Advance Design 2021 Version Release
We are delighted to announce that Advance Design 2021, part of Graitec Advance suite, has been released. Based on the needs and requests of the ever-growing communities that have gathered around each software developed by Graitec, we have developed new exciting features to enhance all your structural projects.
Advance Design 2021, the leading structural analysis software, is enhanced with a lot of new functionalities with high benefits for the end-user, and is articulated around a few main subjects:
- Advanced FEM calculations with the Pushover method implementation.
- New possibilities for Steel Design, including a possibility for defining super-elements, new steel connections and updates for the North American design codes.
- New possibilities for the Reinforced Concrete design, including improvements for the Shear Punching verification and a new way for defining drawings on RC modules.
- New workflows for Design calculations, including the possibility of running the design on a selection of elements, in several steps.
- Tens of miscellaneous features considering user’s requests.
We are inviting you to take a quick look at the selected new features and improvements brought to the Advance Design 2021.
New Pushover Method
New Pushover method
The Pushover is a method to predict the non-linear behavior of a structure under seismic loads. It can help demonstrate how progressive failure in buildings really occurs and identify the mode of final failure. The advantage of the pushover analysis is that the material nonlinearity and plastic hinging are considered but without the complications of the dynamic behavior.
The Pushover implementation is Advance Design comes with several benefits:
Easy definition of the Pushover analysis available directly from the Project Browser. As soon as you create the Pushover Analyse, the corresponding load cases will be created. Go to the property list and set the right parameters!
Powerful definition of Plastic Hinges, manually or automatically: hinges are available directly from the properties list of elements. Users can define manually the characteristics of those plastic hinges or select the automatic definition based on the geometry for steel elements or based on real reinforcement definition for RC members. Those plastic hinges can be displayed on the 3D model!
Automatic generation of Pushover loads with extensive parametrization capabilities: different types of horizontal loads distributions, loads direction selection, point of application, loads eccentricity (defined by percentage) … After generation, users can control those loads on screen!
Wide range of available results: as with normal static calculations, FEM results such as displacements and internal forces are available. The results can be checked as for the non-linear calculations for each of the subsequent calculation steps. Users can also generate the pushover force-displacement curve and display the graphically the status of the plastic hinges for each loading step. Dedicated results tables are also available in the report generator.
Joseph PAIS, Graitec Product Director comments: “For the new release 2021 of Advance Design, we have focused our developments on customer-driven enhancements to offer our users the tool they need. Super-elements, pushover, design at stages are examples of high-end new features you will benefit from this new version. Advance Design 2021 position itself as being the right tool for professionals who want to combine the power and the efficiency for their BIM Connected projects”.