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Use of Software in Design and Analysis of Transmission Line Towers

By Gopal Vadrevu Chief Technical Officer Build InfoTech Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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Tower Design & Analysis


Conventional Method

Laborious calculations for each component Redundancy of Work even for similar projects Prone to human errors because of more components Design of Towers using some software requires at least 4 to 5 days

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Design and Analysis in Software Like TowerCAD


Quick design delivery 8 times faster than other tower * design software . Optimization of tower weight up to 25% Reusability of Design Minimum inputs required Human errors are eliminated in design

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Presentation on TowerCAD

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An Integrated Software For Design of

Steel Lattice Towers

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Product Features

Software features Graphic User Interface(GUI) features Design features

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Software Features

Compatibility for All Windows Platforms. Database Support for saving data. Facilities for Reports. Saving Generic data for future usage.

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GUI Features

Front end Using forms with validation System. Online saving options. Graphic representation of Tower Geometry. Pattern Generation using three views. 3D-Graphics and Views in any angle. Facilities for zoom and pan and rotation of Tower for close view. User defined Patterns using Plane extraction. Drawing extraction for report generation.`

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Design Features

Tailor-made for design of Steel Towers. Design of All Kinds of Steel Lattice Towers. Analysis and Design of Towers in no time. Stiffness Matrix method of Analysis. Analysis and Design of Towers upto 200m height (Tested). Facilities to choose Section database. Facilities to choose Builtup Sections. Facilities for Body Extensions and truncations. Facility to choose code compatibility. Automatic Generation of Reports. Generation of Bill of Materials. Facility to choose type of Steel. Checking for Displacements and twist. Facilities for using Differential Legs. Library and user defined redundant patterns.

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Future Extensions

Planning to implementation support for Tower Projects. Web enabling of TowerCAD using ASP (Application Service Providers) Concepts. Online Project Management Support through buildnova.com

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Example 1 - Transmission Tower Design

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Bits Believe in Timely Solutions Give Tower Type and Tower Shape

Tower Configuration :

Tower Type

Tower Shape

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Tower Profile :

Give Segment and Panel Information.

Tower Details

Select Pattern From Library


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Tower Preview :

You can view Tower in XZ , YZ , XY, Elevation and Side views

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Transmission Tower with Differential Legs

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GUI Features :
Zoom, Zoom back Pan Rotate (Isometric, Custom)

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TOP View (XY - View)

Select Area to Zoom

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GUI Features :
Change Tower Settings (Main & Redundant Elements Colors Line Thickness, Style Background Color

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Zoomed XY - View with Redundants

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Design Criteria :
Give Design Information like Section , Steel types , Effective Length Factors , Classes, Bolts etc.,

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Select IS Code

L/R Ratio

Body Extensions

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Section Selection :
Different Sections can be selected from provided Library. If you want you can define new sections.

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Tower Preview :

Isometric View Of Transmission Tower

Give Angles to Rotate.

To get rotated view after incrementing or decrementing angles by 10

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Display - Views :

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Elevation View of the Transmission Tower with Node Numbers.

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Display - Views :

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Defined Patterns :
User can Edit, View or create new Pattern

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Elevation View
Different Options to define a new pattern

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Defined Patterns - GUI Features:


Member Picking, Node Picking Group Definitions Define Members Symetrically Zoom,Pan,Rotate Member Type Selection like Leg, Diagnol, Horizontal, dummy etc.,

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For Symmetrical Element Definition

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Load Trees
Load Conditions

Load Tree

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Load Case Definition

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Sag Calculation

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Foundations :
User Can Select the Type of Foundation to design from the list provided.

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Foundation Data - Input Data Entry

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Bill Of Materials
(Redundants Report)

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Design Report
(Panel wise)

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Loads

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Sag & Tension Report

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Example 2 - Microwave Tower Design

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Tower Configuration :

Give Tower Type and Tower Shape

Tower Type

Tower Shape

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Tower Profile :

Give Segment and Panel Information.

Tower Details

Select Pattern From Library


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Tower Preview :

You can view Tower in XZ , YZ , XY, Elevation and Side views

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GUI Features :
Zoom, Zoom back Pan Rotate (Isometric, Custom)

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TOP View (XY - View)

Select Area to Zoom

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GUI Features :
Change Tower Settings (Main & Redundant Elements Colors Line Thickness, Style Background Color

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Zoomed XY - View with Redundants

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Design Criteria :
Give Design Information like Section , Steel types , Effective Length Factors , Classes, Bolts etc.,

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Select IS Code

L/R Ratio

Body Extensions

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Section Selection :
Different Sections can be selected from provided Library. If you want you can define new sections.

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Load Data :
Give Factor of Safety for all members, Wind Speed, Coefficients, Antenna Loads etc.,

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TowerCAD-For Different Foundation Design


This is an the screen for selecting the type foundation.

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TowerCAD Roof Top Modeling


Screen for Roof Top foundation modeling

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TowerCAD-Editing Member Details


Editing member details, i.e., Breadth and Depth of the columns

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TowerCAD-Editable Load Combinations


Load combination Screen

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TowerCAD-RTT-Design
Execution of Roof top design(Building)

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TowerCAD-RTT-Beam Design Report

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TowerCAD-RTT-Column Design Report

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Bill Of Materials
(Total Report)

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Design Report
(Total Report)

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Joint Displacements
(For each LoadCase)

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Foundation Design Report

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