The articles on this page refer to SELECT Licensed versions.
Prior to April 2023, Ram Concept was sold with one optional add-on called the Ram Concept Post Tension Module. Without the add-in license, RAM Concept users could still use the program to analyze and design mild-reinforced concrete slabs and mat foundations. A RAM Concept Post Tension module license was required to analyze and design slabs with post-tensioning.
With V8i editions of Ram Concept, when it is first installed on a computer, it contains a built-in 15-day trial period. This trial period is activated only when it fails to retrieve licenses for both RAM Concept and RAM Concept Post Tension. If your contract does not have a license for post tension (or if the post tension license is currently unavailable), the trial period will be activated to provide temporary access to the post tension features. Once the trial period has expired, the program will open without a trial period message and disable the post tension features.
The CONNECT Edition of Ram Concept made the election to use or not use Post Tensioning features more explicit. The following dialog appeared when starting the program. Users could check the box for Post Tensioning when working on models where post tensioning was required:
The same dialog could be accessed any time using Help - Mange License Restrictions.
In April 2023, the RAM Concept Post Tension module license was automatically merged with the base RAM Concept license. More information on this license change can be found on the following page. In RAM Concept v23.00.00, the license restriction option and dialog referred to on this web page were removed from the program since the RAM Concept Post Tension module license no longer applies.
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STAAD.Pro must have a license for the design code(s) used in a model. The error message indicates that a license for the needed design code was not retrieved. To configure what licenses STAAD.Pro retrieves when starting, open the program, locate the License Configuration section on the opening screen, and ensure that the needed design codes have check marks next to them. A green light next to a checked design code indicates that a license was found.
The Activation Status window of the License Management Tool is useful for quickly determining the license status of Bentley products that utilize "trust licensing." Trust licensing products periodically report to the license server as they are used. Because such products must report to the server at least every 30 days, the Activation Status quickly shows how much time remains. Any product that uses the Bentley IEG License Service, however, utilizes licenses differently. Licenses are temporarily locked to a workstation each time such a product is used. Consequently, the activation status for these products will appear as a trial period when not in use. As a general rule, the activation status for RAM, STAAD, and AutoPIPE products released prior to October 2013 can be safely ignored. Please visit the following article for a list of affected products. The products will display licensing errors when opened if a license-related problem exists.
If you have tried to activate a product but the Status still indicates "Trial Expires in X day(s)", or "Disabled", this could be a sign that your account is on Restricted Access. Once an account is on Restricted Access, products can only be used if a valid license for that product is checked out manually before opening the product. When checking out a license be sure to select the correct version number (at least the first 4 digits). Also be sure to check the license back in when finished so that another user can use the same product in the next hour.
In few cases, we have been informed that an administrator is able to activate the product, but once he/she logs in as a user the license shows 'Disabled'.
In this scenario, please delete the user's profile and create a new user's profile; this will fix the issue.
Structural products must retrieve licenses from a license server each time they are opened. However, in the event that the license server cannot be reached (i.e. network outage), the licensing software installed on client machines provides a fallback mechanism for accessing products. This fallback mechanism, called the “grace period,” provides access to licensed products for up to four days. The licensing software keeps a list of which products have been accessed within the last 30 days. If a product attempts to retrieve a license but is unable to reach the server, the grace period is activated for this license if found in the list. The license can be used in the grace period for up to four days from the first unsuccessful attempt. Once a license is retrieved successfully from the server again, the timer is reset.
For example, suppose I have licenses for RAM Modeler and RAM Steel, modules for RAM Structural System. As long as I have used both of these licenses within the last 30 days, the grace period will be activated for either of these licenses in the event that I cannot reach the license server. I can use these licenses for up to four days without access to the server. Once access to the server is restored, the grace period will be reset. That way, should I lose connection to the server again in the future, I will have up to four days to use my licenses apart from a connection.
This issue may indicate an installation-related problem with the Bentley IEG License Service, a licensing component that retrieves and returns licenses on behalf of RAM, STAAD, AutoPIPE, SACS, and FormSys products. For troubleshooting purposes, please perform the following steps:
The issue may also be caused by a communication problem with the license server. Computers can be configured to communicate with the license server using an alternate protocol as a troubleshooting step. To do this:
Invalid product and feature string entries displaying in the Activation Status tab of the License Management Tool as shown in the attached screenshot. While the cause of the registry corruption is still unknown, a batch script has been created that should make cleanup efforts much easier:
Product Activation Modes of Behavior (i.e. Trial, Activated, Offline, Disabled, Expired, Checked Out)
Structural Product TechNotes and FAQs
How products that use the Bentley IEG License Service are licensed