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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 Building 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:
The generators in ADA Building offer a time saving solution for the users.
ADA Building has all the latest codes and standards enforced in Canada and the USA. Some of codes in ADA are:
The seismic spectral accelerations defined in the NBCC are available in the databases to be selected and 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.
For static analysis, we find the following main features:
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.
Linear Time History Analysis
Non-Linear Time History Analysis
General Dynamic Analysis
This feature allows for the analysis of 2D and 3D moving loads for structures that can contain overhead cranes or for structure that supports mobile equipment (machinery, ventilation systems, etc..).
For an analysis of an overhead crane, ADA Building allows to directly define the various loads to be considered in the moving load scenarios to ensure it covers all conditions of load combinations required by the NBCC 2010.
This feature verifies and optimizes the steel members using design specifications (verification or design) and design groups. The calculation is an iterative cyclical process. Ductile design for seismic resisting frame system (SRFS) is also available.
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.
This feature verifies and optimizes wooden structures, trusses and groups in a cyclical iterative design. The length, width and depth of the notches at the supporting ends are also considered during the calculation of the member resistance as well as the correction factors, duration and fasteners. Included are treated, glulam and mixed, processed and incised lumber. Besides the design of timber members, the module offers the possibility to design light framing floor joists systems and studded walls systems.
Design Criteria and Specifications
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.