Basics of Modelling a Parametric Beam Bridge

Starting with a simple beam bridge is a good idea when using the parametric bridge design for the first time to get familiar with the basic workflow.

The shared video will guide you through the basics of modelling a two-span beam bridge. You will learn about how to create a new project, create a geometry axis in SOFiPLUS as well as user-defined cross-sections and tricks to get started. You can adapt the shown workflow to other beam bridges and for slab bridges too.

The following topics a will be covered.

  • Start a new Project
    • Introduction to SOFiSTiK Structural Desktop (SSD)
    • Introduction to SOFiPLUS
  • Parametric Bridge Design (CABD)
    • Create an Axis
    • Create superstructure
    • Create substructure/support condition
  • Cross Section Editor
    • Create a user-defined cross-section

The next steps to create tendons, construction stages and perform the design of the beam bridge are shown in Beam Bridge Basics – Tendons, Construction Stages and Design.

Download the project files Basics of Modelling a Parametric Beam Bridge.

For more Bridge tutorials check the official SOFiSTiK online tutorials version 2018.
For more Bridge tutorials check the official SOFiSTiK online tutorials version 2020.

Software version: SOFiSTiK FEA v2018-03.