The following is a brief description of the main new features of this release.
Seismic Load Generation per PIP STC01015 April 2017
For Vertical vessels on octagonal and square shaped soil supported foundations, the specifications of section 4.1.5 of PIP STC01015 April 2017 have been implemented for seismic load generation
That section recommends that the guidelines of ASCE 7-10 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures be followed. Accordingly, the procedures described in Chapter 15-Seismic Design Requirements for Nonbuilding Structures of ASCE 7-2010 have been implemented.
Designing Pilecaps to the Canadian Concrete Code A23.3 2019 edition in SFA's General Mode
The 2019 edition of the Canadian concrete code A23.3 is now available for pilecaps in STAAD Foundation Advanced’s General mode using the rigid method of analysis. So, the foundation types now covered by this code include isolated footings, mat foundations and pilecaps.
Defects and minor enhancements
A number of defects have been rectified in various modules of the program like mat foundations on soil and piles, pile caps, PLANT foundations, etc. Minor enhancements include more information in the program's various output channels, improvements in pedestal design, more checks for input errors, etc.
For details, see the What's New in CONNECT Edition V9.7 in the program's Help-Contents.