We aim to improve the painful process of complex steel bridge design and load rating. Since Nocember 2018, a total of 852 engineers have expressed their support and interest in this campaign. Currently, 30 engineers from MIDAS' North America's Top client companies are participating in this new parametric modeler beta test program.
The purpose of this beta test program is to develop the new modeler's feature and technical materials based on our clients' feedback. In other words, this modeler and technical resources will be designed with and for the beta testers exclusively. Our target completion date of Steel Parametric Modeler Beta Test Program is November 30th 2019. The beta test group is provided a set of model file and 2-minute tutorial biweekly.
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From the MDX vs. MIDAS webinar in November 2018, we received the questions and suggestions from our clients throughout the U.S. and Canada on steel bridge modeling, analysis, design and load rating in midas Civil. We listened and decided on our next development direction accordingly.
The feedback and questions were mainly about:
Based on the above and also many DOTs’ requirement changes* in steel bridge design, we decided to focus on the #1 and #2 requests for our further development of midas Civil for Steel Bridge applications. As the first step, we will develop a new parametric modeler for complex geometry steel bridges within the 3rd quarter of 2019.
Based on the above and also many DOTs’ requirement changes* in steel bridge design, we decided to focus on the #1 and #2 requests for our further development of midas Civil for Steel Bridge applications. As the first step, we will develop a new parametric modeler for complex geometry steel bridges and have the beta version ready by the end of the quarter of 2019.
DOTs are starting to require shell modeling of the curve/skewed steel bridges as shown below:
(i.e. FDOT (2019, January). Structures Manual - Structures Design Guidelines. Retrieved April 22, 2019, from
The requirement changes resulted from the needs for more accurate simulations of the following effects and more:
The steel bridge modeler shall satisfy the following conditions:
For the 3rd request for various features that are already supported in midas Civil, we organized the Q&A log and references. For the 4th request for minor improvements, some of them are already planned to be developed within the third quarter of this year or will be added to the development request list and evaluated in the beginning of the third quarter of this year. Please review the Q&A log for more details.
The 5th request for a quick design optimization feature, will eventually be supported since we will develop this type of modeler for various structure types and configurations.
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