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Model IDTitleDescriptionProgramVersion
na2D-view cutting planesSetting the tolerance for cutting planes within 2D views such that all desired objects are displayed.SAP200014.2.0
naAcceleration load in arbitrary directionGuidelines for acceleration-load application in an arbitrary direction. Applicable to static, modal, and buckling load cases.SAP200014.2.3
80Analysis and design of composite steel-girder bridgeUse CSiBridge to model a composite steel-girder bridge based on that from the LRFD Design Example, Steel Girder Superstructure Bridge (FHWA NHI-04-041).CSiBridge16.0.0
581.1Applying parametric variation to bridge width and girder spacing for bridge object with skewed abutments (steel I-girder bridge deck section)Demonstration of how to apply parametric variation to the deck width and girder spacing of bridge object with skewed abutments.CSiBridge18.0.1
581Applying parametric variation to bridge width for bridge object with skewed abutments (flat slab bridge deck section)Demonstration of how to apply parametric variation to bridge object with skewed abutmentsCSiBridge17.2.0
naApplying point, line, and area loads to bridge objectsThis tutorial demonstrates point-, line-, and area-load application to bridge objects.CSiBridge15.0.0
naBuilding models manually via the commands on the Advanced TabTutorial that provides some tips for building bridge models manually via the commands on the Advanced tab.CSiBridge15+
naCable-stayed bridgeTutorial included in the SAP2000 bridge-examples document.SAP200011
naCable-stayed bridge first stepsBasic guidelines for modeling of cable-stayed bridges.CSiBridgeall
naCenter-of-gravity determinationThe process for determining center of gravity is given in this tutorial.SAP200012+
naCold-formed steel trussThis tutorial demonstrates the modeling of a cold-formed steel truss system.SAP2000
naComplicated joint patternsGuidelines for creating complicated joint patterns using interactive database editing.SAP200014.1.0
naComposite sectionSeveral approaches to the modeling of composite sections.SAP200012.0.0
naConcrete bent with nonprismatic cap beamCreate and modify a concrete bent which features a nonprismatic cap beam. Materials, sections, grids, and supports are defined.SAP200012.0.1
naConcrete box-girder bridge modelModel from the SAP2000 Bridge Examples document.SAP200011.0.8
naConcrete confinement for Caltrans sectionsChanging the confinement characteristics for reinforced-concrete Caltrans sections within the Section Designer.SAP200014.2.4
naCreate and copy frame propertiesUse interactive database editing to create and copy frame section properties between models.CSiBridge15.0.0+
naCreate and copy load combinationsThis tutorial explains how interactive database editing allows users to create and copy load combinations from one model to another.SAP200014.2.3
naCreate bulb-girder sections with rounded cornersUse the Section Designer to create a bulb-girder section with rounded corners.SAP200014.2.0
naCreate circular openingsCircular openings may be created within area objects, and the surrounding mesh may be improved.SAP2000all
naCreate custom sections using polygonal shapesCreate custom cross sections by drawing polygonal shapes within the section designer, then modify or add to their geometry through reshape mode or interactive database editing.SAP200014.2.0
naDefining lanes from frames in CSiBridgeDescribes procedure for defining lanes from frames in CSiBridge.CSiBridge17.3.0
naDesign first stepsAn overview of the design-check procedure for steel-frame structural systems.SAP2000all
580Dynamic loading imposed on structure by lowering a mass via a pulley assemblyModeling of pulley assembly with the primary goal of applying the pulley assembly loads to the structure.SAP200017.2.0
naHaunched steel-girder bridgeGuidelines and tutorial for modeling haunched steel-girder bridges.SAP200012.0.2
naHinge first steps (CSiBridge)Basic introduction to hinge application in CSiBridge.CSiBridge
naHinge first steps (SAP2000)Basic introduction to hinge application in SAP2000.SAP2000
naImport frame properties from shape librariesGuidelines for importing frame properties from shape libraries.CSiBridge15.1.1+
naInfluence-based moving-load analysis first steps (CSiBridge)Procedure for setting up influence-based moving-load analysis.CSiBridge18.0.1
naInfluence-based moving-load analysis first steps (SAP2000)Procedure for initiating influence-based moving-load analysis.SAP200012.1.0
naJoint renumberingThe process for renumbering structural joints is outlined in this tutorial.SAP2000
naJoint-pattern first stepsThis tutorial provides an introduction to the assignment of joint patterns.SAP200012.1.0
naLane definition per layout line or frameThis tutorial provides guidelines for lane definition according to either layout-line or frame-object configuration.SAP200014.2.0
naLayout-line geometryGuidelines for defining vertical and horizontal layout lines, also known as baselines.SAP200014.2.0
naLocate center of massProcedure for locating the center of mass for a structural system.SAP200012+
naManual modeling of bridge foundationsPowerPoint presentations are attached which provide detailed examples of a 2-span PCC-girder bridge with three different foundation types. A step-by-step modeling procedure, with detailed descriptions and sketches, outlines the process.CSiBridge15.1.1+
naManual modeling of wall-type bentsThis tutorial describes a manual modeling process for wall-type bents within bride objects.SAP200014.2.2
naManual modification of bridge bearingsGuidelines for the manual modification of bridge bearings automatically created by the bridge modeler.SAP200012.0.2
naMerging two modelsTutorial describing how to merge two models.CSiBridge17+
82Model from Bridge Seismic Design Request manualExample bridge model from the Bridge Seismic Design Request manual.CSiBridge16.0.0
naModeling a pin connection between crossing membersModify joints and apply constraints such that a pin connection allows crossing members to translate freely.SAP200014.2.3
naModeling simply supported shellsProcedure for modeling simply supported shells and coordinating their support systems.SAP2000na
naMoment-curvature analysis for hollow prestressed-concrete pilesPerform moment-curvature analysis on custom sections developed within the Section Designer.SAP200012.0.1
naObtain results for individual stages of a staged-construction load caseOptions and an example of how to obtain results for individual stages of a staged-construction load case.SAP200014.2.4
naPushover analysis first stepsGuidelines for performing pushover analysis.SAP200012.0.1
naRadial point loadApplication of point loads in the radial direction using the Advanced Joint Coordinate Axes feature.SAP200014.2.4+
naReinforced-concrete column and beam designDesign reinforced-concrete columns and beams while considering combined performance measures and interaction-surface output.SAP2000
naSection-cut first stepsIntroductory tutorial for using section cuts.SAP2000all
naSteel bridgeTutorial included with the SAP2000 Bridge Examples document.SAP200011
naSteel-frame pipe rackA detailed and extensive procedure which describes the modeling, analysis, and design of a 3D steel-frame pipe rack system.SAP2000
naSteel-girder bridge with variable flange thicknessGuidelines and tutorial for creating a steel-girder bridge with variable flange thickness.SAP200014.0.0
naStep-by-step moving-load analysis first steps (CSiBridge)Procedure for setting up step-by-step moving-load analysis.CSiBridge18.0.1
naStep-by-step moving-load analysis first steps (SAP2000)Procedure for initiating step-by-step moving-load analysis.SAP2000all
naTime dependent properties first steps (SAP2000)Basic introduction to using time dependent material propertiesSAP200014+
naTime-history analysis first stepsOverview of the procedure for time-history analysis.SAP2000
naTuned-mass damperAn overview of the tuned-mass damper and guidelines for modeling the device.SAP2000
naUsing the graphical user interfaceTips and tricks for efficiently using the graphical user interface to develop models in SAP2000 and ETABS.ETABS, SAP2000
naVariable girder spacingProcedure for developing a model with variable girder spacing.SAP200014.1.0
naVibrating-machinery steel skid on pilesThis tutorial demonstrates the modeling of vibrating machinery and its connection to a steel-skid structural system.SAP2000
naWater pressureThis tutorial provides guidelines for the application of loading induced by water pressure on an area object.SAP2000
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