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SAFE Version 12.0.

Release Date: 2008-12-02

SAFE Version 12.0.0 is a completely new program for designing and detailing reinforced and post-
tensioned concrete floor and foundation systems.


It contains important information that is more current than what is in the Manuals.


1. Installation Instructions for SAFE Version 12.0.0

2. Installation Instructions for License Manager 8.0.5
3. Trial License on Vista for SAFE
4. File Compatibility
5. New Features
6. Notes for Users of SAFE v8 or Earlier

1. Installation Instructions for SAFE Version 12.0.0

SAFE Version 12.0.0 is available as a full installation from DVD. Installing SAFE Version 12.0.0
will not uninstall older versions of SAFE.

The installation instructions are available in three places:

• The “SAFE Installation Card” link on the SAFE DVD browser.
• A printed document included with the program package.
• In the file SAFE_Install_Instructions.pdf in the root folder of the DVD.

The instructions include information about the software protection system used and installation
options and instructions. You can choose between a Standalone or Network installation.

2. Installation Instructions for License Manager 8.0.5

The information in this section does not apply if you are using standalone licenses.

For new Network installations, see the System Administrator's Help for more detailed information
about the License Manager and the License Manager Administration program “WlmAdmin.exe”.
This installation contains Sentinel RMS License Manager 8.0.5.
• If you are currently running Version 8.0.5 or higher of SentinelLM you do not need to re-
install License Manager.
• If you are currently running a version that is older than 8.0.5 then you must install version
8.0.5 or later. Uninstall the older version prior to installing this version.
IMPORTANT! All commuter licenses should be checked in before uninstalling the old
version. Note that Sentinel RMS License Manager 8.0.5 will recognize older licenses for
Computer and Structures products. Please refer to the SAFE Installation Card or the
SAFE_Install_Instructions file for information on how to do this.
• If you are serving licenses on a Windows Vista system, you will need to use Sentinel RMS
License Manager 8.1.1, which is available from Computers and Structures, Licensing
Department, upon request. This version cannot be locked to a disk ID, but instead requires a
computer ID key. Note that version 8.1.1 is only required when the license server is running
on Vista. It does not matter what operating system is used to run SAFE.

To speed up finding a network license when SAFE is launched, you can do either or both of the
• Create a text file, LEVEL.TXT, and enter the ProgramLevel in a single line. The
ProgramLevel should be one of the following:
Save this file to the folder where SAFE is installed. This file will cause the program to find
the license faster. Note that this file will be included when a new license is sent.
• Create a text file, LMHOST.INI, and enter the network name or IP address of the machine
that is running the License Manager. If you are serving licenses on more than one machine,
enter each name or IP address on a separate line of text. Save this file to the folder where
SAFE is installed.

If you experience problems with the license please refer to the appropriate “License Trouble
Shooting Guide...” located in the SAFE program folder.

3. Trial License on Vista for SAFE

SAFE v12 is initially installed with a 30-day trial license. This should work for all operating
systems. However, if you are running on Vista and the trial license does not work, then please run
application file SafeTrialLicense.EXE located in the folder where you have installed SAFE. This
file runs quickly and silently with no feedback. The trial license should now work.

4. File Compatibility

SAFE v12 can open model files (*.FDB) from older versions of SAFE, as well as import older
SAFE text files (*.F2K). Note that once you save or run these models in Version 12.0.0, they will
not be usable by older versions of the program, so you may want to save them under a new name
after opening or importing them in Version 12.0.0.
5. New Features for Version 12

SAFE v12 is a completely new program for designing and detailing reinforced and post-tensioned
concrete floor and foundation systems.

For the full list of features and capabilities, please visit the SAFE v12 news page at

6. Notes for Users of SAFE v8 or Earlier

Users of SAFE v8 or earlier should be aware of several significant changes in SAFE v12 modeling
of slabs for analysis and design:

1. The analytical model is a full three-dimensional model with 6 degrees of freedom at each
joint. This allows for consideration of in-plane forces due to post-tensioning and a better
model for consideration of lateral-load effects.

2. The slab and beams can be modeled at the right locations vertically with interaction of in-
plane and bending behavior due to variation in thicknesses and eccentricities. T-beam
effects are automatically included when these eccentricities are considered. If no post-
tensioning is present these vertical offsets can be ignored and the T-beam effect can be
explicitly modeled. The program default is to ignore the vertical offsets when no post-
tensioning is present.

3. The columns and walls are now explicitly included in the analytical model rather than being
included as springs. This allows for better modeling of lateral loads.

4. For SAFE v12 it is not necessary to export distortions from ETABS to account for lateral
loads. The loads can be exported directly and the columns and walls modeled in SAFE will
account for the correct distribution of moments to the slabs. Back-calculation of the loads
from the distortions is sensitive to the differences in stiffness modeled in SAFE and ETABS
and is no longer needed.

5. Only the thick shell finite element is used in SAFE v12 as it includes shear deformation,
which is important for getting the right amount of shear in adjoining beams.

6. As a general mesh is now possible and strips can be arbitrarily placed, only the Wood-
Armer method is available for obtaining the design moments. The nodal method is

7. A general mesh option is available and the rectangular meshing has been considerably
improved by use of internal edge constraints. The effects of irregularities are now localized
and do not affect the whole mesh.
8. The concept of a Load Pattern is introduced. The Static Load Cases are now simply called
Load Cases and can contain one or more scaled Load Patterns. The Load Cases can be of
type Static Linear, Static Nonlinear, Modal, or Response Spectrum (when imported from
ETABS). The Load Combinations are the usual combinations of the responses from the
individually analyzed Load Cases.