Software

Precast Concrete Wall Thermal Performance Calculator

Quickly calculate the thermal performance of precast concrete walls. CPCI’s Web-enabled software provides designers, builders, and owners with a program to ensure compliance options for modern building energy codes, and suitable methods for quickly estimating, at an early design stage, the thermal performance of precast concrete enclosure wall systems. For your free access https://rval.cpci.ca/en/


CONCISE

CONCISE Beam version 4 is now available.

Concise Beam is an easy to use program for the design of precast concrete beams. Concise Beam will perform a load analysis and design checks in accordance with the latest edition of ACI 318, CSA A23.3 & S6, AS3600, or NZ3101.1. Key code parameters can be customized to simulate other design codes. The beam can be conventionally reinforced, partially or fully pretensioned. It can model any cross-sectional shape and will allow the cross-section to vary prismatically (step-wise) over the length of the beam. A graphical editor allows the user to describe any cross-section, including voids. Contact Black Mint Software for further details: www.BlackMint.com


Tekla Structures

Tekla Structures, developed by Tekla Oy in Finland, is a 3D structural modeling system for detailing structural and miscellaneous precast concrete. For more information see BuildingPoint Canada Inc. at www.buildingpointcanada.ca or Tel: (866) 773-6926


Athena

Athena’s software tools - the Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings and the Athena EcoCalculator for Assemblies - are related but different. The EcoCalculator spreadsheet tool is very fast but limited in design options—use this tool for a quick rough estimate of building design footprint. The Impact Estimator software is flexible, for a more detailed and accurate footprint estimate of a building.

The Impact Estimator for Buildings is a stand-alone program that allows users to model their own custom assembly and envelope configurations, and provides flexibility for proposed designs and existing buildings. Users need some technical knowledge, but don’t have to be structural engineers or architects to model a building. The Impact Estimator allows the user to input energy simulation results to calculate their operating effects alongside their embodied effects.

For more info Athena Sustainable Materials Institute

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