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CSI ITALIA SRL

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33170 Pordenone
Italy

Telefono +39 0434 28465
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1-800-987-6543

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Video Tutorials…

REINFORCED CONCRETE DESIGN SOFTWARE FOR SAP2000, ETABS AND CSIBRIDGE
Below you will find several instructional videos and tutorials
 Introduction

VIS is a software package for the design of reinforced concrete structures based on the Eurocodes as code of reference.

 

It works in conjunction with the CSI programs: either SAP2000, ETABS or CSi Bridge. VIS provides a family of plug-in tools fully integrated with these programs and capable of enhancing their design capabilities to a high degree of refinement.

 

If you are a CSi user and work with the Eurocodes for your concrete design, then VIS could be the software you are looking for.

From Analysis to Design

VIS focuses on design of concrete beams, columns, beam/column joints, wall piers and wall spandrels. Both regular concrete provisions from Eurocode 2 and special seismic provisions from Eurocode 8 are enforced.

 

The design process includes two steps. First, preliminary reinforcing is automatically assigned by the program to all concrete members based on user-defined design rules. 

 

Next, the reinforcing is graphically refined by the user with the aid of various design and check tools.

Combinator

Combinator is a plug-in tool for the generation of load combinations sets based on Eurocode provisions. SAP2000 and the other CSi programs allow for the automatic generation of a limited number of design combos. 

 

There are good reasons for this. Among Eurocode users, however, the tendency seems to be for larger numbers. 

 

Combinator helps speed up the process of defining these larger numbers, while avoiding unmanageable excesses.

Wall Definition

Section cutter is a plug-in tool for the definition of wall assemblies.

 

It is necessary only with SAP and CSiBridge. With ETABS, walls are defined directly within the main program.

 

Walls within the main program are modelled using shell elements. For the wall to be designed, the shell elements need to be organized into groups of vertical and horizontal wall components.

 

Precisely: wall piers and wall spandrels.

General Settings

This video shows the GENERAL SETTINGS, which are needed to provide the VIS program with your specific project requirements.

 

Often the default values will be OK, but the program offers a lot of flexibility, if you want to change them. The settings basically address
the type of materials and the code options available. 

 

Some of the settings are imported directly from the main program (SAP2000, ETABS or CSiBridge), but you can change them as you like.

Secondary Members

In this video we will talk about secondary members. 

 

According to EC8 Section 4.2.2, Secondary Seismic Members are those not part of the Seismic Action Resisting System of the building. 

 

To summarize EC8 requirements: secondary members should not take seismic forces away from the seismic resisting system and need not be designed for these forces, however they need to keep providing vertical load support while subject to seismic displacement.

Preliminary Design

VIS design process unfolds through two phases: Preliminary Design and Editing of Reinforcing.

 

Preliminary design is entirely automated. Once that’s done, the user steps in and runs the editing, refining and adjusting the reinforcing to his needs. 

 

It is done through a utility called The Wizard. The Wizard can generate automatically the reinforcing layout for the entire structure. 

 

This reinforcing is explicitly defined: number of rebars, size, length, location and spacing.

Design & Edit

Reinforcement editing is the core of the VIS program. Typically, the editing phase follows the preliminary design phase. Contrary to the other, it is entirely manual. If you like, you can elect to skip preliminary design and make up your own reinforcing from scratch, starting directly from the editing phase. 

 

You are also allowed to modify the geometry of concrete sections, but then you will have to repeat the analysis, since all internal forces will change.

 

Editing involves design and drawing work. Design, to select your reinforcing.

PMM Strength Check

SAP2000 and the other analysis programs calculate internal forces at a discreet number of stations along each structural member. One set of internal forces for each load combination.

 

Consecutive stations are grouped by VIS into segments having constant section. That is: where geometry and rebar layout do not change.

 

The section is designed for the internal forces of all stations included within the segment length. Typically, it is the Wizard that decides number and length of the segments, but you can do it yourself if you like.

 

Select the member, either column, beam or wall (joint panels are only checked for shear). Open the Strength tab and click on the PMM Check button. You can move between each segment by clicking here.

PMM Strength Design

Before you watch this video, please first have a look at “PMM Strength Check”.

 

Note that while for PMM Strength Check the solution is univocal, for Strength Design typically the solutions are infinite in number.
Moreover, beams and columns (as well as wall piers and spandrels) are treated differently.


Doubly reinforced beams simply have one variable too many. To achieve a unique solution, all what it takes is to set up an extra boundary condition.


Our approach, in line with other CSI programs, is to assign a target strain to the reinforcing steel. This is equivalent to fixing the position for the neutral axis.

VIS Youtube Channel

See VIS Concrete Design Software in action when you visit our Youtube channel.