USA: Bentley Systems’ Latest SACS Software for Offshore Structures Design
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, recently released the latest version of its SACS software for the analysis and design of new and existing fixed offshore oil and gas structures and wind farm structures.
SACS supports wave, wind, and earthquake dynamic response analysis; special high-end analysis for severe accidental loadings such as dynamic blast, ship impact, and structural collapse; and fatigue evaluations on jacket structures, foundations, and topside. It also provides designers and operators of wind farms with coupled analysis of the entire turbine structures via tight integration with GH Bladed software. SACS 5.4 provides greater reuse of data within structural engineering analysis and detailed 3D construction modeling workflows, saving time, empowering the exploration of more design alternatives, reducing errors, and increasing operational safety.
The new features of SACS 5.4 include: two-way integration with Bentley’s Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) methodology that allows automated updates between engineering and construction 3D models – streamlining workflows, increasing productivity, and improving quality control; extended support of international codes to include Eurocode 5 and Canada’s CSA S16 – opening new business opportunities, speeding project turnarounds, and providing global users with confidence in design safety; multicore processing – reducing the time it takes to complete comprehensive fatigue damage and impact analysis by 80 percent.
Here’s what SACS users are saying about its newest capabilities, as well as about user benefits stemming from Bentley’s global reach and commercial innovations:
“As a small company providing specialty offshore structural analysis services to other engineering firms, Fury Consult has to be extremely nimble to support a variety of projects worldwide. We have been using SACS products for many years and require that the software be up to date with the latest analysis techniques and international codes. The new offshore wind turbine capabilities will further enable us to help our clients expand into the growing wind energy market, while the inclusion of the Eurocodes and annexes will allow us to continually support our international clients.” – Gavin Fury, director, Fury Consult, LLC .
“EDG has been a longtime user of Bentley products, and we are delighted with Bentley’s acquisition of the SACS product line, which we have also used for many years. We are keenly looking forward to the new interoperability being delivered between SACS and ISM with the 5.4 release to enable us to deliver greater technical innovations to our clients.” – LT Cooper, PE, EDG.
“For over twenty years Keystone Engineering has completed many diverse and challenging projects for our customers. The SACS software has been playing a key role in this success and the new GH Bladed interface will help us maintain our leadership role with the offshore wind turbine business in the U.S.A.” – Ben Foley, general manager, Keystone Engineering.
“Wood Group Mustang is a longtime user of Bentley products and the SACS product line. Wood Group Mustang continues to expand our global footprint, and we believe Bentley’s recent acquisition of the SACS product line will be a positive step in supporting that global expansion. We look forward to using Bentley’s international presence and innovative licensing options to effectively consolidate our users around the world.” – Farrel Zwerneman, technical authority, Structural Engineering Offshore, Mustang.
Subsea World News Staff, May 29, 2012; Image: Bentley Systems