for concrete members, highly customizable to
accept parameters of the seismic code of your choice.
The STRAD 2003 software is the most reliable design tool for reinforced
concrete structures and is traditionally present in the Greek market
for the past two decades. It combines the scientific completeness,
proved by a volume of papers, in Hellenic and international sessions,
the speed derived from advanced computational and programming techniques,
the easy of use with many automations that help to quickly input
the design study data and the auto-solving by pressing of a button.
The program is addressed to engineers demanding correct simulations
and solutions by providing them with all-powerful tools, as well
to those working on usual projects and wishing to quickly and safely
reach to the final drawings production.
One of the top features of STRAD is the possibility to select the
most convenient CAD platform that best serves users' demands. The
program allows for importing a finished plan drawing created by
any architectural design tool, in the form of *.DWG or *.DXF files,
and of course, from the IDEA architectural program of 4M. The model
processing is executed graphically by using AutoCAD commands, whilst
the structure can be represented in 3D with shadows and photo-realism.
STRAD's philosophy is the free access of the user to the majority
of analysis and design parameters. The engineer may follow the auto
program flow for simple structures analysis, whilst, for complex
ones, may interfere in all stages. The program provides for all
required checking and documentation of the solutions. The results
(stresses, deflections, reinforcements, moment envelops ea.) are
graphically displayed and printed to file or printer for all building
Also, the program automatically modifies all geometry data and
results (reinforcing bars and their positions) to a finished drawing
in AutoCAD form. The possibility to create preliminary studies,
final ones and application drawings (plans, sections, column details,
beam reinforcement schedule) also exists.
The computational core of STRAD 2003 expands with the finite element
analysis program (FEA), which automatically discriminates the plane
parts of the structure into plane finite elements and solves them
(perimeter underground walls, building cores, slabs). This way, the
structural engineer can achieve a high standard solution of complex
structures. The finite elements net can be easily modified in the
AutoCAD environment to describe voids in structure. Also, the possibility
for designing of load-bearing masonry, according to Eurocode 6, that
has been described and solved by STRAD, exists.