GT STRUDL Webinar: Designing and Analyzing Pipe Bridges


with Ravi Ozarker, P.E., GT STRUDL Support, Hexagon

Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM CT
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: free eSeminar

View the recorded webinar here

Pipe bridges are simple truss structures that are used to support piping systems and maintenance vehicles in oil and gas facilities, petrochemical plants, fertilizer production facilities, and many other places. These bridges are commonly used to span across high points or places where existing infrastructure is in place. This could be spanning over environmentally sensitive streams or railway lines/roadways that cannot be re-routed.

We’ll build a 200’ maximum span long pipe bridge to connect two petrochemical facilities that are separated by railway lines. A supporting column cannot be placed on the existing railway lines. The pipes are 2’ in diameter and will be supported every 20’ as a guide support. The two pipes will have a 2’ separation and 4’ clearance from the bridge framing structure.

Using GT STRUDL, we’ll create the 3D bridge geometry from scratch, use load generation features such as ASCE-7-05 wind and area loads, and install a macro to generate almost 1,000 load combinations with notional loads in a split second.

The finished bridge can be checked using AISC 14th Ed Code in GT STRUDL, and member sizes can be easily updated to produce a satisfactory design solution.


Speaker Bio

Ravi Ozarker is the GT STRUDL Support Consultant for Hexagon. As a structural engineer and engineering software developer for the past 13 years, he has worked for several organizations in different roles, such as consulting engineering, government agencies, semi government agencies, software companies, EPCs, transmission tower design corporations, research universities, and air pollution modeling and monitoring in the U.S. and Canada. This range of experience has given Ravi unique insight into how each of these entities function and what internal processes and bottlenecks one can run into when completing projects under deadlines and with multi-discipline collaboration required.

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