RAM Steel is developed, tested, and supported by structural and professional engineers with extensive industry experience. That expertise in building codes, construction techniques, materials, and the design process is embodied in the program. Careful consideration has been given to the user’s needs to design steel structures and to execute design project. In addition, an extensive set of design criteria is available that allows the user to customize the designs in accordance with office standards and local practices. RAM Steel is unmatched in the industry for accuracy, completeness, and design quality.
RAM Steel automates virtually every step of the design process. By automating these tedious and time-consuming tasks, the engineer can quickly obtain an accurate design. Alternative framing configurations can be examined in a short time period resulting in a more economically feasible design for the client. A CAD software interface allows rapid generation of framing plans, saving significant drafting time and reducing the errors associated with manual information transfer. This frees the engineer from mundane and repetitious tasks. RAM Steel lets users be more productive, and have more confidence in the resulting design.
Advanced Modeling Capabilities:
The RAM Modeler provides for the creation of a 3D model of the entire structure, including roof and floor loads; beam, column, brace and walls; and slab properties, openings, and edges. Powerful yet easy-to-use graphical model generation features are provided. These tools allow complex floor and building systems to be modeled in a short time, while quickly accommodating changes.
Steel Beam Design:
RAM Steel provides designs of composite and noncomposite beams and girders, steel joists and joist girders and cellular and castellated beams. In addition to the automatically optimizing beam sizes, RAM Steel enables existing designs to be checked. (Moreover, alternate sizes can be investigated and replaced with the optimized size.) RAM Steel automatically calculates tributary loads from surface, line and point loads, loads on girders from beams, live load reduction factors, and effective flange widths. Design considerations such as depth restrictions and camber limits can be specified. Floor framing can be checked for vibration based on the procedures of AISC/CISC Design Guide #11 and SCI Publication P354.
Steel Column Design:
RAM Steel designs columns and base plates, and automatically calculates axial loads, unbalanced moments due to pattern loading and connection eccentricity, live load reductions and bracing conditions. Optimum sizes can be obtained and existing designs can be analyzed.