Analyze and design structural steel connections in seconds

RAM Connection is the ideal solution when structural engineers or designers need to check a specific connection, design a single connection for multiple joints, or optimize each connection in a structure. Analyze, design, and verify structural steel connections, all with comprehensive calculations, including seismic compliance.

Bentley RAM Connection enables integrated connection design by allowing integration with RAM Structural System, RAM Elements, and STAAD.Pro, or it can be used as a standalone for steel connection design.

Automate connection design

Design, check, and optimize shear, moment, gusset, splice, bracket, base plate, and truss connections, according to AISC (ASD or LRFD), EN 1993, BS 5950, IS 800, GB 50017, AS4100, and NZS 3404, automatically. Assign connections directly to the finite element model and RAM Connection will automatically consider member geometric and material properties and analytical results. RAM Connection makes it easy to check a specific connection or all connections in groups.

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Embrace unlimited flexibility

Bring together your own firms’ standards to customize your design, or choose from a large database of predefined connections. RAM Connection also provides reports with explicit equations and references to the design standard.

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Design connections of all types

Design shear, moment, combined connections, gusset, or truss connections and RAM will perform all the design checks so it’s easy to compare different connection options.

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View your design in 3D

Cutting-edge graphics allow accurate 3D views of fit-up and clearance to reduce on-site connection issues ensuring that your structure will work in the real context of the design.

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Technical Capabilities

Modeling

  • Design shear connections (shear tab, clip angle, end plate)
  • Design moment connections (flange plates, directly welded flanges)
  • Design combined connections (extended end plate)
  • Design gusset connections
  • Design truss connections
  • Use wide flange beams, wide flange, or HSS columns and virtually any steel section(s) for braces
  • Beam-to-column connections (flange or web)
  • Beam-to-girder connections
  • Beam-to-beam connections
  • Beam and column splices
  • Brackets
  • Base plate design including anchors
  • Gusset plates for vertical and horizontal bracing connections
  • HSS chords and branches truss connections
  • Extensive, customizable database of connections provided
  • Generate new connections using the program interface or using Microsoft Excel
  • Control dozens of design parameters such as:
    • Plate dimensions
    • Welds (type, size, electrode series, length, etc.)
    • Bolts (size, material, N, X, slip critical, hole types, etc.)
    • Doublers and stiffeners dimensions
    • Top and bottom beam copes
    • Sloped and skewed connections

Design

  • Design per AISC 360-05-10 or 16 (ASD or LRFD)
  • Design per AISC 341-05-10 or 16 seismic provisions
  • Most AISC 358-05 & 10 prequalified moment connections included
  • Anchor bolt design per ACI 318, EN 1992 (EC2), AS 4100, and NZS 3101
  • Design per GB 50017-2003
  • Design per IS 800:2007
  • Design per BS 5950-1:2000
  • Design per EN 1993-EC3
  • Design per AS 4100-1998
  • Design per NZS 3404-1997
  • Verify existing connections
  • Optimize connections with our advance algorithms or from your own pre-selected list

Output and Documentation

  • Design/check one connection at a time or hundreds at once
  • Output and documentation
  • On-screen verification of connection results
  • 3D realistic views
  • 3D transparent views to avoid joint conflicts
  • DXF drawing generation
  • DXF export to CAD
Modeling

Modeling

  • Design shear connections (shear tab, clip angle, end plate)
  • Design moment connections (flange plates, directly welded flanges)
  • Design combined connections (extended end plate)
  • Design gusset connections
  • Design truss connections
  • Use wide flange beams, wide flange, or HSS columns and virtually any steel section(s) for braces
  • Beam-to-column connections (flange or web)
  • Beam-to-girder connections
  • Beam-to-beam connections
  • Beam and column splices
  • Brackets
  • Base plate design including anchors
  • Gusset plates for vertical and horizontal bracing connections
  • HSS chords and branches truss connections
  • Extensive, customizable database of connections provided
  • Generate new connections using the program interface or using Microsoft Excel
  • Control dozens of design parameters such as:
    • Plate dimensions
    • Welds (type, size, electrode series, length, etc.)
    • Bolts (size, material, N, X, slip critical, hole types, etc.)
    • Doublers and stiffeners dimensions
    • Top and bottom beam copes
    • Sloped and skewed connections
Design

Design

  • Design per AISC 360-05-10 or 16 (ASD or LRFD)
  • Design per AISC 341-05-10 or 16 seismic provisions
  • Most AISC 358-05 & 10 prequalified moment connections included
  • Anchor bolt design per ACI 318, EN 1992 (EC2), AS 4100, and NZS 3101
  • Design per GB 50017-2003
  • Design per IS 800:2007
  • Design per BS 5950-1:2000
  • Design per EN 1993-EC3
  • Design per AS 4100-1998
  • Design per NZS 3404-1997
  • Verify existing connections
  • Optimize connections with our advance algorithms or from your own pre-selected list
Output and Documentation

Output and Documentation

  • Design/check one connection at a time or hundreds at once
  • Output and documentation
  • On-screen verification of connection results
  • 3D realistic views
  • 3D transparent views to avoid joint conflicts
  • DXF drawing generation
  • DXF export to CAD

Frequently Asked Questions

What is RAM Connection? What is RAM Connection used for?

RAM Connection is the ideal solution when structural engineers or designers need to check a specific connection, design a single connection for multiple joints, or optimize each connection in a structure.

What is standalone RAM Connection? How do I use standalone RAM Connection?

RAM Connection works as a standalone program or integrated with RAM Elements, STAAD.Pro, and RAM Structural System. Contact our structural experts to learn how you can use standalone RAM Connection and get expert services.

Where can I find RAM Connection tutorial or RAM Connection videos?

While many RAM Connection tutorials can be found on Bentley Communities, here are some FREE RAM Connection webinars available at Virtuosity, a Bentley Company.

Where can I get RAM Connection training or RAM Connection course?

If you want to receive tailored training or attend a RAM Connection course that is specific to your project requirement, Virtuosity offers extra training and mentoring services. You can choose from tailor-made training, on-demand learning, consulting services, mentoring and more.

What is the price of RAM Connection? How much does RAM Connection cost?

A practitioner license of RAM Connection costs $1,066 USD at Virtuosity.com. Prices vary per region. While there are various types of licensing available, a common choice is the 12-month practitioner license offered through Virtuosity, Bentley’s eCommerce store. When you purchase through Virtuosity you get a Virtuoso Subscription which means you get both the software AND the training, expert services, and custom mentoring you need to get started quickly.

System Requirements

Processor

1.3 GHz or faster processor (x64)

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 or higher

RAM

2 GB minimum, 4 GB recommended

Hard Disk

675 MB free disk space for installation
2 GB available for analyzing models

Display

Open GL compatible graphics card with at least 512 MB in video memory, 1024×768 minimum screen resolution

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