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Free PGSuper Online Tutorials


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What's New in PGSuper Professional 1.4 and PGSuper 2.9

New!! (May 13, 2015) BridgeSight introduces PGSuper Professional Version 1.4 in concert with the Washington and Texas Departments of Transportation release of PGSuper Version 2.9. Read the white paper below to learn about PGSuper's latest capabilities.

Substructure Design Using PGSuper Professional and VBent

New!! (June 1, 2015) BridgeSight Inc has joined forces with our friends at Viathor to provide PGSuper Professional and VBent customers a powerful new way to integrate superstructure and substructure design. The BridgeSight VBent Exporter extracts information from a PGSuper model and prepares it for import into VBent. Importing superstructure geometry and structural analysis results into VBent saves you time, money, and increases accuracy. This tutorial will guide you through the process of exporting data from PGSuper Professional into VBent.

Beginning Video 1 - Design a TxDOT I-Girder Using PGSuper

New Users Start Here!! Learn the steps required to use PGSuper in a production engineering environment. In this narrated tutorial, Richard Pickings provides an introduction to using PGSuper to design a precast I-girder in a real TxDOT bridge.

Productivity Features in PGSuper Professional

New!! Learn how PGSuper Professional can boost your productivity when designing prestressed girders. In this narrated tutorial, Richard Pickings describes how to modify an existing harped strand design to all all-straight strand design.

Modeling Wearing Surfaces in PGSuper

Newly Updated!! Several types of wearing surfaces can be modeled in PGSuper. Each type has different implications on the analysis performed by the software. This white paper details the types of wearing surfaces that PGSuper supports, describes how they are modeled, and explains how each affects the analysis.

Introducing PGSuper Professional!

This game-changing new product extends the capabilities of the PGSuper precast-prestressed girder design program. PGSuper Professional enhances PGSuper by bringing a new level of design experience. With PGSuper Professional and our excellent support you get the peace of mind that this indispensable bridge engineering tool is backed by a reputable and proven company.

Creating New Girder Library Entries - Part 1, Flexure

Learn how to add new girder shapes to the PGSuper Library. In this narrated tutorial, Richard Pickings describes how to create a new girder library entry and input girder geometry and prestressing information. The section type created is a CalTrans Wide Flange girder which is based on the Nebraska NU girder shape. However, the concepts can be applied to any shape type in PGSuper.

Computing Bearing Seat Elevations

Bearing seat elevations can be determined manually using PGSuperā€™s basic geometric output and hand calculations. However, by building on the robust geometry capabilities of the software, PGSuper Professional adds the ability to automatically obtain top of bearing and bearing seat elevations with the BridgeSight Bearing Seat Elevations Report. This white paper tutorial discusses the computation of bearing seat elevations using both methods.

Beginning Tutorial 1 - General Overview of PGSuper

PGSuper is designed for ease of use, but it also has many unique and powerful features. This interactive tutorial provides an overview of PGSuper's basic features to get you up and running in no time. Starting from a real bridge, we will show you how to use PGSuper to design and analyze an exterior girder, and during the process, show off some really cool stuff!

Admin Tutorial 1 - Working with Project Libraries

In this tutorial, we define Project Libraries, illustrate the process for creating and using project library entries, and show how to share them between project files. As an example, we will create a special traffic barrier in the project library, use the barrier in a bridge model, and import it into another PGSuper project.

Advanced Geometrics - Part 1

PGSuper's geometric features allow you to model highly complex superstructure gometries. In part 1, we will model a three-span tapered bridge on a simple horizontal curve.

Advanced Geometrics - Part 2

PGSuper's geometric features allow you to model highly complex superstructure geometries. In part 2, we model a three span interchange ramp bridge. The bridge is located in a transition between a straight portion of the alignment and a curved portion. The deck width tapers to accommodate the geometry of the site and the roadway. The seven W42G girders are uniquely framed in every span.

Advanced Geometrics - Part 3

PGSuper's geometric features allow you to model highly complex superstructure geometries. In part 3, we create an adjacent box girder bridge that uses different width exterior and interior girders.

Modeling Lightweight Concrete with PGSuper

Enhancements made in PGSuper Version 2.4 include support for modeling lightweight concrete. Engineers can now define both the girder and deck concrete as normal weight, sand lightweight, or all lightweight concrete. This tutorial describes how to model lightweight concrete material properties in PGSuper.

Modeling Touch Shoring with PGSuper

This tutorial demonstrates how to model a touch shoring construction scenario with PGSuper. Touch shoring is used to support precast girders during deck placement to reduce the final stresses in the composite deck and girder system.

Modeling Inverted Tee Bent Caps

Many state DOT's make use of the Inverted Tee Bent Cap system in simple span precast-prestressed concrete girder bridges. PGSuper does not model any specific substructure system, but instead provides a flexible geometric description to accommodate inverted tee bent caps and virtually every other substructure system. This tutorial explores how to define the connection geometry for an inverted tee pier cap.

Modeling Sidewalks and Barriers in PGSuper

PGSuper has powerful features for modeling complex sidewalk and railing configurations. This tutorial describes how to model a combination sidewalk/railing systems in PGSuper.

LRFR Load Rating with PGSuper

PGSuper can perform the load rating analysis of the bridge superstructure in accordance with Section 6, Part A of the AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation, also referred to as LRFR ratings. This tutorial describes how to perform a load rating analysis in PGSuper.

What's New in PGSuper Professional 1.3 and PGSuper 2.8

(February, 2014) BridgeSight introduces PGSuper Professional Version 1.3 in concert with the Washington and Texas Departments of Transportation release of PGSuper Version 2.8. Read this white paper to keep up to date with PGSuper's latest capabilities.

Highlights of PGSuper Version 2.7

The Washington and Texas Departments of Transportation released PGSuper Version 2.7 in September 2012. This version has many useful and exciting new features and enhancements including direct selection filling of prestressing strands. Read this white paper to keep up to date with PGSuper's latest capabilities.

Highlights of PGSuper 2.6

The Washington and Texas Departments of Transportation released PGSuper Version 2.6 in May 2012. This version has many useful and exciting new features and enhancements. Read this white paper to keep up to date with PGSuper's latest capabilities.

Highlights of PGSuper Version 2.3

The Washington and Texas Departments of Transportation released PGSuper Version 2.3 in May 2010. This version has many exciting new features and enhancements. Many features were developed by BridgeSight Software under contract with TxDOT.