Concise Beam v188.8.131.52 | 5.65 MB
Concise Beam is an easy to use Microsoft Windows based program for the design of precast concrete beams. Concise Beam will perform a load analysis and design checks in accordance with the latest edition of ACI 318, CSA A23.3 or AS3600. Key code parameters can be customized to simulate other design codes. The beam can be conventionally reinforced, partially or fully pretensioned. It can model any cross-sectional shape and will allow the cross-section to vary prismatically (step-wise) over the length of the beam. A graphical editor allows the user to describe any cross-section, including voids, openings or cut-outs.
Concise Beam currently works in two-dimensions but will also account for torsion along the beam. The user can work in metric or English (Imperial) units, select from a variety of individual units (i.e. mm, cm, m), and switch back and forth at will. Libraries of industry standard cross-sections and materials are provided with Concise Beam. The standard libraries can be modified, extended and customized by the user.
Concise Beam was originally developed by the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) in the early 1990s to aid the productivity of their members and to promote the use of precast concrete in general. CPCI released their last version (3.5a) of Concise Beam in February 2001. After succeeding in their goal, and with the development of commercial alternatives, CPCI no longer felt the need to be in the software development business and sold their rights in Concise Beam to Black Mint Software Inc. for the release of version 4.