INNOVATION IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Located in the Valle del Cauca region, Buenaventura is the main seaport
of Colombia. The administration wanted to build an emblematic bridge for
the city’s main entrance. Pedelta Colombia designed a truss structure with
two truss planes in the extreme part of the board and cargo masts inclined
back ward by 10 degrees and laterally by 5 degrees. These masts are 110,372
feet high with the trusses placed in a fan shape.
To study the bridge behavior during construction, the designers used RM Bridge.
This parametric program allowed the team to easily change the geometry on
different sections of the board, rigid trusses, and masts. It also allowed changes
to be made in construction procedures. The ability to make changes quickly and
easily helped to reduce costs for this $6 million project.
Promet Engineers P/L
Ferrexpo AG–Expansion Projects Phase 2
This project in Komsomolsk, Ukraine, produced a preliminary design for a
magnetite concentrator that overcame challenges posed by construction on
a brownfield site. Collaboration was conducted over multiple sites—Perth,
London, Zurich, Kiev, and Komsomolsk—and 3D models produced by S TAAD.Pro
allowed greater and faster understanding of the plant by the project team and
the client than would normally be possible with 2D output.
The initial process of structural layout was based on existing modular concepts
and exported to STAAD.Pro, which delivered rapid turnaround of structural
designs with a significant reduction in engineering hours. Common data libraries
gave consistency between engineering design and drafting and ensured quality
of the final product. STAAD.Pro was purchased with Russian and Australian Design
Codes to provide design to Ukrainian Design Institutes that were already compliant.