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Structural Analysis Design and Drawing Production Using Bentley Products

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The Student Steel Bridge Competition is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and cosponsored by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Bentley Systems, Inc., Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), Nelson Stud Welding, Nucor Corporation, and Steel Structures Education Foundation (SSEF). Students design and erect a steel bridge by themselves but may seek advice from faculty and student organization advisers. Civil Engineering students are challenged to an inter-collegiate competition that includes design, fabrication, and construction of  a scaled steel bridge. 

Participating students gain practical experience in structural design, fabrication processes, construction planning, organization, project management, and teamwork. In the industry, commercial structural analysis and design software integrated within a BIM (Building Information Modeling) or BrIM (Bridge Information Modeling) environment are used extensively to complete projects on time and at the same time lets engineers maintain accuracy and come up with very efficient design alternatives.

 The correct combination of software tools can make the bridge design, fabrication and construction task very easy.

STAAD.Pro is the professional’s choice for steel, concrete, timber, aluminum and cold-formed steel structures, culverts, petrochemical plants, tunnels, bridges, piles and much more. It is a general purpose structural analysis and design tool. 

Structural Modeler is an advanced, yet intuitive and easy-to-use building information modeling (BIM) application that empowers structural engineers and designers to create structural system models and related engineering drawings (i.e. documentation).

TAAD.Pro and Structural Modeler are integrated. STAAD.Pro models can be imported into Structural Modeler and Structural Modeler models can be exported out to STAAD.Pro. The purpose of this document is to help students analyze and design their bridge models using Bentley’s STAAD.Pro software and produce engineering layout drawings using Structural Modeler. 

This document does not teach how to compare advantages of various alternatives that are allowed in this competition. Designers must consider carefully the comparative advantages of various alternatives. 

For example, a truss bridge may be stiffer than a girder bridge but slower to construct. Successful teams analyze and compare alternative designs prior to fabrication. Following are some statements from the Student .