GSE Software_General Structural Engineering

GSE General Structural Engineering software

Concrete Slab and Foundation design

Slab Engineering and Structural concrete design

GSE CONCRETE / SLAB ENGINEERING

GSE SOFTWARE

GSE CONCRETE / SLAB ENGINEERING

OVERVIEW

Part of the GSE (General Structural Engineering) software, GSE Concrete allows the design of concrete members subjected to a linear, P-Delta, non-linear, seismic or dynamic analysis. Full integrated within the same environment, Slab Engineering, the reinforced concrete slab design assistant, allows users to quickly generate the design strips of a concrete slab. The assistant generates column strips and middle strips that are adapted to the geometries of the bidirectional span of the slab. This assistant is directly linked to the automated mesh generation functionalities, allowing to use the geometrical elements such as supports, walls and openings for both the finite elements model and the design strips generation.
The GSE Concrete supports the American ACI-318, the Canadian CSA-A23.3 and the Egyptian code ECCS 203 codes.
Slab on grade function
The soil-structure interaction is an important component in the design of a building or any structure in general. In order to improve productivity, the GSE software provides an automatic slab on grade generation function.

This function makes it possible to distribute the soil stiffness to the slabs modeled by finite elements by the means of equivalent springs. This allows for the complete analysis and design of slabs, using a 3D model as well as the reinforced concrete design tools from the SAFI GSE Concrete module. With this function, users can generate and efficiently analyze slabs of complex geometries.
The analysis of the model allows to calculate several important parameters for the design of the foundation. While considering the various load combinations, the nodal displacements of the slab on the ground make it possible to check the stability and deflections of the structure. According to the deflection, the stiffness and the tributary area calculated for each of the nodes, the exerted pressure of the slab on the ground is calculated. This data makes it possible to verify the sizing of the foundations by ensuring that the bearing capacity of the soil is not exceeded.

The function in the GSE Concrete automatically calculates the nodal tributary areas to save users’ time. The foundation can be supported by either: ground springs, regular springs, fixed supports, piles or imposed displacements allowing flexible modeling for users.

The GSE Concrete supports several concrete design standards. With the automated slab generation and design tools in the GSE, the longitudinal reinforcement required to withstand bending forces is calculated according to the design parameters defined by the user. The 3D visualization of the reinforcement is available in the GSE Concrete software.
Slab Engineering
SAFI’s reinforced concrete slab design assistant becomes the ultimate tool for slab design in a simple and intuitive way. Part of the GSE Concrete Design, it allows the user to quickly and efficiently generate design strips for any concrete slab.

Directly linked to the automated functionalities of the line of integration using finite elements, this application allows the user to operate in a specialized environment in order to perform mesh generation. SLAB ENGINEERING simultaneously defines model geometric elements such as supports, walls and openings.
The assistant generates column strips and middle strips that are adapted to the geometries of the bidirectional span of the slab. This assistant is directly linked to the automated mesh generation functionalities, allowing us to use the geometrical elements such as supports, walls and openings for both the finite elements model and the design strips generation.

Slab Engineering supports a complete and efficient solution for slab design. Without a doubt, this new technological breakthrough will help increasing productivity and success in various design projects.
Automated column line generation
A column line is used as a guide line for the column strip location. They can be placed on the supports along the two principal axis of the slab. The automated column line function allows to automatically detect the column lines in both axis of the slab.
SLAB ENGINEERING APPLICATION
Slab and beam cracked deflections
The calculation of the immediate cracked deflections for slabs and beams uses the new Cracked SLS load combinations. This command allows to define the various parameters required to perform a cracked elements analysis and calculate immediate and long-term cracked deflections.
Punching shear on drop panel
Additional parameters have been added to verify the punching shear around drop panels. The drop panels can be rectangular, circular or defined with an existing mesh contour refinement area.
Technical features
Part of the GSE (General Structural Engineering) software, GSE CONCRETE allows the design of concrete members subjected to a linear, P-Delta, non-linear, seismic or dynamic 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 program allows to design continuous members.
• Design of bending, shear, torsion and combined axial forces and bending.
• The program calculates all required reinforcement and development lengths.
• The program can design longitudinal reinforcement, stirrups and column rein forcement for common concrete section shapes.
State of the art technology built around the concept of physical members that allows to accurately design the reinforcement of continuous members such as beams and columns. The program can design a whole or only a part of the structure.
The GSE Concrete software supports the American ACI-318 code, the Canadian CSA-A23.3, the Egyptian code ECCS 203. Libraries for standard American, Canadian or Egyptian reinforcement bars.
It also allows to calculate the resistance of the elements once the reinforcement is known, which allows to improve the design of a structure or to evaluate the resistance of an existing one.
Reinforcement bars and stirrups, applied loads, resistance curves and interaction diagrams are displayed graphically.
The GSE software allows the verification of concrete members subjected to a linear, P-Delta, non-linear, seismic, dynamic or moving load analysis. Verification of bending, shear, torsion and combined axial forces and bending. 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. 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.
Free Concrete/Foundation Calculator
SAFI Engineering Calculators
Receive the Concrete/foundation Calculator™ when purchasing a GSE Concrete license. 

The Concrete Calculator™ is a simple and powerful tool which allows to analyze and design reinforced concrete beams, slabs and columns cross sections as well as reinforced concrete footings. The Foundation Calculator allows the user to quickly and easily design reinforced concrete footings without the need to create and analyze a complete structural model (joints, members, load combinations).
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