GSA Building

GSA Building Benefits

  1. Perform day to day analysis and solve complex engineering problems within the same environment
  2. Simulate advanced footfall analysis with accurate tools developed by engineers at the forefront of this technique
  3. Integration with Autodesk’s Revit Structure and other advanced modelling software will ensure high integrity of model transfer and also accurate model coordination

About This Software

Complete building design software in one powerful package

GSA Building is the ultimate building design software, steel structure design software and steel structure analysis program. It gives engineers all the tools they need to design and analyse even the most complex buildings.

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The complete solution for building design and analysis

With this intuitive software, engineers can design structural models with skeletal frames and two-dimensional finite elements. GSA Building also combines steel and concrete design, footfall and soil-structure interaction analysis in the same tool. For seamless working, GSA Building is fully integrated with Revit Structure and works to a range of international codes.

Why design concrete slab or wall reinforcement by hand? GSA Building saves time and money by designing reinforcement directly from the analysis results. And if steel beams and columns had to be chopped up into elements for frame analysis, the software puts them back together and designs them automatically. It even analyses how the structure interacts with the ground or predicts the footfall vibration on irregular floors or staircases, whether they’re concrete, steel, or composite.

GSA Building also integrates with BIM applications such as Revit for design coordination across the team.

Designed by engineers for engineers, GSA Building has met the demands of projects like 32 St Mary Axe in London (The Gherkin), the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff and the CCTV building in Beijing.

Principle features

Footfall analysis / human induced vibration

As designs become more efficient, the resulting structures get lighter and more responsive to human induced vibrations. This means that footfall induced vibration is becoming an important serviceability design requirement for office and residential buildings, foot bridges and staircases: it is an essential requirement for demanding situations such as hospitals and laboratories.

GSA Building enables you to find the footfall response over the whole structure, with full contour plots and detailed graphs showing exactly where the satisfactory and problem areas are. You can thus explore cost-effective design solutions and advise you client on how their structure will respond to human induced vibration.

Find how your structure interacts with the ground for optimum foundation design

Polente and Wind Turbine c. Umut Celik

Soil-structure interaction

GSA Building is perfect for busy foundation designers as it enables you to analyse how your structure interacts with the ground for optimum design. This easy-to-use software combines non-linear structural and geotechnical models to calculate accurate settlements, soil pressures, bending moments and other structural stresses in a fraction of the time.

GSA Building adds the acclaimed Pdisp soil pressure displacement engine to GSA Building’s finite element analysis. The structure then interacts with the ground via piles, rafts or pads so they both work together to carry the load, whatever the structure, whatever the soil. GSA Building also integrates with Pdisp, importing soil models and exports results for further geotechnical investigation.

Steel design

Check your steel structure to a number of international design codes, whether American, British, European, Australian, Indian Canadian or Hong Kong.

Concrete slab and wall design

Calculate the reinforcement requirements for concrete slabs and walls to international codes from America, Britain, Europe, Australia and Hong Kong. GSA Building takes into account not just the bending moments, but also all torsion and in-plane forces to ensure that your structure is designed for all the forces it experiences.

Output the results in both scaled contour plots for rationalisation and design calculations for both sensible construction and design confidence.

Non-linear analysis

Analyse structures with large (and indeed very large) deflections, plastic yielding of materials, snap-through, sway effects, and more. GSA Building uses the dynamic relaxation method to enable you to analyse structures that other programs will not touch.

Buckling

GSA Building enables you to calculate the buckling load factors on a range of structures, from complex frames to shell structures and lateral torsional buckling of plate girders. It also includes non-linear buckling effects so you can plot the deflections of columns and struts against load to accurately assess safety factors.

Dynamic analysis and response

GSA Building includes both modal analysis for calculation of the natural dynamic frequencies of your structure and Ritz analysis specially designed for seismic response calculations. You can choose to include axial load effects to change stiffnesses in both these methods.

Following on from the modal or Ritz analysis, GSA Building enables you to calculate the structural response using a number of dynamic post processors, including seismic response to multiple international codes, linear time history, harmonic loads for vibrating machinery, and more.

Stages

With staged analysis you can assess the model at any stage in construction, remove elements, and change sections and restraints, all coordinated in a single model.

Quick Overview

GSA Building is the software of choice for structural engineers around the world. It gives them all the tools they need to design and analyse even the most complex buildings.

Testimonials

"Our office specializes in laboratory design, and the ability to conduct these advanced vibration analyses gives us a decided edge over our competitors. This alone is a compelling reason to continue to have access to GSA."  –  Bruce Tanner - Arup

"I've had to use a few other analysis programs and, in general, find the interfaces frustrating compared with the clean, user focused set up in GSA."  –  Steven Jenkins - Lambeth Associates Limited

"GSA enables us to more accurately model the complex soil-structure interaction for large support structures under extreme wind loading"  –  Cormac Ó Dubhthaigh - Wind Prospect

Features

Advanced interface
Manage and interact with the model

Modelling tools
Text, graphical and automatic creation of geometry and loads

3rd party links
Integrate GSA with BIM and other 3rd party products

Nonlinear elements
Compression-only struts, tension-only ties, non-linear springs, and cables

Nonlinear materials
Elastic-Orthotropic and Elastic-Plastic Isotropic materials

2D elements
Plane Stress, Plane Strain, Flat Plate, Flat Shell elements

Linear analysis
1st order static analysis

Staged analysis
Add, remove, and change elements and constraints within analyses

P-Delta analysis
Analyse for the changes in stiffness caused by load

Nonlinear analysis    
Analyse for geometric and material non-linearity over large deflections

Dynamic analysis
Modal and Ritz analysis, including P-Delta effects

Dynamic response    
Seismic, Harmonic, Linear Timer History, and Periodic analyses

Buckling analysis
Modal buckling of 1D & 2D elements, Non-linear buckling of 1D elements

Footfall Analysis       
Calculate accelerations, velocities and response factors from pedestrian loading

Raft analysis 
Combine structural models with non-linear soil for foundation design

RC slab design
Design of reinforced concrete slabs and walls to international standards

Steel design  
Design of steel beams, columns, and braces to international design codes

GSA SwitchKeys utility 
A small utility to allow those customers who have multiple variants of GSA shared licences to easily swap between them


Product Comparison

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Advanced interface

Manage and interact with the model

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
Modelling tools

Text, graphical and automatic creation of geometry and loads

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
3rd party links

Integrate GSA with BIM and other 3rd party products

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
Non-linear elements

Compression-only struts, tension-only ties, non-linear springs, and cables

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
Non-linear materials

Elastic-Orthotropic and Elastic-Plastic Isotropic materials

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
2D elements

Stress, Plane Strain, Flat Plate, Flat Shell elements

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
Linear analysis

1st order static analysis

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
Staged analysis

Add, remove, and change elements and constraints within analyses

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
P-Delta analysis

Analyse for the changes in stiffness caused by load

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
Non-linear analysis

Analyse for geometric and material non-linearity over large deflections

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dynamic analysis

Modal and Ritz analysis, including P-Delta effects

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dynamic response

Seismic, Harmonic, Linear Timer History, and Periodic analyses

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
Buckling Analysis

Modal buckling of 1D & 2D elements, Non-linear buckling of 1D elements

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wave Loading

Generate wave and current loads on submerged structures

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Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bridge Loading

Lane and vehicle load optimisation for highway and railway bridges

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Footfall Analysis

Calculate accelerations, velocities and response factors from pedestrian loading

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  Yes Yes Yes
Raft analysis

Combine structural models with non-linear soil for foundation design

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    Yes Yes
RC design

Design of reinforced concrete slabs and walls to international standards

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   Yes
Yes Yes
Steel Design

Design of steel beams, columns, and braces to international design codes

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Yes Yes
Form-finding

Geometry generation for tension and compression only structures

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      Yes
Fabric analysis

Analysis of fabric non-linear materials

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Standalone Licences
Locked to an individual machine but transferrable by the user to another machine.

Shared Licences (equivalent to Network)
Shared Licences can be activated on any number of machines, however you can only concurrently use the number of licences that you have purchased.

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