Nemetschek: FRILO optimizes its BIM Connector® with the latest software update

Stuttgart, November 25, 2021 – Since November 18, structural engineers have access to the latest version of the FRILO software for structural analysis. As part of this update, the provider of innovative solutions for structural analysis and structural design is launching a brand new solution for pile foundations in addition to many useful functional improvements in existing programs. With the connection of the FRILO building model to the BIM Connector®, the company has also significantly advanced its commitment to integral building planning.

The new Pfahl + program for pile foundations

With the new FRILO Pfahl + program, the internal and external bearing capacity of reinforced concrete piles with rectangular and circular sections can be checked. By linking the two proven programs FRILO Soil Settlement SBR + and Earth Pressure Calculation EDB +, soil settlements in the pile environment and lateral pressure on the piles can be taken into account. By comparing pile settlements and soil settlements along the pile shell surface, an action ranging from negative skin friction to the neutral point can possibly be applied. The axial resistances of the pile due to skin friction and peak pressure can optionally be derived by evaluating the static pile test loads or based on empirical values ​​according to the pile EA separately according to the two limit states SLS and ULS. The dimensioning of the reinforced concrete sections is based on a non-linear calculation taking into account the additional loads according to Theory II. The design of the reinforced concrete cross sections is based on a nonlinear calculation taking into account the additional loads according to the second order theory and the actual stiffnesses of the pile due to freely selectable reinforcement.

FRILO BIM-Connector® convinces with improved practicability

During Release 2022-1, the calculation model of the FRILO BIM Connector® has been enriched with some practical editing functions. For example, model geometry can be cleaned up by simply removing small recesses and openings as well as short beams, columns, walls, and slabs that are irrelevant to the structural analysis. In order to ensure correct transmission of the loads, the axes of the components can be pushed over each other. In addition, components can now be connected automatically by extending or shortening them in their system axis until they form a line or point of intersection. The useful dismantling of walls into individual components is also possible from the software update. Those who wish to check if the building has been modeled on the correct axis after cleaning can use the new “Check Model” function. This automated control can be applied not only to the whole building, but also to individual components in the vertical and horizontal direction. The BIM connector gained additional appeal as FRILO handled the direct connection of the FRILO building model. Cleaned models prepared for structural analysis can now be transferred losslessly and quickly to the building model for determination of vertical and horizontal load transfer of the complete structure. Other transfer options to the FRILO calculation programs are then available for the actual design of the components.

Generating Wind and Snow Loads in the RSX Framework Program

During the software update, the ability was implemented in Framework RSX to automatically generate wind and snow loads for standard buildings conforming to the standard. In doing so, the program automatically recognizes the building outline of standard buildings. The panels (the areas between the bars) to which the generated load is applied for the selected wind direction are also created from the building outline and labeled appropriately without user intervention. The generation of member loads from area loads is performed for the selected wind direction using the finite element method. The finite element method is then used to generate linear loads on load-bearing elements from area loads.

General news

The Document Designer FDD has been extended by the ability to copy elements within the program using the convenient drag and drop function or to drag elements from the FRILO Control Center directly into the FDD using the mouse. In the GEO building model, the view in X and Y directions as well as the load case specific view of the moment curve are available as new display options for horizontal loads on all floors for walls or posts that are recognized as being on top of each other. In addition, the H loads determined on the individual wall columns and supports can be displayed in elevation. In addition, stress curves of superimposed wall columns can be displayed. The HTB + program for the calculation of cross-laminated timber beams now performs the vibration verification. In the Reinforced Concrete Column solution B5 +, high strength steel in the SAS 670 steel grade from Annahütte is available as an additional option for the nonlinear calculation (general method).


Nemetschek SE published this content on 25 November 2021 and is solely responsible for the information it contains. Distributed by Public, unedited and unmodified, on November 26, 2021 10:19:03 AM UTC.

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