Release Date: December 13, 2010
RAM Concept V8i Release 4.0.1 is recommended for all projects, except those that are nearing final design.
RAM Concept V8i Release 4.0.1 can be installed side-by-side with previous release versions of Concept. There is no need to uninstall previous release versions.
To install, run the installer setup file rct04000130en.exe. This will place the installer files in the specified folder (the default is C:\BentleyDownloads\rct04000130en). If the Concept installer does not start automatically, start Setup.exe manually.
Several minor errors have been corrected. Notably, the ability to select individual layers on the visible objects of the drawing import layer has been restored. A rare meshing problem has also been resolved.
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 Quick Start Guide for additional information about the new features.
New tendon layers and objects in RAM Concept are high level tendon parameters that are used to generate RAM Concept tendon objects. These objects can be displayed graphically in RAM Concept in such a way that an exported RAM Concept plan could be used as an Engineer’s tendon design plan with very little additional drafting effort. Engineers who prefer to work directly with RAM Concept’s traditional tendon objects can use these tendon parameter objects to automatically generate a starting tendon layout which can be further manipulated as desired.
A number of new properties have been added to the existing tendon objects in RAM Concept, including the ability to reference profile elevations from several reference points (slab surface, slab soffit, absolute elevation, top cover to CGS, bottom cover to CGS).
The option to perform a check of a specified design and thus not design any additional rebar has been added. This option will report the location of any failing sections.
A tool has been added to the reinforcement layer that allows the user to automatically add a specified hook type to user reinforcement within a specified distance to the slab edge, as well as to extend the bar to a specified cover from the slab edge and maintain a specified bar length increment.
RAM Concept has enhanced integration with the RAM Structural System. The following enhancements have been made:
For imported gravity wall reactions the imported forces are now distributed over the wall length instead of concentrated forces applied at the ends of the wall.
RAM Concept V8i Release 4.0 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 3.4 Release Notes for error corrections and new features.