Perform analysis and design including 3D finite element analysis

RAM Elements helps engineers and designers perform design tasks for steel, concrete, cold-formed steel, timber, and masonry building projects within a single easy-to-learn and use application. With a simple graphic interface, users have the ability to quickly design trusses, continuous beams, frames, retaining walls, masonry walls, tilt-up walls, shear walls, or footings.

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Streamline your work with a single software application

With full 3D finite element analysis and design plus standalone or integrated design modules all in an easy-to-use package, RAM Elements eliminates the need to learn different programs for steel, concrete, masonry, wood, or cold-formed steel design and eliminates the need to purchase additional products for specialized projects like retaining walls or tilt-up walls.

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Design comprehensive structural models easily

Make modeling even the most complex projects faster and easier by taking advantage of modeling capabilities that offer increased flexibility. Leverage the customizable desktop environment, so your most common commands are readily accessible. RAM Elements offers physical member modeling features so you can design as an engineer, without being a finite element specialist. Design components as part of your 2D or 3D finite element model effortlessly, by bringing all the information into the design module automatically. Perform all the necessary design checks including the production of complete drawings detailed reports and detailing rebar requirements.

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Customize your work

Model quickly and accurately with customizable features and conform to your company standards. Customize toolbars, model views, display options, and unit systems and easily create templates so it’s easier to replicate on your everyday design structures and save time on every project.

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Technical Capabilities

Analysis

  • Dynamic analysis (eigenvalue and response spectra) with CQC, SRSS and ABS methods for superposition and subspace iteration, Ritz vectors and Lanczos/Arnoldi for eigen analysis
  • Iterative nonlinear P-Delta analysis
  • Linear Buckling analysis (Lanczos/Arnoldi or Subspace iteration)
  • Tension-only members
  • Compression-only springs
  • Springs to connect members for semi-rigid joints, setting the rotational stiffness at the member ends
  • Flexible or rigid floor diaphragms
  • Automatic mass generation with or without the need for rigid diaphragms
  • Prismatic and real tapered member analysis (exact stiffness finite element)
  • In-plane and out-of-plane stresses in shells
  • Allows imposed nodal displacements
  • Import of DXF, STAAD.Pro, RAM Structural System, OpenRE and SAP2000as well as full integration with Structural Synchronizer (ISM) Export to DXF, SDNF, OpenRE and RAM SBeam

Design

  • Hot rolled steel design per AISC 360-16, 2010 and 2005 (in both ASD or LRFD), AISC 341-16, 2010 and 2005, BS 5950-1:2000, AS 4100-1998, CSA S16-09 and NBR 8800-08
  • Specialty checks for tapered members (AISC DG 25) and member torsion design (AISC DG 9)
  • Cold-formed steel design per AISI S100-16, 2012, 2007 and 2001
  • Reinforced concrete design per ACI 318-14, 11, 08, and 05, plus BS 8110-1:1997
  • Reinforced/unreinforced masonry design per ACI 530-13,11, 08, and 05 in ASD and SD
  • Wood design (sawed lumber, timber, or glulam) per ANSI/ AF&PA NDS-2005 in ASD and LRFD

Design & Detailing Modules

  • Reinforced concrete beam, column, and footing design
  • Designs for flexure, shear, and torsion for beams
  • Designs for axial, bi-axial bending, shear, and slenderness effects for columns
  • Seismic provisions for column detailing
  • Calculation of lap length, development length, and cutoff points
  • Retaining wall design
    • Analysis and design of reinforced or unreinforced concrete or masonry retaining walls
    • Options to define cantilever, gravity, or restrained retaining walls (with a lateral restraint and pinned or fixed bases)
    • Tapered stems or stems with several blocks with thickness and reinforcement changes
    • Axial loads on the stem are considered (with or without eccentricity)
  • Reinforced concrete shear wall design
    • Consideration of boundary elements as columns or flanges
    • Analysis of the wall with FEM
    • Vertical concentrated loads with or without eccentricity
    • Vertical distributed in-plane loads
  • Continuous beam design
    • Tilt-up wall design
    • Steel, wood, or concrete beams
      Automatic skip loading
    • Fixed, pinned, or compression-only springs for the bottom support of the wall
    • Simplified or finite element analysis methods
    • Automatic design according to the ACI 551 code in addition to ACI 318
    • Vertical concentrated and distributed in-plane loads: dead or live, with or without eccentricity lateral distributed out-of-plane loads: wind or seismic
    • Isolated or continuous footings option
  • Masonry wall design
    • Bearing walls, shear walls, columns, and lintels
    • Unreinforced or reinforced bearing and/or shear walls
    • FEM (finite elements method) analysis of the wall
Analysis

Analysis

  • Dynamic analysis (eigenvalue and response spectra) with CQC, SRSS and ABS methods for superposition and subspace iteration, Ritz vectors and Lanczos/Arnoldi for eigen analysis
  • Iterative nonlinear P-Delta analysis
  • Linear Buckling analysis (Lanczos/Arnoldi or Subspace iteration)
  • Tension-only members
  • Compression-only springs
  • Springs to connect members for semi-rigid joints, setting the rotational stiffness at the member ends
  • Flexible or rigid floor diaphragms
  • Automatic mass generation with or without the need for rigid diaphragms
  • Prismatic and real tapered member analysis (exact stiffness finite element)
  • In-plane and out-of-plane stresses in shells
  • Allows imposed nodal displacements
  • Import of DXF, STAAD.Pro, RAM Structural System, OpenRE and SAP2000as well as full integration with Structural Synchronizer (ISM) Export to DXF, SDNF, OpenRE and RAM SBeam
Design

Design

  • Hot rolled steel design per AISC 360-16, 2010 and 2005 (in both ASD or LRFD), AISC 341-16, 2010 and 2005, BS 5950-1:2000, AS 4100-1998, CSA S16-09 and NBR 8800-08
  • Specialty checks for tapered members (AISC DG 25) and member torsion design (AISC DG 9)
  • Cold-formed steel design per AISI S100-16, 2012, 2007 and 2001
  • Reinforced concrete design per ACI 318-14, 11, 08, and 05, plus BS 8110-1:1997
  • Reinforced/unreinforced masonry design per ACI 530-13,11, 08, and 05 in ASD and SD
  • Wood design (sawed lumber, timber, or glulam) per ANSI/ AF&PA NDS-2005 in ASD and LRFD
Design & Detailing Modules

Design & Detailing Modules

  • Reinforced concrete beam, column, and footing design
  • Designs for flexure, shear, and torsion for beams
  • Designs for axial, bi-axial bending, shear, and slenderness effects for columns
  • Seismic provisions for column detailing
  • Calculation of lap length, development length, and cutoff points
  • Retaining wall design
    • Analysis and design of reinforced or unreinforced concrete or masonry retaining walls
    • Options to define cantilever, gravity, or restrained retaining walls (with a lateral restraint and pinned or fixed bases)
    • Tapered stems or stems with several blocks with thickness and reinforcement changes
    • Axial loads on the stem are considered (with or without eccentricity)
  • Reinforced concrete shear wall design
    • Consideration of boundary elements as columns or flanges
    • Analysis of the wall with FEM
    • Vertical concentrated loads with or without eccentricity
    • Vertical distributed in-plane loads
  • Continuous beam design
    • Tilt-up wall design
    • Steel, wood, or concrete beams
      Automatic skip loading
    • Fixed, pinned, or compression-only springs for the bottom support of the wall
    • Simplified or finite element analysis methods
    • Automatic design according to the ACI 551 code in addition to ACI 318
    • Vertical concentrated and distributed in-plane loads: dead or live, with or without eccentricity lateral distributed out-of-plane loads: wind or seismic
    • Isolated or continuous footings option
  • Masonry wall design
    • Bearing walls, shear walls, columns, and lintels
    • Unreinforced or reinforced bearing and/or shear walls
    • FEM (finite elements method) analysis of the wall
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Frequently Asked Questions

RAM Elements is a 3D structural analysis and design software.

RAM Elements helps engineers and designers perform design tasks for steel, concrete, cold-formed steel, timber, and masonry building projects within a single easy-to-learn and use application.

Where can I find RAM Elements tutorials or a RAM Elements demo?

RAM Elements tutorials can be found on Bentley Communities, however here are some FREE RAM webinars at Virtuosity, a Bentley company.

Where can I get RAM Elements training or RAM Elements courses?

If you want to receive tailored training or attend a RAM Elements course, 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 Elements? How much does RAM Elements cost?

A practitioner license of RAM Elements costs $1,200 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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