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Comprehensive List of North American and European cross sections (over 2000 section profiles) and materials (Steel, Concrete, Wood).
The Section Calculator is a very powerful feature that allows you to import any geometric section into the software in order to be used in the structure. The software calculates the geometric and mechanical properties of the section and saves it within the custom section spreadsheets. The section created is saved and can later be used for any model.
ADA Bridge offers a complete library of structural elements, supports and loads. Easily configurable, these elements adapt to all situations. This CAD software has advanced features while remaining easy to use:
Available generators in ADA Bridge offer a time saving solution for the users:
ADA Bridge has all the latest codes and standards enforced in Canada and the USA for design and the study of the circulation of vehicles on roadways.
The seismic spectral accelerations for different cities and soil types are available to be selected & used.
This feature allows linear, non-linear static (P-δ and P-Δ) and analysis with releases for 2D and 3D structures. The results of the other features (moving load analysis, spectral analysis, etc…) may be combined to create combinations to run in a static analysis.
The "Batch Analysis" function allows starting the analysis of several models at the same time without having to open each file.
The software also provides a “Results Comparer” which makes comparisons (in the same table) of results for several different files.
This feature allows the user to perform modal analysis, spectral, temporal linear and nonlinear, transient and general dynamic. The results envelopes E (spectral), Et (time history) or Etnl (non-linear time history) can be incorporated within static analysis combination. It is possible to calibrate the spectral analysis according to a selected code. Inelastic effects and accidental torsion are also included.
Push over analysis is an incremental nonlinear procedure which is used for seismic performance based design of special bridges according to CSA-S6 standard. Users can define the hinge behaviour for each member and ADA is able to perform a pushover analysis step by step by modifying the geometry at each step. Results will be provided as a pushover curve on any controlling node and exact values will be displayed in spread sheet format. Also ADA displays the hinge behaviour at each stage to evaluate the performance of the structure.
This feature allows for the analysis of 2D and 3D moving loads on a bridge that supports moving equipment.
Moving load and Scenarios
Load Generators: Automatic Load Combination & Moving Load
These features help user to generate the load combinations automatically, ADA will assign the load factors based on the specific code. Regarding the moving loads, ADA generates the possible scenarios of truck positioning and design lanes automatically.
This feature verifies and optimizes the steel members using design specifications (verification or design) and design groups. The calculation is an iterative cyclical process.
Complete Design Brief
The Complete Design Brief featuring detailed explanation of the calculations of steel and timber members. This report contains:
This feature verifies and optimizes of the main reinforcement and stirrups for continuous systems and beam-columns, as well as for two-way slabs and shear walls using finite elements. Also, it is possible to obtain the 2D and 3D interaction curves, the rebar placement plans as well as the reinforcing bar list.
Modifiable Reinforced Concrete Specifications
This feature does the verification and optimization of pre-stressed concrete beams with pre-tension and sequential or non-sequential post-tensioning cables. Several Selection for a model of shrinkage and creep (CEB-FIP 1978/S6-00, CAN/CSA-S6-06-14, AFNOR 1999 or ACI 203) and calculation by numerical integration. Allows for the placement of Pre-Stressed or Post-Tensioned cables within a continuous system: rectilinear, parabolic and circular. There are 11 construction stages, 4 of these levels are for pre-load and 3 sequential or non-sequential post-tensioning.
The modelling of composite and pre-stressed elements can be done using this feature. User can define separate construction stages based on days and software automatically calculates different effects such as pre-stress losses or composite action.
This feature performs the evaluation of bridges based on the CAN/CSA-S6-00/06/14 standard.
Analysis and Results
This feature verifies and optimizes shallow foundations with or without soil-structure interaction and verifies pile foundations. It includes the verification of geotechnical and the structural capacity.
Foundation Modeling Wizard
Deep Pile Foundations
A detailed online help is available and aims to best assist the user in developing their model. It is composed of 21 chapters dealing with modeling procedures while detailing some design assumptions used in the programming. A FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) will provide a variety of useful tools for in its structural analysis.