Structural feedback – BIG ideas

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  1. 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.

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

      221 votes
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        open for voting  ·  3 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • AdSec shear checks

        #rcmem #analysis

        195 votes
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          open for voting  ·  5 comments  ·  Adsec  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • GSA graphics interface upgrade

          GSA graphics interface upgrade
          1) Improve drawing in 3D
          2) improve sculpt capability:
          - snapping, trim/extend features
          - AutoCAD style drawing ability
          - move elements from node to node by picking these
          3) overcome mismatch of node display and node hot-spot
          4) improve visibility of annotation (e.g. draw in front of lines and fill)

          #graphics

          132 votes
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            started  ·  13 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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

            109 votes
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              planned  ·  3 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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)

              101 votes
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                4 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  open for voting  ·  2 comments  ·  Adsec  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • GSA cracked slab deflection analysis

                  Calculate RC slab deflection based on stiffness of cracked section.

                  Depends on 'Generalise section object'.

                  #rcslab #analysis

                  92 votes
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                    open for voting  ·  4 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Change material properties between stages

                    At present, users can change "beam, spring, mass, 2d element, link and cable" properties between stages. Introducing the option to toggle material properties between stages would be useful when you consider the following;
                    In order to change material properties between stages, say for changing concrete from short term to long term properties, it is necessary to generate duplicate beam section entries for all elements, assign one set short term properties and long term properties to the other. Then a separate entry for each beam section property needs to be defined in the analysis stage properties window. If you had 100…

                    87 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • GSA grid loading enhancements

                      * Rationalise Grid Planes, to disassociate span directions
                      * Introduce grid loading on 2D elements
                      * Introduce Area loading
                      * Allow loads to be applied in cylindrical axis directions

                      #object #tool

                      83 votes
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                        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

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

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

                          #report

                          74 votes
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                            open for voting  ·  5 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Dual screen capability

                            Enable windows open on both screens.

                            #gui

                            58 votes
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                              6 comments  ·  General  ·  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

                              56 votes
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                                started  ·  3 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 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

                                  54 votes
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                                  • 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) -…

                                    54 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Development plan  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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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                                        open for voting  ·  3 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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

                                        45 votes
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                                          open for voting  ·  0 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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

                                          41 votes
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                                            open for voting  ·  3 comments  ·  GSA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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