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CSICOLKey Features

Design and Analysis Capabilities

  • Let the powerful Auto Design capabilities guide you step-by-step through the column design process.
  • Choose the appropriate code and CSICOL will complete design in accordance with ACI-318-02, ACI-318-99, or CSA A-23.3-94.
  • Define any number of load combinations for sway and non-sway conditions..
  • Apply loads to any given column using the detailed and simple mode.
  • Analysis and design is performed considering slenderness effects.
  • Design the top and bottom ends of columns separately

Slenderness Considerations

Result Outputs

  • Generate capacity interaction surfaces and diagrams
  • Generate moment-curvature curves for any arbitrary shaped column section to determine performance and ductility.
  • Plot the combined stress resulting from actions (P, Mx, My) on a column cross-section.
  • Display Stress plot on any arbitrary line along the depth or width of a section.
  • Display the location and orientation of the neutral axis corresponding to a specific loading.
  • Display the load point location on the cross-section showing eccentricity.
  • Display rebar stresses for selected load combinations.
  • Report cracked section stresses.
  • Compute and report basic geometric properties such as A, Ixx, Iyy, J, Shear Area, Ixy and the like, as well as extended properties such as Sx, Sy, Zx, Zy, rx, ry and so forth.

Cross-Section Generation

  • Define and edit multiple column sections at the same time.
  • Create rectangular and circular columns using simple tools.
  • Use the program's several predefined parametric shapes, including a variety of solid, hollow, and flanged shapes, in addition to a large collection of Standard Steel Database Shapes
  • Create complex column sections by combining basic concrete shapes, basic steel shapes, standard steel shapes and shapes you define. Then edited the resulting shape to meet your needs.
  • Merge shapes of different geometry to create complex shapes.
  • Add rebar of any size anywhere in the cross-section
  • Use standard ASTM, Metric, or Imperial rebar sets or define your own.

Material Modeling

  • Use one of the program's many stress-strain curves for both concrete and steel to model various materials realistically.

  • Use the appropriate confinement stress-strain relation to easily model confinement of concrete, including Mander Confined models for circular and rectangular shapes


  • Design column composite cross-sections using several materials to solve strengthening and retrofitting problems. See Special Applications for more information.
  • Set working units to US, Metric or SI.
  • View the location of the centroid and the overall size of the section.
  • Consult the comprehensive context-sensitive HTML Help to maximize effective use of the program.
  • ustomize output reports by adding information and graphics to create detailed reports specific to your needs.
  • Assign colors to the different types of shapes and materials to enhance the model display and increase understanding of your model.
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