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Anchor Rod Design – The Complex ACI Provisions (Part 1)

By: Javier Encinas | October 2, 2016 The design of anchor rods has become complex and cumbersome with the development of the ACI 318 provisions, originally in the Appendix D of the ACI 318-11 and earlier, and now in the Chapter 17 of the ACI 318-14. This document covers the required steps in the process of the design of the cast-in anchor rods normally encountered in column base plates. The anchor rods are usually subjected to a combination of tension and shear forces. The ACI treats separately tension and shear, and then it combines both effects in an interaction diagram. [...]

How to Design Cantilever Retaining Walls Using ASDIP RETAIN

By: Javier Encinas, PE | September 13, 2016 ASDIP RETAIN is structural engineering software for design of retaining walls. ASDIP RETAIN software includes the design of either concrete or masonry cantilever retaining walls based on the latest ACI 318 and MSJC provisions. Following is an overview of the steps required to design cantilever retaining walls using ASDIP RETAIN. Click To Enlarge Select the stem material, either concrete or masonry. ASDIP RETAIN will adjust the input fields accordingly. Enter the wall and footing dimensions in the Geometry tab. Select the stem taper side, if any. [...]

By | September 13th, 2016|Categories: Retaining Wall Design|0 Comments

How to Design Concrete Columns Using ASDIP CONCRETE

By: Javier Encinas, PE | August 11, 2016 ASDIP CONCRETE is structural engineering software for design of concrete members. ASDIP CONCRETE software includes the design of concrete columns based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. Following is an overview of the steps required to design uniaxial and biaxial concrete columns using ASDIP CONCRETE. Click To Enlarge Select the column type, either Rectangular or Circular. Enter the column dimensions and reinforcement in the Geometry tab. Specify the member length and effective length factors. ASDIP CONCRETE offers an At-a-Glance presentation of results, organized by topic. [...]

Concrete Columns: Structural Design Overview

By: Javier Encinas, PE | July 21, 2016 ASDIP CONCRETE includes the design of concrete columns. This structural engineering software is based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. This article is an overview of the structural design of concrete columns subjected to concentrated loads and moments. Columns are structural compression members which transmit loads from the upper floors to the lower levels and then to the soil through the foundations. Since columns are supporting elements, failure of one column in a critical location can cause the progressive collapse of adjoining floors. Normally columns are subjected to combined bending and axial load. These [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: Structural Concrete Design|Tags: |10 Comments

Steel and Composite Beams: A Design Overview

By: Javier Encinas, PE | June 20, 2016 ASDIP STEEL includes the design of steel and composite beams. This structural engineering software is based on the latest AISC 360 provisions. This article provides an engineering background overview of the structural design of steel and composite beams. Beams are structural elements that support loads applied transversely, which produce a combination of shear and bending stresses. Composite action is developed when two load-carrying structural elements, such as a concrete floor slab and its supporting steel beams, are integrally connected and deflect as a single unit, substantially increasing its strength and stiffness. A [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|Categories: Structural Steel Design|Tags: |0 Comments

Structural Concrete Design : What’s Included in ASDIP CONCRETE 3

By: Javier Encinas, PE | June 5, 2016 ASDIP Structural Software releases regular updates to ASDIP CONCRETE (Version 3) structural engineering software. Utilize ASDIP CONCRETE software for the design of biaxial columns, multi-span continuous beams, and out-of-plane bearing walls. Following are some features included in this version 3. Click To Enlarge This structural engineering software offers three levels of design results such as At-a-glance, Condensed, and Detailed. ASDIP CONCRETE 3 fully complies with ACI 318-11 (no fundamental changes occurred in the new edition ACI 318-14). New Detailed tab, with step-by-step calculations and [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|Categories: Structural Concrete Design|Tags: |2 Comments

How to Design Continuous Beams Using ASDIP CONCRETE

By: Javier Encinas, PE | May 23, 2016 ASDIP CONCRETE is structural engineering software for design of concrete members. ASDIP CONCRETE software includes the design of multi-span continuous beams based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. Following is an overview of the steps required to design continuous beams using ASDIP CONCRETE. Click To Enlarge Select the beam type, either Rectangular, T-beam, Spandrel, Inverted-T, or L-beam. Enter the span dimensions and properties in the Geometry tab. Specify the number and type of supports. ASDIP CONCRETE offers an At-a-Glance presentation of results, organized by [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Structural Concrete Design|Tags: |0 Comments

Strap Footings: A Very Useful Structural System

By: Javier Encinas, PE | May 8, 2016 ASDIP FOUNDATION includes the design of concrete strap footings. This structural engineering software is based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. This post covers the steps in the design of strap footings when subjected to a combination of vertical loads, horizontal loads, and bending moments. A strap footing usually supports two columns, so it's a special type of combined footing. If a property line exists at or near the edge of an exterior column, a normal isolated footing would be placed eccentrically under this column and it would tend to tilt. This [...]

By | May 8th, 2016|Categories: Foundation Design|Tags: |4 Comments

Combined Footing: An Important Structural Design Element

By: Javier Encinas, PE | April 24, 2016 ASDIP FOUNDATION includes the design of concrete combined footings. This structural engineering software is based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. This post covers the steps in the design of combined footings when subjected to a combination of vertical loads, horizontal loads, and bending moments. If a property line exists at or near the edge of an exterior column, a normal isolated footing would be placed eccentrically under this column and it would tend to tilt. This problem may be prevented by supporting this column together with an interior column on a [...]

By | April 24th, 2016|Categories: Foundation Design|Tags: |5 Comments

Footing Design: ASDIP FOUNDATION (Version 3) Release

By: Javier Encinas, PE | April 17, 2016 ASDIP Structural Software announces the release of ASDIP FOUNDATION (Version 3) structural engineering software. Utilize ASDIP FOUNDATION software for the design of spread footings, strap footings, and combined footings. Following are some features included in this version 3. Click To Enlarge ASDIP FOUNDATION 3 complies with the ACI 318-14 and ASCE 7-10 Code provisions. This structural engineering software accepts either pre-combined or nominal loads. It includes a new Detailed tab showing step-by-step calculations organized by topic, with exposed formulas and Code references. [...]

By | April 17th, 2016|Categories: Foundation Design|Tags: |2 Comments