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Advanced Solver

SAFI features a solver based on sparse matrix storage (compressed storage) in order to reduce the analysis time and memory usage of large models analysis.

Built-up Sections

The program allows defining built-up sections whose properties are calculated by the means of a finite element model.

Catenary Cables

In the interface of SAFI, the user can create a catenary cable by associating a cable type section to a member.

Engineered Wood

Compression, tension, bending, compression bending, tension-bending, shear, bearing, deflections and slenderness.

Wood Light Framing

The modeling of a light framing wall or a shearwall is possible with the wall creation tools.

IFC Import

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

Line of Integration

The integration line command allows associating a group of plates and/or members to a reference axis system called an integration line.

Slab Engineering

The concrete slab design assistant allows the user to quickly generate the design strips of a concrete slab.

Notional Loads

Real structures contain defects, zones of partial yielding and residual stresses that are not taken into account in the numerical models.

Variable Inertia

The variable sections are sections for which the dimensions vary according to the position on the physical member.

Cold Formed Steel Design

Design cold formed steel members based on the North American specifications CSA S136-16 & AISI S100-16.

Live loads Reduction

The software computes the live load reduction factor (LLRF) that will reduce the effective axial compression force in columns.

Diaphragm Analysis

When a diaphragm is activated, the program creates a finite elements mesh in the plane of the surface.

End Releases

SAFI allows specifying member end releases on all six degrees of freedom.

Fatigue Limit State

A step has been added into the highway sign wizard so all fatigue parameters for the structure can be set efficiently.

Highway Sign Structures

It is possible to model 4 types of panels: Simple panels, Reinforced panels, Variable Message Signs (VMS) and Walkways.

Wind Loads

The Petroleum Structural Engineering software automates wind loads applied to members based on the projected area, projected pressures or velocity components approaches.

Seismic Analysis

In SAFI, three approaches are possible to obtain the maximum displacements and forces of a structure subjected to an earthquake.

Spatial Objects

Spatial objects are used to model non structural secondary elements attached to the structure. These elements add no stiffness to the existing model.

Stress Analysis

It is possible to obtain the stress distribution on the section at a specific point along a member using the Advanced Section Stress Analysis command.

Torsion and Warping

Restrained warping for the torsion of thin-wall open sections is not included in most commonly used frame analysis programs.