DCMS: Dynamic Component Modeling Software

DCMS

Dynamic Component Modeling Software (DCMS) assists engineers in the analysis and design of building structures (walls, roofs, frames, window frames, etc.) subjected to dynamic loads with a focus on blast analysis.

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DCMS Overview

Dynamic Component Modeling Software (DCMS) assists engineers in the analysis and design of building structures (walls, roofs, frames, window frames, etc.) subjected to dynamic loads with a focus on blast analysis. DCMS includes robust Single-Degree-Of-Freedom (SDOF) and Two-Degree-Of-Freedom (TDOF) solvers and a range of built-in modeling tools that allow engineers to quickly develop and evaluate a wide range of structural building components.  Models include concrete beams, one and two-way concrete slabs, built-up metal beams, and masonry construction for a wide range of load and support conditions.

Improvements on ARA’s prior SDOF tool include additional built-in models, additional SDOF boundary conditions and load conditions, additional analysis options, a more robust units system, additional time step and analysis duration options, and a built-in math and unit interpreter, allowing basic math and unit conversions to occur in any input cell.

 

Features

  • The ability to develop reusable libraries of load functions, units, PI curve criteria sets, material properties, and beam cross sections.
    • Built-in material library containing common steel and aluminum properties.
    • Built-in shapes database containing common wide flanges, channels, angles, structural tees, HSS sections, SSMA studs and tracks, Joist, and CMD shapes.
  • Many Built-in SDOF models
    • Several Component Types
      • Cross-section Beams (Metal, concrete, composite, etc.)
      • Reinforced concrete beams and slabs, including Type I, Type II, and Type III sections.  Precast steel options are also included.
      • Masonry Walls
    • Boundary Conditions
      • One-way – Simple, Fixed, Pinned-Fixed, and Cantilever options
      • Two-way – All Simple, All Fixed, Short-Simple Long-Fixed, Long-Simple Short-Fixed, Three-Fixed Long-Free, Three-Fixed Short-Free
    • Loading Condition
      • Uniform, Triangular, and Point Load options
  • Robust SDOF and TDOF solvers
  • Color coded results based on user selected ductility and rotation limits.
  • Analysis Options including Singe Run, Capacity Run, Variation Charts, PI Curves, and a Design Tool allowing simultaneous evaluation of up to three input parameters.
  • Math and unit interpreter feature allowing basic calculations to be performed in any input cell
  • A robust unit system allowing mixed unit input and on the fly unit conversions
  • The ability to run multiple SDOF systems simultaneously within a single project
    • Organization tools allowing models to be grouped and edited in tandem
    • The ability to prepare an automated report appendix taking advantage of groupings
  • The ability to interact with graphs (zoom, scale)
  • The ability to copy and print all output
  • The ability to save graphs in DPLOT format or save them to the loads library for use in other models
  • The ability to export inputs and outputs into a MS Word Calculation Package (Office 365 Compatible)
 

Specifications

The DCMS software will run on most standard “off the shelf” Windows computers and must have Microsoft Word installed. The software is compatible with Windows XP, 7, 8 or 10 with the Microsoft .NET framework version 4.0 or later.  The DCMS installer will automatically download and install the .NET framework version 4, if not already present, with proper administrative privileges.  The DCMS software may be installed without administrative privileges if the .NET framework version 4 or later is already installed on the machine. The software cannot run on a server.

The DCMS software must be installed on a virtual windows environment for Apple computers.

 

Standard License

  • Licenses are issued to one individual person, not an organization.
  • Licenses allow the software to be installed on one primary computer (e.g., desktop).
    • The 2nd License for a second computer (e.g., laptop) belonging to the same user may be purchased for an additional $50.
  • Licenses will expire one year after activation of the software and will be available for annual renewal.
  • Annual license includes installation support and program maintenance only.
  • Annual support includes program operation support only, not design and analysis guidance.

Educational/Training License

  • Educational/Training licenses are issued to one organization for use by students only.
  • Educational/Training licenses are issued on a case by case basis and subject to approval.
  • A purchase of a 1 year license must be placed at time of Educational/Training licenses are requested.
  • Start Dates and End Dates for training must be submitted via email when requesting an educational license.
  • Licenses will expire after duration of the training/class
  • Use of software for anything other than educational/training purposes is strictly prohibited.
  • Educational/Training License may be re-activated for the same fee and will remain active for duration of new training/class.

For more information about Educational/Training Licenses, please contact seasinfo@ara.com.

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Dynamic Component Modeling Software (DCMS)

DCMS Annual License Renewal

  • This purchase requires an existing installation of the DCMS software.
  • DCMS annual license renewal includes installation support and program maintenance only. This option renews your software license for an additional year.
  • Licenses are issued to one individual person, not an organization.
  • Licenses allow the software to be installed on one primary computer (e.g., desktop).
    • The 2nd License for a second computer (e.g., laptop) belonging to the same user may be purchased for an additional $50.
  • Licenses will expire one year after activation of the software and will be available for annual renewal.

DCMS Annual Support Renewal

  • This purchase requires an existing installation of the DCMS software and a renewal license purchase.
  • DCMS annual support includes program operation support only, not design and analysis guidance.
  • Licenses are issued to one individual person, not an organization.
  • Licenses allow the software to be installed on one primary computer (e.g., desktop).
    • The 2nd License for a second computer (e.g., laptop) belonging to the same user may be purchased for an additional $50.
  • Licenses will expire one year after activation of the software and will be available for annual renewal.

DCMS Basic Online Training

In connection with the purchase of the DCMS software tool and a desire to better understand the use, capabilities, assumptions, and technical limitations of the software, ARA has created a 1-hour web-based training session to better understand how to use the tool. The web-based training must be viewed with a web browser and will expire after 7 days after purchase.

One Certificate of Completion is included in the fee. Additional training certificates may be purchased for an additional $100.00 per participant.

All fees are non-refundable.

 

Specifications

  • General Overview of DCMS
    • Working with Units
      • Pre-defined units
      • User-defined units
      • Unit operations
    • Working with Loads
      • Creating loads
      • Importing loads
      • Blast load definition
      • Load Curve Builder
    • Material Libraries
      • Pre-defined materials
      • User-defined materials
    • Cross Section Library
      • Defining cross-section properties for analysis
      • Calculating cross-section properties from composite built-up shapes
      • Importing cross-sections from libraries of standard shapes
    • Overview of DCMS Models
      • General SDOF Model
      • SDOF Cross Section Model
      • SDOF Concrete Beam Model
      • SDOF 1-Way Concrete Slab Model
      • SDOF 2-Way Concrete Slab Model
      • SDOF Masonry Model
      • Two Degree of Freedom General Model
      • Two Degree of Freedom Sub Model
    • Working with Output
      • Text Output
      • Output Graphs
      • Pressure Impulse Curves
      • Appendix Builder
    •   Overview of validations and limitations of DCMS

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DCMS Basic Online Training

Additional Online Training Certificates

Users may purchase an additional certificate for completion of the Blast Software Online Training. After completion of the training, email ​seasinfo@ara.com the names of the trainees to receive a signed certificate. The email must include the following:

  • Order # from when the training was purchased
  • Order # from purchasing the additional certificates

A certificate will not be sent until the Order #s and names have been received.

Dynamic Component Modeling Software (DCMS) assists engineers in the analysis and design of building structures (walls, roofs, frames, window frames, etc.) subjected to dynamic loads with a focus on blast analysis.

Nancy Renfroe  PSP  •  Tel: 601-638-5401