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List of SAP2000 Tutorials

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Design first steps

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



Reinforced-concrete column and beam design

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



Time-history analysis first steps

Overview of the procedure for time-history analysis.


Pushover analysis first steps

Guidelines for performing pushover analysis.

Acceleration load in arbitrary direction

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

Section-cut first steps

Introductory tutorial for using section cuts.

Composite section

Several approaches to the modeling of composite sections.

Steel-frame pipe rack

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

Haunched steel-girder bridge

Guidelines and tutorial for modeling haunched steel-girder bridges.

Joint-pattern first steps

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

Create bulb-girder sections with rounded corners

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

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.

Layout-line geometry

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

Complicated joint patterns

Guidelines for creating complicated joint patterns using interactive database editing.

Import frame properties from shape libraries

Guidelines for importing frame properties from shape libraries.

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.

Tuned-mass damper

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

Concrete confinement for Caltrans sections

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

Modeling a pin connection between crossing members

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

Manual modification of bridge bearings

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

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.

Applying point, line, and area loads to bridge objects

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

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

Procedure for initiating influence-based moving-load analysis.

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

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

Cable-stayed bridge

Tutorial included in the SAP2000 bridge-examples document.

Concrete box-girder bridge model

Model from the SAP2000 Bridge Examples document.

Steel bridge

Tutorial included with the SAP2000 Bridge Examples document.

Model from Bridge Seismic Design Request manual

Example bridge model from the Bridge Seismic Design Request manual.

Variable girder spacing

Procedure for developing a model with variable girder spacing.

Steel-girder bridge with variable flange thickness

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

2D-view cutting planes

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

Manual modeling of wall-type bents

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

Tall shear wall building

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

API (SAP2000)

Modeling simply supported shells

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

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.

Load Optimizer

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.

Create circular openings

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

Time dependent properties first steps (SAP2000)

Basic introduction to using time dependent material properties

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.

Using the graphical user interface

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

Hinge first steps (CSiBridge)

Basic introduction to hinge application in CSiBridge.

Hinge first steps (SAP2000)

Basic introduction to hinge application in SAP2000.

Water pressure

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


Vibrating-machinery steel skid on piles

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

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

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

Radial point load

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

Moment-curvature analysis for hollow prestressed-concrete piles

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

Lane definition per layout line or frame

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

Joint renumbering

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

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

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

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.

Create and copy frame properties

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

Cold-formed steel truss

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

Cable-stayed bridge first steps

Basic guidelines for modeling of cable-stayed bridges.

Locate center of mass

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

Center-of-gravity determination

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

Merging two models

Tutorial describing how to merge two models.

Moving load ii

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.

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

Defining lanes from frames in CSiBridge

Describes procedure for defining lanes from frames in CSiBridge.

Lane ii

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.

Program usage ii

Hinge ii

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).


Bridge modeler

Bridge object


Design ii

Time history

Staged construction


Section Designer

Section cuts


Program usage

Moving load

Modeling techniques

Modeling step-by-step

Load combination


Joint pattern





Composite behavior


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