Released 31-Mar-2022Release Notes
Analysis and design will now be automatically rerun if cracked short-term or long-term deflection analysis is requested and a previous design to determine the amount of required rebar is not available.
Released 4-Feb-2022Release Notes
Detailing is now available for composite-beam floors. Detailing can be viewed and edited within the program, and the results used for further design checks.
Concrete slab and beam detailing is enhanced to include PT tendon profiles. This includes showing tendons and jacks in 3D views of slab reinforcement and the tendon profiles in beam elevations and sections.
The detailing Bill of Quantities (BOQ) table now include the addition of quantities for steel beams and tendons.
Waffle-slab and ribbed-slab detailing is enhanced to include the handling of reinforcement in waffles and ribs for small web widths, and the addition of a new rib-reinforcement view.
Drafting and Editing
On-screen measuring tools are now available to measure line lengths, the angles between two lines, and the areas and perimeters of closed polygons.
Additional tool buttons for the main tool bar are now available for quick access to information on concrete slab design, concrete beam design, composite beam design, punching shear design, and crack width display.
Import and Export
Released 30-Sep-2021Release Notes
DirectX graphics have been enhanced for quality and speed. Lightning-fast DirectX graphics with full 2D and 3D drafting and selection capability provide faster and clearer rendering.
Slab panels are a new entity that can be automatically generated using grids or support lines, or they can be user-drawn. They overlay the floor system and can be used to apply live load for load-pattern analysis, and they can also be used to report mid-panel displacements and soil-pressure summaries.
Support lines have been added for faster modeling of design strips and tendon layout. They can be drawn and edited on-screen as well as generated automatically along grid lines.
The PT tendon vertical-profile display has been expanded to show all editable information related to the tendon profile, geometry, loads, losses, and load balancing in a single location.
A general mesher has been added which primarily favors quadrilateral elements but transitions to triangular elements as needed for sharp corners and irregular geometry. The rectangular mesher is still available as an option.
Uniform area loads in multiple load patterns can now be applied as a single assignment using load sets.
Models can now be created by converting AutoCAD®Architectural Plan elements into SAFE objects or by tracing over AutoCAD® plans for more control.
Live previews of changes are now displayed while editing and drafting model objects.
Enhancements have been made to simplify the drawing and editing of user-specified rebar. Bar spacing and the vertical offset from a datum can now be viewed and displayed in the model.
Multiple processors are now supported for analysis, design, and the recovery of results in tables. Load cases can be run in parallel based on the number of physical cores available.
Material definition now includes creep and shrinkage models, which can be used for long-term crack-deflection analysis. Models based on the following codes are available: ACI 209R-92, AS 3600-2009, CEB-FIP 90, CEB-FIP 2010, Eurocode 2-2004, GL 2000, NZS 3101-2006.
Long-term cracked deflection can now be defined at a specified material age or at a specified creep coefficient and shrinkage strain.
Composite-beam design is now available, in addition to the existing concrete-slab design, to support more floor types. Horizontal steel beams can be drawn and assigned for design. Beams with web openings, including castellated and cellular beams, can be designed. Design can be performed on the model as a whole or interactively on individual members. Design codes supported include: AISC 360-16, AISC 360-10, AISC 360-05, BS5950-1990, Chinese 2010, CSA S16-14, and Eurocode 4-2004.
Output and Display
Section cuts can now be graphically drawn to quickly display the resultant forces and moments summed over the cut objects.
Database tables can now be easily accessed for display from the Model Explorer.
Filtering and sorting are now available for displayed database tables by right-clicking in the table column headers.
Import and Export
Application Programming Interface (API)
The API allows external client applications to run SAFE or attach to existing instances of SAFE to perform operations like opening and saving models, creating and modifying models, running analysis and design, and extracting results. Typical applications include specialized templates, parameter studies, and design post-processing. Client applications can be written in several different programming languages, and can connect to SAFE using .NET or COM.