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The SAFI STEEL CALCULATOR™ allows to quickly verify, design and optimize steel beams and columns. It is also an efficient validation tool to verify design results of specific elements of complex models.






Powerful tool allowing users to verify, design and optimize steel beams and columns.

Efficient validation

Efficient validation tool to verify design results of specific elements of complex models.


Intuitive and easy-to-use engineering tool featuring automatic selection of sections.


The SAFI STEEL CALCULATOR™ allows users to verify and optimize single and continuous beams and columns. The use of the Steel Calculator does not necessitate the input of an analysis model (joints, members and combined loads). These operations are automated.

This engineering tool allows to verify or optimize any standard section available in the SAFI databases according to the American LRFD and ASD standards, the Canadian S16 standard, the European Eurocode 3 and the Indian IS 800.

It is an efficient validation tool to verify design results of specific elements of complex models. Design optimization and automatic section selection features make economic and quality steel structures a reality.

The SAFI STEEL CALCULATOR™ is used as a standalone application or in combination with the GSE STEEL program, part of the GSE (General Structural Engineering) software.

See for yourself the powerful features of the SAFI Steel Calculator™.

Users can select an appropriate model from the numerous available ones provided with the SAFI STEEL CALCULATOR™. The input data consist of selecting a section shape and defining the basic loads, the design parameters and the geometric limits. The results of the Steel Calculator are summarized for each member and displayed on the screen, detailed reports are also available.

The Steel Calculator™ can rapidly perform the computations for continuous beams and columns to carry one of the following tasks:
– Verification of the limit states design. A summary and a full analysis and verification report are available.
– Optimization according to weight in an attempt to find the best section. A summary and a full analysis and verification report are available.
– All sections results, which is a table to present the behavior of the model for every section in the databases. The best section is indeed included in this table.
The steel standards with which the verification and optimization calculations are made must be selected. Users must define the combined loads for verification and design computations. The combined loads are automatically generated with the Steel Calculator™.

American Standards:
Limit States Design of Steel Structures AISC 360-16 (LRFD) AISC 360-10 (LRFD) and AISC-LRFD-99
Allowable Stress Design AISC 360-16 (ASD), AISC 360-10 (ASD) and AISC-ASD-89

Canadian Standards:
CSA S16-01, CSA S16-09 and CSA S16-14.
The CSA S136 standard is considered when the CSA S16 is not applicable. It occurs for Class 4 sections (slender sections).

European Standard:
Eurocode 3

Indian Standard:
IS 800-2007
Predefined models include:
– Simple beams with common support conditions.
– Continuous beams with up to four spans.
– Cantilever beams
– Gerber beams
– Columns with offset loads with common support conditions.

• Standard CISC, AISC or European sections or parametric section shapes libraries created with the GSE General Structural Engineering software.
• Sections can be selected by the user or by the program.
• Dead, live, wind, snow and seismic loads.
• Required inputs : section types, basic loads, geometric limits and design parameters.
• To account for steel shape availability, the program can also perform verification on all section shapes of a given category.
•The various steel design parameters such as unbraced length, bending coefficients and second order effects coefficients can be customized to tune-up the model.
•Load combinations are created automatically by the program according to various codes such as the NBCC, BOCA, UBC, ASCE 7 and Eurocode.
•Load patterns for continuous beams can be carried out automatically by the program.
•Load combinations and load patterns can be customized to tune-up the models.
•Graphical tools are provided to validate the models, the section dimensions and loads.
•Ultimate limit states and service loads.
•Calculation of the bending, compression, tension, shear and combined resistance of steel elements.
•Deflections verified according to user defined criterions.
•Singly symmetric, asymmetric and built-up section shapes are covered for all design codes.
•The program optimizes the section shapes to minimize the weight of the elements of the model. This optimization is performed based on the complete or customized list of standard section shapes as well as 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 in the section selection process.
•Verification and optimization results are available for a given model.
•Results for all possible sections that may be used for the given model can also be printed.
•Results summaries directly provided on the screen for each member of the model.
•Detailed report and executive report (critical values) as selected by the user.
•Graphical or numerical visualization of results.
•Customized list of input data and results can be printed.
•All graphics and numerical results can be printed or copied to the clipboard for use by external programs.
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