Adapt EDGE

Integrated Structural Analysis for Concrete Buildings – ADAPT-Edge

Product Overview

ADAPT-Edge allows for the analysis of gravity and lateral loads on an entire concrete building structure from roof to foundation, including automated load takedown. Edge can be used as a stand-alone product or together with ADAPT’s specialized design software for floor and foundation systems – Floor Pro and MAT. In this way, Edge helps to simplify the analysis and design process by using only one model for floor, foundation, and building analysis and design. Unlike other general purpose programs, Edge is specifically designed for the rapid modeling of concrete structures and gives the option of adding prestressing or post-tensioning to any slab or beam member.

ADAPT-Builder 2012 MultiStory Integrated Structural Analysis

Edge lets users switch from full structure to single-level views of their project models with the click of a button, without losing the analysis solution calculated at the bulding level (like wind and seismic), allowing for the efficient running of design cycles and member optimization, level by level. This unique building/single-level switching capability is the underlying innovation that will transform how structural engineers approach their concrete building projects – offering a truly integrated design process. Building analysis results are availabe in single-level mode as sets of internal reactions that can be re-combined with a new analysis cycle carried out in single-level mode.

Edge automatically accounts for the composite interaction of all vertical and horizontal elements including differential shortening and secondary effects of post-tensioning, if present. Edge offers a truly integrated approach to the modeling, analysis and design of concrete structures. We invite you to take the challenge and experience for yourself how Edge can speed up your concrete building design process.


  • Any single or multilevel concrete structure
  • Simple or very complex geometries
  • Quick stability analysis of mid-rise buildings
  • Load takedown for transfer elements or mat foundations
  • Calculation of differential settlement for tall buildings
  • Determine impact of post-tensioning or prestressing on all members of a building
  • Accurate combination of lateral loads in slab and mat design
  • Analyze effect of complex slab systems on lateral stability of buildings
  • Vibration analysis of concrete buildings

Top Reasons to Use Edge

  • Speed – very easy and fast modeling of concrete buildings
  • Post-Tensioning – models post-tensioning in building models
  • Ease of Use – no fuss, but accurate automated 3D finite element meshing and analysis
  • Integration – building stability analysis, detailed floor and foundation design in one integrated model
  • Accuracy – floor system’s bending response accurately tied into overall building solution
  • BIM – industry leading integration with Revit Structure

Supporting Documentation

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Structural Modeling

      • Generates a true 3D solid physical model of an entire floor system or complete concrete building
        • No simplification of geometry or manual creation of analytic model required
        • Uses smart components to assemble an entire floor system: slab regions, walls, beams, columns, drop caps, drop panels, rebar, tendons and openings
        • Models steps above and below the slab as well as any type of slab depression
      • Streamline modeling process by importing DWG/DXF files and intelligently converting to structural components
      • One-click switches between single- and multi-level modeling modes
      • Coordinated multi-level modeling saves time and reduces errors
      • Ability to copy levels up or down to speed up modeling
      • Flexible definition of component releases and boundary conditions
      • Handles complex models with ease and accuracy
      • Models can be supported on columns, walls, point supports, line supports, or any configuration of springs (point, line or area representing soil)
      • View and examine 3D rendered solid model to verify the accuracy of the structure’s representation


      • Apply gravity or lateral loads of any configuration, anywhere on the model
      • Wind load wizard
        • A practical utility that allows users to quickly calculate and apply wind loads to the structure. Uses code specified formulas or user defined wind pressure profile. Wizard automatically calculates structure’s exposure surface and applies loads at windward and leeward faces of structure.
        • ASCE 7-05
        • ASCE 7-10
        • IS 875 (Part III)
      • Seismic load wizard
        • This tool gives option of automatically generating code specified seismic loads or applying user defined loads to the structure. Seismic loads are applied to the center of mass of each level.
        • ASCE 7-10
        • User defined base shear can be automatically distributed and applied to structure based on distribution coefficient and mass contribution of each level
        • Story forces entered in a table are automatically applied to center of mass of each corresponding level
      • Building level internal reactions are available for single-level re-analysis

Post-Tensioning and Prestressing

      • Uses integrated tendon modeling as opposed to “balanced loading”. This overcomes many of the approximations and shortcomings inherent in the conventional modeling of post-tensioning. Ask ADAPT to email you a technical note on its modeling approach [Aalami, Bijan, O “Structural Modeling of Post-Tensioned Members.” American Society of Civil Engineers, Structural Journal, February 2000, pp. 157-162]
      • Model bonded or unbonded tendons
      • Design using effective force or specify stressing ends and friction loss parameters
      • Calculates prestressing force in members as well as secondary restraining effects (hyperstatic moments) due to prestressing
      • Tendon generation wizards for banded and distributed tendons
      • Automatically or manually model and dynamically edit tendons in plan or elevation view online video …
      • Tendon curvature check against a minimum radius of curvature
      • Automated tendon clash detection
      • Program calculates and graphically shows force along tendon

Analysis Capabilities

      • Industry leading automated 3D finite element meshing algorithm
      • Option to mesh and analyze complete model or any individual level
      • Performs a detailed finite element analysis of the entire floor systems and its supporting structure using shell and frame elements
      • Unlike other general analysis programs in the market that analyze all horizontal components at the same node level, Edge properly maintains the different offsets of steps in slabs and/or beams with respect to the slab they are framed into – this results in more realistic analysis and deflection results
      • Smart components automatically establish required FEM connectivity, eliminating need for manual fine-tuning of analysis model
      • Carries out integrated modal vibration analysis on complete model or any user-defined sub-region

Design and Automatic Code Checks

      • Member design forces for columns and walls reported graphically and concise tabular reports
      • Automatic drift check
      • Define arbitrary manual design sections across horizontal components – software calculates actions, required rebar and moment capacity
      • When used with Floor Pro or MAT, automatically combines gravity analysis results carried out at slab level with lateral load solution obtained at building level

Output and Reports

      • Detailed quantity takeoff report
      • Generates both professional and ready-to-submit graphical and tabular reports

Licensing Options

    • Edge can be used as a stand-alone solution or together with Floor Pro and MAT
    • Multi-user network or stand-alone versions
    • Download with soft license or flexible USB dongle

The program supports the following design codes:

  • ACI-318 (1999, 2005, 2008 and 2011)
  • IBC (International Building Code) 2006, 2009 and 2012
  • British-BS8110 (1997)
  • Canadian-A23.3 (1994)
  • Canadian-A23.3 (2004)
  • Australian-AS3600 (2001)
  • Brazilian-NBR6118 (2003)
  • Indian IS456 (2005 reprint)
  • European EC2 (2004)

The program integrates with the following third party programs and file formats:

  • Autodesk® REVIT® Structure: 1:1 bi-directional integration with physical model including loads, reinforcement can be imported back into REVIT®   view online video …
  • ETABS: import geometry lateral and gravity loads including load cases   more information …
  • Import and export of DWG/DXF files

The program supports the following units:

  • SI
  • MKS
  • American Customary

Hardware Requirements

  • 32 bit PC running Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • 64 bit PC running windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Minimum of 4 GB RAM
  • Available hard drive space of 1 GB

Mat (Raft) Foundation Design

  • Edge can analyze soil supported structures. To carry out the detailed desing of a foundation system, run the model with ADAPT-MAT.

Floor System Design

  • Edge carries out the detailed bending analysis of any elevated floor system in the model. To carry out the detailed desing of a floor system, run the model with ADAPT-Floor Pro.