[Updated] IES VisualFoundation v6.00.0003
[Size: 20 MB] ... What will VisualFoundation do for you?:
VisualFoundation will help you design complex mat footings. It automates much of the work involved in finite element modeling. VisualFoundation will take care of the modeling details while you specify the locations, sizes and structural configuration of your foundation. The software will analyze with your loads to determine moments, shears, displacements and bearing pressures using FEA. Stability checks and punching shear calculations are done automatically.
VisualFoundation will then help you check to make sure the footing meets IBC/ACI requirements, and will tell you about the steel requirements for the slab.

Major Benefits and Abilities
    Mat foundation analysis and design
    Complex mat boundaries, including circular and polygonal templates
    Generate copies of modeling elements using rectangular or circular patterns
    Multiple mat thicknesses or soil properties
    Holes in mats
    Combined footings
    Wall footings
    Concrete Walls, grade beams (for loading or stiffness)
    Columns (for loading, punching shear)
    Improved! Pile supports with elastic stiffness, optional tension-only or compression-only
    New! Thickened pile caps
    Unlimited model size
    Support for codes: IBC, ASCE 7, ACI 318,
    Automated FEA meshing and soil-spring supports
    Sophisticated thick-plate finite element formulation
    Import & Export DXF files
    Import & Export with VisualAnalysis
    Improved usability: easy graphics and toolbar commands
    New! Template projects for jump-starting new projects with similar features

Loads and Load Combinations
    Customizable load combinations (IBC, ASCE 7 built-in)
    New! Easy load combination customizations
    Streamlined seismic load combinations
    Uniform or linear area loads, rectangular or circular
    New! Circular and rectangular "ring" loads
    Rotated pressure loads
    Column loads, axial and moments
    Linear beam loads
    Wall loads, axial and moments
    Overburden loads

Stability Checks
    Checks for overall horizontal sliding forces.
    Plots and checks bearing pressures
    Overturning checks on the footing
    Seismic overturning reduction per ASCE 7 12.13.4

Strength Checks
    Slab shear plotted and checked
    Column and column-group punching shear checks
    Wall Punching Shear design checks
    Pile support and group punching shear checks
    Pile capacity limits are checked for tension or compression
    Grade beams are checked for shear and moment

Design Features
    ACI 318-11 checks
    Single or double layer of slab reinforcement
    Size each layer of slab steel
    New! "N" reinforcing bar sizes
    Grade beam reinforcement demand is provided
    New! Plate moment and shear diagrams
    New! Grade-beam moment and shear diagrams
    Override for minimum mat reinforcement
    Export to VisualAnalysis for more complicated tasks
    Import from VisualAnalysis includes project criteria settings and wall reactions

Reporting
    Post-analysis statics check reports are now available
    Average bearing pressure value is calculated for the entire footing.
    Full-color reporting for a professional look and easy reading.
    Preview the report before printing
    Customize what items are included in the report
    New! Easy export of report table to .xls, .pdf, or .html file.
    Print one-page graphic summaries

Current Limitations
    Does not provide full detailing of bars, diagrams, cut-offs, etc. (just requirements)
    Does not design piles

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