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CADS RC Pile Cap Designer

CADS RC Pilecap Designer can be used stand-alone or as part of the CADS integrated analysis, design and detailing solution.

It automatically produces a selection of suitable designs to BS 8110 for pilecaps with 2-9 piles supporting circular or rectangular columns. The software offers a range of pilecap group solutions for the input loads. After selection of a pile cap type, the program offers a range of reinforcement solutions with the optimum offered as default. Calculations and details of the selected solution can be printed onto a single A4 sheet or exported to Microsoft Word and detailed automatically in AutoCAD using the CADS RC Pilecap Detailer Macro.

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  • Fast automatic design to BS 8110 and Eurocode 2 (EC2)
  • Data import from frame analysis
  • Single A4 sheet colour printout
  • Export text file/link to MS Word
  • Link to CADS RC Detailing/AutoCAD
  • Integrated batch processing and grouped design module available in CADS Analyse and A3D MAX
  • Data import from frame analysis
  • Easy to learn and use


Fast and Easy Data Input
Once the Wizard is started the user simply completes each dialog box and selects < next > to move either forwards or < back > to review and/or amend a previous input dialog box.

Import Frame Analysis Results
An unlimited number of biaxial load cases and/or support reactions can be imported from frame analysis models such as CADS Analyse3D, allowing users to design groups of pilecaps as a single solution. Used in this way users of CADS RC Pilecap Designer gain from the obvious benefits of data re-use which include significant time saving and the reduction of errors. Users are also able to add additional loads such as those from ground beams, etc.

Powerful Automatic Design
Used stand-alone or as part of the CADS integrated analysis, designand detailing solution, CADS RC Pilecap Designer automatically produces a selection of suitable designs to BS8110 for pilecaps with 2 - 9 piles supporting rectangular or circular columns. The software presents the user with a selection of pilecap types which can be selected on the basis of the percentage pile utilisation factor displayed for each. A range of detailed reinforcement solutions based upon the preferred bar sizes and arrangements specified by the user is calculated automatically. The design can be refined and optimised to meet specific job requirements by using the powerful reinforcement editing checking features.

Automatic RC Detailing in AutoCAD
Completed designs can be detailed and scheduled in seconds with the CADS RC Pilecap Detailer Macro. Once the pilecap job has been saved the CADS RC Pilecap Detailer Macro can read the job file on a network or hard disk drive and can use it to prepare a detailed AutoCAD drawing and bar bending schedule.

Concise Printed Results
The completed design can be printed onto a single A4 sheet which has been designed to include a detailed reinforcement diagram, together with all the necessary information to allow a quick manual check by a design team manager or checking engineer. Users can configure the printout to include their company’s logo, name and address details together with project header information.

Output to Microsoft Word
Detailed design results can also be exported in the form of a pre-formatted text file. Users of Microsoft Word will be able to create a new document in Microsoft Word. Such a document is easily incorporated into a larger report or set of calculation pages.




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