S-FOUNDATION Feature List

S-FOUNDATION licensing is available in three different editions: Standard, Professional and Enterprise.

Foundations TypesStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Isolated / Bucket/ Spread Footing
Combined Footing
Continuous Footing
Strap Footing
Ring / Tank Foundation
Wall / Strip Footing
Mat/ Raft/ Slab on-grade Foundation
Pile Cap Foundations
Pile Foundations

S-FOUNDATION Modeling CapabilitiesStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Foundations can be regular or irregular shaped with any number of sides and holes
Foundations can have any number of wall and column connections
Material properties can vary between pads, walls, pedestals, piles and straps
Wall Footings can be defined in any configuration with varying wall thicknesses, offsets, and wall strip widths
Wall Footings may include any number of pedestals on isolated pads connected to wall strips.
Automatically generated strip integration lines, with exclusion areas, based on code requirements and pedestal locations
Soil Profile modeling with soil layers and water table, water table atomically updates the unit weight of soil and foundations under the table
Accelerate work-flow by creating design groups with shared pedestal, base plate, pile, strap or pad definitions
Automatically add column and wall connections between the superstructure and foundation pad
Mat Foundation Tool can fatten the pad polygon so that it is larger than the point definition
Surcharge area can be automatically generated to fit the foundations with defined holes for the pedestals
Option to create user-defined surcharge area shape and holes. Surcharge Area definitions may overlap and contain holes.
S-FOUNDATION automatically creates and updates the underlying Finite Element Model (FEM) as the user edits the foundations
FEM model includes members for pedestals, piles and straps, shells for pads, extra loads for soil weight and buoyancy, and soil springs
Adjustable FEM rigid bodies, mesh types (Quad/Tri/Mixed), quad weights, and element sizes
Single and Group Piles with Standard and Custom Configurations
Piles modeled as Finite Element Members with soil springs along length
Pile Member Meshing controllable by spacing, count and soil layer
Piles can be solid or hollow, with batter in 3 directions
Nonlinear Pile Soil Springs are generated from PY (Lateral), TZ (Friction), and QZ (Bearing) curves, either user entered or calculated from soil profiles
Foundation pads can have varying thickness

S-FOUNDATION Load Cases and Load CombinationsStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Generate load cases automatically by importing S-FRAME FEA results
Manually define load cases and combinations using interface tools or spreadsheets
Substructure loads and load factors for foundation weight, soil weight and buoyancy
Import 3rd party spreadsheet load data or run an automation script

S-FOUNDATION Analysis CapabilitiesStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Analysis performed using the proven S-FRAME FEASolver™ engine
Linear Static Analysis
Nonlinear Static Analyses
Adjustable Nonlinear Static Max Iterations and Load Increments
Sparse and Skyline Solvers

S-FOUNDATION Design CodesStandardProfessionalEnterprise
ACI 318-11
CSA A23.3-04
EN 1992-1-1:2004 Default and UK Annex


S-FOUNDATION Design CapabilitiesStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Design using the Rigid or Flexible (FEA) Method of foundation design
Design capabilities built on proven S-CONCRETE™ design Engine
Adjust acceptable design utilization, for both geotechnical and structural checks on a load case or load combination basis

Geotechnical design checks can have specific load cases or load combinations included or excluded
Geotechnical Checks allow for user adjustable Factors of Safety
Structural design checks can have specific load cases or load combinations included or excluded
Ability to view comparisons between S-FOUNDATION and hand calculations, code book examples and field tests
Design FYIs and Diagnostic Messages and result hyperlinks help to drill down to important details
Design output level of details from governing objects to all code check details including code clauses
Organize Design output by code check, load case or foundation

S-FOUNDATION Structural Design ChecksStandardProfessionalEnterprise
PadsOne-Way Shear
PadsFlexure
PadsPunching Shear where punching column classification accounts for irregular shaped foundation edges
Pedestals Code check assessments performed at different sections along pedestal length
Pedestals Axial Force versus Moment interaction with
consideration for Biaxial Bending, Biaxial Shear, Axial Force and Torsion
Pedestals Shear and Torsion with consideration for Biaxial Bending, Biaxial Shear, Axial Force and Torsion
PilesAxial Force at Pile Head
PilesAxial force versus Moment interaction
with consideration for Biaxial Bending, Biaxial Shear, Axial Force and Torsion at stations along piles
PilesShear and Torsion
with consideration for Biaxial Bending, Biaxial Shear, Axial Force and Torsion at stations along piles

S-FOUNDATION Intermediate Structural CalculationsStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Effective Rebar Depths
Steel Area
Punching Perimeter
Maximum or Average strip line demands
Code Required exclusion areas around pedestals
Maximum Axial, Tensile and Compressive Resistances for pedestals and piles
Code required intermediate results including
concrete capacities and properties, moment and beta factors,
shear theta and critical section locations

Geotechncial DesignStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Foundations Soil Bearing
Foundations Soil Settlement
Foundations Overturning
Foundations Loss of Contact (Uplift)
Foundations Horizontal Sliding
PilesAxial Force at Pile Head from Piles modeled as reaction springs
PilesAxial Deflection from Piles modeled as reaction springs
PilesLateral Deflection from Piles modeled as reaction springs
PilesAxial Force at Pile Head from Piles modeled as Members with intermediate linear or nonlinear Soil Springs
PilesAxial Deflection from Piles modeled as Members with intermediate linear or nonlinear Soil Springs
PilesLateral Deflection from Piles modeled as Members with intermediate linear or nonlinear Soil Springs

S-FOUNDATION Intermediate Geotechnical CalculationsStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Overburden Pressure
Total Loads including Pedestal, Pad, Pile, Soil Weight and Buoyancy
Soil Corner Pressures
Soil Areas in Compression
Soil Areas experiencing Loss of Contact (Uplift)
Unit Weights above and below water table
Immediate settlement, Consolidation settlement and Effective Stress per soil layer
Horizontal Sliding Friction, Adhesion and Effective Passive Resistances
Pile Geotechnical Capacities from soil springs

S-FOUNDATION ResultsStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Material QuantitiesRebar Cut Lengths
Material QuantitiesRebar Total Lengths
Material QuantitiesConcrete Volumes
Material Quantities Rebar and Concrete Weights
Material Quantities Rebar and Concrete Costs
Piles Deflections
Piles Soil Resistances
Piles Internal Member Forces
Piles Internal Member Stresses
Piles Calculated PY (Lateral), TZ (Friction), and QZ (Bearing) soil curves
Graphical Animated Deflections with option to show undeflected model
Graphical Code Check Utilization contour diagrams
Graphical Soil Bearing Pressure contour diagrams for pads
Graphical Rebar Zone Utilization contour diagrams for pads
Graphical Panel contour diagrams
   Displacement
   Force (Axial, Shear, Moment, Torsion)
   Stress
   Wood Armer Moments
   Steel Area Requirements
Graphical Strip Line diagrams
   Displacement
   Force (Axial, Shear, Moment, Torsion)
   Wood Armer Moments
   Steel Area Requirements
Graphical Pile diagrams
   Deflection
   Force (Axial, Shear, Moment, Torsion)
   Stress
   Soil Resistance
Graphical Soil Curves
PY (Lateral), TZ (Friction), and QZ (Bearing) graphs and spreadsheets

S-FOUNDATION Soil and Soil ProfilesStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Individual foundations can share or have unique Soil Profiles within the same model
One Layer and Multi-Layer soil profiles, with option for different backfill soil
Ultimate soil bearing capacity can be auto calculated for each soil layer using Hansen, Meyerhoff, Terzaghi, and Vesic geotechnical closed form solutions
Includes soil types with default properties based on the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS)
Water table effects the soil spring values, unit weights and buoyancy of foundations
Pad soil springs are automatically generated based on soil modulus of subgrade reaction
Individual piles can share or have unique Soil Profiles within the same mat foundation
Automatically generated pile soil springs based on pile diameters, depth and soil layer properties
Pile soil spring interpolation of user entered linear or nonlinear springs
Preview pile soil springs as you update soil properties or pile diameters

S-FOUNDATION ReinforcementsStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Multiple top and bottom rebar layers
Uniform Rebar, Rebar Strips and Rebar Patches. Strips and Patches allow additional rebar to be added to any localized areas needing extra steel reinforcement.
Enter rebar as counts or spacing
Uniform, Strip and Patch rebar automatically define Finite Element Strip lines to create average or maximum demands
Rebar Strips and Patches can be added together
Auto calculation of Rebar Strips around pedestals using code based and user settings, and rebar patches along wall footings
Auto calculation of rebar patches along wall, combined and continuous footings
Analysis result contours (moments, stresses and rebar utilization) make it easy to define strips and patches where they are needed
Rebar libraries for Canadian, American and British standard rebar sizes
Pad Results can viewed while defining pad properties and rebar

S-FOUNDATION File I/O Data CompatibilityStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Import S-FRAME superstructures and analysis results as input to your foundation model
Re-import S-FRAME superstructure results after changing loading conditions without destroying the foundation model
ETABS™ link imports joint reactions for foundation top load definitions. The superstructure is also imported for visualization purposes.
STAAD™ link imports the superstructure for visualization purposes.
Import data from any 3rd party analysis software in Excel™ or CSV file format.
Revit™ Link to previsualization and import from Revit™ 2015, 2016, 2017
Export Foundations to S-FRAME and optionally attach foundation to existing superstructure

S-FOUNDATION Engineering ReportsStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Comprehensive Reports in Excel™, CSV, HTML and PDF file include
- Project information, foundation definitions, input model, code check results, intermediate calculations, material quantities

S-FOUNDATION Automation and CustomizationStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Built-in Automation Wizards create foundations, automatically size foundations to columns, import CSV load definitions from 3rd party software, attach footings to superstructures and more!
Record any sequence of user actions and save as scripts for repeat actions, or customized further and turn into Wizards to expand core functionality
Create and automate your own custom work-flow/processes, saving them as Wizards to reuse or distribute throughout an organization
Open API and completely integrated Python scripting environment with extensive function libraries.

New S-FOUNDATION Capabilities Planned For Future Releases  
Modeling Base plate anchorage bolts
Modeling Barette Piles
Modeling 3D Soil Mapping from bore hole data
Design Code CheckAnchoring bolt and base plate design
Design Code CheckSeismic Provisions