Release Date: June 30, 2011
RAM Concept V8i Release 4.1 is recommended for all projects, except those that are nearing final design.
RAM Concept V8i Release 4.1 can be installed side-by-side with previous release versions of Concept. There is no need to uninstall previous release versions.
Several minor errors have been corrected. Notably, a change to the bar spacing check that was causing valid bar spacings to fail the check has been corrected. An error preventing the move model command from working correctly has also been fixed.
In addition to several minor error corrections and enhancements, RAM Concept V8i Release 4.1 has a number of new features. Refer to the RAM Concept V8i Release 4.1 Quick Start Guide for additional information about the new features.
Structural Synchronizer 2.0 is now supported including import and export of reinforcement.
Several new standards have been added, including ACI 318-08, ACI 318-11, and BS 8110-97 (including Amendments #1 - #3). Please refer to the product manual for detailed information about the implementation of each standard.
The EC2 requirements for maximum transverse rail spacing are now implemented in RAM Concept’s generated SSR layouts.
A new punching report is now available that shows a concise description of the punching shear design and analysis of each punch check, including graphics. A new report viewer is available that allows viewing, printing, and saving these reports.
Automated design of the Ancon Shearfix Punching Shear Reinforcement System has been implemented in RAM Concept. The RAM Concept designs reference Ancon part numbers for easy ordering of punching shear reinforcement.
The integration between RAM Concept and RAM Structural System has been improved. Hanging columns can now be imported into RAM Concept.
A new simplified licensing scheme has been adopted for RAM Concept. Mat and Floors licenses will no longer be individually recognized, and a single RAM Concept license will enable all the mat and floors functionality. The post-tensioning module behavior is unchanged.
In addition to several minor error corrections and enhancements, RAM Concept V8i Release 4.0 has a number of new features. Refer to the RAM Concept V8i Release 4.0.1 Release Notes for additional information.
RAM Concept V8i Release 4.1 can read all previous file formats, but writes files in a format that cannot be read by previous versions.
It is not recommended that you upgrade files that contain models that have been fully designed, or that are nearing final design.