Software Comparison


Comparison

The following table compares the features of spColumn 5.50 and its predecessors pcaColumn and PCACOL.


Feature

PCACOL 3.0b

pcaColumn 3.6x

spColumn 4.20 spColumn 4.80 spColumn 5.50

General & User Interface

Operating System Microsoft Windows 3.1 or above Microsoft Windows 98 SE or above Microsoft Windows XP and Vista Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7/8/10

Support Long File Names

No

Yes (128 characters)

Yes (256 characters)

Yes (256 characters)

Yes (256 characters)

Evaluation Mode No Yes Yes Yes Yes

Network License

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes
Command Line Parameters for Batch Processing No No Yes Yes Yes
Command Line Parameter to Export Graphical reports to EMF files No No No Yes Yes
pcaColumn Text Input (CTI) Files No No Yes Yes Yes
Export Interaction Diagrams and 3D Failure Surface to CSV and TXT files No No Yes Yes Yes
New 3D Failure Surface View No No No No Yes
Export Graphical Reports to EMF files No No No Yes Yes
Export Sections to DXF Files No No Yes Yes Yes
Import Sections from DXF Files No No No Yes Yes
Explicit Export of Interaction Diagram to Specified IAD Files No No Yes Yes Yes
Copy Interaction Diagram to Clipboard (EMF format) No Yes Yes Yes Yes
P-M Diagram Display M - positive only M - both sides
 
M - positive or
M - negative or
M - both sides
M - positive or
M - negative or
M - both sides
M - positive or
M - negative or
M - both sides
Customize P-M Diagrams to Turn On or Off Display of Point Labels and Splice Lines (Rays) No No Yes Yes Yes
Shortcuts to Display P-M and Mx-My Diagrams for Subsequent Load Points No No Yes Yes Yes

Acceleration Keys (Keyboard Shortcuts)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Enhanced Toolbar Buttons

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Most Recent File (MRF) List

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Print Dialog Box

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes
On-line Checking for Program Updates No No Yes Yes Yes
Digital Signature for Improved Security No No Yes Yes Yes
Electronic Documentation Partial Electronic Documentation Complete Electronic Documentation Complete Electronic Documentation with Direct Link to the Manual from the Program. Detailed References to Design Codes in the Manual. Complete Electronic Documentation with Direct Link to the Manual from the Program. Detailed References to Design Codes in the Manual. Complete Electronic Documentation with Direct Link to the Manual from the Program. Detailed References to Design Codes in the Manual.
Input Data Examples 4 17 18 20 20

Design Features

Concrete Design Code
ACI-318
1995 2002 2005
2002
2011
2008
2005
2002
2014
2011
2008
2005
2002

Slender and Non-slender

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Concrete Design Code
CSA A23.3
1994 1994 2004
1994
2004
1994
2004
1994
Units US/Metric US/Metric US/Metric US/Metric US/Metric
Report Neutral Axis Location Yes (Control Points and Axial Loads only) Yes (Control Points and Axial Loads only) Yes (All Points on Interaction Diagram or 3D Failure Surface) Yes (All Points on Interaction Diagram or 3D Failure Surface) Yes (All Points on Interaction Diagram or 3D Failure Surface)
Report Maximum Steel Strain No No Yes (All Points on Interaction Diagram or 3D Failure Surface) Yes (All Points on Interaction Diagram or 3D Failure Surface) Yes (All Points on Interaction Diagram or 3D Failure Surface)
Report Strength Reduction Factor for ACI Code No No Yes (All Points on Interaction Diagram or 3D Failure Surface) Yes (All Points on Interaction Diagram or 3D Failure Surface) Yes (All Points on Interaction Diagram or 3D Failure Surface)
Report Distance from Extreme Compression Fiber to Centroid of Extreme Longitudinal Tension Steel (dt) No No No Yes Yes
Axial Load Increment Positive Only Positive Only Positive or Negative Positive or Negative Positive or Negative

Negative Factor in Load Combination

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bar Number Increment for Circular Column Design 4 4 1 1 1

Design for Minimum Reinforcement Area

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto Section Design

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto Rebar Design

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Investigate Section

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Load Cases

Dead, Live, and Lateral

Dead, Live, Wind, and Earthquake

Dead, Live, Wind, Earthquake, and Snow

Dead, Live, Wind, Earthquake, and Snow

Dead, Live, Wind, Earthquake, and Snow

Maximum Load Combinations

8

20

50

50

50

Default Load Combinations

4

13

13

13

13

Factored Load Entries

320

4000

5000

5000

10000

Service Load Entries

10

50

50

50

50

Control Point Load

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Slender Column Design

K Factor Calculations

Yes
(simplified)

Yes
(simplified)

Yes
(simplified)

Yes
(exact)

Yes
(exact)

Moment Magnification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Stiffness Reduction Factor

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cracked Section Coefficient

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sway and Nonsway Check

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Detailed Reporting of First-order and Magnified (Second-order) Moments

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Check for strength and stability of structure as a whole under gravity loads for slender sway columns per ACI 318-05/02 and CSA A23.3-04/94

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Consider second-order effects along the length of a sway column per ACI 318-08, 10.10.2.2

NA

NA

NA

Yes

Yes

User-defined percentage of each load type considered as sustained

No

No

No

Yes (nonsway columns only)

Yes (nonsway columns only)

Service Load Input

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Capacity Diagram

P -M Diagram

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mx-My Diagram

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Nominal Diagram

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Display of P-M and Mx-My diagrams by selecting associated load point

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Neutral Axis Orientation (2D/3D)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Copy Diagram to Clipboard in Enhanced Meta File (EMF) Format

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Section Shapes

Regular Shapes (Square, Rectangular)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Circular Shapes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Irregular Shape Editor

Standalone

Integrated

Integrated

Integrated

New spSection with v5.50

Number of Irregular Shape Templates

0

5

5

7 (includes C-shape and I-shape shear walls)

Unlimited

Section Properties

Area

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Moment of Inertia

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Elastic Section Modulus

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rebar Area/ Rebar Ratio

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Section Editing

Arbitrary Opening

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Edit by Point Coordinates

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Edit by Moving Points Graphically

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Importing Data from Text File

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Drawing Shapes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rotate, Flip

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic Rebar Distribution

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Numeric Rebar Editing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Graphic Rebar Editing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Number of Openings

1

1

1

1

1

Maximum Number of Bars

500

500

10,000

10,000

10,000

Maximum Number of Exterior Points

50

500

10,000

10,000

10,000

Maximum Number of Interior Points

50

500

10,000

10,000

10,000

spView

Supports Printing

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Supports Print Preview

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Supports Copy To Clipboard

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Supports Font Selection

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

3D View for Failure Surface

No

No

No

No

Yes