Design tools and software
Ease and cost of design are important factors in the choice, efficient design, and buildability of building frames.
Much of The Concrete Centre's output is aimed at freeing the designer from laborious tasks to allow time to choose the best structure using further design tools. These include computer programs and design manual publications. This section contains easy links to these:
CALcrete is a free comprehensive suite of 16 computer-aided e-learning modules on concrete materials, design and construction, containing essential material and information for all construction professionals - from architects to site engineers.
Concept V3 is an invaluable tool for the conceptual design of reinforced concrete frames which enables the comparison and determination of the optimum structural solution. It assists with concrete frame choice, member sizes and reinforcement estimates.
A free tool for calculating the thermal properties of construction elements has been launched by The Concrete Centre following development by Arup.
This software tool helps demonstrate the passive design principles of buildings to non-specialists, and enables key design variables such as orientation, ventilation and thermal mass to be more easily understood.
For the experienced engineer, the spreadsheets allow the rapid production of clear and accurate design calculations. For post-graduates and new engineers they encourage understanding of concrete design and help the gaining of experience by studying 'what if' scenarios.
This guide sets out how concrete's attributes can be used to minimise CO2 emissions.
An all-you-need-to-know guide on the specification of sustainable concrete.
£55.00 + VAT
This publication assists engineers in understanding the common challenges of building tall.
This guide focuses on the use of concrete at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre and its part in creating a low energy building.
This publication widens the understanding of post-tensioned floor construction and illustrates the considerable benefits.
This guide focuses on concrete and masonry housing, and presents requirements for Part L1A of the Building Regulations.
Guidance on how concrete can be used to achieve credits under the latest version of BREEAM NC:2014.
Gives likely structural options for a concrete frame, with useful points to note - written by engineers for engineers.
The buildings from 70 years of Concrete Quarterly.
A magazine to commemorate 70 years of Concrete Quarterly.