Specialized Analysis Considerations for Concrete Structures


Most analytical solutions give a single result for the model created and based on those results you try to apply a code-compliant design. But a mathematical solution can have several outcomes, several possibilities and often several issues. How do you decide the methodology of the geometry, decomposition, analysis and design? It’s important that your software considers all possible outcomes.

For example, consider the design of an 8 storey concrete building:

  • Each engineers methodology will yield differing results for which we have to perform a code-compliant design.
  • Engineers 1 & 2 have ignored the slab panel stiffness and decomposed all the loading to the surrounding elements – hence larger forces in beams (traditional)
  • Engineers 3 & 4 have taken into account all stiffness's (slab panel) and decomposed lesser forces to the surrounding objects

The same structure but different methodologies and solutions!  Which one is correct?

Most analysis and design software solutions only allow you to adopt a single methodology or process for the model created and then perform the design. But Tekla Structural Designer is different. Tekla Structural Designer performs multiple analysis to effectively automate traditional and correct practice. So in this example, purely from an analysis point of view, Tekla Structural Designer will quickly produce 25 different analysis models.


In this webinar Anish Patel will discuss:

  • Why traditional hand calculations do not always equal the obtained 3D analysis results?
  • How a design conducted to a single set of analysis results gives no consideration for other options or different schemes
  • How to best create and organise multiple models to handle multiple scenarios



Anish Patel, Engineering Technical Manager, Trimble

Anish is a Structural Engineer with over 20 years in the industry. He has spent many years at Trimble specialising on A&D software for structural engineers.

His experience with BIM includes using 3D+ for AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, and Tekla Structures.

His role includes software development and support, consulting and teaching A&D processes and structural BIM technology around the world

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