Release Date: May 26, 2010
RAM Concept V8i Release 3.4 is recommended for all projects, except those that are nearing final design.
RAM Concept V8i Release 3.4 can be installed side-by-side with previous release versions of Concept. There is no need to uninstall previous release versions. It does however clutter your computer as releases continue. So while there is no need to uninstall previous versions, it is recommended.
To install, run the installer setup file rct03040030en.exe. This will place the installer files in the specified folder (the default is C:\BentleyDownloads\rct03040030en). If the Concept installer does not start automatically, start Setup.exe manually.
An error has been corrected related to the load history deflection calculations and the allocation of cross section tributary areas to the element stiffness. It is most significant when larger mesh sizes are analyzed and it will normally result in deflection deviations on the order of 10-15%, although in some cases the differences could be larger. It is recommended that any deflection sensitive slabs designed utilizing the load history deflection feature in RAM Concept V8i Release 3.2 or 3.3 be re-analyzed in RAM Concept V8i Release 3.4 to evaluate any potential impacts.
In addition to several minor error corrections and enhancements, RAM Concept V8i Release 3.4 has several new features.
RAM Concept has enhanced integration with the RAM Structural System. In addition to making the integration more robust, the following features have been added:
The following enhancements have been made to the load history deflection calculations in RAM Concept:
RAM Concept V8i Release 3.4 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.
Please see RAM Concept V8i 3.3 Release Notes for error corrections and new features.