Structural feedback – BIG ideas

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  1. Improve RC Detailing links with Revit

    Would be great to include and extract accurate reinforcement detailing designs from GSA into Revit models for all structural elements, flat slabs being the biggest challenge. I appreciate the restrictions on placement of placing rebar within revit may be a problem at that end too but somehow finding a way to map reinforcement from GSA to Revit would improve efficiency in :
    - translating designs into published / buildable information.
    - reduce misinterpretation of design to detailing.
    - improve efficiency of production of rebar drawing and bending
    schedule information.
    This may even require a Cadtools add-in within Revit to transfer…

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    • 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

      112 votes
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        planned  ·  4 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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

        84 votes
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          open for voting  ·  4 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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

          59 votes
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            started  ·  3 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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            • GSA tapered elements and members

              * Specify by second property per element/member
              * Only permit tapering between sections of same shape

              Depends on 'Generalise section object'

              #object

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              • GSA Pat Dallard method checker

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

                #tool

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                  open for voting  ·  1 comment  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • GSA steel design enhancements

                  1) Auto-constraints
                  * derive from connectivity to:
                  * floor
                  * connections
                  * secondaries
                  2) Auto-selection of section
                  * section range
                  * member grouping
                  * minimum weight / minimum depth per group
                  * option to optimise to specified utilisation factor
                  * option to perform final analysis and re-do section checks followed by final deflection check
                  3) Review output
                  * Output at critical position, not at every position
                  * Output steel design calculations (in a verbose or brief format) for envelopes
                  4) Provide more visual representation of member restraints, and include this in the manual
                  5) Improve clarity of check member-element relationships…

                  23 votes
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                    started  ·  0 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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…

                    56 votes
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                    • GSA Save As with Specificed Results (COM)

                      When using large GSA models it would be beneficial to be able to save selected results via COM API.

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                        0 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Oasys GSA - productivity

                        - It was useful to have Nodes/Elements/Section library in a tab easy to access. Now if we want to access section properties, we need to go in data explorer/properties/section library (3 clicks).

                        - In section library, it was great to see the section properties - so we can easily see the area and inertia of the section and see when we modify a section what is the impact on the area and inertia.

                        - In the design layer, it was useful to have design properties like section library - so we could assign easily effective lengths to a group of…

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                        • AdSec SLS M-N plot for a given crack width to BS EN 1992-1-1:2004

                          It would be beneficial to be able to plot SLS M-N diagram in AdSec for a given section and crack width. This would allow us to plot multiple points within one diagram (easy graphical representation) rather than inputting multiple load cases into AdSec (and having a tabular output only).

                          9 votes
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                          • Static Pushover Analysis

                            The provision of Static Pushover analysis within GSA would help engineers in the design of structures subject to seismic loading, allowing inelastic response characteristics to develop in the model in a quick and manageable way without the need for heavy FEA.

                            18 votes
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                            • GSA design - Eurocodes

                              The elastic plastic ratio was used for BS. It enabled to restrain the maximum ratio between elastic and plastic capacity for the bending capacity of the section. When the ratio is set to 1, the section is designed with the elastic capacity.
                              This ratio is not taken into account anymore for Eurocodes. Hence, if a section is Class 1, it is automatically checked for bending with its plastic capacity.
                              However, some countries prefer to design the sections as Class 3 (elastic capacity) even though they are Class 1. So the elastic/plastic ratio option is convenient.
                              Is it possible to keep…

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                              • 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!

                                34 votes
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                                • Integration/Connection with Ideas Statica Steel Connection Software

                                  Develop a workflow between GSA and Ideas Statica Steel Connection Software. At the very least this will allow some time savings in getting the model forces out from GSA into a steel connection program, this will also allow more efficient designs through better feedback of how local joints are performing and how they then need to be modelled in the overall structural model.

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                                  • Turn line beam model into 2D element model

                                    It would be great to have a tool that can take a 2d line beam model of 1D elements and use the section properties to generate a 2D element shell model. This would be even more useful if:

                                    - PT Tendons could be built into the mesh (from the PT module being developed), so a 2D shell model can be generated straight from a 1D model with tendons attached.
                                    - If loading could be regenerated onto the 2D mesh, eg traffic loading
                                    - If parts of the model could be converted to 2D elements and parts left as 1D elements,…

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                                    • Aluminium design in GSA Design Layer

                                      1) add code based design check (BS EN 1999) for aluminium in the design layer (just like the steel design).

                                      2) To introduce aluminium standard section (RHS, I beam, C channel, etc.) first

                                      9 votes
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                                      • GSA - Split 2D elements at existing nodes

                                        A command to split 2D elements if any extra nodes lie on its plane/edge to enable the connection between the extra nodes and the 2D element.

                                        Example: In the attached image, Element-1959 has two extra nodes- 3064 and 3160 lie on its edge. It would be useful to have a command to split element-1959 considering these extra nodes as part of the newly generated element topology.

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