Structural feedback – BIG ideas

This feedback forum is for your magnificent ideas for Oasys Structural software: major new features, significant changes to existing functionality, – suggestions that will impact on our development plan. These will be considered and prioritized in consultation with the Regional Panel.

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  1. Update Embodied Carbon Figures in GSA - Tie into Arup Carbon Database (V db)

    The GSA sustainability impact contours can fill a (crucial) gap on a project between initial sizing & production of BIM models when we can then easily use more comprehensive tools such as Arup Carbon, however they are currently out-of-date. Article below sets out Arup Structure's overall strategy on embodied carbon tools.
    https://www.ribaj.com/products/technology-tools-to-help-cut-embodied-carbon-conor-hayes-arup

    The idea that our Oasys products do (or more accurately did) ‘display environmental impacts, such as embodied carbon, in a similar manner to traditional structural parameters such as axial stress or deflections’ is a really powerful narrative of how embodied carbon can be part of the natural design…

    322 votes
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    started  ·  6 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. AdSec analysis of sections from within GSA


    • analyse sections within GSA with forces of a specific load case or combinations

    • plot utilisation factor diagrams or similar on GSA model.

    Depends on the completion of 'Generalise Section Objects'

    section #design #system

    261 votes
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  3. Prestress design module

    Add features in GSA allowing for analysis and design of prestress concrete (pre-tensioned and post-tensioned); tendons , losses calculation, ULS and SLS checks for prestress concrete members (flexure, shear, torsion), export analysis data into the drawings format etc.

    248 votes
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  4. AdSec shear checks

    rcmem #analysis

    207 votes
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  5. GSA results management

    1) Overhaul GSA results management so as to
    - speed up the opening of large models
    - speed up the saving of large models, including the saving of backups
    - speed up results access
    - store post-processed results
    2) Provide results management console, for user control.
    3) offer batch calc of post-processed results

    system

    127 votes
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  6. GSA cracked slab deflection analysis

    Calculate RC slab deflection based on stiffness of cracked section.

    Depends on 'Generalise section object'.

    rcslab #analysis

    119 votes
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  7. Better Staged analysis including locked in stresses and time dependent effects

    Improve the analysis stages so that the software can:
    - Lock in stresses and carry these forward to stages (similar to Midas)
    - Allow loads to be applied at a construction stage that do not then lock in / affect the time dependent effects (eg wind on a construction stage)
    - Allow simple plotting / output of results at each stage
    - Take account of time dependent effects in staging (creep, shrinkage, etc)

    111 votes
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  8. GSA RC slab design interface

    1) Design rationalisation:
    * Introduce reinforcement strips.
    * Provide convenient way of specifying reinforcement directions in a strip.
    * Offer strip templates.
    * Offer option to automatically rationalise reinforcement within strips.
    2) Offer code based deflection checks.
    3) Offer punching shear checks.
    4) Allow reinforcement direction to be wrt user axis
    5) Move to Design Layer
    6) Option to average reinforcement across defined width

    rcslab #design

    94 votes
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  9. AdSec COM Interface

    Make an automated/COM interface for Adsec so there's a streamline way to easily do large numbers of section analyses.

    api

    93 votes
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  10. GSA report collation

    easier building output into report - compiling text and graphical views, page numbers

    report

    90 votes
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  11. User Manual Improvements


    • Currently too brief

    • Add more graphical explanation

    • Arrange such that help can be displayed alongside GSA window instead of always on top

    • More tutorials

    manual

    68 votes
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  12. Clear Vision Needed for our Structural Software

    At the moment there appears to be a largely scattered approach, with feedback, requests, surveys, and "large project" requirements driving the development of features and functionality. The result of this is a scattered feature set and poor integration with the common structural design workflows that we use on daily basis. We are all filling in the gaps with workarounds, spreadsheets, scripts, and use of other software. As a firm we need to have a clear vision for our structural software suite.

    According to the GSA change log, the last major release (v8.0) was back in 2002 (http://oasys.intranet.arup.com/gsa/GsaChangeLog_8.htm) -…

    63 votes
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  13. GSA composite design

    Implement layer in GSA for definition of composite floor offering automatic and manual beam width definition.
    Design carried out by API link with Compos.

    Depends on 'Generalise section object'.

    compos #design

    60 votes
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  14. GSA Convex Hull Envelopes

    Would it be possible to have GSA envelope a combination following a convex hull approach rather than get just max / minimum effects. The user would select any two of the load effects (most likely fx and myy or fz and mx) and the results would be the points which define the perimeter of all the permutations in the envelope.
    Each result point would have the other coexisting effects also output to assist with calculation.
    The results would simplify ADSEC NM checks and also cover the cases where the worst case is not a maximum or minimum of one effect…

    57 votes
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  15. GSA cracked beam deflection analysis

    Calculate RC beam deflection based on stiffness of cracked section.

    Depends on 'Generalise section object'.

    rcbeam #analysis

    50 votes
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  16. AdSec Batch Reports & Graphs

    AdSec can produce individual results for each section, but not for multiple sections simultaneously, nor can multiple graphs be extracted. It also means that even if a section is analysed the results are deleted as soon as we enter into another section. This makes extracting results a lot more long-winded than it should need to be. Ideally, all sections and cases could be analysed in one go and results could be extracted from all sections and analysis cases, so that one single report can be printed for submission. Thank you!

    44 votes
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  17. GSA element releases per stage

    Implement option to apply releases by stage to allow:
    After implementing the Compos engine into GSA for design purposes, allow the user to toggle between using the same model for footfall vibration analysis and for static checks. This would for example allow the beam ends to be fixed for the footfall vibration (though with user-overides) but maintain them as simply-supported for a static composite beam check)

    object #analysis

    43 votes
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  18. Include code compliant steel column design

    Currently the design for steel columns is carried out for the forces and moments resulting from the analysis. This does not capture all requirements from EC3 such as the nominal moments from the shear forces being applied 100mm from the column face. It would be very beneficial for our projects if GSA could provide the design including all necessary code checks and provide the calculations in a report format. This would avoid any post processing and increase efficiency in project delivery

    34 votes
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  19. GSA Pat Dallard method checker

    i.e. checks for global buckling
    - Implement… if possible?

    tool

    33 votes
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  20. 3D PDF Generation

    Ability to easily generate 3D pdf of the model geometry / contour plot results directly from GSA

    interop

    31 votes
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