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Concise Beam V4

Concise Beam V4 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.

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Concise Beam works in two-dimensions using simple beam theory (ACI B-region) but will also account for torsion along the beam. Concise Beam is NOT able to perform any analysis or design checks required for disturbed regions (ACI D-region) such as at sudden changes in section, large openings, notches, or dapped ends. The user can work in metric or U.S. Customary (Imperial) units, with a variety of individual units (i.e. mm, cm, m), and switch back and forth at will. Libraries of industry standard cross-sections and materials are provided with Concise Beam. The standard libraries can be modified, extended and customized by the user.

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Presentation of the Features (pdf)

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January 12, 2022 - Concise Beam version 4.65 is now available for download

YOUR COMMERCIAL LICENSE MUST BE CURRENT UP TO THE END OF JANUARY 2022 AT THE EARLIEST TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS RELEASE. Users evaluating this new release will be able to use this version for the remainder of their 30 day evaluation period. If your license has expire please contact me about how to bring your license up to date in order to use this latest release and to receive technical support. You do not need to install any previous versions of Concise Beam before installing this latest release.

Version 4.65 is a major release which includes the following changes;

  • Added the changes in ammendment 2 to AS3600-2018.
  • Added optional flexural strength check at CIP Placement stage.
  • Added optional shear strength check at CIP Placement stage.
  • Added option to CIP Pour dialog to perform ULS strength checks during pour.
  • Added hydration rate to design parameters dialog.
  • Added ability to input pre-defined load distribution factors for the CSA S6 highway live load.
  • Added an additional constant to the strand transfer length equation based on end slippage to increase the estimate for an upper-bound design value. If the constant is zero, the default, the equation will provide a mean estimate of the transfer length.
  • Improved support for CSA S6-19 including interface shear.
  • Added warning messages for overstress of uncracked concrete stress for prestressed beams.
  • Added cellular beam and trapezoidal girder to section templates.
  • Added calculation option G5 to allow flexural load distribution narrower than the beam.
  • FLS (fatigue) reports now available for all codes.
  • Cleaned up section generator.
  • Revised long-term deflection modifiers to interpolate between modifiers at midspan and the supports at cantilevers.
  • New option to limit travel of udl portion of moving live load (e.g. lighter traffic) same as truck.
  • Adjusted warning for large openings.
  • Renamed text reports and graphs to make them easier to find in list.
  • Fixed ULS load envelope initiation.
  • Fixed governing ULS load combination number in envelope.
  • A new file format has been created for the problem files to accommodate additional data used by the program. It still uses the *.con extension but cannot be read by versions of Concise Beam prior to version 4.65. Version 4.65 will read files created by Concise Beam version 2.x, 3.x, and all prior versions of Concise Beam 4.x. Files will now be saved in the new file format.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for Concise Beam. If your evaluation period is over but you'd like to try this latest release before purchasing a license you can ask for a short extension to your evaluation period by contacting me.

December 16, 2021 - Log4J

Please note that Concise Beam does not use Log4J or any software dependant on it.

December 3, 2021 - Concise Beam version 4.64L is now available for download

YOUR COMMERCIAL LICENSE MUST BE CURRENT UP TO THE END OF DECEMBER 2021 AT THE EARLIEST TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS RELEASE. Users evaluating this new release will be able to use this version for the remainder of their 30 day evaluation period. If your license has expire please contact me about how to bring your license up to date in order to use this latest release and to receive technical support. You do not need to install any previous versions of Concise Beam before installing this latest release.

Version 4.64L is a maintenance release which includes the following changes;

  • Simplified minimum flexural steel note to avoid misinterpretation.
  • Added a hollowcore fill specification table to the Summary Report.
  • An unreinforced end cover of up to 80 mm outside the center of the support can now be modelled.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for Concise Beam. If your evaluation period is over but you'd like to try this latest release before purchasing a license you can ask for a short extension to your evaluation period by contacting me.

October 27, 2021 - Concise Beam version 4.64k is now available for download

YOUR COMMERCIAL LICENSE MUST BE CURRENT UP TO THE END OF OCTOBER 2021 AT THE EARLIEST TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS RELEASE. Users evaluating this new release will be able to use this version for the remainder of their 30 day evaluation period. If your license has expire please contact me about how to bring your license up to date in order to use this latest release and to receive technical support. You do not need to install any previous versions of Concise Beam before installing this latest release.

Version 4.64k is a maintenance release which includes the following changes;

  • Corrected calculation of mu for live load distribution under CSA S6.
  • Corrected moment arm for flexure component of longitudinal steel check (CSA codes).

August 10, 2021 - Concise Beam version 4.64j is now available for download

YOUR COMMERCIAL LICENSE MUST BE CURRENT UP TO THE END OF AUGUST 2021 AT THE EARLIEST TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS RELEASE. Users evaluating this new release will be able to use this version for the remainder of their 30 day evaluation period. If your license has expire please contact me about how to bring your license up to date in order to use this latest release and to receive technical support. You do not need to install any previous versions of Concise Beam before installing this latest release.

Version 4.64j is a maintenance release which includes the following changes;

  • Correction to the moving load analysis.
  • Adjustment to the cracking calculations and reporting for non-prestressed beams cracked before they become composite.
  • Revised moving load model to allow full length lane load (udl) with travel limited truck.

June 3, 2021 - Concise Beam version 4.64i is now available for download

YOUR COMMERCIAL LICENSE MUST BE CURRENT UP TO THE END OF JUNE 2021 AT THE EARLIEST TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS RELEASE. Users evaluating this new release will be able to use this version for the remainder of their 30 day evaluation period. If your license has expire please contact me about how to bring your license up to date in order to use this latest release and to receive technical support. You do not need to install any previous versions of Concise Beam before installing this latest release.

Version 4.64i is a maintenance release which includes the following changes;

  • Corrected importing single precast sections into a library file.
  • Corrected display of "Effective Load Width" reported for vibration due to walking (calculations correct).
  • Adjusted effective load width for slabs and hollowcore.
  • Corrected display of the Strength at Transfer report (AS codes).
  • Corrected ACI minimum shear steel for light weight concrete.

May 6, 2021 - Concise Beam version 4.64h is now available for download

YOUR COMMERCIAL LICENSE MUST BE CURRENT UP TO THE END OF MAY 2021 AT THE EARLIEST TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS RELEASE. Users evaluating this new release will be able to use this version for the remainder of their 30 day evaluation period. If your license has expire please contact me about how to bring your license up to date in order to use this latest release and to receive technical support. You do not need to install any previous versions of Concise Beam before installing this latest release.

Version 4.64h is a maintenance release which includes the following changes;

  • Adjusted shear depth for interface shear strength by section at the supports of short cantilevers.
  • A few corrections to the section generator templates.
  • Correction to the modulus of elasticity under CSA S6-19.

April 18, 2021 - Concise Beam version 4.64g is now available for download

YOUR COMMERCIAL LICENSE MUST BE CURRENT UP TO THE END OF APRIL 2021 AT THE EARLIEST TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS RELEASE. Users evaluating this new release will be able to use this version for the remainder of their 30 day evaluation period. If your license has expire please contact me about how to bring your license up to date in order to use this latest release and to receive technical support. You do not need to install any previous versions of Concise Beam before installing this latest release.

Version 4.64g is a maintenance release which includes the following changes;

  • Tensile steel provided to control tension at transfer and during handling is reduced for development up to the maximum stress level.
  • Reduced modulus of elasticity, fr, for non-prestressed deflection per CSA A23.3-14/19 and ACI318-19.
  • Corrected minimum bursting reinforcing requirement when minimum shear stirrups are not required.
  • The section generator template for flanged beams now allows for tapered webs.

March 18, 2021 - Concise Beam version 4.64f is now available for download

YOUR COMMERCIAL LICENSE MUST BE CURRENT UP TO THE END OF MARCH 2021 AT THE EARLIEST TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS RELEASE. Users evaluating this new release will be able to use this version for the remainder of their 30 day evaluation period. If your license has expire please contact me about how to bring your license up to date in order to use this latest release and to receive technical support. You do not need to install any previous versions of Concise Beam before installing this latest release.

Version 4.64f is a maintenance release which includes the following changes;

  • Adjusted deflections of beams with large cantilevers for correction of creep deflection between transfer and erection where the support conditions change significantly.
  • Reduced modulus of elasticity, fr, for non-prestressed deflection per CSA A23.3-14/19 and ACI318-19.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for Concise Beam. If your evaluation period is over but you'd like to try this latest release before purchasing a license you can ask for a short extension to your evaluation period by contacting me.

February 15, 2021 - Concise Beam version 4.64e is now available for download

YOUR COMMERCIAL LICENSE MUST BE CURRENT UP TO THE END OF FEBRUARY 2021 AT THE EARLIEST TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS RELEASE. Users evaluating this new release will be able to use this version for the remainder of their 30 day evaluation period. If your license has expire please contact me about how to bring your license up to date in order to use this latest release and to receive technical support. You do not need to install any previous versions of Concise Beam before installing this latest release.

Version 4.64e is a maintenance release which includes the following changes;

  • Added new Shear option (S13) to account for excess stirrups in minimum long. torsional steel calculation (ACI only).
  • Correction to span/deflection ratio columns.
  • Corrected the warning on maximum horizontal shear for AS3600-2018.

January 26, 2021 - Concise Beam version 4.64d is now available for download

YOUR COMMERCIAL LICENSE MUST BE CURRENT UP TO THE END OF JANUARY 2021 AT THE EARLIEST TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS RELEASE. Users evaluating this new release will be able to use this version for the remainder of their 30 day evaluation period. If your license has expire please contact me about how to bring your license up to date in order to use this latest release and to receive technical support. You do not need to install any previous versions of Concise Beam before installing this latest release.

Version 4.64d is a maintenance release which includes the following changes;

  • Updated license check for new year.
  • Adjusted erection lift deflection.
  • Correction to reactions report for moving loads.

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