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Introduction to:

Autodesk Structural Bridge Design


Andrew Manze, Product Specialist Sales Executive

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Autodesk Structural Bridge Design
Overview
 Product Overview
 Core Features
 Deliverables
 General Workflow
 Sales Activities
 Market
 Competitors etc
 Break
 Short Live Example
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Product Overview

A complete integrated system for the


design and analysis of small to medium
span deck type bridges.

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Product Overview
3 specific areas of functionality
Section Design Girder Design Loading and
Analysis

Component Design Bridge Structure Analysis

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Product Overview

 Complies with numerous Design Codes


 BS5400 and DMRB
 AASHTO LRFD 6
 AASHTO 17th edition
 Australian AS5100
 Transit NZ Bridge Manual
 Eurocodes with various country specific National Annexes

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Product Overview
 Sections
 Section Properties
 Differential Temperature
 Loadcase generation
 Section Capacities
 RC and prestressed sections
 Biaxial bending and axial loading
 Crack width calculations
 Torsion and shear calculations

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 Girder Design
 Takes section design to the next level
 Considers full length of the girder
 Includes losses – shrinkage / creep
 Interactive calculations and
graphics for moments and
shear forces
 Considers stages from
construction to live
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Product Overview
 Girder Design
 Available for
 Pre-tensioned concrete composite girders
 Steel concrete composite girders
 Reinforced concrete girders
 Post-tensioned girders

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 Bridge Structure Analysis
 Variety of modeling options available;
 Line Girders
 Grillages
 Shell Finite Elements
 Composite Beam / Shells

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 Bridge Structure Analysis
 Analysis features;
 Linear static analysis
 Influence surfaces
 Traffic load optimization
 Staged construction
 Non-linearity i.e. lift off supports
and member limits
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 Deliverable
 Calculation Reports
 Based on relevant design code
 All code clauses referenced
 Easy to understand and interrogate
‘Hand Calculation’ style
 No need for lengthy result post
processing

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General Workflow
Understand the
specification

Select and define the design


sections

Create the structure model

Define loading and analyse

Fail
Design checks Modify section

Pass
Reporting

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 General Workflow
 Define structural design components
 Create structural model layout
 Assign components to the structure
 Create loading using optimization techniques
 Structural Solution and check results
 Component verification/design
 Final reports

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 This workflow is the same for simple models
 And more complicated models

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General Workflow

 Industry workflow
• Feasibility studies

• Preliminary/Tender Designs

• Detailed Structural Design

• Alternative Design Checking

• Bridge Assessments/Ratings

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Sales Activities
 Target Markets – Industry Segments

 Target Customers

 Sales Plays

 Competitors

 Successes

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Target Market
 Small to Medium Span Deck Type Bridges
 Relates to analysis specialism rather than actual span
 Linear static analysis

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Target Market
 Avoid discussions around long span suspension or
cable stayed projects

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Target Market
 Good news!
 Small to Medium span bridges represent 90% of the
market!

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Sales Activities
Target Organisations
 Multi Disciplined Consultants

 Specialist Bridge Consultants

 Design and Build Contractors

 Departments of Transportation

 Local Authorities

 Small (sometimes one man) Bridge Consultants

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Sales Activities – Competitors and Positioning
Finite element analysis software application for the
LUSAS
Section Design Girderand
analysis, design Design
assessment of allLoading
types ofand
bridge
structures. Analysis
Integrated Solution System for Bridge and Civil
MIDAS Engineering. Also FE based.
Tools for modern structural analysis in civil engineering and
Sofistik bridge design. FE.
Variety of software for complex modelling, design, and
Bentley analysis of all bridge types.
Component Design Bridge Structure Analysis
Graitec SuperSTRESS - Structural Analysis Software (Frames /
Grillages)
Excel Spreadsheets *Some companies listed may also be Autodesk
Partners
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Sales Activities – Competitors and Positioning
 Most competitors offer a highly advanced but complex
bridge analysis
 Not always suited to small to medium span deck type bridges
 They also have a weak or non-existent code check
offering
 Most high end systems used in conjunction with
spreadsheets to carry out code checks
 Leads to complex, time consuming and disjointed
workflows

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Sales Activities – Competitors and Positioning
 Position as a fully integrated product covering both Design
and Analysis
 Provide much faster solution for smaller span deck type
bridges
 Stress the code checking capability
 No other product goes to our level of detail
 No need to spend time / money creating and maintaining spreadsheets
‘in-house’
 Integrated tightly with analysis
 Far more reliable than ‘in-house’ products, in-house solutions can contain
errors and omissions
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Sales Activities – Successes
ARUP is responsible for many world-leading
infrastructure design projects across the globe.
Challenges Results
 New contract won to design a series of new  Designs for prestressed concrete bridge
prestressed concrete deck bridges components successfully completed using
 Design codes specified was unfamiliar to new design code
Bridge Engineers on the project  Efficient design workflow maintained though
 Existing in-house developed design solution successful collaboration with other team
deemed not adequate in terms of flexibility members using legacy in-house solutions
and reliability  Use of efficient workflows ensured timely
 Designs required to a short timescale as delivery of prestressed girder designs
design cycle already started

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Sales Activities – Successes
Egis are a global multi-disciplinary consultancy
responsible for many prestigious infrastructure
design projects.
Challenges Results
 Producing preliminary and final designs was  New integrated system streamlined existing
perceived as an inefficient process workflows producing a very efficient design
 Producing code check work via cycle delivering preliminary and detailed
spreadsheets and other methods proved design effectively
troublesome  Integrated code checking delivered reliable
 Potential upcoming projects specified using designs quickly without the need for
an unfamiliar design code protracted post processing
 Code checking system with design
standards built-in allowed engineers to
produce design with an unfamiliar code and
aided code education
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Example
Prestressed Beam Design

2 Span Deck, 21m per span


Prestressed concrete girders
with an 200mm Slab

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Example
Prestressed Beam Design

Define the Girder itself

Create a simple line


beam analysis

Pass analysis results


back the Girder

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Example
Prestressed Beam Design
Girder Design Checks

Design Calculations

More complex alternative

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