Mitch Sklar
Analysis Solutions Expert

When Times are Tight, What’s Old is Made Right…

Imagine that in 2015, due to economic conditions and changes in the oil industry, some facility stakeholders will be very cautious about moving forward with new projects and defer decisions on current projects. They will be looking into ways to maximize efficiency and increase safety, all while reducing cost.

To make this happen, the industry will focus on revamps and upgrades to existing facilities.
Imagine the structural software industry is very similar? The vast amount of software choices and options leads to a confusing, complex, inefficient, disconnected, and ultimately fragmented market. How many different types of software does your company typically use … 1-2-3-4-5-more? Some companies have different analysis packages for offshore, advanced, special, general purpose, and finite element analysis, which requires a substantial knowledge base to maintain and operate.

Do we really need multiple packages or can we have some level of consolidation? We need to look for vendors who are evolving with the industry, can adopt “state-of-the-art” integration and interoperability, and maximize efficiency, all while reducing our knowledge base requirement.

Imagine a fully integrated processing system that structural engineers can use for their advanced, special, and general purpose analyses that includes the integration of finite elements, offshore, and bi-directional integration with CAD capable of supporting all markets and industries. Imagine this “uber” application can help us produce faster designs, with fewer assumptions, is optimized and efficient, all while providing reduction in cost. How long do we have to wait for this “uber” app?

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What percent of your steel frame structure design is based on the 14th Edition AISC Steel Manual, 2010 Specification, and are you using the Direct Annalysis Method as the basis of analysis?
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Vol.1 | Feb. 2015 | Issue 5
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The 14th Edition AISC Manual of Steel Construction, 2010 Specification, requires that the design of steel frame structures is based on analysis results computed on the basis of nonlinear geometric stability analysis procedures.

Among such procedures, the Second-Order Direct Analysis Method and the Second-Order Inelastic Analysis Method are the most rational and rigorous of the nonlinear analysis methods that should be used.

Unfortunately, nonlinear analysis procedures in connection with steel design create consequences that can have a significant impact on structural engineering workflow, and can cause nontrivial increases in engineering cost and time.

GT STRUDL includes a number of important features that can mitigate such consequences, while enabling structural engineers to achieve the intended benefits from nonlinear stability analysis procedures.

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