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Does Advance Design America (ADA) consider the effect of soil springs in calculation of buckling resistance in piles?

ADA models the soil layers as lateral spring elements to calculate the resistance of foundation against horizontal loads and lateral deflections. But these springs are not considered in designing of structural axial load capacity of pile. However there is an option to modify the buckling length of pile by user.


Will Advance Design America (ADA) be updated to cover the new S6-14 code?

Yes, we have currently completed seismic analysis which will be released with the SP1 (set to be available before the end of 2015) and development is in progress for the pushover analysis and non-linear time history. All design aspect of the S6-14 code are already up-to-date and have been available since the release of ADA 2016.


Is there an integral abutment option in Advance Design America (ADA)?

Though we don’t have the integral abutments model in our “Pier, Abutment and Retaining Wall Generator”, we do however, have rigid link and plate elements to transfer all of the forces from deck to abutments. Converting a simple model from our already existing generator to an integral abutment can easily be achieved with some minor modifications using the elements in ADA.


Are elastic supports created automatically on the wing walls in Advance Design America (ADA)?

All of the nodes on the wing walls can be defined as elastic supports according to user’s preference. The springs are not created in an automatic fashion but with a few simple clicks the node can be changed to spring elements.


Definition of Tension/Compression only members in Advance Design America (ADA)

In the member properties dialog box there is an option to define the behaviour as Tension or Compression only.


Does Advance Design America (ADA) accepts the minimum and maximum load factors of the code?

ADA has an automatic load combination generator which considers all of the load factors according to user defined code. Depending on the loads you select/define the combination generator will create all the possible permutations based on the code desired.


Does the program flag any code violation in Advance Design America (ADA)?

ADA can design or verify the member according to the specified code. If the user wants to check the code violation of a member, it can be performed by code verification option in ADA. The member failing will be highlighted in yellow in the spreadsheet and will display the reason it is not passing code checks.


Does the moving load, moves transversally between the lanes in Advance Design America (ADA)?

There is the possibility of defining the lane position in transverse direction. This can be done by automatic moving load generator of ADA. By selecting a 3D moving load scenario in the moving load generator, ADA will produced the “trucks” moving transversally between the lanes.


Does Advance Design America (ADA) create tendon Parabolic and circular shapes?

Yes, ADA automatically generates these shapes on the pre-stressed beam model.


Is there a possibility of staged post-tensioning in Advance Design America (ADA)?

ADA has the possibility to define sequential post-tensioning based on staged construction. The user can define several stages of post-tensioning for the cables with a number of cumulative days associated to each stage of the construction phase.


Can the soil profiles be done for dynamic analysis in Advance Design America (ADA)?

Yes, linear spring elements represent the soil behaviour in the model. The stiffness of springs is calculated based on the soil properties.


Does Advance Design America (ADA) differentiate between internal and external tendons?

Within ADA we can define the difference between an internal and external tendon. All the coefficients related to the loss of post-tension can be modified.

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