The intelligent approach to steel building design

Automate the design of your steel buildings and improve your productivity. Fastrak is packed with really clever features and functions to make your life easier. Use Fastrak to build one single steel model from concept to final design, achieve designs faster than ever and increase efficiency and design confidence.

Produce highly competitive portal frame designs quickly.

Design portal frames efficiently and rigorously. Portal Frame is relied on daily by D&B fabricators and consultants alike.

  • Design single and multi-bay portal frames.
  • Achieve efficiency using unique elastic-plastic analysis approach.
  • Quickly assess design alternatives to establish the most cost-effective solution.
  • Include automated wind/snow loading as well as cranes, ties and parapets.
  • Save time with automated checks for sway, member stability and snap through.
  • Produce clear and concise documentation including drawings and calculations.

Analysis and design features

  • Easily produce both preliminary and detailed portal frame design options.
  • Undertake a unique elastic-plastic analysis and design to achieve the most efficient design.
  • Understand hinge history of the frame including hinge reversal and spurious mechanisms.
  • Automate member stability checks.
  • Automate frame sway stability checks (including SCI P292 full second order elastic-plastic analysis).
  • Automate snap-through stability checks.
  • Apply serviceability deflection limits to portal frame prior to design.
  • Design for fire boundary conditions.
  • Integrate eaves, apex and base plate connections to BCSA/SCI Green Book.
  • Design a range of crane beams.

Modelling features

  • Build your own steel portal frame.
  • Choose from symmetric, asymmetric, propped, monopitch, mansards or flat top portal frames.
  • Include valley beams, ties, cranes, floor beams and parapets as required.
  • Select from pinned, fixed or partially fixed base conditions.
  • Optimise haunches from rolled sections or plated sections.
  • Access an international database of steel sections.
  • Design eaves, apex and base plate connections.

Loading features

  • Apply dead and imposed load cases automatically.
  • Calculate wind loading to BS6399- 2:1997 or CP3: ChapterV: Part 2:1972 automatically.
  • Automatically calculate snow loading to BS6399- 3:1988 for uniform, valley, parapet & step drift.
  • Automatically apply notional horizontal loading for sway stability.
  • Apply horizontal and vertical crane surge loading.
  • Add extra loading and load cases as required.

Output features

  • Export frame and connection drawings to CAD software via DXF.
  • Customise and export reports to Microsoft Word.
  • Export foundation and connection forces to Microsoft Excel.
  • Save all output documents in PDF format.

Key benefits

  • Save time by quickly assessing alternatives
  • Export to CAD software easily
  • Design with confidence

Design and detail steelwork connections simply and efficiently.

With Connections you can design Moment or Simple Connections, Column Base and Hollow Section Connections.

  • Choose from bolted connection design or welded connection design.
  • Quickly assess alternatives to establish the most cost-effective connection design.
  • Export detailed connection drawings to CAD software.
  • Integrate with Portal Frame

 

Moment Connection features

Based on the BCSA / SCI Green Book, ‘Joints in Steel Construction: Moment Connections’, Moment Connection includes :

  • Beam to column connections including portal frame eaves connections.
  • Beam to beam connection design including portal frame apex connections and splice connections.
  • Applied design forces include moment, shear and axial force.
  • International database of rolled I sections including Advance sections.
  • Stiffeners including shear, rib, full depth, flange plate, cap plate, web plate and extension plate.
  • Haunches from section cutting or built up plate.
  • Top and bottom extension plates.
  • Bolts including grade 4.6, grade 8.8, grade 10.9 and HSFG.
  • Butt and fillet welds.
  • Detailed connection drawings exported to CAD software via DXF.
  • Integration with Portal Frame.

 

Fastrak Simple Connection features

Based on the BCSA / SCI Green Book, ‘Joints in Steel Construction: Simple Connections’, Fastrak Simple Connection includes: 

  • Beam to column connection design to both web and flange.
  • Single and double sided beam to beam connection design with notching.
  • Options include fin plate, flexible end plate, angle cleat and toe plate.
  • Applied design forces including shear and tying force.
  • Bearing and non-bearing column splice design  with inside and/or outside flange cover plates.
  • International database of rolled sections including Advance sections.
  • Bolts include  grade 4.6, grade 8.8 and grade 10.9.
  • Detailed connection drawings exported to CAD software via DXF.
  • Integration with Fastrak Building Designer to check tying forces for disproportionate collapse.

 

Fastrak Column Base features

Based on the BCSA / SCI Green Book, ‘Joints in Steel Construction: Moment Connections’, Fastrak Column Base design features includes:

  • Simple and moment steel base plate design with or without eccentricity.
  • Applied design forces include moment, shear, axial and fire base conditions.
  • International database of rolled sections including hollow sections.
  • Stiffeners include rib, gusset and flange plate.
  • Pad foundation design with or without reinforcement.
  • Individual or combined anchor plate check.
  • Bolts include grade 4.6, grade 8.8, grade 10.9 and HSFG.
  • Butt and fillet welds.
  • Detailed connection drawings exported to CAD software via DXF.
  • Integration with Fastrak Building Designer and Fastrak Portal Frame.

 

Hollow Section Connection features

Based on BS EN 1993-1-8:2005 and Corus publication ‘Design of SHS Welded Joints: Supplement No.2 and No.3’, Fastrak Hollow Section Connection includes :

  • Welded tubular connection design with Y, X, K or KT configurations.
  • Option for I or H section chords.
  • International database of rolled I, H and hollow sections.
  • Applied design forces include brace and chord axial loading and in-plane moment.
  • Orientation of chords and braces can be rotated.
  • Stiffeners include side or flange.
  • Detailed connection drawings exported to CAD software via DXF.
  • Integration with Fastrak Building Designer.

Key benefits

  • Save time by quickly assessing alternatives
  • Export to CAD software easily
  • Design with confidence