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Specification Section: Bridge Products and Bridge Design Software

Todd Danielson on August 29, 2016 - in Bridge Products and Bridge Design Software

Bridge products and bridge software include tools to analyze bridge performance, bridge building materials, structural steel design software, concrete analysis software, fabrication services, steel detailing software and more.

This brief listing is meant to introduce readers to manufacturers and suppliers with contact details to immediately access further information. If your company should have been included, let us know at [email protected], and we’ll add it online.


Advitam provides a distinct spread of tools that improve knowledge of infrastructure condition through asset-management software, sensor technology and instrumentation as well as nondestructive testing. Our integrated solutions unify inspections and monitoring data to optimize infrastructure management and decision processes. ScanPrint® is our software that optimizes bridge and asset inspections as well as management of any infrastructure. EverSense® systems are turnkey instrumentation deliveries used for monitoring anything from a single bridge to large infrastructure networks. EverScan® is a unique portfolio of nondestructive measurement methods focusing on cable & post tensioned structures.



American Galvanizers Association

The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to serving the needs of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, fabricators and after-fabrication hot-dip galvanizers throughout North America. Since 1933, the AGA has provided information on the most innovative applications and state-of-the-art technological developments in hot-dip galvanizing for corrosion control.

The AGA provides a number of free tools for specifiers, including PDF publications, Galvanize It! continuing-education series, a free quarterly email newsletter for specifiers, and an online protection coatings Life-Cycle Cost Calculator (LCCC). In addition, the AGA routinely publishes technical FAQs (Dr. Galvs) and KnowledgeBase articles addressing common specifier concerns as well as a variety of case studies in the AGA Project Gallery at galvanizeit.org/project-gallery. All of these tools and more can be found on the AGA’s website at www.galvanizeit.org.



Atlas_Tube_Color_Zekelman1Atlas Tube

Don’t know if you can get A1085 HSS for your project? Don’t worry. Atlas Tube manufactures it every 30 days in various sizes. Spec A1085 HSS, and we’ll deliver—anytime, anywhere. With great performance and ready availability, there’s no reason not to spec A1085 HSS. Atlas Tube produces the industry’s widest size range of steel HSS manufactured to ASTM A500, ASTM A1085 and CSA G40 standards. Atlas HSS are available in squares up to 22” and 0.083”-0.875” wall thickness, rectangles up to 24” x 12” and 0.083”-0.750” wall thickness, and rounds up to 20” and 0.083”-0.625” wall thickness. Learn more about ASTM A1085 and how it makes designing with HSS easier with Atlas Tube’s design aids and videos.



AVEVA has been at the forefront of engineering and information management software for more than 45 years. During that time, much has changed, but our focus has remained on helping customers work with less risk, shorter lead times and greater efficiency. As we look to the future, we have anticipated what will be required for our clients to achieve lean steel fabrication, and we will deliver this via an initiative called The Future of Steel Fabrication.

AVEVA has combined AVEVA Bocad™, the most powerful, productive and complete structural steel detailing solution, with AVEVA FabTrol™, the global market-leading information and production management system for steel fabrication. The result is the world’s most powerful and integrated end-to-end solution available for the steel fabrication industry.

Together, these solutions are driving the Future of Steel Fabrication, continually creating new capabilities to transform the structural steel industry.



Bentley Systems-BRIDGE

Address modeling, design and analysis of all bridge types on both existing and new structures with Bentley’s wide range of integrated bridge applications. Experience enriched problem solving at every stage of the project-delivery process, from planning, design and engineering to construction simulation and analysis. Your result: remarkably better engineered bridges. Develop intelligent 3D parametric bridge models within the context of an overall transportation project using OpenBridge Modeler for rapid and iterative design. Integrate with civil design applications to access civil data to see how your project interacts with alignment, terrain, drainage and surrounding structures. Interoperate with Bentley’s bridge analysis and design applications: LEAP Bridge Concrete, LEAP Bridge Steel, RM Bridge and ProStructures.


6.BentleyLOGO_4C_complete (1)Bentley Systems-STRUCTURAL

Efficiently model, analyze and design any structure, from a single foundation to an entire stadium, using various concrete, steel and joist building materials. Consider multiple design alternatives quickly and early in your structural design process, and produce high-quality and economical designs with ease. Synchronize model data with confidence among your entire design team, including detailing 3D models for all of your structural projects. Design structures anywhere in the world using more than 80 international codes, with Bentley’s RAM and STAAD structural applications. Any structure. Any material. Anywhere. www.bentley.com



Canam-Bridges, a division of Canam Steel Corporation, has led the North American industry in designing, fabricating and building steel bridges, structural bearings and expansion joints for the highway, railway and industrial markets. Canam’s team of technical experts, state-of-the-art equipment, high production capacity and fully dedicated painting and metallizing facilities position it as a premier steel partner for any size bridge project.

Canam-Bridges adds real value by getting involved early, offering pre-construction, design-assist and design-build services. Find out about all that Canam-Bridges has to offer (including case studies, technical articles and blog posts) by visiting www.canambridges.com.



Carl Stahl DécorCable

Carl Stahl DécorCable offers a comprehensive range of cable, rod and mesh systems for architectural, structural and design applications. Part of the global Carl Stahl Group, we are uniquely able to furnish the resources necessary for a successful project, no matter what its complexity or location. Specialized design services, including tensile engineering, statics and 3-D modeling, are available.

Our X-TEND® stainless-steel cable mesh is available in various mesh widths and cable diameters, including code-compliant, climb-resistant options. Panels and installation hardware arrive ready to install. X-TEND® performs equally well on a flexible or rigid framework and offers extremely high load capacity. Its unique ability to accommodate 3-D shapes gives you amazing design flexibility.



Certainty 3D LLC

TopoDOT is a high-performance MicroStation application for importing and extracting topography and models from point clouds, calibrated images and related survey data. TopoDOT offers a balance of automation and streamlined user interaction designed to maximize productivity while assuring data quality. Different licensing options and unrivaled support are part of the complete solution.


Computers & Structures Inc.

Founded in 1975, Computers and Structures Inc. (CSI) is recognized globally as the pioneering leader in software tools for bridge engineering. CSiBridge is the most versatile and productive bridge software available on the market today, allowing engineers to easily define complex geometries, boundary conditions and live load cases. The bridge models are defined parametrically, using terms familiar to bridge engineers, such as layout lines, spans, decks, bearings, abutments, bents, hinges and post-tensioning. The software creates spine, shell or solid-object models that update automatically as the bridge definition parameters are changed. CSiBridge allows for quick and easy design, retrofitting and rating of steel and concrete bridges, and includes an easy-to-follow wizard that outlines the steps necessary to create a bridge model.


Contech_LogoContech Engineered Solutions

Contech Engineered Solutions provides a comprehensive array of plate, precast and truss structures, with the best-known brands available worldwide. Contech bridges—vehicular and pedestrian—fit a wide variety of applications, spanning distances from five to 300 feet and more. These bridge brands include Contech Structural Plate, BridgeCor® CON/SPAN®, BEBO®, Continental®, Steadfast® and EXPRESS® bridges.

Experience, innovative thinking and exceptional service have put more than 80,000 Contech bridge installations on the map worldwide.

The Contech Engineered Solutions’ team of Bridge Consultants is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service, project management and consultative support. Contech supports clients throughout the entire design process, from concept to installation. 

For all your bridge needs, call 800-338-1122 or visit our website at www.conteches/bridges.com.


CTS Cement

CTS Cement is the leading manufacturer of advanced cement technology for new bridge construction and existing bridge rehabilitation.

Komponent® Shrinkage-Compensating Concrete (ASTM C845 Type K) has been successfully used in more than 1000 bridge decks since the 1960s. Komponent offers low permeability and excellent durability. By preventing drying shrinkage cracks, it protects reinforcement from corrosion, significantly improves the design life of the bridge deck and minimizes maintenance and lifecycle costs.

Rapid Set® Low-P™ single-component cement and Rapid Set® Latex-Modified Concrete (RSLMC®) offer ideal solutions for partial and full depth repairs, and bridge deck overlays. These rapid-hardening cements allow repair and rehabilitation to be completed faster, with higher quality, low permeability, greater long-term performance and lower in-place cost than traditional latex modified concrete (LMC).



Design Data

As a leader in steel industry software development for 35 years, Design Data constantly brings new technology to the market. Our SDS/2 software solutions provide automatic detailing, connection design, engineering information and other data for the steel industry’s fabrication, detailing and engineering sectors. SDS/2 offers the highest level of automation and intelligence available in 3D steel detailing, with unparalleled connection design intelligence and high-quality drawing production. As a BIM software, SDS/2 allows for the sharing of data among all partners on a project, reducing the time required to design, detail, fabricate and erect steel.



Freyssinet Inc.

Freyssinet Inc. offers value-added products and services for construction or repair of a wide range of structures: Stay Cables & Hangers; Suspension Cables; Post-tensioning Systems; Barrier Cables; Structural Repairs, Strengthening and Monitoring; Heavy Lifting/Moving; and Expansion Joints, Bearings, Seismic Devices and Structural Dampers. Freyssinet Inc. executes work as a specialty subcontractor, general contractor and supplier.




Graitec offers an easy-to-use structural analysis and design software with steel, concrete and wood expertise for bridges. Advance Design America provides all the tools needed to efficiently design 2D and 3D multi-material models and conduct static, dynamic and moving load analysis. Its unrivaled precision with Canadian Codes (including CSA S6-14 Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code) makes it a reliable BIM software for projects of all types and scales.

With its ease of modeling and automated graphical results, carrying out complex calculations, bridge evaluation and complete design brief is easily achieved. Government agencies such as the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and Ministry of Transportation of Quebec trust Graitec’s expertise and software to support an integrated workflow. Advance Design America will get your job done fast and optimize your performance with your analysis and design process. Try it for free! www.graitec.com/caen/ada_bridge_solution.asp



Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s Intergraph® software for oversize/overweight (OS/OW) vehicle permitting, routing and restriction management offers transportation departments an integrated solution to quickly and accurately permit and safely route OS/OW vehicles.

Key benefits include:

• Faster permit issuance with 24/7 access

• Automated routing with a map view, driving directions and legend integrated with Google Maps

• Real-time restriction management for improved safety

• Easy system controls, including dashboards, reports, configurations and user permissions

• Zero bridge strikes with Bridge Evaluator integrated with AASHTOWare BrR/VIRTIS and Moment & Shear Analysis

Hexagon’s software offers maximum flexibility and can be delivered as a turnkey solution or modularized, with modules that enable:

• Web-based, automated permit management

• Automated restrictive route planning

• On-the-fly restriction management

• Bridge analysis, using Moment & Shear calculations

• Business intelligence and reporting




Jenik was founded in 1984 in Montreal, Canada. We specialize in Sales & Rentals of Under Bridge Work Access Platforms and Bucket Trucks suitable for all types of work relating to bridge inspection, construction, repair and maintenance in Canada for more than 15 years and now expanding operations in the United States. Our rental fleet includes Barin, Moog, Hydra Platform and Aspen Aerials. Our equipment complies with ANSI Standards. Our professional team will assist you in meeting your under bridge access requirements.



Leica Geosystems

For monitoring professionals who need to quickly understand and react to complex demands of today’s monitoring projects, Leica GeoMoS is a solution that provides needed flexibility to their projects. With scalable software, options and various licensing packages, Leica GeoMoS family adapts to specific needs of any user. Suitable for continuous or periodic projects, a complete monitoring solution is offered with the highest accuracy and reliability. With more than 20 years of monitoring experience and support from a team of highly experienced engineers, Leica GeoMoS is a vital partner in a wide range of monitoring challenges.



Leica Pegasus

The Leica Pegasus: Two mobile mapping solution uses one or several laser scanners in combination with GNSS receivers, IMU and a DMI. Acquire accurate and precise spatial data with six to eight cameras on any vehicle. This innovative mobile sensor platform will not only capture point cloud and imaging data but also collects data from additional sensors. Sky or pavement-assessment cameras, noise-pollution sensors, air-quality sensors or ground penetrating radar (GPR) for underground asset mapping all leverage the concept of a multiple-sensor platform. The multi-sensor approach allows you to:

• Increase your ROI by collecting more data in one pass

• Create new revenue streams by using one platform for multiple applications

• Decrease your time in the field by 30-50 percent




LUSAS develops, markets and supports a range of finite-element analysis software products for the engineering and construction industries. LUSAS Bridge software is used for cost-effective analysis, design and assessment of all bridge types. Fundamental frequency, seismic, dynamic, nonlinear, buckling, fatigue, staged construction modelling, concrete creep and shrinkage, heat of hydration, and prestress/post-tensioning can all be undertaken. Cable-tuning analysis, traffic-load optimisation to AASHTO and other codes; steel and composite deck design, soil-structure interaction analysis; and rail track-structure interaction modeling are also supported. LUSAS Civil & Structural software is used in analysis of buildings, stadia, towers, LNG tanks, docks, dams and tunnels. LUSAS is used on major projects worldwide (as well as on small-scale structural-integrity work). See website for more details.



MDX Software

MDX Software Curved & Straight Steel Bridge Design & Rating is in use by many top design firms and DOTs to design and rate steel girder bridges for compliance with LRFD, LRFR, LFD and ASD AASHTO Specifications.



MMFX Steel Corporation

MMFX® Steel Corporation is a global specialty steel company dedicated to applying innovative steel technologies to multiple product lines. With its steel production partners, OEM manufacturers and industry leaders, MMFX delivers solutions to problems faced by steel consumers. As a dependable technical resource, MMFX continuously strives to deliver unmatched value to its customers through the application of advanced nano-steel technology.

MMFX has removed long-standing limitations faced by structural engineers and the construction industry by introducing its ChrōmX 9000, 4000 and 2000 Series, grades 100 and 120 high-strength concrete-reinforcing steel products with varying levels of corrosion resistance, so designers can utilize the high-strength efficiencies, and best match the uncoated, corrosion-protection requirements of a given project.


NSBANational Steel Bridge Alliance

The National Steel Bridge Alliance’s latest version of its Steel Bridge Suite, a collection of bridge design tools, includes updates to the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration Standards and enhancements to LRFD Simon, NSBA’s free software for preliminary steel plate and box girder design.

Updates to the Collaboration Standards include:

• S8.1 – Guide Specification for Application of Coating Systems with Zinc-Rich Primers to Steel Bridges

• S10.1 – Steel Bridge Erection Guide Specification

• G13.1 – Guidelines for Steel Girder Bridge Analysis

The new version of LRFD Simon includes the following key enhancements:

• 7th Edition AASHTO Specification Support

• Internally Calculated Distribution Factors

• Deck Pour Analysis

• Web Depth Optimization

• New User Documentation

• An Assortment of Bug Fixes

To request the current version of Steel Bridge Suite, please visit www.aisc.org/simonSoftwareForm.aspx. For more about NSBA, visit www.steelbridges.org.


New Millennium

Decking Solutions: Performance, Cost-Optimized Bridge Building Systems

New Millennium is a nationwide provider of custom engineered and manufactured steel building systems that are used throughout the construction industry. Bridge-Dek® and Rhino-Dek® systems offer flexibility for developing stay-in-place form systems used in both concrete and steel bridge structures. Contractors now have efficient methods for forming deck slabs in new construction and bridge rehabilitation projects, even in extremely aggressive environments.

Build better-performing bridges

Bridge-Dek® and Rhino-Dek® are manufactured in a controlled environment, fabricated from high-strength galvanized steel, and will meet your design requirements. Both systems include four standardized profiles and 18 matching rebar profiles that economically span distances up to 14 feet.

Physical design properties are calculated in accordance to the latest published edition of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI) “Specifications for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel.”



NUCOR Grating

A manufacturer/supplier of high-quality gratings for major capital projects around the world (Tru-weld and Fisholow brands). Typical industry applications include commercial buildings; mining and smelting; power-generating stations; oilfields and refineries; chemical plants; water treatment facilities; and pulp and paper producers.

Nucor Grating products include:

Bar Grating

• Standard Carbon Steel Grating

• Stainless Steel Bar Grating

• Fisholow Aluminum Swage Locked Grating

Plank Type Safety Grating

• Grip Span (Diamond)

• Shur Grip (Round Hole)

Fiberglass (FRP) Grating

Bridge Maintenance Walkways



RISA Technologies

RISA Technologies has been developing leading-edge structural design and optimization software for more than 25 years. Our products are used by 24 of the top 25 U.S. design firms in more than 70 countries around the world for towers, skyscrapers, airports, stadiums, petrochemical facilities, bridges, roller coasters and everything in between. The seamless integration of RISAFloor, RISA-3D and RISAFoundation creates a powerful, versatile and intuitive structural design environment, ready to tackle almost any design challenge.

With RISA-3D’s versatile modeling environment and intuitive graphic interface, you can model any structure from bridges to buildings in minutes. Get the most out of your model with advanced features such as moving loads, dynamic analysis and more than 40 design codes. Structural design has never been so thorough or easy.



Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance

The Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA) is a group of bridge and buried soil structure industry leaders who have joined together to provide educational information on the design and construction of short span steel bridges in installations up to 140 feet in length. SSSBA’s objective is to provide essential information to bridge owners and designers on the use of short span bridges, including:

• Free web-based design tool at www.eSPAN140.com

• Case Studies

• Education on superstructure, substructure and other structural components of steel bridges

• Standardized designs and details

• Manufacturer’s Options (including prefabricated and modular designs)

• Durability Solutions (including information on weathering steel, galvanized steel and painting)

• Sustainability

• Technical Research

• Industry Contacts



Sika Corporation

Sika Corporation, based in Lyndhurst, N.J., is a leading supplier of specialty chemical products and industrial materials serving construction and industrial markets including transportation, marine and automotive. Its technologies are focused on sealing, bonding, damping, reinforcing and protecting. Sika’s product lines include roofing, concrete admixtures, specialty mortars, epoxies, structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring, sealants, adhesives, specialty acoustic and reinforcing materials.

Sika Products are used in a wide array of applications and always fulfill the highest quality standards. We are committed to customer satisfaction, innovation and teamwork.




Spider has been safely and reliably putting contractors to work at height on bridges for 70 years. From industry-leading work baskets, including the ST-17 and ST-180, to standard swing stages powered by our reliable traction hoists to custom-designed float platforms, Spider has a solution to overcome the most unique, demanding access challenges for all phases of bridge construction, maintenance, painting, blasting and repair projects. With 25 locations in the Americas, factory-trained technicians and 24/7 technical support, we maximize your productivity and safety regardless of your bridge-access challenge.



Taylor Devices Inc.

Taylor Devices Inc. is the leading designer and manufacturer of Fluid Viscous Dampers, Lock-up Devices, Shock Transmission Units, Shock Absorbers, Cable Dampers and custom Tuned Mass Damping Systems. These devices and systems are used to protect building and bridge structures from the devastating vibrations caused by earthquakes, wind, hurricanes, pedestrian activity, traffic and other vibrational disturbances.

Viscous Dampers, Shock Transmission Units and Lock-Up Devices are available in force capacities from 50 KIP to 2,000 KIP and are individually tested at our world-class test facility to full force and velocity as specified for each application. We have successfully provided these devices for more than 600 structural applications throughout the world.

TDI has third-party certification to ISO 9001, AS9100 and ISO 14001.


Trimble_logoTrimble Solutions

Working with Tekla software is the most advanced and integrated way to manage detailing, fabrication and erection of all steel structures, including the complex geometry of bridges. Tekla’s technology enables effective bridge design with accurate 3D modeling of the entire structure. With Tekla software, users can model steel, concrete, wood and composite bridge structures.

Productivity is increased through higher automation of fabrication and project management in 4D by interfacing with MIS systems and CNC machinery. Centralized information into the model can be shared by bridge contractors, designers, structural engineers, steel detailers and fabricators, concrete detailers, and manufacturers. All parties see the changes and updates immediately as they work with a shared model, which translates into increased productivity and elimination of waste.


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About Todd Danielson

Todd Danielson has been in trade technology media for more than 20 years, now the editorial director for V1 Media and all of its publications: Informed Infrastructure, Earth Imaging Journal, Sensors & Systems, Asian Surveying & Mapping, and the video news portal GeoSpatial Stream.

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