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RAM Concept

RAM Concept saves you precious time and money. Its finite element-based analysis provides major advantages over conventional strip methods, allowing you to handle complex floor design more accurately and with more confidence in the results.


RAM Concept lets structural engineers model, analyze, and design virtually any cast-in-place geometry, no matter how complex. Efficiency and quality control are realized through the advanced analysis and design tools for reinforced and post-tensioned concrete slabs and mats. Integration allows for analysis and design of a multi-story concrete structure therefore streamlining workflows.


RAM Concept easily accounts for steps, openings, complicated loadings, and other irregularities through the flexible modeling environment. Its finite element-based analysis provides major advantages over conventional strip methods, letting you handle complex floor design more accurately and with increased confidence in the results.
The integration with RAM Structural System and STAAD.pro lets engineers perform gravity and lateral analysis and design on multi-story 2-way slab (post-tensioned or mild reinforced) concrete buildings. Not only does this streamline workflows but it also reduces cost related to errors in transferring model data.
 Improve your quality control and efficiency through the advanced analysis capabilities of RAM Concept, such as comprehensive and flexible punching shear calculations and long-term deflections considering cracking, creep, and shrinkage.


Developed for reinforced or post-tensioned slabs and mats, RAM Concept will save you precious time and money in the design of concrete structures, such as:


Flexible Structural Modeling


         - Elevated floors and mat foundations
         - One-way and two-way slabs, pan joists, waffles, beams, girders
         - Orthotropic or isotropic slab properties
         - Drop caps, drop panels and random thickenings of any shape at any location
         - Openings of any shape at any location
         - Wall, column, point spring and line spring supports
         - Accurate modeling of irregular structures
         - Zero-tension area (soil) springs
         - Imported CAD drawing as snapping background
         - Automated Meshing


Tendon Modeling


           - Banded, distributed and arbitrary tendons
           - Friction losses including consideration of horizontal curves
           - Analysis includes 3D hyperstatic (secondary) effects


Loading Analysis


           - Fx, Fy, and Fz point, line, and area force loads
           - Mx and My point, line, and area moment loads
           - Line loads (force and moment) can vary linearly from end to end
           - Area loads (force and moment) can vary linearly in two directions
           - Self-weight and tendon loadings calculated automatically
           - Self-equilibrium loadings available for integrating floor-system analysis with building frame analysis from any source


Pattern Loading


            - Loads can be filtered through arbitrary-shaped patterns with on-pattern and off-pattern factors
            - Patterns loading effects automatically enveloped together


Live Load Reduction


            - ASCE 7-02, AS/NZS 1170.1:2002, BS 6399-1:1996, IBC 2003, IS 875-1987, UBC 1997
            - Arbitrary loading patterns may be specified
            - Tributary/influence areas may be specified or calculated by the program


Load Combinations


            - Automatically generated load combinations for each design code
            - Optional user-specified load combinations (no limit)
            - Two load factors per loading, allowing easy enveloping of max and min forces
            - Zero-tension area spring results for mat/raft foundations


Span and Cross Section Design


             - Automated layout of design spans
             - Post-tensioned, reinforced, and hybrid concrete design
             - Strength design (bending and shear)
             - Initial service design (transfer of prestressing forces)
             - Service design
             - Ductility design
             - Cracked section analysis
             - Long-term deflections considering cracking, creep, and shrinkage
             - ACI 318-99, ACI 318-02, AS 3600-2001, BS 8110-1997, IS 456-2000


Punching Shear Design


             - Automated generation of critical section considering actual (not simplified) geometries
             - Design for columns above or below the slab
             - Considers biaxial moments
             - Design of SSR (studded shear reinforcement)


Report Generation


             - Fully customizable professional reports
             - Reports are complete ready-to-submit calculations
             - Reports can be printed to any page size or orientation


Integration Features


             - Import of structure and loadings from RAM Structural System
             - Export of column and wall geometry to RAM Structural System
             - Export of column and wall reactions to RAM Structural System
             - Import of structure and loadings from STAAD
             - Import and Export of CAD drawings


  Other Features


                         - Multiple and mixed unit systems (US, SI and MKS)
                         - Strip Wizard for 2D modeling
                         - Industry leading technical support