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CADS Hub – Design Applications

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Features and Benefits At-A-Glance

See below the list of applications found within CADS Hub. A free trial will contain a restricted version of all the apps and you only purchase the ones you need.

This software application has been designed to check the structural design of reinforced concrete ground bearing slabs subjected to point loads (single, double, quadruple), line loads and uniformly distributed loads, by calculating the resistance to bending moments generated by the loads and in the case of concentrated loads the resistance to punching shear. This is done in accordance with Technical Report 34 (TR34) – A guide to design and construction – Fourth edition (Published by The Concrete Society on August 2013, Reprinted June 2014 and March 2016).

The concrete slab can be reinforced using steel fabric or bar reinforcement, steel fibres, macro synthetic fibres or a combination of these.

Point loads can be applied either internally, at the slab edges or at the slab corners. In the case of edge or corner loading, load transfer can be allowed for using dowels, steel fabric or a proprietary system.

A user definable block library, as in CAD programs, allows the easy access and re-use of frequent structural systems.

CADS Embodied carbon is a program for estimating the embodied carbon quantities for different structural schemes. The calculations are based on the recent guidance published by The Institution of Structural Engineers, How to Calculate Embodied Carbon (IStructE, 2020). The carbon quantities may be estimated at different stages of the design process by creating separate schemes for each stage. It is also possible to make alternative schemes for the same project to compare the carbon quantities across these different proposals so that the most environment friendly scheme may be chosen.

Input Options

The site address is entered using Google Maps, via a postcode or it can be manually entered.

Select the project stage and type from a list of preset variables, the design life. The program uses the life cycle stages as defined in BS EN 15978- 2011.

This application allows you to specify the schemes, their properties, additional carbon quantities and the bill of materials for each scheme.

Depending on the purpose, you can choose to calculate the embodied carbon for some or all of the life cycle stages.

You can create and evaluate multiple schemes using this application.

The user can specify the bill of materials for each scheme.

Output

The application works by fetching carbon factors associated with the materials you enter in the bill of materials.

This version of the application uses the carbon database found in The Inventory of Carbon and Energy (ICE), Building Services Research and information Association (BSRIA).

You can select the more commonly used materials and group them into a shorter list in the Preferred database for easy access. You can also add new materials to create your own database.

The estimated carbon from all the materials entered in the bill of quantities are plotted in different graphs and displayed under this tab. The Results graphs tab can display the graphical output for individual schemes or display comparison graphs across the different schemes. For each scheme, a collection of bar and pie charts showing the split of the carbon between the different material types, sections and life cycle stages.

For each scheme, a collection of bar and pie charts showing the split of the carbon between the different material types, sections and life cycle stages.

The Engineering Toolbox contains a collection of simple yet useful tools that a structural engineer may require whilst analysing or designing structures.

Crack Widths

This software application has been designed to calculate the crack width of concrete rectangular or T shaped cross-sections. The calculation is in accordance with BS EN 1992-1-1:2004 and NA to BS EN 1992-1-1:2004.

Creep Coefficient

This software application has been designed to calculate the creep coefficient of concrete. The calculation is in accordance with Section 3.1.4 & Annex B of BS EN 1992-1-1:2004 and NA to BS EN 1992-1-1:2004.

Foundation Depth for Building Near Trees

CADS Foundation Depth for Building Near Trees calculates the minimum foundation depth required to minimise the risk of damage to the structure due to volume changes of the surrounding soil. The calculations are performed in accordance with NHBC Standards 2020.

Light Steel Section Properties

This software application calculates the gross and effective section properties for cold-formed steel sections under bending and axial compression. The calculations are done in accordance with BS EN 1993-1-3:2006 – Design of steel structures – Part 1-3: General rules – Supplementary rules for cold-formed members and sheeting. 

The effective section properties are calculated for Cold-formed sections of shape ’C’ sections (with or without lips) and ’Z‘ sections  (without intermediate stiffeners).

RC Corbel Design

CADS RC Corbel Designer is a program for design of a corbel subjected to vertical and horizontal loads.  The design verification is based on Annex J.3 of BS EN 1992-1-1:2004+A1:2014 and the UK National Annex.

Roof Drainage Design

CADS Roof Drainage Design application calculates the capacity of various roof drainage elements in a roof drainage system. The calculation is done in accordance with BS EN 12056-3:2000 Gravity drainage system inside buildings – Part 3: Roof drainage, layout and calculation for UK National Annex and Manual for the Design of Roof Drainage Systems – A guide to the use of European Standard BS EN 12056-3:2000.

Surface and Foul Water Drainage Design

CADS Surface and Foul Water Drainage Design application calculates the size or capacity of surface and foul water drains. The calculation is in accordance with BS EN 16933-2:2017 Drain and sewer systems outside buildings – Design – Part 2: Hydraulic design and BS EN 12056-2:2000 Gravity drainage systems inside buildings – Part 2: Sanitary pipework, layout and calculation for UK National Annex.

Snow Loading

CADS Snow Loading application calculates the snow load intensity for flat, monopitch, duopitch, and cylindrical roofs. The calculations are done in accordance with BS EN 1991-1-3:2003+A2:2015 [Eurocode 1 – Actions – on structures –  Part 1-3: General actions – Snow loads]

Soakaway Design

CADS Soakaway Design application calculates the dimensions of soakaway pit for various storm duration and also checks the adequacy of pit. The calculations are in accordance with BRE Technical Guidance 365: 2016.

Footfall Analysis

CADS Footfall Analysis (CFA) is a post-processing software application which performs footfall analysis calculations for concrete slabs, composite floors and staircases using as input the geometrical and modal data from Dlubal RFEM and/or SCIA Engineer. To be able to perform a footfall response analysis using CFA, some features within the FE analysis software are required to be active/available, namely the Dynamics functionality.

CADS Pad Base Designer is a program for checking and designing mass and reinforced concrete foundations based on BS EN 1992-1-1:2004+A1:2014 and BS EN 1997-1:2004+A1:2013 for UK National Annex.

Bases can be either Mass Concrete or Reinforced Concrete.

The program can run in check or design mode. Check mode means all the geometry and the footing dimensions entered are checked for the given loading. If the Design mode is selected, the software calculates the optimal footing dimensions for the given loading.

Loads can be applied as Axial or Horizontal loads and Moments in the x and y direction as defined by the base geometry.

There is a check for crack control which when enabled allows the user to specify the allowable crack width.

CADS Punching Shear Designer is a software application which performs rapid punching shear calculations for reinforced concrete flat slab structures. In this version the calculations are generally in accordance with BS EN 1992:1-1:2004+A1:2014 (Eurocode 2: Design of concrete structures – Part 1-1: General rules and rules for buildings). This code is referred to as EC2 in the following.

The current version of the program may be used for reinforced concrete flat slabs supported on columns of rectangular, circular, elliptical, L, T or cruciform section. Once you have input the geometric and structural information, the program calculates the maximum shear stress at the control perimeters and checks against the allowable values and if required proceeds to calculate and arrange shear reinforcement in the form of shear studs.

The software produces output reports in the form of a brief summary or a more detailed report, which may be displayed on screen, printed or exported to MS Word or PDF to suit your requirements.

CADS Retaining Wall Designer is a computer program intended to assist the geotechnical and structural design of free standing gravity and semi-gravity retaining walls using Eurocode guidance where applicable. Several related design codes and publications have been consulted as listed in the references in section 6 of this guide and in some cases new solutions have been developed as far as possible in accordance with the general principles of the design codes.

The program provides an analytical tool, not a direct design process. It remains the user’s responsibility to assess soil conditions and strength parameters and to select the appropriate structural materials, dimensions and design parameters.

The program organises the input data and output results in such a way that you are led to consider all the relevant parameters in a logical and complete manner. The calculations, which are tedious, confusing and prone to error when carried out by hand, are completed accurately in moments by the program, allowing you to consider alternative parameters and arrangements with ease and confidence.

After finishing the calculations, a brief message at the top of the window is shown to indicate adequacy or failure of the retaining wall. A summary of input data and calculation results is displayed in the Calculation Summary Report. Detailed line by line calculations may be viewed and if necessary, printed by selecting the Calculations Report option to show logic, equations and their results and by selecting Detailed Report, the numerical values are shown as substituted in the equations.

The current version of the software contains three modules for the design of:

  • Reinforced concrete retaining wall
  • Unreinforced Masonry retaining wall
  • Reinforced masonry retaining wall
  • Gabion retaining wall

Each of the above sections are complete in themselves and may be read independently without cross referencing.

CADS Scaffolding is a collection of design tools for scaffold designers and temporary works engineers, comprising a Tied Independent scaffolding application and a TG20:13 Wind Factor application.

The program organises the input data and output results in such a way that the user is led to consider all the relevant parameters in a logical and complete manner. The calculations, which are complicated and prone to error when carried out by hand, are completed accurately in moments by the program, allowing the user to consider alternative parameters and arrangements with ease and confidence.

After finishing the calculations, a brief message at the top of the window is shown to indicate completion and results status. A summary of results is displayed by default in the Calculation Report pages. More detailed results may be viewed by selecting the Calculations or Detailed options for the Calculation Reports.

Tied independent scaffolding module

The Tied independent scaffolding module is intended for the calculation of tube and fitting independent scaffolds, in accordance with TG20:13, tied to a structure located in the UK or Ireland. The calculation reports show the results in a transparent manner complemented by additional drawings that can be used with or without accompanying TG20:13 compliance sheets. Compared to the TG20:13 eGuide, which gives conservative results in exchange for simplicity, CADS Scaffolding extends the calculation from the eGuide and provides more efficient results:

  • The software calculates the reduced leg loads for a part-boarded scaffold, including the effects of horizontal wind and notional loads;
  • The tie duty calculation is refined for the scaffold dimensions and tie pattern;
  • The bridge beam analysis is refined for the exact loading on the bridge and includes adequacy checks such as moment and shear capacity checks, deflection checks and coupler slip checks;
  • The precise wind loading is included in the calculations, compliant with BS EN 12811-1 and BS EN 1991-1-4.

The calculations and checks performed by the software are:

  • Automatic wind calculation;
  • Calculates the maximum support reactions for foundation design;
  • Calculates the leg loads, i.e. the maximum axial forces in the standards;
  • Calculates the tie duty;
  • Checks the adequacy of a bridge;
  • Checks if the scaffold is TG20:13 compliant.

The software is intended for use by:

  • Scaffolding designers, who may be independent consultants or directly employed by a scaffolding or building contractor;
  • Temporary works engineers, checking the work of their scaffolding sub-contractors or producing their own calculations (for example, to determine the site wind exposure or calculate scaffolding foundations).

CADS Steel Member Designer is a program for checking and designing structural elements as per BS EN 1993-1-1:2005+A1:2014 – Design of Steel structures – Part 1-1 General rules and rules for buildings for UK and Irish National Annexes.

The current version of the software contains two modules for the design of:

Steel Member Designer

For the design of Beams (single and multi-span, inclined or horizontal) and Columns. 

Design is based on BS EN 1993-1-1:2005+A1:2014 – Design of Steel structures – Part 1-1 General rules and rules for buildings for UK and Irish National Annexes.

Edge Beam

CADS Edge Beam is a program for verification of a single-span steel edge beam under eccentric wall loading based on BS EN 1993-1-1:2005+A1:2014 – Design of Steel structures – Part 1-1 General rules and rules for buildings and Steel Construction Institute P 364 – Steel building design – worked examples – open sections. The calculations are based on the simplified method permitted by clause 6.2.7(7) of the aforementioned Eurocode.

CADS Steel Simple Connection Designer is a program for checking of simple connections based on BS EN 1993:2005 – Design of Steel structures – Part 1-8 Design of joints and SCI P358 – Joints in steel construction: Simple joints to Eurocode 3. 

The following types of connections can be checked by this application:

  • Beam-to-beam connection (end plate or fin plate)
  • Beam-to-column connection (end plate or fin plate)
  • Column splice (bearing or non-bearing)
  • Column base plate

According to BS EN 1993-1-8:2005 nominally pinned joints, checks of the joint are made to ensure it;

  • Should be capable of transmitting the internal forces, without developing significant moments which might adversely affect the members or the structure as a whole;
  • Should be capable of accepting the resulting rotations under the design loads.
  • Can provide the directional restraint to members which has been assumed in the member design;
  • Will have sufficient robustness to satisfy the structural integrity requirements (tying resistance).

Verification checks, below, are also made of the strength of a nominally pinned joint;

  • To ensure that the joint is detailed such that it develops only nominal moments which do not adversely affect the members or the joint itself. The joint should be detailed so that it behaves in a ductile manner;
  • To identifying the load path through the joint i.e. from the beam to the supporting member;
  • To check the resistance of each component.

CADS Structural Glass Designer is a program for checking the structural design of specific glass elements by preparing calculations in accordance with the current guidance, Structural use of glass in buildings (2nd edition). Where the guide did not provide adequate guidance, other publications have been consulted as listed in the references and in some cases new solutions have been developed as far as possible in accordance with the general principles of the codes.

The program organises the input data and output results in such a way that you are led to consider all the relevant parameters in a logical and complete manner. The calculations, which are tedious, confusing and prone to error when carried out by hand, are completed accurately in moments by the program, allowing you to consider alternative parameters and arrangements with ease and confidence.

After finishing the calculations, a brief message at the top of the window is shown to indicate adequacy or failure of the glass element along with a summary of results displayed in the Calculation Report Summary page. More detailed results may be viewed in the subsequent Detailed page of the Calculation Report.

CADS Timber Beam Designer is a program for design of a timber beam based on BS EN 1995-1-1:2004+A2:2014 – Design of timber structures – Part 1-1 General – Common rules and rules for buildings for UK National Annex.

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