CSI recommends that users sketch bridge configuration and data that is to be entered into the bridge modeler. Sketching should aid in computational-model development. Also, sketches submitted to CSI Technical Support will better communicate design intention, and expedite the support process. Attached is a sample sketch (pdf). It is advised that sketches contain the following information:
- Plan and elevation layout line geometry
- Deck cross section: type, dimensioned geometry, total depth
- Bearings: bearing property at each location, direction of unrestrained movement, girder support condition
- Substructure: elevations for top of deck, bottom of girder, bottom of bearing, top of seat
Depending on bridge type, additional information may include:
- Baseline elevation for top of deck at each substructure assembly
- Bents: dimensioned geometry, column and cap-beam section properties
- Bridge-deck-section area couples with base-material weight for dead-load computation. This should be taken into account when bridge deck and girders use concretes of different weight.
- Haunch weight is not included, since haunch is only used to vertically offset girders. When tendons are modeled as elements, Tendon weight is included.
- Shear forces reported on the Bridge Object Response Display form do not include tendon contribution since the primary tendon force is removed from flexural check.