I'm an undergraduate taking a structural analysis class. Our lab section teaches STAAD, and I know I want to build a bridge deck like the one below. The bridge deck being modeled is a width-wise plank system for a short span timber bridge. I understand the load case. Could someone give a general guide to how I could model the deck itself? Is it a surface? What do the dashed lines represent?
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