It is a software tool focused on seismic assessment and strengthening
SeismoBuild follows an innovative new methodology, by which seismic assessment is fully separated from the design procedures and parameters. The main advantage of this approach is simplicity and clarification. With just a limited number of settings, dedicated only to assessment, and with a linear, straightforward process from structural modelling through to the analysis, the capacity checks and the export of the technical report and the structural drawings, the entire approach is fully transparent and intuitive.
It does not require specialised knowledge on nonlinear FE
Particular effort has been put on simplifying SeismoBuild, to the point that it can be used by engineers without any background on Finite Elements procedures. The input provided by users is related only to either the structural details (geometry, materials, and reinforcement), or clearly defined code-based parameters, such as the limit states, the seismic action, or the knowledge level. The entire structural model (including the material models parameters, the nodes location and the FE mesh, the elements geometry and offsets, the mass distribution and the loading patterns) is automatically created by the program without any intervention by the user.
It has a very smooth learning curve
Featuring an extremely intuitive graphical environment and a very straightforward methodology from the structural modelling to the capacity checks, SeismoBuild is extremely easy to learn, and can be used almost immediately. Neither manuals nor tutorial examples are required (though both are available), and any engineer may immediately start using the program effectively.
It offers increased productivity
Particular emphasis has been put on rendering the program not only intuitive, but also easy and fast to use. Columns, beams, slabs and stairs may be assigned with just a few mouse clicks, large libraries of materials have been included (including e.g. FRP wraps), the program default settings work for the vast majority of cases, and, whenever possible, the process is completely automated.
Further, the execution of the capacity checks and the extraction of the results are also automatically carried out, whereas the technical report and the CAD drawings are derived in such a way that they require the minimum possible interventions by the user, before they are submitted.
All these facilities result in an extremely user-friendly environment, whereby the modelling and checking of multi-storey buildings in a seismic assessment or strengthening project take no more than 1-2 hours.
It offers enhanced accuracy and reliability
The nonlinear analysis solver of SeismoBuild is based on the advanced solution algorithms of SeismoStruct, a package that features both geometric nonlinearities and material inelasticity and has been extensively used and verified by thousands of users for more than ten years. The accuracy of the solver in the nonlinear analysis of framed structures is very well demonstrated by the numerous successes of SeismoStruct in recent Blind Test Prediction Exercises, such as the Concrete Column Blind Prediction Contest 2010 (UCSD, San Diego, USA), which was sponsored by the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER, Berkeley University), or the Blind Test Challenge of the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (LNEC, Lisbon, Portugal), amongst others.