation, from basic to the most complex. 

  • Easily model complex or simple footings, such as plant foundations supporting vertical vessels, horizontal vessels, tanks and other footings

  • Quickly model common foundations such as isolated, combined, strip, pile caps, and many more 

  • Simplify challenging scenarios such as vibrating machine foundation, lateral analysis of piers, or mat design using FEA

  • Efficiently use your structural model with the foundation model through integration with STAAD.Pro, including automatically synced changes in both models

LATEST VERSION STAAD Foundation Advanced Connect Edition v9.1.0

Chinese Code GB 50007-2011

SFA now supports the standards for foundation design for China

GB 50007-2011 Code for design of building foundation for the following types of foundations:

1. Isolated footings that have a sloping profile (also known as sloped footings or tapered footings)

2. Isolated footings that have a stepped profile (also known as stepped footings)

Both these features are available through the General mode of the program. In the Toolkit mode and PLANT mode, the Chinese code is currently not available for these or other types of foundations.

For both these footings, the column is considered to be symmetrically placed at the center of the footing. In other words, pedestals/columns located at an eccentric position with respect to the center of the footing are not supported in this version.

 On a general basis, the analysis and design of these footings follows the principles described in the SFA Help manual for those foundations. The salient points of the procedure are:

Create the footing data using any of the following methods.

Method 1

  1. Start with a new project in SFA
  2. Create one or more isolated footing jobs per the Chinese code
  3. Enter the footing geometry data, soil data, loads, manually specify or generate load combinations, concrete and steel design parameters, etc.

Method 2

  1. Export the support reactions and column data from STAAD.Pro into SFA
  2. Create one or more isolated footing jobs per the Chinese code
  3. Provide the rest of the data as described in step 3 of method 1.

Method 3

  1. Start with a new project in SFA
  2. Import the column and support data – column sizes, support reactions, etc. from

                 i. STAAD.Pro model

        or

                 ii. an ISM file that has been exported from any software that performs the analysis of the superstructure

 

  1. Create one or more isolated footing jobs per the Chinese code
  2. Provide the rest of the data as described in step 3 of method 1.

 Method 4

  1. Start with a new project in SFA
  2. Import data from a spreadsheet
  3. Create one or more isolated footing jobs per the Chinese code
  4. Provide the rest of the data as described in step 3 of method 1.

Axis system

SFA uses the following axis system for recognizing the directions of loads and moments.

 

X and Z are the horizontal axis, and, Y is the vertical axis.

FX, FY and FZ are the forces, acting along the global X, Y and Z axes respectively, transferred into the foundation from the supports for the columns.

MX, MY and MZ are the moments, acting along the global X, Y and Z axes respectively, transferred into the foundation from the supports for the columns.

Note that in the event of data that is imported from a STAAD.Pro model or an ISM file, these forces and moments will have a sign that is opposite to the reactions in the STAAD.pro model or ISM file. For example, if the reaction in the STAAD.Pro model is FY = +47.5 kNs, then, the load on the foundation will be -47.5 kNs.

Thus, the sign convention for these terms is the same as that for JOINT LOADs in STAAD.Pro.

For data that brought from a superstructure analysis model which uses the “Z UP” system, the data is transformed into SFA’s axis system before the data is displayed in the SFA screens.

Pedestals

In practice, pedestals are generally present in the case of footings that support steel columns. The pedestal is the block of concrete that supports the base plate beneath the column, and hence has a slightly larger plan dimensions than the base plate.

If a pedestal is present, the engineer can specify that information through the Pedestal and Anchor Bolt tab of the Foundation Plan page as shown in the next figure. Note that the Anchor bolt data is not required to be specified, nor is the program able to use that information at this time.

If the “Yes” option is chosen, then, the forces from the column are assumed to act at the top of the pedestal. This is the point usually considered as a support for the superstructure. Thus, the support reactions for the superstructure analysis, which are the algebraic opposite of the loads transferred to the foundation from the columns, are assumed to act at the top of the pedestal.

If there are lateral forces FX and FZ acting at the top of the pedestal due to wind load, seismic load, or other reasons, those forces are assumed to produce additional moments at the at the base of the footing in the following manner:

MX at footing base = MX at column base (from the column reaction) + FZ * Lever Arm

MZ at footing base = MZ at column base (from the column reaction)  - FX * Lever Arm

where Lever Arm = Pedestal height plus the total thickness of the foundation

If the engineer chooses “No” for pedestal, then, the forces from the column are assumed to act at the top of the footing. In other words, in the absence of a pedestal, the top of the footing is assumed as the point where the support is specified for the superstructure model.

Top of footing and specifying the height of soil

For tapered footings, one of the input terms that the engineer is required to provide is the Depth of Soil Above footing. The height of soil to be used in the calculations is determined by the program from this term, in the following manner.

The calculation requires the knowledge of which part of the footing is considered to be the datum position.

If the term Type of Depth is set to Fixed Top, the datum line is the top of footing.

If it is set to Fixed Bottom, the datum line is the bottom of footing.

The height of soil is calculated accordingly, as shown in the next figure.

For stepped footings, the term used is “Footing Embedment Depth”.

It has the same meaning as “Depth of Soil above footing” described for the tapered footing. The same rules described above are used for determining the height of soil for the stepped footing.

Designing the footing

Use one of the following types to design the footing:

If the Set Dimension option is chosen, Set the dimensions of the footing (length, width, thickness at bottom of slope and at top of slope for tapered footings, thickness of the various steps for stepped footings, etc.) in the footing geometry page, which instructs the program to check the suitability of the footing for those dimensions.

Instruct the program to Calculate the footing dimensions (initial values for length, width, thickness at top and bottom of the of slope for isolated footings, etc.) required to ensure the safety of the foundation.

If Set Dimension is used, the provided dimensions are used in checking the safety of the footing as per the details below. If Calculate Dimension is used, the program iteratively finds a footing size (using the plan dimension increment specified in the Footing Geometry page) which satisfies the checks described below.

The following checks are performed by the program:

Base pressures are first calculated using a rigid footing approach. In the Help manual, the section titled Calculating Isolated Footing Sizes provides the details of the approach used for such footings. A similar approach is used for combined footings too. The procedure used by the program to calculate soil pressures for axial load + biaxial bending caters for the possibility of partial uplift (partial loss of contact).

For any service load case, the footing is considered safe if all of the following conditions are satisfied.

  • The maximum corner pressure does not exceed the permissible soil pressure for that load case. See the topic Calculation of Gross Bearing Capacity for Various Load Cases for details of the computation of permissible soil pressure for service load cases.
  • The contact area for that load case does not fall below the minimum required for service load conditions.
  • The factor of safety in sliding is larger than the minimum required.
  • The factor of safety in overturning is larger than the minimum required.
  • If the vertical load on the footing from the column above produces uplift, the footing must be large enough so that its selfweight and weight of soil above the footing (if any) together exceed the uplift force.

For any strength (ultimate) load case, the footing is considered safe if the following conditions are satisfied.

  • The maximum corner pressure does not exceed the permissible soil pressure for that load case. See the topic Calculation of Gross Bearing Capacity for Various Load Cases for details of the determination of permissible soil pressure for strength load cases.
  • The contact area for that load case does not fall below the minimum required for strength (ultimate) load conditions.
  • If the vertical load on the footing from the column above produces uplift, the footing must be large enough so that its selfweight and weight of soil above the footing (if any) together exceed the uplift force. Users must apply the appropriate load factors for the dead load case in the Load Safety factor table.

If any of the above conditions are violated, the footing is deemed to have failed. For Calculate Dimension, the program will iterate until it can find a size (plan dimensions) that satisfies these checks provided that the required dimensions do not exceed the maximum permissible set by the user in the Footing Geometry page.

The above steps are referred to as the analysis.

In the event of a successful analysis:

For Calculate Dimension, the largest foundation size obtained from the checks described above from among all the service and ultimate load cases is considered the governing footing size, and the corresponding load case is considered to be the governing load case.

The program then proceeds to perform the concrete design. Calculations performed are to determine whether the depth provided is adequate (if Set Dimension used) or to find the required depth (if Calculate dimension is used) to resist the following:

  • Oneway shear in the footing along both directions as per section per section 8.2.9 of GB50007-2011. This check is performed at the face of the column.  
  • Twoway shear (also known as punching shear) in the footing per section 2.8 of GB50007-2011. This check includes the determination of whether the punching area falls inside or outside the footing. The check is performed at 1.0xdeff away from the face of the column, where deff is the effective depth.  
  • Flexure design along both directions per section 8.2.11 of GB50007-2011. The area of steel required along both directions is computed during this check.  
  • A bar size and spacing that provides the bending capacity to resist the bending moments is computed.

 Calculation report

For a successful design, a calculation sheet is displayed containing the details for the checks mentioned above, and the governing load case for each check. For a failed design, the cause of the failure has to be interpreted by reading the messages displayed in the Output Pane, which is the panel below the drawing area.

The report can be obtained in either Chinese or English. This choice is available from the “Report Customization” dialog box.

 

 

 

Drawings

Drawings of the foundation plan and layout are also produced.

Modification to the parameters used in length and width increment for footing sizing

In past versions of SFA, for isolated footings, the Footing Geometry page had two options known as

  • Plan Dimension Increment
  • Length/Width Ratio

as shown in this figure.

This has now been replaced with the following 2 options

  • Dim Increment Along Global X
  • Dim Increment Along Global Z

which represent the amount by which X or Z dimension of the footing should be incremented by for each iteration (Dim stands for Dimension).

 

As a result of this change, two of the options available previously called

  • Fixed Width
  • Fixed Length

(if the design type was set to Calculate Dimension) are no longer available. Fixed Width can be simulated by setting the Dim Increment Along Global Z to 0.0, and, Fixed Length can be simulated by setting the Dim Increment Along Global X to 0.0. But note that both cannot be 0.0 simultaneously if the design type is Calculate Dimension.

 

Other enhancements

  1. Defects that were reported on design of pedestals per the ACI code for isolated footings have been rectified. However, as a result of this change, only a limited amount of details is now being provided in the output. The full extent of the details of the calculations, as was available in past versions, will be restored in a future version.
  2. The design of isolated footings per the US code has been enhanced to reduce the time it takes to calculate a suitable footing dimension. This improvement should be most noticeable in jobs where there are several footings being designed to several service and ultimate load cases.
  3. Some errors in the seismic design of vessel foundations per the Indian code have been corrected.
  4. Some errors in the analysis and design of Tank foundations have been corrected.
  5. A representative sketch showing the pile arrangement is henceforth included in the calculation sheet for jobs where a pile arrangement is calculated prior to the design of the pile.
  6. For SFA files which were created using past versions, the engineer will have to re-generate the pile arrangement and re-run the analysis if he/she wishes to see the sketch appear in the calculation sheet.
  7. For mat foundations on piles, mesh generation failed in earlier versions of the program for situations where pile springs were defined outside the boundary of the mat region. This has now been rectified.
  8. An error which caused the beta angle of the column to be ignored when the foundation design was launched from within STAAD.Pro has now been corrected. For beta angles that are not a multiple of 90 degrees, the column is assigned a dimension which equals to the sides of the smallest bounding rectangle whose sides are parallel to the global X and Z axes.
  9. An error that caused the sign to loads to be erroneous when they are derived from support reactions imported from an ISM file has been corrected.
  10. Several new instructive messages informing the user of potential errors in the input have been included for various modules. An example of such a message would be one which advises the user to re-mesh the mat if any of the parameters affecting the mesh generation, such as pile positions, coordinates of loaded areas and control regions, are modified.

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CASE STUDY:

USER:

“Bentley provided the tools necessary for 3D detailed design of our project data, which was effective and well-coordinated.”

— Sandeep Zade, Assistant General Manager, Tata Consulting Engineers, Ltd.

“With rough economic times, our company needs to be more efficient and competitive. With the help of STAAD.foundation, we are able to save 50 percent in design time, without sacrificing quality, on almost all of our projects.”

— Rahi Movassagh, Structural Engineer, IQA Solutions.

 

STAAD RCDC - Advanced Concrete Design Software

Take your concrete analysis to a new level with RCDC. Maximize your software investment by combining the power of popular structural analysis applications with robust concrete design. Produce drawings according to global design standards. Design in compliance with India (IS), United Kingdom (GB), Europe (EC), or United States (ACI) design standards.

With RCDC you can design concrete elements, such as beams, columns, and walls in an automated and interactive workflow as well as maintain full control of your designs by setting individual design parameters. With this specialized application you can quickly produce detailed design drawings for beam line elevations, column line elevations, automatic cross section details, and bar termination geometry. Improve your deliverables with easy-to-create individual beam bar bending schedules, column schedule tables and beam schedule tables.

Plus, with RCDC FE you can design, detail, draw, and report on reinforced concrete slabs and foundations! To learn more about RCDC FE, check out the Product Datasheet at the bottom of this page!

 

Microstran – General Purpose Structural Analysis Software

Efficiently model, analyze, and design with Microstran, our diverse general-purpose structural analysis application with built-in steel member and connection design. You can increase your profitability and productivity by designing smarter and faster with powerful modeling commands, exceptionally fast solvers, and vast file format interoperability. You can easily investigate alternative designs and quickly incorporate design change requests thanks to our built-in steel member and connection design. Confidently perform nonlinear and buckling analysis, integrated steel connection design, and export your model to the engineering format of your choice. 

 

LATEST VERSION: Microstran CONNECT Edition (10.0.0) Release

Release Date: 30th May 2019

Full Version Number: 10.00.00.14

New Features in Microstran CONNECT Edition

In addition to minor error corrections and enhancements, Microstran CONNECT Edition introduces the new features discussed below.

Subscription Entitlement Service (SES):

Microstran now uses Benltey’s Subscription Entitlement Service, Bentley’s new process for product activation and usage tracking, improving our licensing capabilities with features such as:

  • License alert notifications when you are approaching a custom usage threshold
  • Replacing site activation keys with user validation, enhancing security around your Bentley licenses and subscriptions

This product version utilizes Subscription Entitlement Service, which is not supported by SELECT activation key(s). SES is a free service, featuring new behavior to enhance your organization’s user administration and security with mandatory user sign-in via CONNECTION Client to access the application. If you are already signed in to the CONNECTION Client, you have met this prerequisite. If you have not, please refer to the Administrator’s Resource Center and/or contact your administrator for assistance in the registration and sign-in process.

 

 

Free Design Codes and Features

In previous versions (prior to Micostran CONNECT Edition) the below design codes and features required additional purchase. With Microstran CONNECT Edition these codes and features are now freely available to all tiers of Microstran.

  • AISC ASD 9th
  • AS 1250/AS3990
  • SSCJ/AIJ
  • BS 5950:2000
  • BS 8110:85
  • Integrated Connection Design – Design Connections directly in Microstran

Export to STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition

Microstran now have direct export capability to STAAD.Pro allowing users to leverage many more advanced features in STAAD.Pro.

Improved Interoperability

Bring your microstran design into another application or even to site, using ISM and iModel Publishing.

 

Import and Export Models to Microsoft Excel

Microstran now have the ability to allow users to modify any aspect of the model in a tabular manner via import/export to Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet.

Export Analysis Results to Microsoft Excel

In previous versions of Microstran, results were only accesible on screen or text files. Now, Microstran can have all results exported to one Microfot Excel Spreadsheet, each sheet withing the Spreadsheet holds 1 table of the results.

Member Summary Query

In previous versions of Microstran, queried results (Member Forces, Member Deflections Enveloped results) were only viewable on screen, it was not possible to copy these results for further processing. With Microstran CE, users can now select members on screen and have these results displayed in tables for viewing sorting, and copy to Excel.

Section Summary Viewer

Analysis Results grouped by section can now be quickly viewed in Section Summary Viewer on screen and also Exported to Excel.

Linear Copy (Optional Load Factor input).

An optional load factor box in Linear Copy is included in Microstran CE, this applies a load factor to all the loads being copied. This helps users that create 3D portal frame models from a 2D frame, where loads are progressively reduced (or increased) from one frame to the next (manual application of wind loads).

 

Supply in-context help messages.

Microsoft Windows 10 removed support for Winhlp32, in previous operation system (Windows XP and Vista) in-context help was available by clicking the question mark icon in the top right of most dialog box.

We have re-introduce this back into Microstran CONNECT Edition by displaying these messages in a message box format.

 

Release Date: 30th May 2019

Full Version Number: 10.00.00.14

New Features in Microstran CONNECT Edition

In addition to minor error corrections and enhancements, Microstran CONNECT Edition introduces the new features discussed below.

Subscription Entitlement Service (SES):

Microstran now uses Benltey’s Subscription Entitlement Service, Bentley’s new process for product activation and usage tracking, improving our licensing capabilities with features such as:

  • License alert notifications when you are approaching a custom usage threshold
  • Replacing site activation keys with user validation, enhancing security around your Bentley licenses and subscriptions

This product version utilizes Subscription Entitlement Service, which is not supported by SELECT activation key(s). SES is a free service, featuring new behavior to enhance your organization’s user administration and security with mandatory user sign-in via CONNECTION Client to access the application. If you are already signed in to the CONNECTION Client, you have met this prerequisite. If you have not, please refer to the Administrator’s Resource Center and/or contact your administrator for assistance in the registration and sign-in process.

 

 

Free Design Codes and Features

In previous versions (prior to Micostran CONNECT Edition) the below design codes and features required additional purchase. With Microstran CONNECT Edition these codes and features are now freely available to all tiers of Microstran.

  • AISC ASD 9th
  • AS 1250/AS3990
  • SSCJ/AIJ
  • BS 5950:2000
  • BS 8110:85
  • Integrated Connection Design – Design Connections directly in Microstran

Export to STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition

Microstran now have direct export capability to STAAD.Pro allowing users to leverage many more advanced features in STAAD.Pro.

Improved Interoperability

Bring your microstran design into another application or even to site, using ISM and iModel Publishing.

 

Import and Export Models to Microsoft Excel

Microstran now have the ability to allow users to modify any aspect of the model in a tabular manner via import/export to Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet.

Export Analysis Results to Microsoft Excel

In previous versions of Microstran, results were only accesible on screen or text files. Now, Microstran can have all results exported to one Microfot Excel Spreadsheet, each sheet withing the Spreadsheet holds 1 table of the results.

Member Summary Query

In previous versions of Microstran, queried results (Member Forces, Member Deflections Enveloped results) were only viewable on screen, it was not possible to copy these results for further processing. With Microstran CE, users can now select members on screen and have these results displayed in tables for viewing sorting, and copy to Excel.

Section Summary Viewer

Analysis Results grouped by section can now be quickly viewed in Section Summary Viewer on screen and also Exported to Excel.

Linear Copy (Optional Load Factor input).

An optional load factor box in Linear Copy is included in Microstran CE, this applies a load factor to all the loads being copied. This helps users that create 3D portal frame models from a 2D frame, where loads are progressively reduced (or increased) from one frame to the next (manual application of wind loads).

 

Supply in-context help messages.

Microsoft Windows 10 removed support for Winhlp32, in previous operation system (Windows XP and Vista) in-context help was available by clicking the question mark icon in the top right of most dialog box.

We have re-introduce this back into Microstran CONNECT Edition by displaying these messages in a message box format.

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MStower – Specialty Software for Steel Tower Design

Quickly model, analyze, and design steel transmission and communication towers, thanks to MStower’s comprehensive modeling, results, and output capabilities. With both graphical and text-based definitions of tower structures, you can design and complete projects faster than ever. Easily create high-quality designs in compliance with a number of international standards.
You can efficiently design towers, such as monopoles, lattice towers, and guyed masts, using a comprehensive library of panel types and ancillary equipment that enable quick creation of the structure. Quickly create reports with virtually any result – from structure data to loading, static, and dynamic results. MStower contains comprehensive facilities for plotting the structure, loading, and results. Design checks include structural configuration, buckling lengths, slenderness ratios, ultimate member strength, and bolt strength. Analysis and member check results can be displayed graphically, used in reports, and printed as required.
 

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Limcon - Faster connections, better designs

 

Quickly design and review your steel connections, such as beam to column, brace end, member splices, anchorage to concrete, complicated multi-member joints, and many more. Thanks to our library of international standard connection types, you save time and money by quickly designing connections and producing your CAD drawings all within one easy-to-use application. You can easily verify your connection results and quickly generate a concise design report summarizing all checks and connection statuses.

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Limcon users: Transition to RAM Connection

As of July 1, 2019, in accordance with the Bentley Desktop Software Support Policy, V8i versions of Bentley software will enter an Expiring Support phase. This will include the most recent version of Limcon, as it is a V8i, not a CONNECT Edition, application. As a result, on July 15, 2019, we will begin migrating all Limcon users to the RAM Connection application. RAM Connection, like Limcon, is a desktop application specializing in the design and optimization of structural steel connections, with support for AISC, EN, BS, IS, GB, AS, and NZ standards. RAM Connection offers key advantages over Limcon. Please refer to this detailed comparison between Limcon and RAM Connection for more information.

Structural Enterprise – 3D Analysis and Design Software Suite

Use what you want, when you want it, with our bundled software suite of STAAD, RAM, and Microstran. These applications have been proven worldwide for decades in the design of infrastructure projects both large and small. You get reduced upfront costs, simplified business transactions, and the power of interoperability at your fingertips. Benefits to you include:

  • Complete workflows
  • Greater reuse of information
  • Unlimited access for each user
  • Lower cost of ownership

With Structural Enterprise, you can design in any infrastructure sector, with multiple materials, using any analysis method that is appropriate for the job. Structural Enterprise helps you: 

  • Design structural components such as timber members, trusses, masonry walls, concrete tilt-up walls, retaining walls, and foundations using RAM Elements.
  • Design industrial and civil structures using STAAD.Pro, RAM Connection, and STAAD Foundation Advanced.
  • Design multi-story concrete buildings using RAM Frame Analysis, RAM Concrete, RAM Concept, and RAM Foundation.
  • Design multi-story steel buildings using RAM Steel, RAM Frame Analysis, RAM Frame Steel Design, RAM Connection, and RAM Foundation.
  • Design industrial structures using Microstran, Limcon, and STAAD Foundation Advanced.

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