RAM Elements CONNECT Edition V14

(Last Updated On: December 3, 2017)

Bentley Systems Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, has released RAM Elements CONNECT Edition V14. For analysis and design of almost any type of structure or structural component complete with sophisticated design tools to help you with your everyday analysis and design needs. RAM Elements delivers the industry’s most productive and easy-to-use engineering analysis and design toolkit.

RAM Elements CONNECT Edition v14 (version Release Notes – Updated August 2017


- CONNECT Edition. This release is part of the new Bentley product generation called CONNECT Edition, which succeeds the V8i generation that has been in place for the past several years. While not all Bentley products will move to CONNECT Edition this year, the RAM products are part of the first wave of applications moving to this exciting new release. In addition to a new name, the product icon has a new look as shown below. Aside from this, the software looks and feels the same way it always has. As the name suggests, the theme of the CONNECT Edition is a set of new features and services that will better connect project team members within and across organizations and enable easier access to resources such as learning materials. This collective set of services is called Bentley Cloud Services. The portal to this can be accessed from the RAM Elements new backstage. The set of cloud-based services available in the first CONNECT Edition releases will represent just a fraction of what will become available over the coming months and years.
- RAM Elements now includes ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete for the design of beams, columns, shear/bearing walls, tilt-up walls, retaining walls and footings.
- Update to the TMS 402-13/ACI 530-13/ASCE 5-13: Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures, including ASD, SD and Seismic Requirements.
- Addition to AISC 360-10 for the analysis and design of structural members subjected to torsional loading per Design Guide 9: Torsional Analysis of Structural Steel Members.
- Addition to AISC Seismic Provision of the Column-Beam Moment Ratio according to AISC 341-05 Section 9.6 and/or AISC 341-10 Section E3.4, otherwise known as the “strong column – weak beam check”.
- This version includes design and corresponding database for ASTM A1085: Specification for Hollow Structural Sections (HSS).
- Incorporates AISI S100-12: North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members
- Improvement to the member load that come from a load area distribution, since they now follow the shape of their tributary area accurately instead of always being uniform
- Support for built-up sections in the ISM 6.0 interoperation.
- New and improved version of the analysis engine Bentley.Str.FEALib.
- New option to view member description by color in 3D (before this was just possible in wireframe).
- New colors for member and shell stresses based on discriminable colors for people with color vision deficiency.
- New ribbon style with cleaner look.
- New Backstage view to manage models, file operations, interoperate with other software, adjust personal information and setting options.
- RAM Elements now includes Bentley CONNECT Advisor v10.1.0 which is a CONNECT service enabling Bentley users to have real time access to LEARN content, recommendations for more productive workflows and the ability to embed an Expert Engineer to their CONNECTED project.

Resolved Issues:
- Fix to the AISC 360 steel member compression design for WT sections. The critical segment for classification was being selected according to moment which was incorrect. The whole section is considered under compression, thus, the critical segment should be the same regardless of the moment.
- The Concrete Wall module was incorrectly reporting that boundary elements were required for some load combinations. The calculation for the boundary conditions is fixed and now it properly shows the warning just for the load combinations that demand it.
- For tapered members with compact and non-compact sections, lateral torsional buckling was not being checked. This is fixed and the lateral torsional buckling is now calculated for all tapered members regardless of its section slenderness classification.

About RAM Elements
RAM Elements is the structural engineer’s toolkit system, for analysis and design of almost any type of structure or structural component complete with sophisticated design tools to help you with your everyday analysis and design needs. 

This program provides unequaled flexibility for the design and analysis of different types of 2D or 3D structures containing linear members and shell elements. 

The types of analysis available are: First order (Linear Analysis), Second order (P-Delta Analysis) and Dynamic (Seismic Analysis). 

In addition, RAM Elements is also capable of designing hot-rolled or cold-formed steel members, wood (sawn lumber and glulam) and reinforced concrete members using the AISC 360-05 ASD, AISC 360-05 LRFD, AISC 360-10 ASD, AISC 360-10 LRFD, AISC 341-05, AISC 341-10, BS 5950-00, AISI 01 ASD, AISI 01 LRFD, AISI 07 ASD, AISI 07 LFRD, AISI 2012 ASD, AISI 2012 LFRD, AS 4100-98, CSA S16-09, NDS 05 ASD, NDS 05 LRFD, ACI 318-05, ACI 318-08, ACI 318-11, ACI 318-14 and BS8110-97 codes respectively. The program includes special modules for designing spread footings, combined footings, reinforced concrete columns, retaining walls, concrete walls, tilt-up walls, masonry walls, continuous beams and trusses. Additionally, RAM Elements has links with RAM Connection, a revolutionary tool that allows the fast design of steel connections inside or outside RAM Elements, STAAD.Pro, the RAM Structural System and ProSteel (SDNF). 


RAM Elements CONNECT Edition V14

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