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Continuous Beam Design Using ASDIP CONCRETE

By: Javier Encinas, PE | April 27, 2020 ASDIP CONCRETE is a structural engineering software for design of concrete members. It 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.​ 1. Specify the beam geometry ASDIP CONCRETE supports different types of beams according to the shape of the cross section. In the Geometry tab select the beam type, either Rectangular, T-beam, Spandrel, Inverted-T, or L-beam. This is important to determine the bending capacity correctly. Enter the dimensions of the section [...]

Concrete Column Design – Structural Overview

By: Javier Encinas, PE | March 31, 2020 ASDIP CONCRETE includes the design of concrete columns. This structural engineering software is based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. This article is a structural overview of concrete column design when subject to axial loads and bending 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 subject to combined bending and axial load. These [...]

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Continuous Concrete Beam Design: A Structural Challenge

By: Javier Encinas, PE | October 23, 2019ASDIP CONCRETE is a structural engineering software for design of concrete members. It includes the design of multi-span continuous beams based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. This article discusses the steps in the structural design of concrete continuous beams subject to concentrated and distributed loads.What is a continuous concrete beam?Beams are structural elements that support loads applied transversely to the beam axis, which produce a combination of shear and bending stresses. Concrete beams are usually continuous, this is, they span between multiple supports acting structurally as a single element. This is possible [...]

Custom Load Combinations in ASDIP CONCRETE

By: Javier Encinas, PE | August 27, 2019 The applied loads in a structure are usually categorized according to the nature of the loads, called load cases, such as dead, live, snow, wind, etc. These load cases are then affected by some load factors in order to be combined between them and finally get a combined load. Load combinations are a very important part in the design process. This document shows how to specify the load combinations, and particularly the user-defined custom load combinations, in ASDIP CONCRETE. How do you specify the standard load combinations? Most design standards, such as [...]

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CMU Wall Opening Design – New Feature in ASDIP CONCRETE

By: Javier Encinas, PE | July 30, 2019ASDIP CONCRETE is a structural engineering software for design of concrete members. It includes the design of CMU bearing walls subject to gravity loads and out-of-plane wind pressures, based on the latest TMS 402 provisions.The design of masonry walls involves the calculation of shears and moments for the factored load combinations, and then the slenderness effects to finally design the reinforcement accordingly. But what happens if the wall is not solid, but it has door and window openings? This document shows a new feature on wall opening design, and how to reinforce the [...]

Beam Support Reactions – How to Calculate Using ASDIP CONCRETE

By: Javier Encinas, PE | July 10, 2019 ASDIP CONCRETE is a structural engineering software for design of concrete members. It includes the design of multi-span continuous beams based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. The design of concrete beams involves the calculation of shears and moments for the factored load combinations, and also the calculation of the beam support reactions. This document shows how to calculate the support reactions in a typical concrete beam using ASDIP CONCRETE. Are the support reactions reported graphically? The screen shot below shows a concrete continuous beam subjected to some uniform and concentrated dead [...]

How to Calculate Beam Deflections Using ASDIP CONCRETE

By: Javier Encinas, PE | May 21, 2019 ASDIP CONCRETE is a structural engineering software for design of concrete members. It includes the design of continuous beams based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. Beam deflections are sometimes overlooked during the design process, affecting the serviceability of the structure. The calculation of deflections involves the consideration of the cracked properties of the section, and the influence of the reinforcing steel. The design process may become time-consuming, since also the long-term deflection effects should be accounted for. This document is a design overview of the deflections calculation of a typical continuous [...]

ASDIP CONCRETE 4 to Release Shortly: Masonry Walls

By: Javier Encinas, PE | April 3, 2019 ASDIP CONCRETE is a structural engineering software for design of concrete members. The new version 4 of this software will be released shortly. This document covers the design of masonry walls, which is a new feature included in ASDIP CONCRETE 4. Masonry Wall Design Now ASDIP CONCRETE includes the design of masonry bearing walls subject to out of plane loads, such as exterior walls in warehouse-type buildings. You can switch between concrete / masonry wall just with a click. Now the bearing walls can be either one or two-story high. The software [...]

ASDIP CONCRETE 4 Is Coming Soon: A Brief Overview

By: Javier Encinas, PE | March 20, 2019 ASDIP CONCRETE is a structural engineering software for design of concrete members. The new version 4 of this software will be released shortly. This document is a brief overview of some of the most important new features included in ASDIP CONCRETE 4. ACI 318-14 Compliance ASDIP CONCRETE now fully complies with either ACI 318-11 or 14. Custom Load Combinations Now you can specify your load factors and create a set of custom load combinations. When you have defined a set of load combinations you can save that set for future use. This [...]

Slender Bearing Wall Example Using ASDIP CONCRETE

By: Javier Encinas, PE | March 6, 2019 ASDIP CONCRETE is a structural engineering software for design of concrete members. It includes the design of out-of-plane bearing walls based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. The design of out-of-plane loaded walls may become cumbersome and time-consuming, since it involves the analysis of the wall to find the shears and moments, and then the slenderness effects should be accounted for. This document is a step-by-step design example of a typical concrete wall exposed to wind using ASDIP CONCRETE. As an example, consider the concrete tilt-up wall shown below, which is part [...]