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SAFE 2014 V14.1.0 and v14.1.1

Reinforced and Prestressed concrete design have been added for the ACI 318-14 and CSA
A23.3-14 codes.

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Design code preferences

The punching shear check of corner columns for all codes that consider linear elastic shear
distribution along the punching perimeter now excludes the effect of the cross moment of
inertia, making the check more practical and less over-conservative. This affects the ACI,
Canadian, Chinese and Indian codes.

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Punching shear calculations

The speed of nonlinear analysis has been increased.

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Stress contour output


17 Feb 2014

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SAFE 2014 V14.0.0 Enhancements

Significant enhancements included in SAFE 2014 (v14.0.0):
Reinforced and Prestressed concrete design have been added for the ACI 318-11 code.
Reinforced and Prestressed concrete design have been added for the Italian NTC 2008
Reinforced and Prestressed concrete design has been added for the Turkish TS 500-2000
and TS 3233-1979 codes.
Reinforced and Prestressed concrete design have been added for the Hong Kong CP 2013

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The specified concrete strength as used for Chinese materials and design codes has been
comprehensively changed for SAFE 2014 to refer to the characteristic strength, whereas in
SAFE v12 the concrete strength referred to the grade.
Design-strip widths can now be imported from DXF/DWG files.
The import and export of AutoCAD 2013 and 2014 *.DWG files is now supported.
Import from and export to Revit Structure 2014 is now available using CSiXRevit 2014.
Models can be created in SAFE or Revit Structure, and incremental import and export are
Licensing has been upgraded to provide support for virtual servers and to allow more
flexibility for using commuter licenses.


17 Jan 2012
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SAFE V12.3.2 Enhancements

Significant enhancements included in SAFE v12.3.2 are:
For the Australian code AS 3600-2009, Equation 8.1.3(2) has been changed for reinforced
concrete and PT design according to Amendment No. 1 to AS 3600-2009.
The enforcement of minimum shear links now recognizes the slab separately from beam.
Previously, minimum shear links were enforced for both beam and slab design. This
enhancement affects all design codes.


15 Dec 2010
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SAFE V12.3.1 Enhancements

Significant New Enhancements
The National Annex to Eurocode 2 has been implemented for Denmark, Finland, Norway,

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Slovenia, and Sweden for reinforced and post-tensioned concrete design using Eurocode
The Chinese concrete design code has been updated from GB 50010-2002 to GB
The Australian code "AS 3600-2009" has been added for the design of reinforced and
prestressed-concrete beams and slabs.
The automatic load combinations created for design by Eurocode 2-2004 now include
snow loads when these are present in the model.
The thin-plate formulation has been added as an option for slab sections. The thick-plate
formulation is the default and the recommended option. The thin-plate option is provided
primarily for comparison purposes, especially with theoretical results. The thick-plate
option generally provides better forces for design.
The sign of all results for hyperstatic load cases has been reversed to be consistent with
common usage.
An enhancement was implemented allowing the program level (i.e., STANDARD, PT, etc.) to
be chosen when starting the program.


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SAFE 12.3.0 Enhancements

Significant New Features

New drafting controls have been added for drawing curved edges of area objects.
Graphical display of crack widths has been added for reinforced-concrete slab regions.
The calculation is based on Section 7.3.4 of Eurocode 2-2004, regardless of the code
chosen for design.
The punching-shear check is now performed at the edges of drop panels for all cases
where drops are present. Previously it was restricted to locations where columns were
The slab punching design check on the maximum shear for which stud rails or steel
reinforcement can be provided has been reinterpreted to be based on the average shear
around the perimeter. Previously this check was using themaximum shear around the

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perimeter. This change will now allow for more designs to pass where reinforcement is
The Detailer has been enhanced to produce a Footing Bill of Quantities, providing a table of
the total rebar quantities for footing-type area objects.
User control has been added for the convergence tolerance used for nonlinear analysis.
Although this is rarely needed, it allows more flexibility for handling sensitive uplift and
cracking cases.


6 Jan 2010


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SAFE 12.2.0 Enhancements

Significant New Features
Meshing options have been simplified and improved to create more efficient meshes that
use less memory and increase the speed and accuracy of the analysis and design.
The Equivalent Frame Method (EFM) has been added as a tool for designing 2-D reinforced
concrete and post-tensioned frames. Standalone 2-D models can be created, analyzed, and
designed independently of the current 3-D slab/mat model. Additionally, the geometry and
basic properties for the 2-D frame can be extracted from a straight design strip of the 3-D
The Architectural Layer tracing for importing DXF/DWG files has been significantly
enhanced for object recognition, speed, and ease of use.

Dimension lines now automatically adjust with the movement of associated grid lines and
Tendon high and low points are shown in plan views as distances from the top or bottom
of the slab.
T-beams and L-beams can now be explicitly specified as being inverted.
Wide beams can now be converted to equivalent thicker slabs when desired.
Temperature loading has been added, including the ability to specify different
temperatures above and below the slab (temperature gradient).
Distributed lateral forces and moments can now be applied to beams, and distributed
lateral forces can be applied to slabs. These lateral loads can also be imported from

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Analysis of cracking deflection has been enhanced to include the effects of creep,
shrinkage, and axial loads.
Design combinations can easily be converted to nonlinear load cases for uplift calculation.
Integrated wall forces are now reported as reactions.
Distinct middle and column design strips have been implemented for R/C design, which
improves design reporting and detailing. Full-width column strips are normally used for
P/T design.
User-specified reinforcement may be defined. Design can take this into account and report
the additional rebar needed, if any, to meet code requirements.
Punching-shear design has been enhanced to account for edges and corners, with user
overwrites provided for additional control.
One-way shear design has been added to the design strips for all codes.
For design using FEM results (rather than design strips), the effect of P/T upon strength
design has now been implemented. FEM-based design is an effective alternative to
strip-based design when strips cannot be easily or reasonably defined.
The effect of P/T upon design can now be ignored in local regions for both strip-based and
FEM-based design.
The automation and user-control of beam sections used for analysis and design has been
enhanced to better consider the interaction with the slab.
Chinese design code and language translation have been implemented for users with a
Chinese license.
Usability, control, and reporting have been significantly enhanced for the Detailer,
including single-level Undo/Redo.
A comprehensive set of keyboard shortcuts has been added for power users.

Overall enhancements for usability, speed, look and feel have been implemented
throughout the program.


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SAFE V12 Enhancements

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Welcome to SAFE v12 this all-new SAFE is the ultimate integrated tool for designing
reinforced and post-tensioned concrete floor and foundation systems. This version introduces
versatile 3D object based modeling and visualization tools. Charged with the power of
SAPFIRE this release redefines standards in practicality and productivity.

From framing layout to detail drawing production, SAFE integrates every aspect of the
engineering design process in one easy and intuitive environment. Although its name is
unchanged, the all-new SAFE is vastly enhanced and improved in every facet. It provides
unmatched benefits with its unprecedented combination of power, functionality and

SAFE v12 is available as SAFE, which includes comprehensive capabilities for reinforced
concrete, or SAFE/PT, which additionally includes all post-tensioning features.

Please contact or (510) 649-2201 for more information.

The following is an outline of the capabilities of the new SAFE product:


Project Initialization
Project initialization from company standards, existing projects, design codes, materials,
sections, existing models or program defaults
Templates for flat slabs, two-way slabs, waffle slabs, ribbed slabs, isolated footings,

combined footings, and mats

Automated generation of P/T tendon layout for flat slabs

Objects and Tools

Multiple grid systems including rectangular, cylindrical, and general
User Coordinate System (UCS) for on-the-fly system definition
Rectangular, circular, T- and L-shaped columns and braces
Curved beams and curved slab edges
Curved walls and sloped ramps

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Drop panels and openings (loaded or unloaded)

Slab discontinuities due to construction joints or elevation changes
Arbitrary geometry and loadings, including variations in thickness
Horizontal and vertical tendon profiles with interactive graphical editing
Multi-segmented design strips including skews and varying widths

Meshing and Constraints

Powerful mesh generation options: rectangular, cookie-cutter, and general
New edge constraint connects mismatched slab meshes
Meshing allows for moment and shear releases in slab

Model Explorer
Easy access to all features of program without using menus
Define, duplicate, and modify properties using the tree structure
Property- and object-based selection
Property assignment by drag-and-drop on model view or within tree
Context-sensitive menus on each item in the explorer

Automated design-strip drawing using grids
Design-strip width automation
Automated generation of pattern loading based on panels
Automated generation of tendon-profiles using load balancing

Strip-based automatic tendon layouts

Automated finite element meshing

Line, area, tendon, design-strip, support, and text drawing tools
Quick-draw options for object creation
Intelligent snaps, with control on snap length and angle increments
Switching between available snaps using N key
Graph paper as horizon or background for easy snaps

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AutoCAD architectural plans can be used as geometric reference for snapping and tracing
Architectural units for drafting (Imperial units)
Length and angle measurement tools
Drafting on user-defined 3D working planes and developed elevations
Curve drawing using arc, spline, and multi-segment tools
General design-strip drawing as poly-lines with varying width
Architectural dimension lines with guidelines linked to points, lines, and edges
Cardinal points for offset insertion of beams, columns, and walls
On-screen editing of selective data using right-button click
Editing with move, nudge, mirror, and replicate
Real-time zoom and rotation while drafting

New enhanced graphical display in plan and 3D
Developed elevations for display and drafting
Display of deformed shapes and loading diagrams
Animation of deformed shapes
Slab displacement, moment, shear, stresses, and bearing pressure contours
User controlled averaging for contour displays
Beam moment and shear diagrams
Reaction force diagrams
Integrated strip moment and shear diagrams
Design displays for design strips
Stress-check displays for post tensioning

Graphical display of required reinforcing for slabs and beams

Extruded 3D views of columns and walls
Clear display of wall junctions in 2D and 3D
Waffle extrusion with openings
Smooth shading for curved line and area objects
Continuous rotation with mouse drag
Built-in image and video capturing
Multiple lighting options and transparency using Direct-X

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Both strip-based design and finite element (FEM) based design results are available
General 3D analysis model with new fast solvers, including dynamics
Orthotropic slab properties
Thick plate behavior with shear deformation included
Beams with flexural, shear and torsional deformations
Stiffness effects of columns, walls and ramps are included
Tendon forces converted to loads
Nonlinear analysis for long term creep using moment-curvature
Nonlinear analysis for cracked conditions
Automatic analysis for secondary post-tensioning stresses for design
Nonlinear analysis for no-tension soil supports with uplift
Tension-only spring for modeling tension anchor
Automated double-valued range combinations for pattern loads
Multi-processor, multi-threading 64-bit solvers with unmatched solution capacity

Area, line and point loading
Loads can vary linearly in one or two directions
Automated prestress loss calculations

Lateral loads (wind and seismic) can be considered in models

Response-spectrum analysis based on loads and modes imported from ETABS
Unlimited load cases and combinations

Slab and beam design for the latest American, Australian, British, Canadian, Chinese,
European, Hong Kong , Indian, New Zealand, and Singapore codes
Design considers post-tensioning and lateral loads
Design done on new, general strip definitions

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Serviceability and load-transfer design checks for post-tensioning

Post-tensioning strength checks including secondary locked-in stresses
New one-way shear design and updated punching-shear design
Design of punching-shear reinforcement (stud rails)

Fully automated detailing of slabs, beams, mats, and footings
Detailer includes post-tensioning, general design strips, slab, and beam offsets
Detailer is fully integrated into the main program and accessible from model explorer
Fully customizable detailing rules to control bar sizes, spacing, dimensioning, scaling, etc.
Separate display of object-level detailing and drawings containing object views
Detailed object views includes plans, elevations, sections, rebar tables, rebar schedules and
bill of quantities
Fully customizable drawing sheets with multiple views
Automatic synchronization of edited drawings with modified models
Option to detail individual objects or groups of similar objects
User-defined section cuts on slabs, beams, and mats
Rebar editing on beams, slabs, and mats with automated updating of related views
Full editing of text and annotations for clearer detailing
Complete control on scale, text size, line type, line thickness, color, etc.
Fully customizable labeling of objects and views
Export of detailing output to AutoCAD
Insertion of external images and graphics on drawing sheets
Import of AutoCAD objects onto drawing sheets

Direct printing of selected views or drawing sheets

Output and Display

Automated generation of standard reports
Fully customizable report generation
Tabular and graphical representation of the model and results
Detailed object views and custom displays can be added to reports
Reporting in user-defined mixed units

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Report formatting and layout based on user-defined settings


Import of model from ETABS Version 9, including response-spectrum
Geometry, tendons, and reinforcing imported from or exported to AutoCAD

Interactive database editing
Database tables for all model, analysis, and design information
Database tables greatly enhanced with many user controls
Import and export tables using native Excel, Access, or text files
Printing of database tables

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