CONNECT Release Product - Update 1
Microsoft Windows (see System Requirements for specific details)
August 11, 2017
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1. Introducing SACS 11.1 CONNECT Edition Update 5
SACS 11.0 CONNECT Edition Update 6
Product Activation 12
Minimum System Requirements 15
SACS System PC Recommendations 16
Recommended Computer Specs for Wind Turbine Parallel Processing 17
Details of Program Enhancements and Corrections 18
Data Generator 19
Dynamic Response 19
Dynamic Super Element 20
GH Bladed Interface 21
Interactive Fatigue 21
Joint Can 21
Joint Mesh Utility 22
Material Take Off 22
PSI (Pile/Structure Interaction) 24
SACS FAST 24
SESAM to SACS Converter 25
Wave Response 25
Bentley Cloud Services Overview 26
Trust Licensing 26
Trust Licensing Best Practices 27
SACS License Usage Preview 28
Product Licensing FAQ 31
Bentley Select Open Access 39
Bentley Offshore Be Communities Website 39
Problem Reports 39
Introducing SACS 11.1 CONNECT Edition Update
CONNECT Advisor is a CONNECT services entitlement for our users and a core offering of Adaptive Learning Services. It is designed to provide content aggregated from multiple sources in a single location and provides in-application contextual assistance, including recommendations, short feature and workflow videos and personalized learning paths and knowledge maps. CONNECT Advisor will increasingly leverage Azure- based machine learning, to further personalize its assistance for each Connected User.
Collapse - Added the latest NORSOK -2013 joint strength check
Precede - Collapse View - Added Pile Capacity feature.
Dynamic super element - Added the ability to export stiffness, mass, and forces to a CSV file.
Dynpac - Added torsional mass in the generation of the mass matrix
SACS now supports ISM 6.0
Joint Can - Addend Ultimate Earthquake Analysis – API-RP2A 22nd Edition
Executive -Added support for SACS Uncoupled Wind Turbine strength design to handle all load cases for time history analysis.
Wave Response - Added ability to write all load conditions
Wave Response - Changed load condition name scheme for ‘ES’ option to allow more load conditions.
SACS 11.0 CONNECT Edition release includes major enhancements including:
SACS-FAST Integrated Analysis - The SACS-FAST integrated analysis couples the SACS Wave Response module with the FAST wind turbine analysis program generating a fully integrated response from the wind, wave and current loading on the structure.
The seastate program has been enhanced to apply wind loads on volumes rather than areas. With this feature, wind loading can be done on single, three and four sided walls following the API 4F (4th edition Jan 2013) specification automatically
SACS-AutoPIPE interop workflow - Added ability to import piping geometry, support information, and support reactions from AutoPIPE. Also added the ability visually connect the piping supports to the structure in Precede and export these connections and the SACS model to AutoPIPE via pipelink where a combined structure/piping analysis can be performed.
Integration of the Collapse view postprocessor functionality into Precede
After Installation, SACS products must now be activated. SACS products support a seven trial license status. Launch SACS 11.0. The following dialog will appear. Click on the “Bentley License Tool…” button.
Select all the SACS license products and click the “Activate” button.
SACS CONNECT Edition (v11.0) has the following minimum system requirements:
Pentium 4 or higher central processing unit (CPU).
512 megabytes (Mb) of RAM minimum. SACS performance is dependent on the size of the SACS model and the amount of available system resources; see SACS System PC Recommendations below.
Microsoft® Windows® 8/8.1
Microsoft Windows 10
Internet Explorer 6 or later
Windows Media Player (for analysis sound file support)
A hard disk partition with 800 Mb of free space is required for the SACS installation.
A video card with a chipset that supports OpenGL. A reference list may be found at Supported Graphics Cards
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
Network Server and Network Client Installations - The Local Area Ethernet Network should be 100 Base-T or greater. TCP/IP network protocol is supported.
SACS CONNECT Edition (v11.0) will run satisfactorily with most basic new PC configurations for both laptops and desktop PCs. For minimal configuration PCs or older PCs, the most notable degradation in performance will be in 3D rendering applications (Precede) and when model size exceeds 1000 joints. For model sizes greater than 1000 joints it is recommended that additional memory and storage be added as stated below. The following recommendations are for optimal SACS performance.
(1) Free RAM refers to available RAM after all operating system processes have been loaded.
Note: All x86 versions of Windows cannot utilize more than 3200 Mb of RAM. The x64 version of Windows should be considered to take advantage of additional memory as well as future SACS upgrades.
Note: After the SACS installation is complete the free space used for executions should not fall below 50% of the total drive capacity. Total free space for execution should be at least 1 gigabyte for small models solutions. Very large model solution could require 400 gigabytes or more.
It’s important to determine the optimal number of processors required for fastest processing by benchmarking the system by running multiple analyses using different number of processors to determine the number which gives the optimal speed.
NOTE: I/O to the disk/drive can be a bottle neck (hence the fastest bus and I/O requirements).
SACS 11.1 CONNECT Edition
Implement the latest NORSOK -2013 joint strength check
Fixed system error message when running collapse with a stiffened cylindrical section as an intermediate segment in a segmented member.
Fixed issue drawing angle, box, tee, unsymmetrical plate girder, prismatic and multi- segmented members.
Implement pile capacity feature.
Fixed issued with plasticity contours not matching on solid and wireframe modes.
Fixed issue that Ship impact plots could not be generated.
Plate thickness can now be displayed.
Fixed issue displaying members with local offsets.
Animation can now display the plasticity.
Pile joints and its properties are now displayed.
SACS 11.0 CONNECT Edition
Integrated Collapse results viewing in Precede
Fixed system crash when wave height and period are left blank in LCAS card. SACS 11.0 CONNECT Edition
Added the ability to combine solutions of two Dynamic Response analyses or Wave Response simulations with same time steps into a combined Common Solution File
Fixed issue where Combine overrides all OPTION values loaded from Common Solution File. The OPTIONS line is removed from COMBINE program and all values are set to values inside Common Solution File.
Fixed issue with TAB key not moving to next input field.
Fixed issue that Datagen was removing the Blocking Factor in the CURR card when
the option is set to “None”
Fixed issue when changing units in the OPTIONS line.
LOADLB is highlighted correctly now.
Separated the two save buttons on the tool bar into two. Save and Save As...
Uppercase letters are now used by default.
Default fixities are entered as blank instead of ‘0’s.
Upending option has been removed from Datagen.
CONNECT Advisor is now integrated in Datagen.
Fixed issue in NORSOK 2013 were Allowable Limit was not been displayed SACS 11.0 CONNECT Edition
Removed OPTIONS line from the combine program. See COMBINE entry above.
Added API 4F support.
Added joint can code check options in JCNOPT (FT91, FT84, FT82, NPD, NP90, NP84, DNV, DN83)
Fixed issue where WIND line not writing out the AS01 to the line from the line assistant, writing out AU01
Fixed issue where JNTSEL line in a fatigue input file was allowing 5 characters for the joint entries
Fixed issue where the column entries for the SUPP card in flotation was not matching the manual
Fixed issue with Time-history input dyrinp where it was accepting up to 1000 input lines.
Improved program runtime performance
Fixed issued where "Earthquake Time-History", Dynamic Response could not correctly generate load cases labels in OCI file when they more than 9999. The load case labeling are now changed to Alphanumeric.
Fixed issue where Lower frequencies where not accounted for in Spectral wind fatigue runs
Added the ability to export stiffness, mass, and forces to a CSV file.
Fixed issue with rotational values when reordering degrees of freedom.
Added Gravity Acceleration and Model Gravity Direction calculation
Included torsional mass in the generation of the mass matrix. SACS 11.0 CONNECT Edition
Added support for non-structural weight. WGTNS line is updated to handle up to 120 distribution joints.
Integrated CONNECT Advisor in the Executive.
Added support for SACS Uncoupled Wind Turbine strength design to handle all load cases for time history analysis.
Added the ability to Execute MOSES from the Executive
Fixed issue where the GH Bladed Process was creating different fatigue input files
Fixed issue the GH Bladed analysis was not creating the correct final results database
Added ability to handle a Wave Response + GAP analysis
Added option to print out stress vs cycle count for non-tubular members for time history analysis.
Added an option to override SCF for prismatic members
Fixed an issue in spectral fatigue where the cone smaller OD in segmented members are not calculated correctly in Intermediate Member Fatigue Report.
GH Bladed Interface
Modified program to ignore FORM line and always assume unformatted file. SACS 11.0 CONNECT Edition
Fixed issue with incorrect beta angle during export.
Added Interactive fatigue post-processing capabilities to Precede
Addend Ultimate Earthquake Analysis – API-RP2A 22nd Edition
Fixed issue for an RHS joint, the brace and chord member width and thickness were reported incorrectly in the listing file for box and RTB sections. Also, the RTB section properties used to calculate the unity ratio were incorrect. In addition, the number of chord members was incorrectly identified in a joint with multiple braces.
Added design of RHS joints in Joint Can based on CIDECT's 'Design Guide for rectangular hollow section (RHS) joints under predominantly static loading'.
Enhanced the meshing statistics report to display the member being meshed. SACS 11.0 CONNECT Edition
New precede interface for creating a 3D mesh of a joint connection was
added. Users can now graphically create ring plates, stiffener plates, gusset plates, or any other type of plate surface to be included when meshing a joint connection.
Material Take Off
Fixed issue with reading members from MBRLST line. Not skipping blanks correctly, and not reading members 2-7 from MBRLST correctly
Added diagnostic to check for invalid effective length and diameter parameters when using the Kolk and van der Velde method for axial soil resistance.
Fixed issued that listing file did not display allowable with AMOD factors applied when API 21st/22nd hydrostatic collapse controls.
Fixed issue that Hoop compression stress FHC is reported incorrectly.
Fixed issue that Box plate girder results were incorrect when using AISC/API 22nd.
Fixed issue that Plate girder results were incorrect when using AISC/API 22nd.
Fixed issue that Report generator crashed when no unity check is selected.
Fixed issue that Debug info was being written to the listfile. SACS 11.0 CONNECT Edition
Fixed issue when creating postvue database when SPAN line is in file
Fixed issue with listing showing a warning message that cone thickness is smaller than thickness of smaller cylinder for NORSOK 2013 code check.
Fixed issue where member divide was not creating a new group.
Upgraded ISM export/import to ISM 6.0.
Fixed issues with ISM import/export for plate girders.
Fixed “No Braces Found” issue in Joint Can review.
The Seastate Weight feature failed to create a new load condition. A warning message that 'Load condition 'xxx' has not been defined' is now displayed when this feature is used to create a new load condition.
Fixed issue that the default value for the thermal coefficient was written to the model file incorrectly.
Integrated CONNECT Advisor SACS 11.0 CONNECT Edition
Added the ability to graphically define mesh boundaries for use in Joint Meshing. This will automatically create a mesh input file to be used by the Joint Mesher.
Added the ability to divide all members that fall on a particular Z plane. This is used for decommissioning workflows.
Fixed issue where Eurocode overrides where not available with "Norsok 2013/ Eurocode 3" code check option
Added ability to display wind volumes per the API 4F
Added ability to import piping geometry, support information, and support reactions from AutoPIPE. Also added the ability visually connect the piping supports to the structure in Precede and export these connections and the SACS model to AutoPIPE via pipelink where a combine structure/piping analysis can be performed.
Fixed issue when a metric model has plate stiffeners defined with the SECT line, the
results don’t match when the plate stiffener is defined with the PSTIF line.
Added ability to apply corrosion to plates
Added ability skip ACDEF lines generated by seasate for wave response + gap analyses.
Added a warning message if joint flexibility is out of range
PSI (Pile/Structure Interaction)
Fixed issue reading right-justified and left-justified data on PLTRQ line.
Added a warning when the soil properties are input with the soil bottom location not defined.
Fixed issue where PILE program would remain in an infinite loop when using API 10th on some P-Y curves.
The SACS-FAST integrated analysis couples the SACS Wave Response module with the FAST wind turbine analysis program generating a fully integrated response from the wind, wave and current loading on the structure
Fixed issue when the model is rotated about the z-axis with respect to the global coordinate system, the sign of the shape coefficient was to be wrong for some of the walls
Added ability to handle the new 'PF' option on the OPTIONS line similar to the 'P2' option
Fixed issue in report “SEASTATE CORROSION MEMBER OVERRIDE”, the density for corroded member with concentric tubular section was incorrect when load with corroded section calculation is chosen.
Now a crest position that is around 360 degrees is reported a 0 degrees.
Added API 4F support. Added the ability to enter additional joints in the AREA line.
Add new option to PGROV line to include corrosion
Fixed issue converting water depth, mudline elevation, and minimum in-line current units for 2MET
Add ability to apply corrosion to plates
Fixed issue where a dummy structure that has joint part of a WGTNS crashes the program
SESAM to SACS Converter
Fixed issue where SACS changes the flange thickness into 100 cm for all channel sections
Fixed issue where Member concentrated load is not converting properly
Added ability to write all load conditions
Changed load condition name scheme for ‘ES’ option to allow more load conditions. SACS 11.0 CONNECT Edition
Added the ability to handle additional joints in the AREA and WGTNS lines.
Fixed issue where the blending for an inserted wave is not smooth and gives sudden jump in forces
There is little doubt that the design of every infrastructure project today involves the collaboration of many individuals and organizations across multiple disciplines. It is with this context that we have developed Bentley Cloud Services to facilitate successful project outcomes for you and your organizations. Bentley Cloud Services helps you produce better designs by facilitating collaboration, interoperability, standardization and skills development. For an organization and enterprise, Bentley Cloud Services provides greater insight and control over project design, deliverables and the people working on them. In the sections that follow we look at some of the capabilities and services that are delivered today, with more being added every week, with Bentley Cloud Services to help you achieve even greater project and personal success. Please visit www.bentley.com/connect to keep up to date on the latest capabilities.
The core premise of Bentley Cloud Services is to facilitate successful project outcomes through common capabilities and shared services across desktop, mobile, server and cloud. To enable this, Bentley has utilized Microsoft’s Azure cloud-service to connect uniformly and consistently with and across users, projects, and enterprises. To enable the value and your success on Bentley Cloud Services it is imperative that users register for a complimentary CONNECTED account, sign in when using your CONNECT Edition products and associate your design models with a CONNECTED Project.
For more information on the benefits Bentley Cloud Services, you can visit the Bentley Cloud Services Overview Communities website.
SACS 11.0 uses Bentley SELECT Trust Licensing – the same licensing used by all other Bentley products. Trust licensing ensures uninterrupted access to run your Bentley software, regardless of the availability of licenses. In some software products from other vendors, a licensing service was used to check out a license when the application starts up and check it back in when the program exits. This restricts the use of software once all the current licenses are in use. SACS now uses the trust licensing approach that is a benefit of your Bentley SELECT subscription.
Trust licensing allows any member of your engineering team to run SACS at any time and eliminates the need to have an uninterrupted connection to SELECTserver and consequently this provides greater flexibility and greater reliability in operation. Instead of requiring the connection to SELECTserver, SACS simply records usage of the application and allows you to access reports to see how licenses are being used in your team. License usage is aggregated and reported back to SELECTserver on a regular basis, at least once every thirty days.
You can review your team’s usage of SACS via a web-based interface through a wide range of reports. These reports are available at http://selectserver.bentley.com and let you see who used what software and when. This information will be valuable to you in ensuring that you are getting best value from your software. The designated account contact for your organization will have permission to login to this server and to review these reports. This SELECTserver web portal also includes tools for managing licenses including managing check- outs, forcing check-ins of licenses, if required, and controlling access to applications.
If your recorded usage shows a peak usage that is greater than the number of licenses that you own, your Bentley account manager will contact you to discuss the usage. They will review with you whether your current license portfolio matches your license needs and can recommend a range of options to true-up to ensure you have the licenses you need. Peak usage is the maximum number of licenses that are used within any 1-hour period.
If you would like more information on SELECTserver , you can visit: http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Products/SELECT+Server/
For more information on the benefits of trust licensing and the true-up process, you can visit: http://www.bentley.com/trust
For full technical details on SELECTserver licensing, start with the Introduction section of the following user manual: https://selectserver.bentley.com/BSS/Admin/Help/en/index.html
Use the License Management Tool installed with your applications to view what licenses you have available on a particular machine.
Ensure that your designated contact person and/or system administrator is able to sign in to selectserver.bentley.com and view reports on usage
Configure SELECTserver to send over usage messages to a designated administrator weekly
Use the Scheduled Reports function in SELECTserver to send usage reports to a designated administrator weekly Use these email and web reports to better understand how your team uses SACS licenses. In particular, the Peak Usage reports will indicate if your license usage matches your ownership.
If you wish to control which licenses can be used on which machines, use the Client Access Restrictions command in the Site Configuration menu of selectserver.bentley.com to apply these controls.
Communicate with your Bentley Account Manager about your license usage, particularly if you expect your peak usage to increase above the number of licenses you own.
Use license check-out only when you need to work off site without an internet connection for more than 30 days. There is no need to check out licenses when working in a connected environment and doing so will record that license as being continuously in use. This may add to your peak usage level.
SACS 11.0 offers a tool to help manage license usage. The user now has the option to display a dialog describing the licenses to be used by the SACS run before execution starts and any usage is logged.
The dialog shown below is displayed prior to starting any SACS run. For this particular example, notice that the “Offshore License to be used” message is in red to highlight that SACS needs to move to a higher license from the default selected by the user, “SACS Offshore Structure” in this case. The dialog also displays any add-on licenses that will be used. If the user continues with the analysis by pressing “Yes”, SACS will run the analysis and log usage to those licenses. In this case, after the run, SACS will return to the default license.
The dialog below is an example of a run that uses the default offshore license.
The user has the option to not show the dialog by checking the “Don’t show again”
check-box. The user can manage this setting in the SACS Systems Settings dialog.
Version 05.06.00.08 or later
This support solution provides steps for configuring the package license used by SACS when it opens.
SACS automatically retrieves a package license on startup to license modules such as SACS Precede. It can be configured to prefer a specific package license. It can also be configured to prompt for a package license on startup. This is useful for controlling license usage and ultimately costs.
Open the SACS Executive
Click the Support tab in the upper-left corner.
Click on "Select Default License" in the ribbon that appears.
In the dialog that displays, select the package license SACS should use by default.
If your package license is grayed out, refer to the following activation instructions.
If your company uses licenses for more than one of the packages listed, you may want SACS to prompt the engineer for a package license each time the program is opened. In this case, enable the "Show at startup" checkbox. Otherwise if the checkbox is unchecked, the dialog will not be shown and SACS will default to the last used license from the previous open SACS session.
NOTE: For an analyses types that requires a ‘higher’ default license type than the selected default license, then the program will automatically step up to that specific license and then step back down again to the selected default license once the analysis is completed. In cases such as these, usage will be recorded for the original selected default license and also the required ‘higher’ license. However, the user should only be charged for the ‘higher’ license.
For users under Bentley’s ‘Trust licensing’, the default license should always be set to ‘Offshore Structure’ to minimize usage of higher default licenses.
For users that have Bentley’s ‘Select Open Access’ agreement, the ‘activated license’ (i.e. the one that purchased/leased) should be set as the default. However, if the analysis requires a ‘higher’ license type, then the program will automatically step to the specific license and allow the user to run it in ‘Trial Mode’, and then step back to the default license once the analysis is
complete. The user can run a licenses in trail mode for 14 days before being locked out. It should be noted that usage under trial mode is logged. Please refer to the link below to manually expire licenses to prevent them from entering into a trail mode: http://communities.bentley.com/products/licensing/m/licensing_gallery/272191
If the user is running the CONNECT edition of SACS and is using the hosted SELECTserver for licensing, then any usage less than ten minutes will not be counted for billing purposes based on the new billing rules. So if such a user opens SACS, chooses the wrong product on the welcome screen, and encounters an activation dialog, he or she can close it and reopen it with the correct product selected without penalty.
You can review your team’s usage of SACS via a web-based interface through a wide range of reports. These reports are available at http://selectserver.bentley.com and let you see who used what software and when. This information will be valuable to you in ensuring that you are getting best value from your software. The designated account contact for your organization will have permission to login to this server and to review these reports. This SELECT server web portal also includes tools for managing licenses including managing check-outs, forcing check-ins of licenses, if required, and controlling access to applications.
If you would like more information on SELECT server, you can visit: http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Products/SELECT+Server/
When does the usage get logged against the licensed options? E.g. after a license option is selected or selecting a Tab or menu command or start the program or other process.
The usage of the default licenses selected in the startup license dialog box is logged on the launch of the SACS Executive. The usage of add-on packages such as SACS Fatigue,
SACS Colla p se…et c. will b e au t omat ically lo gged at th e on set of an an alysis t ype
requiring the add-on package. The add-on package is automatically checked back in on the completion of the analysis. The table below shows the modules contained each add- on package.
Which license are required for different types of analysis?
The table below shows typical license usage for some of the different types of analysis required for offshore structures.
OS OSA OSE PSD C F FA-
FAE M MA ME WT
x x x x
x x x
What is the best way to manage our company’s licenses?
Ensure that your designated contact person and/or system administrator is able to sign in to selectserver.bentley.com and view reports on usage.
Configure SELECT server to send over usage messages to a designated administrator weekly.
Use the Scheduled Reports function in SELECT server to send usage reports to a designated administrator weekly Use these email and web reports to better understand how your team uses SACS licenses. In particular, the Peak Usage reports will indicate if your license usage matches your ownership.
If I use more licenses than I own, will I automatically get a bill from Bentley?
If your license usage reports show that your peak usage is higher than the number of licenses that you own, your Bentley Account Manager will contact you and discuss options with you. These options may include adding more licenses, changing the mix of licenses that you own, quarterly term licenses or changing how you use licenses.
Do I need an internet connection to use my licenses?
For day to day use, a continuous internet connection is not required. You need an internet connection only when initially activating your license and at least once
every month in order to record usage on the SELECT server. It is also possible to
manually submit usage logs if your security requirements mean that an internet connection is not possible.
Do multiple sessions of SACS on one machine record multiple uses
No, usage is recorded per machine. Multiple instances of an application running on the same machine records 1 use, it does not record multiple uses.
Our SELECT licensing agreement mentions peak usage within an interval. What is that interval and how is peak usage calculated?
Other options to restrict license usage are available as described in the Bentley wiki below
https://communities.bentley.com/products/licensing/w/licensing wiki/13916.can- i-restrict-license-usage-to-checkouts-only
Note: To take advantage of the new 10min licensing does require to install the CONNECT Edition of SACS
https://communities.bentley.com/products/licensing/w/licensing wiki/29899.how- to-take-advantage-of-bentley-s-allowance-for-usage-under-10-minutes
Do I need to check out licenses to use SACS 11.0?
There is no need to check out a license to your machine unless you are going to be working offline for 30 days or more. In fact, checking out a license will record the license as being in continuous use so this could potentially increase the calculation of your firm’s peak license usage.
Is the license usage logging secure and private?
Licensing uses the same usage logging mechanism you are using now with non-trust licensing. It transmits usage data using standard internet protocols and obscures user and machine names using a SHA-1 hash so that they cannot be read outside your company.
Where can I get training on how to understand and monitor license usage?
SELECT subscribers are able to access SELECT server training via the Bentley LEARN server.
What is Select Open Access?
SELECT Open Access is an industry first that provides any subscriber with unrestricted portfolio-wide access so they can employ the best and most comprehensive mix of Bentley applications for all disciplines for every project. For more information, see
and also visit
Is there a Demo mode? If so what functions are enabled for Demo mode?
SACS is not available in a demo mode.
Does the license dialog clearly identify the named license option matching the pricebook and SELECTServer?
The license dialog uses the same names as per the SACS pricebook and SELECTserver.
SELECT Open Access is an industry first that provides any subscriber with unrestricted portfolio- wide access so they can employ the best and most comprehensive mix of Bentley applications for all disciplines for every project. For more information, see http://ftp2.bentley.com/dist/collateral/docs/Select/Internal/2014SubscriptionChangesEmail.pdf and also visit http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Subscriptions/SELECT+Open+Access/
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