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Comparison of Precast Prestressed Bridge Girder Design Software


The Table Below Gives a Feature Comparison Between PGSuper and two other popular precast prestress girder design programs, ConSpan and PSBeam. More information about these two programs can be found at:

ConSpan: http://www.leapsoft.com

PSBeam: http://www.lrfd.com/

All data below is based on published information from these web sites. Our objective is to make the comparison as fair as possible, so please contact us if you feel that data is missing or has been misrepresented, and we will change the table accordingly. ?'s have been posted where we are unsure about certain features in ConSpan or PSBeam.
 

Bridge Analysis PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Simple-Span Y Y Y Y
Continuous Spans Y Y Y Y
Envelope of Simple/Continous Y Y N N
Integral Pier Connections Y Y N ?
Restraining Moment Y (manual) Y (manual) ? Y (auto or manual)
Lifting at Casting Yard Y Y N (add-on) Y
Hauling Y Y N Y
Load Rating Y Y Y Y
Generation of Beam Load Tables N N N Y
Moment Capacity Using Strain Compatibility Method Y Y Y Y
Moment Capacity Using Simplified AASHTO Method N N Y Y
Girder Camber Y (all stages) Y (all stages) Y Y
Girder Reactions Y Y Y Y
Girder Deflections/End Rotations Y Y ? Y
Lightweight Concrete Y Y Y ?
Bridge Geometry PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Integrated Roadway and Bridge Geometry Modeling Y Y N (see GeoMath) N
Multi-Segment Horizontal Alignment Y Y single single
Alignment data exchange with LandXML Y N N (see GeoMath) N
Spiral Curves Y Y N N
Multi-Segment Vertical Curves Y Y N N
Non-Uniform (linear or spline) Deck Width Y Y N N
Non-Parallel (Splayed) Girders Y Y Y N
Alignment offset From Roadway Y Y N N
Pier Skew Y Y Y Y
Different Girder Types in Span Y Y Y Y
Multi-Segmented Girders - Post Tensioning N (see PGSplice) N (see PGSplice) N (see ConSplice) Y
Reporting of Alignment/Deck/Pier/Girder Geometry Y Y N N
Reporting of Deck Elevations Y Y (girderlines only) N N
Reporting of Bearing Seat Elevations Y N N N
Design Specifications PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
AASHTO LRFD 1st (1998) thru 6th Edition  with 2013 interims 1st (1998) thru 6th Edition 2012 ? thru 2007 4th Ed Thru 2009
AASHTO Standard Spec N N Y Y
US/SI Hot-Switchable Units Y Y Y Y
Customizable Load Factors and Load Modifiers Y Y Y Y
User-Defined Stress Limits Y Y Y ?
Parametric Definition of Design Specification Over 200 Parameters Over 200 Parameters ? ?
Design Checks PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Stresses, all stages Y Y Y Y
Ultimate Moment Y Y Y Y
Vertical Shear Y Y Y Y
Horizontal Shear Y Y Y Y
Bursting in Anchorage Zones Y Y Y Y
Harped Strand Hold Down Force Y Y Y ?
Harped Strand Slope Check Y Y ? ?
Lifting in Casting Yard Y Y N Y
Hauling of Girder Y Y N Y
Live Load Deflection Y Y Y ?
Fabrication Optimization Analysis Y Y N N
Slab Haunch Offset ("A" Dimension) Y Y N N
Automated Design
Optimization
PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Straight Patterns Y Y Y Y
Harped Patterns Y Y Y Y
Debonded Patterns Y Y Y Y
Release and Final Concrete Strength Y Y Y Y
Continuity Reinforcing N (check only) N (check only) Y ?
Ultimate Vertical Shear Stirrups Y Y Y N
Horizontal Interface Vertical Shear Y Y N N
Longitudinal Reinforcement for Shear Y Y N N
Bursting and Confinement Reinforcement Y Y N N
Temporary Strands for Lifting/Hauling Y Y N N
Lift Point Locations Y Y N N
Truck Support Locations Y Y N N
Slab Haunch Offset ("A" Dimension) Y Y N N
Dead Loads PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Beam/Deck/Haunch (auto) Y Y Y Y
Overlay (auto) Y Y Y Y
Interior Diaphragms (auto) Y Y Y (user input) Y
Sidewalk Dead Load (auto) Y Y Y ?
Interior and Exterior Traffic Barriers (auto) Y Y Y Y
User-Defined Point Load Y Y Y Y
User-Defined Uniform Load Y Y Y Y
User-Defined Trapezoidal Load Y Y Y Y
User-Defined Beam End Moments Y Y ? ?
Live/Moving Load Analysis PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
 Built-in AASHTO Live Loading Y Y Y Y
User-Defined Truck/Lane Y Y Y Y
Permit Loading Y Y Y Y
Auto Computation of LRFD Distribution Factors Y Y Y Y
Distribution Factors from Grillage Analysis N N Y N
Direct User-Input of Distribution Factors Y Y Y Y
User-Defined Pedestrian Loads Y Y Y ?
Prestress Losses PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Refined Estimate Per LRFD Y Y Y Y
Approximate Lump Sum Y Y Y ?
General Lump Sum (multi-stage) Y Y Y Y
Shear PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
General Procedure 5.8.3.4.2 (Beta - Theta) Y Y Y Y
Simplified Procedure 5.8.3.4.3 (Vci, Vcw) Y Y Y ?
General Procedure with Tables Appendix B5 Y Y Y ?
Prestressing PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
All Popular Strand Types Y Y ? Y
Stress Relieved and Low Relaxation Y Y Y Y
Pretensioning Y Y Y Y
Post-tensioning N (see PGSplice) N (see PGSplice) N (see ConSplice) Y
Straight Strands Y Y Y Y
Harped (Draped) Strands Y Y Y Y
Debonding Y Y Y Y
Temporary Strands (lifting and hauling) Y Y N N
Strands Extended into Pier/Abutment Y Y N N
Longitudinal Rebar PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Include Rebar for Tension At Release Y Y ? Y
Supplement Moment Capacity Y (pos and neg moment) Y (pos and neg moment) ? Y
Bottom Tension Tie for Shear Y Y ? Y
Deck Reinforcement for Negative Moment Y Y ? ?
Parametric Girder Shapes PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
I Beam Y Y Y Y
Deck Bulb Tee Y Y Y Y
Box Beam Y Y Y Y
U Beam Y (two types) Y (two types) Y Y
Nebraska NU Y Y Y ?
Voided Slab Y Y Y Y
Solid Slab Y Y Y Y
Double Tee Y (three types) Y (three types) Y Y
Triple Tee Y Y ? Y
TxDOT Decked Slab Beam Y Y N N
Generic Section N N Y Y
Ability to Store Beams in Sharable Library Y Y Y Y
Reporting/Results Verfication PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Output of all final and intermediate values used in equations showing equations and code refrences Y Y N N
Number of Output Report Types 16 13 ? ?
One-Page Design Summary 2 2 Y Y
Navigable Table of Contents Y Y N ?
Text Searching Within Reports Y Y N ?
Analysis Results Exportable to Spreadsheets Y N Y ?
Moment/Shear/Stress/Deflection Graphs Y Y Y Y
Compare Demand to Capacity in Graphs Y Y ? Y
Export Images to DXF N N Y ?
Source Code Available Y (Open source portions only) Y N N
Shareable Libraries PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Shared over LAN/WAN Y Y Y Y
Shared over Internet Y Y N ?
Automatic Synchronization of Library Data over Internet Y Y N N
Enhanced Library Management Y N    
Girder Shapes Y Y Y Y
Pre-Defined Shear Stirrup Layouts Y Y N Y
Barriers Y Y N N
Design Criteria and Standards Y Y N N
Girder Connections Y Y N N
Concrete Materials Y Y N N
User-Defined Live Loads Y Y N Y
Prestressing Strands N N N Y
User Interface PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Modern Windows UI Y Y Y Y
Bridge Elevation and Section Views Y Y Y
Girder Elevation and Section Views Showing Strand Layouts Y Y Y Y
Highly Interactive Views Supporting Mouse Exploration Y Y ? ?
3D View of Bridge Geometry Y N Y Y
Girder Design Dashboard tm Y N N N
  System Features PGSuper Professional Vers 1.1 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
 Operating System Windows Vista/7/8 Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7  Windows NT/2000/XP/? Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista
Network Compatible Y Y Y Y
Internet Library Sharing Y Y ? ?
Run Analysis/Design from DOS Batch Mode Y Y ? ?
Share Data with AASHTOWare Y N Y N
Share Data With Pier Analysis Program N N RCPier ETPier
Export Results to Excel or CSV File Y N N N
Documentation PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Context-Sensitive Help Y Y Y Y
Tutorial Y Y Y Y
Theoretical Manual Y Y Y Y
Online Training Free at PGSuper.com Free at PGSuper.com N N
Free Peer-Peer Support Forums  PGSuper.com PGSuper.com N N
Personal, Toll-Free Suport Y N N N
Pricing PGSuper Professional Vers 1.3 PGSuper Vers 2.8 ConSpan Vers 7.1 PSBeam V4
Single, or Multiple License Starting at $1250.00 per supported user. Volume, government, and educational discounts available Free Must call for pricing Must call for pricing
         

 

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