BSE: BRIDGE STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING SOFTWARE
INTEGRATED 3D BRIDGE ANALYSIS AND DESIGN

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INTEGRATED 3D BRIDGE ANALYSIS, DESIGN AND EVALUATION SOFTWARE.

The BSE BRIDGE Software is a fully integrated analysis and design software for structural engineering. The software accounts for advanced structural analysis and design of steel, composite, reinforced concrete bridges as well as pre-stressed bridge girders.

The BSE BRIDGE program allows to analyze, verify, evaluate and design 2D and 3D bridge models of any type and size subjected to standard or non-standard moving loads. The BSE BRIDGE performs multiple simultaneous or non simultaneous standard and non standard moving loads analysis on simple and complex trajectories. The program includes a comprehensive library of over 25 standard trucks and a moving load editor for user defined trucks and trains.

This engineering software solution is used worldwide by several notable international companies in production work for building innovative bridge structures.

The BSE is a robust and reliable structural software based on more than 30 years of Research and Development. The program, designed with the latest technological innovations in its field, is equipped with a sophisticated and user friendly graphical interface.

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INTUITIVE MODELING FEATURES

EASY AND PRODUCTIVE MODEL GENERATION

•Local coordinate systems
•Linear or circular lines of constructions for model creations
•Automated commands for model creation such as move, rotate, extrude, copy, attach, subdivide and others
•Models can be edited either graphically or by means of spreadsheets
•Element can be created in batch or one by one
•Elements of the models can be selected either graphically or according to a set of criterions
•Persistent groups of selected objects can be created and edited graphically or by means of spreadsheets
•Definition of physical members
•Selection and edition of physical members
•Definition of loading surfaces
•Multiple edition grids with user defined spacing, angles and labels
•Powerful edition and automatic generation tools
•Members can be subdivided in any number of equal segments or at specific positions
•Similar connected members can be merged together
•Elements of the structure can be renumbered according to several criterions
•Element attributes can be set graphically or by means of spreadsheets (sections, analysis parameters, rotation angles, etc.)
•Element attributes can be edited in batch or element by element
•Loads can be edited graphically or by means of spreadsheets
•Contour lines for finite element plates with customized bounds
•Wizard based geometry generation
•A large number of pre-defined frames
•Circular and parabolic arches
•Cylinders and cones composed of beams and/or plates
•Physical elements concept to group different elements
•Surfaces can be used for load transfer and self-weight calculation
•Surfaces can be used to simulate diaphragm effects

ADVANCED 3D STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS

ADVANCED 3D STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS

The Bridge Structural Engineering software is a technology built on a powerful user-friendly interface offering comprehensive analysis options and intuitive modeling features.

The advanced structural analysis of the BSE software allows the engineer to achieve specialized analyses crucial to any projects related to the bridge industry.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

•The moving loads are transferred to selected elements of the model.
•Impact factors can be specified for an entire truck load or on a per axle basis as well as for lane loads.
•Axles can be raised as required by some bridge design codes such as the CAN/CSA S6 code.
•Lateral distribution factors for moment, shear an deflection are supported.
•Envelopes of response are obtained for any combination of moving loads, lane loads and non moving loads.
•Incremental analysis can be carried out to account for staged constructions.
•Load factors can be determined automatically by the program when evaluating an existing bridge.
•Associated forces and maximum values can be obtained at any point of the structure using the advanced query engine.
•The BSE BRIDGE program permits to query analysis results and associated results at any point of the structure.

BSE DESIGN FEATURES

DESIGN OF STEEL BRIDGES AND COMPOSITE BRIDGES ACCORDING TO THE CAN/CSA S6 CODE.

•Full support for transverse, bearing and longitudinal stiffeners.
•Total and partial composite action and automatic determination of the required studs.
•User defined studs.
•Plain concrete slab or concrete slab cast on steel deck.
•User defined and standard steel decks.
•Long term deflections can be considered.
•Slab reinforcement can be considered in analysis.
•Effective or full composite inertia can be used.
•Steel verification includes sections classification, resistance and stability checks according to the applicable code.
•Calculation of the bending, compression, tension, shear and combined resistance of steel elements.
•Effects of bearing, transverse and longitudinal stiffeners are considered in the design of bridge girders using bridge design codes such as the CAN/CSA S6 standard.
•The program optimizes the section shapes to minimize the weight or the cost of the whole or a part of the structure. This optimization is performed based on the complete or customized list of standard section shapes or any user defined library of standard and parametric sections shapes.
•Geometrical limits can be defined to control the dimensions and properties of the section shapes selected by the optimization engine.
•The optimization engine can check various deflection criterions during the section selection process.

DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE BRIDGES ACCORDING TO THE CAN/CSA S6-06 CODE.
•Automatic determination of longitudinal and transverse beam reinforcement.
•Automatic determination of pile reinforcement
•Edition of all reinforcement bars
•Multi-cycle design and verification
•Design of partial structures
•Allows design of concrete members subjected to a linear, P-Delta, non-linear, seismic, dynamic or moving load analysis.
•Second order effects may be accounted for according to the simplified method of the design codes.
•Effects of lateral drift and internal member deformations may be considered together or independently.
•The BSE program allows to design continuous members.
•Design of bending, shear, torsion and combined axial forces and bending.
•Calculates all required reinforcement and development lengths.
•Calculated reinforcement can be further edited and additional resistance verification calculations can be performed on the whole or selected parts of the structure. This cyclic design method allows to closely match practical user requirements without the need of tedious hand calculations
•The program can design longitudinal reinforcement, stirrups and column rein forcement for common concrete section shapes.
•Reinforcement layouts, resistance curves and interaction diagrams are displayed graphically.
•The program considers longitudinal reinforcement and bent bars for bending resistance.
•The program considers straight or inclined stirrups and bent bars for shear and torsion resistance.
•The program considers column reinforcement for combined axial and bending loads.

PRE STRESSED BRIDGE GIRDERS

PRE STRESSED BRIDGE GIRDERS

Design of pre-stressed bridge girders can be done by adding the BSE PRE TENSION BRIDGE application.

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BSE EVALUATION FEATURES

BSE EVALUATION FEATURES

•Automatic determination of load factors according to chapter 14 of the CAN/CSA S6-06 code.
•Automatic determination of resistance factors (U) according to chapter 14 of the CAN/CSA S6-06 code.
•Supports standard traffic loads and special permits.
•Classes of dead loads can be set for each basic load (D1, D2 and D3).
•Classes of moving loads can be set for each basic load (Normal traffic, alternate normal traffic, PA, PB, PC and PS).
•Member properties such as system behavior, inspection level and reliability index are specified for each element.
•Element behavior is determined automatically for each element of the bridge.
•Provides forces, resistances, limit states and live load capacity factors for all elements of the model.
•Models can be edited either graphically or by means of tables.

EVALUATION OF STEEL BRIDGES AND COMPOSITE BRIDGES ACCORDING TO THE CAN/CSA S6 CODE.
•Full support for transverse, bearing and longitudinal stiffeners.
•Total and partial composite action.
•User defined studs.
•Plain concrete slab or concrete slab cast on steel deck.
•User defined and standard steel decks.
•Long term deflections can be considered.
•Slab reinforcement can be considered in analysis.
•Effective or full composite inertia can be used.
•Steel verification includes sections classification, resistance and stability checks according to the applicable code.
•Calculation of the bending, compression, tension, shear and combined resistance of steel and composite elements based on the results of a linear, P Delta, non-linear, seismic, dynamic or moving load analysis.
•The design of composite beams accounts for long term deflections, partial composite action, plain slab or slab cast on standard or user defined steel decks and user defined studs.
•The slab reinforcement can be considered in the calculation of the elements resistance.
•It is possible to consider the analysis of composite beams with the full composite inertia or the effective inertia in positive moment regions or the steel beam inertia in negative moment regions.
•Effects of bearing, transverse and longitudinal stiffeners are considered in the design or the evaluation of bridge girders using bridge design codes such as the CAN/CSA S6 standard.
•Complete check of deflection according to a comprehensive set of criterions.

EVALUATION OF REINFORCED CONCRETE BRIDGES ACCORDING TO THE CAN/CSA S6-06 CODE
•Supports longitudinal and bent bars in bending
•Supports inclined stirrups and bent bars in shear
•Supports pile reinforcement
•Allows verification of concrete members subjected to a linear, P-Delta, non-linear, seismic, dynamic or moving load analysis.
•Second order effects may be accounted for according to the simplified method of the design codes. -Effects of lateral drift and internal member deformations may be considered together or independently.
•Verification of bending, shear, torsion and combined axial forces and bending.
•Calculates all required reinforcement and development lengths.
•Calculated reinforcement can be further edited and additional resistance verification calculations can be performed on the whole or selected parts of the structure. This cyclic design method allows to closely match practical user requirements without the need of tedious hand calculations
•The program can design longitudinal reinforcement, stirrups and column rein forcement for common concrete section shapes.
•Reinforcement layouts, resistance curves and interaction diagrams are displayed graphically.
•The program considers longitudinal reinforcement and bent bars for bending resistance.
•The program considers straight or inclined stirrups and bent bars for shear and torsion resistance.
•The program considers column reinforcement for combined axial and bending loads.

DISPLAY FEATURES

DISPLAY FEATURES

•3D solid display of all section shapes
•Ultra-fast 3D visualization in wire frame or solid modes
•Customized display of all graphical objects
•Partial model visualization
•Results can be displayed on screen for the whole or a part of the structure
•Results can be displayed for each element separately by means of graphics and numerical results spreadsheets
•Results can be displayed for a set of elements by means of numerical results spreadsheets
•Graphical display of seismic and dynamic analysis results
•Model size limited only to the physical capacity of the computer

PROFIT FROM AN IFC IMPORT

IFC (INDUSTRY FOUNDATION CLASSES)

The integration of IFC in the program enables importation of models from a large number of architectural and structural software.

IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is an open and neutral data format allowing the definition of related classes to all construction objects.

It is dedicated to the building sector and aims to software interoperability (all editors, all applications).

IFC is the most widely used protocol for information exchange and sharing between different platforms of BIM (Building Information Modeling).

DATA EXCHANGE

DATA EXCHANGE

•AutoCAD interface to import and export models by way of a DXF file
•The SDNF (Steel Detailing Neutral File) interface exports beams, columns and braces to SDNF compatible detailing softwares
•The KISS (Keep It Simple Steel) interface exports beams, columns and braces to KISS compatible estimation softwares
•If required, members subdivision and account for physical elements will be carried out automatically
•The solid view of the structure may also be exported when exporting to AutoCAD
•IFC-Architecture interface for importing models from Revit or other IFC compliant programs.

COMPREHENSIVE REPORTS PROVIDED

REPORTS

•Query any result of the bridge analysis at any point of the structure.
•The evaluation report may be printed for a point, a beam or the whole bridge.
•Results are available for the truck load, lane load, combined truck and lane load and for any load combination.
•Results for static loads can also be queried for a given set of criterions.
•Results for the truck load are given with the truck position and direction.
•Forces associated to queried results are also displayed.
•Results can be visualized either graphically or numerically
•Input data and results may be printed for the whole structure or partial structures using a graphical selection or a range of elements
•Customized list of input data and results to be printed
•Reports are available in several formats including SAFI™ reports, Microsoft Excel worksheets, Microsoft Access databases and ASCII text files
•All graphics can be printed or copied to the clipboard for use in external programs