Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011 Update 4 Readme

Thank you for downloading Autodesk® Robot Structural Analysis 2011 Software Update 4

This readme contains the latest information regarding the installation and use of this update. It is strongly recommended that you read the entire document before you apply the update to your licensed copy of Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011, either as a stand-alone product or as part of a suite. For reference, save this readme to your hard drive or print a copy

Contents

§  Who should install this update?

§  General Installation Information

§  Before You Begin

§  About Windows Command Line Switches

§  Installation Instructions

§  Apply This Update to a Standalone Installation

§  Apply This Update to a Network Administrative Image

§  To add this update to a new administrative image

§  To apply this update to an existing administrative image

§  To Uninstall This Update

§  Primary Issues Resolved by Update 1

§  Installation

§  Software Usage

§  Primary Issues Resolved by Update 2

§  Model Definition and Analysis

§  Concrete Design

§  Steel Design

§  Primary Issues Resolved by Update 3

§  Model Definition and Analysis

§  Concrete Design

§  Steel Design

§  Timber Design

§  Primary Issues Resolved by Update 4

§  Model Definition and Analysis

§  Concrete Design

§  Steel Design

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Who should install this update?

This update may be applied to any licensed copy of Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011 software installed as a stand-alone product or as part of a suite, with or without installed updates 1, 2, or 3.

This update includes Update 1, 2, and 3. You do not need to install either of them prior to installing Update 4.

General Installation Information

Before You Begin

As you prepare to install this update, keep these points in mind:

    Administrative Privileges

In order to apply this update, you must have administrative privileges.

    To Install This Update

This update may be run in 'silent mode' only. When started, the program either installs the content without any further user action, or refuses to run if the Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011 software has not been installed.

    To Uninstall This Update

Note: This update cannot be uninstalled to revert Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011 to its pre-update state. If you need to remove the update, you must first uninstall Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011, and then reinstall it.

    Network Deployment

The Administrators can deploy this update over a network using the Deployment wizard. It is not possible to create deployment using a machine with already installed Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011 software

About Windows Command Line Switches

Two Microsoft Windows command line switches are built into this update:
     /e - Extracts the MSP file from the update executable.
     /q - Suppresses the completion message after this update is applied. This is useful if you use a script or batch file to apply this update to multiple computers.

Instructions about how to use the /e command line switch are included in the procedures that follow.

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Installation Instructions

Apply This Update to a Standalone Installation

Follow these instructions to install this update on a single computer.

  1. Download the update file RSA2011SP4.exe and save it to any folder.
  2. Find the folder where you saved the update and double-click the executable (EXE) file.
  3. When the installation is completed, the following message will be displayed:
    'The Service Pack was successfully installed and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011 has been updated.'

Apply This Update to a Network Administrative Image

The following distribution methods apply only to administrative images created with the Deployment wizard.

Please remember that the deployment cannot be created using machines with already installed Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011 software

After you complete these procedures, subsequent deployments of your product will include this update. In all cases, please 'Append' this update to a deployment. The 'Merge' method is not applicable to this update.

The patch (update) file that you download contains an MSP (Microsoft Patch) file, which has to be extracted from the executable file using the /e (extract) switch. For an example of the syntax, see step 2, below

To add this update to a new administrative image

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download the update EXE file to your local computer.
  2. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run. Enter information using the following syntax and click OK.
    <local_drive:>\<patch_name> /e <local_drive:>\< patch_name>.msp
  3. Launch setup.exe from the Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011 installation disk/folder.
  4. Select 'Create Deployments'. Click Next.
  5. Continue through the Deployment wizard, and Configure when allowed. Select the '32 bit deployment'. On the 'Include Service Packs' page, click 'Browse' to browse to the update extracted in Step 2. Notice that the update has been added in the 'Service Packs Included in this Deployment' box. Click 'Configuration Complete'.
  6. Follow the instructions in the Deployment wizard to complete the update deployment

To apply this update to an existing administrative image

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download the update EXE file to your local computer.
  2. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run. Enter information using the following syntax and click OK.
    <local_drive:>\<patch_name> /e <local_drive:>\< patch_name>.msp
  3. Browse to the location of the existing Administrative image.
  4. In the Tools folder, select the 'Create and Modify a Deployment' shortcut.
  5. On the 'Begin Deployment' page, you may change the name of the existing deployment in the 'Specify the Deployment Name' box.
  6. On the 'Begin Deployment' page, do one of the following:
    - Select 'Create a new deployment using an existing deployment as a template'. Specify a new deployment name.
    - Select 'Modify an existing deployment'. Modify the existing deployment.
  7. Continue through the Deployment wizard, and Configure when allowed. Select the '32 bit deployment'. On the 'Include Service Packs' page, click 'Browse' to browse to the update extracted in Step 2. Notice that the update has been added in the 'Service Packs Included in this Deployment' box. Click 'Configuration Complete'.
  8. Follow the instructions in the Deployment wizard to complete the update deployment.

To Uninstall This Update

Note: This update cannot be uninstalled to revert Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011 to its pre-update state. If you need to remove the update, you must first uninstall Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011, and then reinstall it.

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Primary Issues Resolved by Update 1

Installation

  1. The ESOP for Robot option group, previously unavailable after installation of Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2011, has been unblocked.
  2. A problem with Robot Extensions Spreadsheet Calculator 2011 running only in demo mode in case Robot Extensions Spreadsheet Calculator 2010 was previously installed has been corrected.

Software Usage

  1. Incorrect generation of FE meshes, especially for slabs with openings, has been fixed.
  2. Kinematic constraints are no longer applied during mesh generation when the proper check box in Job Preferences is cleared.
  3. The starting page is no longer blocked by attempts to display corrupted file preview.
  4. Repeated requests to participate in the Customer Involvement Program are no longer displayed.
  5. Characters in HTML notes for non-English languages (such as Greek, Ukrainian, Chinese, and so on) now display correctly.
  6. Problem of displaying empty places in various texts including menu options has been corrected.
  7. Menu customization no longer results in a fatal error.
  8. Calculating story rigidity center for buildings with non-weight walls no longer causes fatal error.
  9. Editing of r/c drawings arrangement is no longer blocked.
  10. Fatal error during r/c beams design for Italian settings has been corrected.
  11. Problem of launching r/c design from Autodesk® Concrete Building Structures software has been corrected.
  12. Improper position of pins while reinforcing ACI beams has been corrected.

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Primary Issues Resolved by Update 2

Model Definition and Analysis

    General

  1. Transfer of rigid links while model transferring from Autodesk® Inventor® software to Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis has been improved.
  2. Blocking of the menu customize utility has been removed.
  3. Solids with stories now copy correctly.
  4. Page fault while using Section Builder has been removed.
  5. Empty printout of some composition components has been corrected.
  6. Error while entering zero height wall has been fixed.
  7. Faulty properties of the American steels (A501, A529-50, A529-55, A572-55, A572-CVN, A588-42, A588-46, A588-50, A588-CVN, A709-50, A709-50W, A709-CVN, A847, A992-50W, A992-CVN, A1011-SS-50, A1018-HSLAS) have been corrected.
    Warning!
    The material file listed below must be deleted if this correction is to be effective.
    'c:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Autodesk\Structural\Common Data\2011\RMAT001.xml'
  8. Kinematic constrains are no longer generated for master nodes of rigid diaphragms, and the unbalanced reactions are not produced.
  9. Page fault during preview display has been fixed.
  10. Page faults during model generation have been fixed.
  11. Meshing problem with kinematic constrains has been fixed.

    Actions

  1. New items can now be added to the vehicle database.
  2. Page fault while generating snow loads on roofs with attics has been corrected.
  3. The accidental snow value for the code NF EN 1991-1-3/NA mai 2007 has been corrected.
  4. Cpi value for the wind load calculations according to the code PN-EN 1991-1-4:2005 has been corrected.
  5. The formula for the wind kl coefficient calculation according to the code NF-EN 1991-1-3/4/NA:2007/2008 has been corrected.

    Analysis

  1. Ignoring load to mass conversion for the concentrated bar forces if defined with calculation nodes has been fixed.
  2. Memory error for the Intel® Math Kernel Library (MKL) Solver calculations has been fixed.

Concrete Design

    General

  1. Deleting the standard story inside the inspector window no longer produces a page fault.
  2. Drawings with shifted circular stirrups have been corrected.
  3. Opening the Option Set dialog on empty RC viewer no longer produces errors.
  4. Problems with sending reinforcement drawings to AutoCAD® Structural Detailing software have been corrected.
  5. Saving of the drawings in the DXF format has been fixed.

    Beams

  1. Tensional moments are no longer reported for nonsupported torsion calculations.
  2. Beams imported from Autodesk Concrete Building Structures now have a corrected load factor for the self weight load.
  3. Bending moment translation for beam calculations according to EN 1992-1-1:2004 has been fixed.
  4. Calculation parameters are now kept for the sequential analysis.
  5. Calculations of bielles for the BAEL code have been corrected.
  6. Excessive deflection of T-shaped beams has been corrected.
  7. It is now possible to change geometry after importing beams from the structure.
  8. Page fault while reinforcing beams on the Japanese Windows Vista® system has been removed.
  9. Stability of the beam module has been improved, and localized page faults have been corrected.
  10. Adjoining slabs may be defined for beam sections again.

    Columns

  1. Generation of the transversal reinforcement outside the column has been corrected.

    Foundations

  1. Calculation of soil stress for wind loads according to DTU 14.1 has been corrected.
  2. Problems during the generation and export of reinforcement have been fixed.

    Slabs

  1. Levels assignment for slabs has been corrected.
  2. Problems during the generation and export of reinforcement have been fixed.
  3. Unjustified large reinforcement values in some locations have been corrected.

    Walls

  1. The ACI calculation scheme has been improved.

    Autodesk Concrete Building Structures

  1. Error while changing node positions for inclined beams has been fixed.
  2. Error during simplified calculations of model with beams without support defined has been fixed.
  3. Page faults in summary tables while unchecking the object types or deleting objects have been corrected.

Steel Design

    Steel Connections

  1. Bolts capacity check in Beam-to-Beam connection has been corrected.
  2. Fixed column base check for CM66 code calculations has been corrected.
  3. Incorrect display of ratio for Beam-to-Column connection has been fixed.
  4. Incorrect shear forces verification in case of symmetrical two-sided Beam-to-Column connection has been corrected.
  5. It is now possible to change bar position in the Gusset plate connection.
  6. Page faults while editing connections have been corrected.
  7. Saving of the connection drawings in the DXF format has been fixed.
  8. Tube connection resistance calculation has been corrected.
  9. Weld resistance value in the Gusset plate connection check has been fixed.

    Steel Member Design

  1. Error in the column verification with automatic buckling coefficient calculations has been fixed.
  2. Lateral buckling calculation and imperfection factor value for "other cross sections" checked according to the Eurocode formulas have been corrected.
  3. Stability check for bars under tension for Add80 code has been fixed.
  4. Verification of steel members according to the code NF EN 1993-1:2005/NA:2007/AC:2009 has been corrected.

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Primary Issues Resolved by Update 3

Model Definition and Analysis

    General

  1. The number of recently opened files shown on the start page now agrees with the Preferences settings. The preview of the file is now automatically switched off if the file is currently not accessible.
  2. Displaying large number of objects using OpenGL® viewer has been optimized.

    Model Generation

  1. Planar supports may now be defined on revolved objects.
  2. Generation of calculation model with joists has been fixed.
  3. Meshing errors during kinematic links generation have been corrected.

    Actions

  1. Advanced permeability parameters for wind loads based on NV65 code are now available.

    Analysis

  1. Parameters now display correctly for spectral load cases defined using the previous software version.
  2. Orthotropy direction of a plate is now defined with its local X axis instead of the global X axis.
  3. Sums of forces and reactions for nonlinear and pushover analysis using the arc-length method are now stored correctly when results are saved for each increment.

    Results

  1. When "Prepared results" is used, maps for envelopes now display correctly.

Concrete Design

    General

  1. Incorrect mapping of theoretical (required) reinforcement areas into tables through COM interface has been fixed.
  2. Reinforcement freezing flag may now be properly unchecked.
  3. Ability to open files with r/c elements defined in the older product versions has been enabled.
  4. Steel list shape descriptions printed in tables of r/c drawings are now legible.

    Beams

  1. Adding new r-bars using the Reinforcement\New bar menu option has been fixed.
  2. Calculation algorithm has been modified to consider point 6.1(4), according to NF EN 1992-1-1/NA:2007 - 5.2 (1)P.
  3. Definition of beam sections with slabs has been fixed.
  4. Unnecessary generation of upper struts or unnecessary warning about insufficient number of them for EC2 EN1992-1-1 & NA calculations has been fixed.
  5. Redistribution of shear forces in beams while torsion is taken into account for EC2 EN1992-1-1 & NA calculations has been corrected.
  6. Import of inclined beams from structure has been corrected.
  7. Problem while starting r/c beam wizard without active beam has been resolved.
  8. Reinforcement cover for fire provisions, according to EC2 EN1992-1-2 & NA, is now defined using linear interpolation of table values.

    Columns

  1. Geometric imperfections based on EC2 EN1992-1-1 are now added in more unfavorable direction.
  2. Calculation of column capacity for fire resistance check of non-sway structure columns based on EC2 EN1992-1-2 & NA has been corrected.
  3. Interpolation between tabular values for fire resistance check of columns based on EC2 EN1992-1-2 & NA has been corrected.
  4. Maximum load level for column fire resistance check based on EC2 EN1992-1-2 & NA has been corrected.
  5. Fatal error observed in the fire resistance calculator has been removed.
  6. Initial eccentricities of Ned.fi for column fire resistance based on EC2 EN1992-1-2 & NA check have been fixed.

    Isolated Footings

  1. Calculation of stresses in soil for wind loads based on DTU 14.1 has been corrected.

    Slabs

  1. Incorrect information about steel types of reinforcing bars in slab reinforcement based on EN 1992-1-1:2004 AC:2008 has been fixed.
  2. Calculation of Qadm for slab punching based on NF EN 1992-1-1/NA:2007 has been fixed.

Steel Design

    Steel Connections

  1. Screen capturing of steel connection scheme views has been fixed.
  2. BEAM TO COLUMN WITH ENDPLATE (CM66)- Removed lower stiffening plate is no longer considered when checking the reduced compression of flange.
  3. BEAM TO COLUMN WITH ANGLES (EC3)- Angle length and beam offset are now considered during connection check.
  4. BEAM TO BEAM WEB WITH ANGLES (PN)- Calculation of a1 and alpha coefficients for bolt bearing has been corrected.
  5. COLUMN BASE- Shear check of column base with two base plates welded together has been fixed.
  6. GUSSET PLATE- Import and verification of gusset connection with continuous chord have been fixed.
  7. TUBE TRUSS (EC3)- Incorrect value of g2 distance between diagonals has been fixed.

    Steel Members Design

  1. Member group definition now displays proper warning about bars without member type defined.

Timber Design

    Timber Members Design

  1. Detail results for deflection check now presents local axis index.

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Primary Issues Resolved by Update 4

Model Definition and Analysis

    General

  1. Change of the layouts blocked for some operation systems-which could cause problems or crashes when opening r/c project layouts-is now possible.
  2. Offset parameter error reported while integrating Autodesk® Revit® Structure software with Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis software has been fixed.
  3. Double roundtrip between Autodesk Revit Structure software and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis program blocked for specific configuration is possible now.

    Analysis

  1. Coefficients Fa and Fv are now updated when changing site class during seismic analysis definition for the Canadian code NBC 2005.
  2. Selfweight of the hollow slabs is now properly calculated.

Concrete Design

    General

  1. Fatal error during the definition of r/c node has been removed.

    Beams

  1. Incorrect info about the concrete volume and the reinforcement density printed on the drawings has been fixed.
  2. Fatal errors while designing beam with openings or some other beam types have been removed.

    Columns

  1. Incorrect recognition of column L-sections as T-sections during required reinforcement analysis of bars has been fixed.

    Slabs

  1. Calculation error blocking the deflection verification has been removed.
  2. API functions for managing required reinforcement analysis and results have been corrected.

Steel Design

    Steel Connections

  1. GUSSET PLATE CONNECTION-Incorrect geometry information has been updated.
  2. Wrong values of M0 and frame column height in the note results have been fixed.

    Steel Members Design

  1. CTICM rule for coefficient psi calculation for "I" shapes has been fixed.
  2. EC3-Wrong length of the third segment for internal bracings calculation has been corrected.

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