GSE Software

Structural Analysis and Design Software

General Structural Engineering (GSE)

GSE Software

General Structural Engineering (GSE)

The General Structural Engineering (GSE) is a comprehensive analysis and design software tailored for structural engineering. This versatile software is designed to cater to a wide range of construction materials, including steel, cold-formed steel, concrete, automated slab design, timber, light frame wood, and aluminum.


Structural Analysis and Design Software

Advanced Solution for Structural Engineeering

The GSE – General Structural Engineering is a comprehensive analysis and design software tailored for structural engineering. This versatile software is designed to cater to a wide range of construction materials, including steel, cold-formed steel, concrete, automated slab design, timber, light frame wood, and aluminum.

The GSE software is a technology built on a powerful user-friendly interface offering advanced structural analysis capabilities and intuitive modeling features. The GSE is a globally recognized engineering software solution, trusted and used by several prominent international companies in production work for the design of innovative structures.

The GSE is an advanced structural program based on over 37 years of dedicated research and development. This technology-driven solution is designed to empower engineers to tackle complex structural challenges with ease. With a rich history of continuous development, GSE stands as an example of innovation in the construction industry, earning global recognition for its transformative impact on the field and its role in shaping the construction industry.


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General Structural Engineering (GSE)

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The GSE (General Structural Engineering) software provides a powerful and flexible platform for structural engineers to streamline their design workflows and optimize design time.

The ability to run multiple material design simultaneously is a significant advantage offered by the GSE (General Structural Engineering) software. This feature provides structural engineers with enhanced flexibility and efficiency in their design processes. This means that engineers can work with different materials like steel, concrete, wood or aluminum within the same software environment. This flexibility allows for efficient design and analysis of structures that may involve various materials.

By integrating various design and analysis tools, GSE aims to help engineers optimize their design time. This efficiency is critical in today’s fast-paced engineering projects, allowing for quicker turnaround times and cost-effective designs.

GSE steel is a specialized software application integrated within the General Structural Engineering (GSE) software suite. GSE Steel is a powerful and versatile software tool for structural engineers and designers working with steel and composite steel-concrete structures. Its support for various design codes and parametric section shapes, along with its user-friendly interface and optimization capabilities, make it a valuable resource for efficient and accurate structural design and analysis.

GSE Steel supports multiple international design codes, including:

   – American AISC 360 (LRFD and ASD)

   – Canadian CSA 16

  – AISI S100-16 and CSA S136-16

   – European Eurocode 3 and 4

   – Indian IS 800

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The GSE (General Structural Engineering) software includes a powerful suite of tools for integrated structural concrete design, slab engineering, and slab generation.

GSE Concrete is a comprehensive module within the GSE software, enabling the design of concrete members under various conditions, including linear, P-Delta, non-linear, seismic, and dynamic analyses. This feature-rich component ensures precise concrete design for a wide range of structural scenarios.

GSE Concrete offers support for several international building codes, including the American ACI-318, the Canadian CSA-A23.3, and the Egyptian code ECCS 203. This ensures compliance with regional standards and regulations for concrete structural design.

The GSE Concrete software suite, with its comprehensive concrete design, slab engineering, and slab generation capabilities, empowers engineers to tackle diverse concrete-related projects efficiently and accurately, meeting industry standards and codes.

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Within the GSE (General Structural Engineering) software suite, GSE Wood is a specialized module that offers the capability to design and analyze timber structures, including light wood framing and engineered wood structures. It aligns with industry standards such as the 2018 National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction and the CAN/CSA O86-19 standards, ensuring compliance and precision in timber structural engineering.

GSE Wood provides the flexibility to work with two key types of timber structures: beam-column frames and light framing. The Light Framing package extends the Mass Timber features. This addition enhances the software’s ability to automate parametric generation, analysis, and design of bearing walls and shearwalls, streamlining the design process for these critical components.

GSE Wood, with its robust capabilities for timber and engineered wood structural design, empowers engineers to efficiently create and analyze timber-based structures, while maintaining compliance with the latest industry standards. This versatile tool is critical for timber engineering professionals working on a variety of projects.

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GSE Aluminum is a specialized software application integrated within the GSE (General Structural Engineering) software suite used for the design and verification of aluminum structures of various types.

GSE Aluminum supports industry-standard design codes, including:

– GSE Aluminum complies with the 2020 Edition of the Aluminum Design Manual published by the Aluminum Association (AA ADM-2020)

– The software also adheres to the CAN/CSA S157 design code

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GSE - Advanced Structural Engineering

The ability to run multiple material design simultaneously is a significant advantage offered by the GSE (General Structural Engineering) software.

Additional technical information

Perform Advanced Structural Analysis
The GSE software has comprehensive structural analysis methods such as: FEA Finite Elements Analysis, Static Analysis, Linear and Nonlinear Analysis, P-Delta Analysis, Natural Frequency Analysis, Static Equivalent Seismic Analysis, Dynamic Time-History Analysis, Seismic Time-History Analysis, Modal Analysis, Spatial Objects and Spatial Loads*, Buckling Analysis, Response Spectrum Analysis, Advanced Section Stress Analysis, Torsion and Warping, Built Up Sections, Catenary Cables*, Nonlinear springs*, Diaphragm Analysis, Horizontal Notional Loads, Loads and Load Combinations.
*Requires the advanced analysis package.

State-of-the-art analysis tools
FEA including plates and shell elements
Torsion including restrained warping of open sections
Linear and exact non-linear cable elements (catenary cables*)
Non-linear analysis using load control and displacement control strategy for better convergence
Non-linear springs*
Possibility to add non-structural components using spatial objects*.

Complying with seismic requirements
Automated static equivalent method of the building codes (NBCC and IBC)
Seismic response spectrum, seismic time-history, and dynamic time-history analysis
Customized response spectrums and accelerograms Fully customizable analysis parameters
Maximal response using CQC and SRSS methods
Automated or user defined damping
Graphical display of response spectrums and accelerograms
User defined incidence angle of seismic loads and vertical components
Customized analysis and output time steps
Time-history results can be provided for selected parts of the models

The GSE software allows users to animate results from different types of analysis such as:
Static linear analysis
Static P-Delta analysis
Buckling analysis
Natural frequencies analysis
Seismic and dynamic analysis.

Users are able to animate various static linear and P-Delta analysis results such as:
Structure displacements
Internal forces
Support reactions

Frequency and Buckling
The frequency and buckling analysis provide multiple mode shapes describing multiple behaviors of the structure. With large models, the animation is helpful to discern and understand the mode shapes. It is easier to determine if the buckling mode is a local or global phenomenon. It also provides a very accurate interpretation of the participating mass of each mode in a seismic spectral analysis.

The animation function displays every saved time-step to provide an accurate representation of the displacements, velocities, accelerations and internal forces acting on the structure.

This will provide users a better understanding of the structure behavior during the dynamic event, such as finding the critical time of the dynamic loading.

Animating the envelopes helps minimizing the amount of information on the screen. Users can focus on the most critical regions of the model.

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Intuitive modeling features

Users can model structures using an intuitive graphical user interface powered by DirectX 11 and OpenGL 2.0 for increased speed and capabilities and generate executive and customizable formatted reports in Microsoft Word and Excel worksheets.

Manipulate models graphically with extreme flexibility.
The unmatched graphical user interface of the GSE software allows to create, analyze and design large and complex models quickly and easily. Models can be shown as lines, wire frames, or can be rendered as 3D solids. Functionalities of the GSE program allow to generate automatically detail elements in an automatically generated mesh perimeter. An object transparency option is available for various components such as current selection, solid members, plates, surfaces, spatial objects, panels.

Versatile modelling tools to create any type of structures
The GSE software includes powerful and productive features to generate any type of models:
Local coordinate systems
Linear or circular lines of constructions for model creations
Automated commands for model creation such as move, rotate, extrude, copy, attach, subdivide and others
Models can be edited either graphically or by means of spreadsheets
Elements can be created in batch or one by one
Elements of the models can be selected either graphically or according to a set of criterions
Persistent groups of selected objects can be created and edited graphically or by means of spreadsheets
Powerful edition and automatic generation tools
Similar connected members can be merged together
Elements of the structure can be renumbered according to several criterions
Element attributes can be set graphically or by means of spreadsheets (sections, analysis parameters, rotation angles, etc.)
Surfaces can be used for load transfer and self-weight calculation.

Unit systems
Metric, imperial, and mixed unit systems are allowed and can be modified at any time.
Reports are printed according to any unit system.

Comprehensive reports

Results can be visualized either graphically or numerically.
Input data and results may be printed for the whole structure or partial structures using a graphical selection or a range of elements.
Customized list of input data and results to be printed.
Reports are available in several formats including SAFI™ reports, Microsoft Excel worksheets, Microsoft Access databases and ASCII text files.
All graphics can be printed or copied to the clipboard for use in external programs.

File import and data exchange
The integration of the IFC in the GSE program enables importation of models from a large number of architectural and structural software. IFC-Architecture interface for importing models from Revit or other IFC compliant programs. IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is an open and neutral data format allowing the definition of related classes to all construction objects. It is dedicated to the building sector and aims to software interoperability (all editors, all applications). IFC is the most widely used protocol for information exchange and sharing between different platforms of BIM (Building Information Modeling).

AutoCAD interface to import and export models by way of a DXF file. The solid view of the structure may also be exported when exporting to AutoCAD.

The SDNF (Steel Detailing Neutral File) interface exports beams, columns and braces to SDNF compatible detailing software. The KISS (Keep It Simple Steel) interface exports beams, columns and braces to KISS compatible estimation software. If required, members subdivision and account for physical elements will be carried out automatically.

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