Release Date: Monday, May 16, 2016Version: RAM Concept CONNECT Edition V6 Update 1Version Number: 06.01.00.06
Current and past RAM Concept releases can be downloaded from Bentley Cloud Services at:
After signing in to the CONNECTION Center, select Software Downloads under My Support. Once on the Software Fulfillment page, RAM Concept installers can be located by performing a search on "RAM Concept", or by selecting Brand -> RAM. Note that although there are multiple listings for RAM Concept (RAM Concept, RAM Concept Post Tension Module, etc.), each of these takes the user to the same list of installers as all features of RAM Concept require only one installation.
Special Installation Instructions:
The installation of RAM Concept CONNECT Edition Update 1 will automatically uninstall previous CONNECT Edition versions (releases 6.0.0 and 6.0.1). V8i releases (version 5.2 and earlier) will not be automatically uninstalled and can remain side-by-side with RAM Concept CONNECT Edition Update 1. If using the RAM Concept integration with RAM Structural System, both products must be either the x86 or x64 version. For example, the use of RAM Concept x86 within RAM Structural System x64 is not supported.
RAM Concept CONNECT Edition Update 1 is recommended for all projects, except those that are nearing final design.
New Features in RAM Concept CONNECT Edition Update 1:
In addition to minor error corrections and enhancements, RAM Concept CONNECT Edition Update 1 has the new features discussed below.
Referencing of Tendons and Reinforcing to Slab Mid-Depth
The vertical elevations of tendon and reinforcing objects (including manual tendons, profile polylines, and reinforcing) can now be referenced to the mid-depth of the slab.
Delete Multiple Criteria Items at Once
It is now possible to select and delete multiple criteria items at once as opposed to deleting items one at a time. This includes entities under the Criteria menu such as materials, loadings, load combos, design rules, etc.
Ability to Import or Ignore Crack Factors from RAM Structural System
When importing a floor from RAM Structural System, the user now has two choices in setting the element stiffness factors in RAM Concept. The crack factors set in RAM Modeler can be imported into RAM Concept and used for all elements, or the RAM Modeler crack factors can be ignored, allowing all of the stiffness factors in RAM Concept to default to 1.0.
Add Node Functionality Added for Span Boundary Polyline and Column Strip Boundary Polylines
It is now possible to add nodes to and delete nodes from span boundary polylines and column strip boundary polylines.
Overlapping Profile Polylines with Differing Properties
A warning is now delivered when two or more profile polylines with differing properties intersect at a tendon location.
Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) version 5.0
RAM Concept is now compliant with version 5.0 of the ISM framework.
Error Corrections in RAM Concept CONNECT Edition Update 1:
This release of RAM Concept contains numerous corrections to defects, many of which are small or occur very infrequently. For clarity, only the more significant fixes are discussed below.
Drawn Area Load Not Included
In a very rare condition, a surface load polygon could be excluded from the analysis. This defect resulted from a very specific and rare polygon geometry. Details on the defect can be found here. A visual indication as to whether this condition is present is given by the hatching within the surface load polygon. Specifically, the hatching is drawn within only a portion of the affected polygon.
Punching Shear Critical Sections Incorrect
A problem that prevented Concept from generating critical sections that include projections to slab edges that resulted in points outside the punch check has been corrected.
When walls had "Outline Only" set on the Element Layer, the outline was not drawn until “Calc All” was performed.
Program Hang if CONNECTION Client Stops Working
If CONNECTION Client stopped working but had not yet closed, RAM Concept would experience a hang.
Pre-Concept 6.1.0 File Compatibility Warning:
RAM Concept CONNECT Edition Update 1 Release 6.1.0 can read all previous file formats, but writes files in a format that cannot be read by previous versions.