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This is the home page for the Tutorials space that contains tutorials for all CSI programs, usually with the relevant model attached.

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Model IDTitleDescriptionProgramVersion

na

2D-view cutting planes

Setting the tolerance for cutting planes within 2D views such that all desired objects are displayed.

SAP2000

14.2.0

na

Acceleration load in arbitrary direction

Guidelines for acceleration-load application in an arbitrary direction. Applicable to static, modal, and buckling load cases.

SAP2000

14.2.3

80

Analysis and design of composite steel-girder bridge

Use CSiBridge to model a composite steel-girder bridge based on that from the LRFD Design Example, Steel Girder Superstructure Bridge (FHWA NHI-04-041).

CSiBridge

16.0.0

581.1

Applying 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.

CSiBridge

18.0.1

581

Applying 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 abutments

CSiBridge

17.2.0

na

Applying point, line, and area loads to bridge objects

This tutorial demonstrates point-, line-, and area-load application to bridge objects.

CSiBridge

15.0.0

na

Building models manually via the commands on the Advanced Tab

Tutorial that provides some tips for building bridge models manually via the commands on the Advanced tab.

CSiBridge

15+

na

Cable-stayed bridge

Tutorial included in the SAP2000 bridge-examples document.

SAP2000

11

na

Cable-stayed bridge first steps

Basic guidelines for modeling of cable-stayed bridges.

CSiBridge

all

na

Center-of-gravity determination

The process for determining center of gravity is given in this tutorial.

SAP2000

12+

na

Cold-formed steel truss

This tutorial demonstrates the modeling of a cold-formed steel truss system.

SAP2000

na

Complicated joint patterns

Guidelines for creating complicated joint patterns using interactive database editing.

SAP2000

14.1.0

na

Composite section

Several approaches to the modeling of composite sections.

SAP2000

12.0.0

na

Concrete bent with nonprismatic cap beam

Create and modify a concrete bent which features a nonprismatic cap beam. Materials, sections, grids, and supports are defined.

SAP2000

12.0.1

na

Concrete box-girder bridge model

Model from the SAP2000 Bridge Examples document.

SAP2000

11.0.8

na

Concrete confinement for Caltrans sections

Changing the confinement characteristics for reinforced-concrete Caltrans sections within the Section Designer.

SAP2000

14.2.4

na

Create and copy frame properties

Use interactive database editing to create and copy frame section properties between models.

CSiBridge

15.0.0+

na

Create and copy load combinations

This tutorial explains how interactive database editing allows users to create and copy load combinations from one model to another.

SAP2000

14.2.3

na

Create bulb-girder sections with rounded corners

Use the Section Designer to create a bulb-girder section with rounded corners.

SAP2000

14.2.0

na

Create circular openings

Circular openings may be created within area objects, and the surrounding mesh may be improved.

SAP2000

all

na

Create custom sections using polygonal shapes

Create 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.

SAP2000

14.2.0

na

Defining lanes from frames in CSiBridge

Describes procedure for defining lanes from frames in CSiBridge.

CSiBridge

17.3.0

na

Design first steps

An overview of the design-check procedure for steel-frame structural systems.

SAP2000

all

580

Dynamic loading imposed on structure by lowering a mass via a pulley assembly

Modeling of pulley assembly with the primary goal of applying the pulley assembly loads to the structure.

SAP2000

17.2.0

na

Haunched steel-girder bridge

Guidelines and tutorial for modeling haunched steel-girder bridges.

SAP2000

12.0.2

na

Hinge first steps (CSiBridge)

Basic introduction to hinge application in CSiBridge.

CSiBridge

na

Hinge first steps (SAP2000)

Basic introduction to hinge application in SAP2000.

SAP2000

na

Import frame properties from shape libraries

Guidelines for importing frame properties from shape libraries.

CSiBridge

15.1.1+

Influence-based moving-load analysis first steps (CSiBridge)

Procedure for setting up influence-based moving-load analysis.

CSiBridge

18.0.1

na

Influence-based moving-load analysis first steps (SAP2000)

Procedure for initiating influence-based moving-load analysis.

SAP2000

12.1.0

na

Joint renumbering

The process for renumbering structural joints is outlined in this tutorial.

SAP2000

na

Joint-pattern first steps

This tutorial provides an introduction to the assignment of joint patterns.

SAP2000

12.1.0

na

Lane definition per layout line or frame

This tutorial provides guidelines for lane definition according to either layout-line or frame-object configuration.

SAP2000

14.2.0

na

Layout-line geometry

Guidelines for defining vertical and horizontal layout lines, also known as baselines.

SAP2000

14.2.0

na

Locate center of mass

Procedure for locating the center of mass for a structural system.

SAP2000

12+

na

Manual modeling of bridge foundations

PowerPoint 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.

CSiBridge

15.1.1+

na

Manual modeling of wall-type bents

This tutorial describes a manual modeling process for wall-type bents within bride objects.

SAP2000

14.2.2

na

Manual modification of bridge bearings

Guidelines for the manual modification of bridge bearings automatically created by the bridge modeler.

SAP2000

12.0.2

na

Merging two models

Tutorial describing how to merge two models.

CSiBridge

17+

82

Model from Bridge Seismic Design Request manual

Example bridge model from the Bridge Seismic Design Request manual.

CSiBridge

16.0.0

na

Modeling a pin connection between crossing members

Modify joints and apply constraints such that a pin connection allows crossing members to translate freely.

SAP2000

14.2.3

na

Modeling simply supported shells

Procedure for modeling simply supported shells and coordinating their support systems.

SAP2000

na

na

Moment-curvature analysis for hollow prestressed-concrete piles

Perform moment-curvature analysis on custom sections developed within the Section Designer.

SAP2000

12.0.1

na

Obtain results for individual stages of a staged-construction load case

Options and an example of how to obtain results for individual stages of a staged-construction load case.

SAP2000

14.2.4

na

Pushover analysis first steps

Guidelines for performing pushover analysis.

SAP2000

12.0.1

na

Radial point load

Application of point loads in the radial direction using the Advanced Joint Coordinate Axes feature.

SAP2000

14.2.4+

na

Reinforced-concrete column and beam design

Design reinforced-concrete columns and beams while considering combined performance measures and interaction-surface output.

SAP2000

na

Section-cut first steps

Introductory tutorial for using section cuts.

SAP2000

all

na

Steel bridge

Tutorial included with the SAP2000 Bridge Examples document.

SAP2000

11

na

Steel-frame pipe rack

A detailed and extensive procedure which describes the modeling, analysis, and design of a 3D steel-frame pipe rack system.

SAP2000

na

Steel-girder bridge with variable flange thickness

Guidelines and tutorial for creating a steel-girder bridge with variable flange thickness.

SAP2000

14.0.0

na

Step-by-step moving-load analysis first steps (CSiBridge)

Procedure for setting up step-by-step moving-load analysis.

CSiBridge

18.0.1

na

Step-by-step moving-load analysis first steps (SAP2000)

Procedure for initiating step-by-step moving-load analysis.

SAP2000

all

na

Tall shear wall building

Walk-Thru Example for Shear Wall Building Assessment in Perform-3D

Perform-3D

na

na

Time dependent properties first steps (SAP2000)

Basic introduction to using time dependent material properties

SAP2000

14+

na

Time-history analysis first steps

Overview of the procedure for time-history analysis.

SAP2000

na

Tuned-mass damper

An overview of the tuned-mass damper and guidelines for modeling the device.

SAP2000

1784

Using load optimizer to optimize tension in cables of a cable-stayed bridge

This page provides the cable-stayed bridge model that is described in the CSiLoadOptimizer Technical Note.

CSiBridge

19.2.2

na

Using the graphical user interface

Tips and tricks for efficiently using the graphical user interface to develop models in SAP2000 and ETABS.

ETABS, SAP2000

na

Variable girder spacing

Procedure for developing a model with variable girder spacing.

SAP2000

14.1.0

na

Vibrating-machinery steel skid on piles

This tutorial demonstrates the modeling of vibrating machinery and its connection to a steel-skid structural system.

SAP2000

na

Water pressure

This tutorial provides guidelines for the application of loading induced by water pressure on an area object.

SAP2000

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