SAM-LEAP5 is a unique software suite that integrates structural
analysis with design code checking of bridges in accordance with a
variety of international codes of practice, including AASHTO,
AUSTROADS and BS5400 specifications.
At the heart of the system is an intuitive graphical user interface
that enables the engineer to model a bridge structure quickly, and
then easily transfer critical results from the structural analysis to
any of the design modules for code checking.
Graphical displays are employed throughout the design process to
enable smart engineering decisions on the significance of any model
As a result, SAM-LEAP5 will enable the bridge engineer to reach an
optimum design solution far more quickly compared with traditional
In today's competitive world, savings in materials and ultimately
project costs are paramount. The tools available in SAM-LEAP5 will
assist bridge engineers in exploring their creative potential to the
full, whilst designing bridges which are as economic and aesthetically
pleasing as possible.
Simplified Structure Definition
The bridge layout is defined using graphical tools for specifying
design lines, carriageways and footways, span-end lines and support
conditions for which fully configurable grillage and finite element
meshes are produced. The model representing the structure could be a
line beam or a refined 2D or 3D framework of members and elements.
Smart Section and Beam Libraries
Sections and beams to represent the structural form are prepared
graphically from comprehensive libraries of standard parametric
shapes, standard pre-cast concrete beams and standard steel sections.
These include facilities for specifying reinforcing bars and
pre-stressing tendons. A section editor is also included for
generating non-standard shapes. The sections and beams are assigned to
members graphically, and all section properties for use in the
analysis are calculated automatically.
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