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Structural Element

Type

Architectural Layout

n/a

Frame Analysis

Any

Prerequisites
Studying Architectural Drawings
Developing a virtual understanding of
the structure
20 - 30 mins

Importing .dxf for each floor

5 - 15 mins
3

Columns

Any

Frame Analysis using ETABS


Designated places for columns
Loads
5 - 15 mins

Slabs

Any

Importing .f2k file ETABS Model


Story loads only

5 - 15 mins

Beam

Any

Importing .f2k file ETABS Model


Story loads only

2 - 5 mins

Footings

Isolated Design service loads from ETABS


&
Rectifying Prokon license information
Combined (date rectification)
10 - 20 mins

Footings

Raft

Importing Base floor from ETABS


Verifying joint loads

10 - 20 mins

should not be any considerable differences amongst the structural elements' sizes, reinforcements, etc. Any su
wall and tie-beams are not designed in ETABS, they should be accounted for separately.
uctural element shall be assigned on mere conjecture or without a reliable source backing up its a
codes and provisions should be upheld and rechecked once before the final submission.
ation of architectural aspects and maintaining conformity with other services.
consult Sr. engr. for any unavoidable discrepancies and for the verification of your designed elements.
hassle with engineers or draftsmen of other services, rather inform your seniors and let them resolve the issue

Time Schedule for Designing


Software

Methodology

Villa Design (B+G+1)


AutoCAD

ETABS

Layering structural elements


Setting each floor at UCS (actual)
Exporting .dxf
45 - 60 mins

Defining materials, sections, loads


Drawing structural objects on the model
Creating load combinations, meshes, diaphgrams
Assigning labels, loads, restraints
Checking Model and fixing out discrepancies
Analysis of model
Designing concrete section and shear wall
60 - 180 mins

ETABS
Prokon

Use excel sheet to design column


Satisfying 1-2% area of steel condition
Selecting appropriate bars
Selecting shear ties
30 - 60 mins

SAFE

Draw design strips for each m. in both directions


Verify materials, sections and loads
Defining combinations; LT-1, LT-2, LT-3
Run analysis and design
Check (LT-1 - LT-2) + LT-3 < L/180
Display slab design
Select a uniform mesh and then determine other
reinforcements required.
30 - 60 mins

SAFE

Verify materials, sections and loads


Checking load combinations
Running analysis and design
Display beam design
Use excel sheets and select appropriate reinforcements
satisfying min. and max. steel ratios
Design beams, add torsional and compression
reinforcements even if not required
15 - 40 mins

Prokon

Choosing an example from BASE.exe


Altering the values as per our requirement
Designing selected footing
Choosing preferrable bars and spacing
30 - 60 mins

SAFE

Defining materials and raft slab section


Drawing slab encompassing the whole outline
Defining soil subgrade properties
Defining depth and other footing requirements
Analysis and design
Setting out a uniform mesh and then checking for further
reinforcements if required.
40 - 80 mins

rcements, etc. Any such anamoly would most likely indicate unequal distribution of loads due to architectural di

rce backing up its application in accordance to the code.

ned elements.
hem resolve the issue.

or Designing
Compliance / Discrepancy

Revsion

Verification

None

None

Yes

n/a

n/a

10 - 15 mins

Yes

Yes

Yes

0 - 60 mins

0 - 30 mins

0 - 20 mins

Yes

Yes

Manually
ETABS Detailer
Prokon

0 - 15 mins

0 - 10 mins

20-60 mins

Yes

Yes

Prokon
SAFE Detailer

0 - 20 mins

0 - 15 mins

20 - 60 mins

Yes

Yes

Manually
SAFE Detailer
Prokon

0 - 20 mins

0 - 15 mins

20 - 60 mins

B+G+1)

Yes

Yes

Manually
Consult Engr.

0 - 30 mins

0 - 30 mins

30 - 60 mins

Yes

Yes

Consult with Engr.

0 - 20 mins

20 - 40 mins

30 - 60 mins

ds due to architectural discrepancies.

Schedule

Final Submission

None

None

n/a

n/a

None

None

n/a

n/a

Yes
(AutoCAD)

Consult Engr.

30 - 60 mins

5 - 10 mins

Yes
(AutoCAD)

Consult Engr.

40 - 70 mins

5 - 10 mins

Yes
(AutoCAD)

Consult Engr.

40 - 70 mins

5 - 10 mins

Total Time

80 - 115 mins

70 - 315 mins

90 - 230 mins

100 - 250 mins

77 - 220 mins

Yes
(AutoCAD)

Consult Engr.

60 - 90 mins

5 - 10 mins

Yes
(AutoCAD)

Consult Engr.

5 - 15 mins

5 - 10 mins

135 - 300 mins

110 - 245 mins


662 - 1675 mins
~ 11 - 28 hrs