-The BSE STEEL&WOOD BRIDGES design capabilities are used to optimize a bridge or to calculate the resistance of the steel and wood elements of known dimensions.
-The entire design process is automated with respect to the user parameters.
-The weight of the elements, the effect of the skew angle, the lateral stiffener beams or diaphragms is determined automatically.
-In most cases where the bridge design follows the established standards, the only data required to design such bridges are the length of the span and the number of lanes.
-The evaluation report and design report are printed in a Microsoft Word compatible file format.
-These reports include all relevant design and evaluation intermediate results, limit states and live load capacity factors as well as a sketch of the bridge and recommended posting if any.
-The program calculates the resistance of the steel beams and the resistance of the wood parts such as the transverse shear and bearing capacity of the transverse beams.
-The deflection of the bridge girders is also considered.
-The BSE STEEL&WOOD BRIDGES performs the evaluation of an existing steel-wood bridge according to the chapter 14 of the CAN/CSA S6-14 code. The equations specific to the MTQ are also included in the program.
-Unlike for the design of a bridge, the evaluation of an existing bridge requires a larger number of data to fully describe the geometry and dimensions of the elements of the bridge.
-The program calculates the resistance and the live load capacity factors (F) of the steel beams and the resistance of the wood parts such as the transverse shear and bearing capacity of the transverse beams.
-When required, recommended signs are displayed.
-The deflection of the bridge element is also considered.