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Bentley Releases STAAD.Pro V8i SELECTseries 4 QA&R

EXTON, PA, Mar 21, 2013 - The latest new release of the STAAD.Pro V8i SELECTseries 4 QA&R has been published on the Bentley SELECT server and is now available for download.

The new release has undergone not only the stringent quality assurance programme that all STAAD.Pro releases go through, but also additional QA processes required for applications that are to be used on nuclear projects, notably the specific 10CFR21 reporting requirements. This has resulted in a large number of updates/fixes reported in the revision history documentation.

Additionally two new features have been
added that all users can take advantage of:
  • Enhanced ABS/SRSS combination results
  • Connection tags
Enhanced ABS/SRSS Combination Results

The nature of ABS and SRSS methodology means that only a single value is returned from these forms of load combination, i.e. always positive. However, although a single value this can represent an envelope of results from a maximum negative to maximum positive. Also, consider forces on a member, these have six degrees of freedom at each end. Each degree of freedom can be either positive or negative, resulting in 64 various permutations of result for a single combination.

The current LOAD COMBINATION command is enhanced with a GENERATE option to activate creation of the 64 permutations. As an SRSS combination can include algebraic parts, the output file indicates the envelope covered by these and ABS showing the maximum and minimum values. Currently code checking for AISC 360-10 and ASME NF codes will take advantage of the results from the 64 permutations; other codes will behave as before.

Connection Tags

This new feature allows ends of members to be given reference tags to represent a connection type. These tags will be transferred with the model into an ISM repository allowing any detailing application that pulls the model from the ISM repository to detail an appropriate connection.

An XML template is provided to allow the capacities of connections for given column/beam combinations to be quickly checked against the analysis results.

Also where specific connection types are associated with releases (e.g. a shear connection having MZ release), the release can be assigned at the same time as the connection tag.

Other Updates and Bug Fixes (59 Issues addressed):
  • Issues addressed in the Analysis/Design engine (31)
  • Issues addressed in the Pre-Processing Mode (10)
  • Issued Addressed in the Post-Processing Mode (01)
  • Issues Addressed in the Piping Mode (01)
  • Issues Addressed in the Editor, Viewer and other modules (08)
  • Issues Addressed with Printing and Documentation (08)

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations - all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in 50 countries, more than $500 million in annual revenues, and since 2003 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

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