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How To Design And Investigate Reinforced Concrete Columns With StructurePoint SpColumn

How to Design and Investigate Reinforced Concrete Columns with StructurePoint spColumn

Reinforced concrete columns are essential structural elements in many buildings and structures. They carry the load from the beams, slabs, and walls to the foundation. The design and investigation of reinforced concrete columns can be challenging, especially for irregular sections with complex reinforcement layouts or boundary elements.

How to Design and Investigate Reinforced Concrete Columns with StructurePoint spColumn


Fortunately, there is a software tool that can help you with this task: StructurePoint spColumn. This software, formerly known as PCACOL and IRRCOL, is widely used for design and investigation of columns, shear walls, bridge piers, and other typical framing elements in buildings and structures. It supports various design standards, such as ACI 318-14/11/08/05/02 and CSA A23.3-14/04/94.

In this article, we will show you how to use StructurePoint spColumn to design and investigate reinforced concrete columns with different shapes, loads, and reinforcement patterns. We will also show you some of the features and benefits of this software, such as:

  • Powerful user interface that allows you to import binary files in COL format and textual format CTL

  • Possibility to use up to 10,000 reinforcements in each section

  • 50 load cases for wind, earthquake, and various parts analysis

  • Online guide and various settings for customization

  • Supports English units (inches/pounds) or standard units SI (m)

  • Ability to perform uniaxial and biaxial bending analysis along with load eccentricity determination

  • Supports rectangular, circular, and irregular sections

  • Full support for interactive P-M and Mx-My interaction diagrams

  • Ability to customize the display of interactive diagrams

  • Matching charts with different limit states

  • Imports and exports in DXF format

  • Exports P-M and Mx-My diagrams and three-dimensional failure surfaces in text and CSV formats

  • Ability to work in both graphic and command line modes

  • Report reduction factors of strength in output text file

To start using StructurePoint spColumn, you need to download and install the software from their website: You can also download a free trial version to test the software before purchasing it. The installation process is simple and straightforward. You just need to follow the instructions on the screen.

Once you have installed the software, you can launch it from your desktop or start menu. You will see a welcome screen that gives you some options to create a new project, open an existing project, or access the online help. You can also change the language of the software from English to Spanish or French.

To create a new project, click on the "New Project" button. You will see a dialog box that asks you to enter some basic information about your project, such as name, description, design code, units, etc. You can also choose a template for your project from a list of predefined templates that cover different types of columns.

After you have entered the project information, click on the "OK" button. You will see the main window of StructurePoint spColumn that consists of four main areas: toolbar, section editor, load editor, and output window. The toolbar contains various buttons that allow you to access different functions of the software. The section editor allows you to define the geometry and reinforcement of your column section. The load editor allows you to define the load cases and combinations for your column analysis. The output window displays the results of your analysis in text or graphical format.

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