The Concrete Center, a supplier of materials, design and construction advice for concrete, has launched an update to its Concept software tool.
Already a widely used and reliable conceptual design tool for the cost and schedule of concrete frames, the latest update, version 4, now includes a built-in carbon rating.
Adding the comparison of embedded carbon helps designers evaluate solutions and understand the influence of frame choice on cost, schedule, and embedded carbon. The tool is completely free and can be easily updated with user-defined cost and carbon data.
So how does the tool work?
The Concept Version 4 worksheet compares designs to Eurocode 2 for 13 forms of reinforced concrete construction, then ranks them in order of cost, program, and carbon incorporated.
It is intended to be used to select the most suitable pattern for an RC frame and as a âfirst tryâ to determine element sizes. The cost, program and carbon assessment is dependent on unit rates for materials, formwork and siding.
Comments from those who have used the software include: “A powerful tool at the design stage of a project” and “An incredible tool, it should be part of every structural engineer ‘s toolbox.”
The Concept Design Tool – Version 4 can be downloaded from www.concretecentre.com/Concept
There is also a user guide and a webinar to walk users through the software, all available as a free download.