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Steel connection design with base plate and anchorage

Your job will be much easier with VAConnect helping you design steel connections. Run this tool alone or with imported loads and members from VisualAnalysis, VisualFoundation or ConcreteBending. Download the free trial in two minutes and solve your next problem on us.

Get Verifiable Connection Designs

Shear Connections

Design shear tab for beam-to-column or beam-to girder connections of I-beam or channel members.
  • Eccentric bolts check (ICR method)
  • Interaction of shear and axial forces
  • Support by column or girder
connection model
loads on connection

Moment Connections

Design welded flange plate beam connections of I-Beam or channel members.
  • Beam moment connection
  • Options for weld types
  • Beams: I-beam or channels
  • Support by column or girder
status view
load combinations

Base Plates & Anchorage

Follows AISC Design Guide 1 and AISC 360-16 for steel. Concrete and anchorage checks per ACI 318-14.
  • Column: I-beam, HSS, pipe, rectangular or round
  • Plate bending checks (uniaxial)
  • Concrete bearing checks
  • Specify reinforcing to prevent breakout
  • Bolt tension, shear, pryout
base plate loads
anchorage blowout

Integrated with VA VF CB

Eliminate tedium and error-prone bookkeeping by importing load sets from VisualAnalysis, VisualFoundation, or ConcreteBending.
  • All limit states checked
  • Detail checks (e.g. spacing, fit...)
  • Integrated with VisualAnalysis with automated demand bookkeeping
  • Integrated base plates for VF or CB
project status
design from VisualAnalysis

Transparent Reports TM

Get hand-calculation type reports showing limit states with equations and code references.  All limit state checks are shown.
  • Instant status (pass/fail)
  • Drill-down to intermediate values
  • One-page summary report
  • Customize report details
equations in report
blowout calculations

Simplified Input

Point and click editing of models. Visualize your changes with clear graphics. Flexible units and expression input with built-in error checking.
  • Shape/material database
  • Easy shape, bolt, weld data
  • Built-in load combinations
  • Envelope multiple connections in your structure
load combinations
results

VAConnect Specifications

See the online User's Guide for complete information regarding the limit-states checked. Included there are quick-start training videos to get you up and running.

Building Codes & Material Specifications

  • Steel per AISC 360-16 LRFD
  • Base plate per AISC Design Guide 1
  • Concrete and anchorage checks per ACI 318-14
  • Load combinations per IBC, ASCE 7, NBC, customizable

PDF Click to View a Sample Report

One Page Summary
Base plate summary report

Custom with Equations
Base plate summary report

Custom, Sketches & Tables
Base plate summary report

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Steel base plate graphic
Steel base plate graphic
Steel base plate graphic

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