Pile Design module development for Scia Engineer
Scia is the developer and supplier of Scia Engineer. Using this software, builders can test the strength of steel and concrete structures. These are often buildings for which foundations also have to be designed. Scia wanted to make improvements to the module for foundation design. They asked Deltares whether it was possible to develop a module that could simulate foundations on piles using cone penetration testing. The module that was developed not only simulates the foundations, it also tests them to see whether they comply with the standard. The module also describes the behaviour of the foundations (in other words, the spring rates) so that a more realistic picture is obtained of the structure as a whole.