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At CSPFea, our mission is to assist Engineering Companies across a wide range of earthquake civil engineering fields to enhance services and related products, analysis and design processes by means of civil engineering simulation: we are your partner for increasing your performances and improving design process reliability.

“Seismic safety design”: this is what we believe in, and this is what our history testifies, always at the fore-front of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), CAD, BIM, collaborating with some of the most prestigious R&D groups in the most seismic-risk regions.

We show our clients how to integrate different cutting-edge Computer-Aided-Engineering (CAE) Civil software packages to add value to each stage of their design process; a process that often integrates our client’s legacy simulation services with newer, cutting edge technologies.

By enhancing the reliability of civil engineering simulation, we maximize the return on investment for our clients by reducing lead times and R&D costs, and lay the foundation to achieve a long-lasting competitive advantage.

Mission

At CSPFea, our mission is to assist Engineering Companies across a wide range of earthquake civil engineering fields to enhance services and related products, analysis and design processes by means of civil engineering simulation: we are your partner for increasing your performances and improving design process reliability.

“Seismic safety design”: this is what we believe in, and this is what our history testifies, always at the fore-front of

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), CAD, BIM, collaborating with some of the most prestigious R&D groups in the most seismic-risk regions. We show our clients how to integrate different cutting-edge

Computer-Aided-Engineering (CAE) Civil software packages to add value to each stage of their design process; a process that often integrates our clients’s legacy simulation services with newer, cutting edge technologies.

By enhancing the reliability of civil engineering simulation, we maximize the return on investment for our clients by reducing lead times and R&D costs, and lay the foundation to achieve a long-lasting competitive advantage.

Software Sales and Support

CSPFea sells various commercial seismic analysis software products for which we also have a comprehensive technical support offering that ranges from on-line to in-house support that is tailored to a customer’s specific needs.

Our technical support offering includes:

• Training engineers in the use of the basic products as well as in their more advanced features though both standard courses held at CSPFea’s facilities as well as and on-site customer-tailored courses that may involve Earthquake Engineering experts from the CSPFea network (Senior Structural and Geotechnical Engineers, University Researchers and Professors, Government Members, etc.);

• General hot-line software support directly related to the use of the specific software package;

• Customer support on a project basis;

• Tuning software products to run on the available hardware, helping clients select the setup that is most adapted to their recurring applications or to their main applications which require specific dedicated resources and/or which need to run in parallel;

• Adaptation of models: healing of the CAD models (assessing geometric and topological imperfections and correcting them), defeaturing of the CAD models targeted to the efficiency of the mesh-generators, evaluation of mesh quality, parametric modeling, mesh morphing and smoothing, approximation and error estimate, adaptive meshing.

CSPFea outstands in:

• Choose models whose complexity are commensurate with the project objectives;

• Drastically reduce the impact of a lack of resources and knowhow;

• Consolidate the simulation results with the company’s know-how;

• Contribute to business innovation allowing the users of these models to concentrate on the engineering part of the project rather than waste their time in operational issues. Thanks to the wide range of product support we offer, you are able to streamline all your simulation technical support needs through a single company rather than have scattered support contracts with several vendors who are only able to support one product.

CSPFea can help you by:

• Developing physical models that are not available in the specific software package in use;

• Extending or improving your Civil Engineering materials databases (Masonry, Stone, Brickworks, Soils, Fluids, etc.);

• Nonlinear and dynamic analyses, soil structure interaction, wind interaction, and many more.

Software Training and Models Assesment

Software packages are constantly evolving and with it the need for engineers to stay on top of new technologies and improvements in old ones. With software vendors touting their easy to use interfaces, engineers must be careful of not making the mistake to assume that they do not need to have a clear understanding of the underlying technologies. Simulation-based engineering is evolving so that an engineer’s formal education is no longer adequate to keep up with these changes, engineers need to be constantly retrained on the new technologies and methods as they become applicable to their industries.

CSPFea has a wide offering of educational and training services which can be summarized here:

• Online courses which are mainly offered through the CSPFea staff, as well as Consortiums with leading edge Research Institution in Seismic Safety such as ISI (Ingegneria Sismica Italiana), Eucentre Foundation (European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering), Polytechnic of Milan and University of Padova, leader in seismic analysis, geotechnical seismic assessment made up with active collaboration in the earthquakes of Friuli (1976), L’Aquila (2009), Emilia-Romagna (2012), that affected Historical Buildings, Highways, Bridges and Infrastructures, Monuments, Industrial Buildings, Residential Buildings, Schools, Government Buildings, Churches, Barracks, Process Plants, Oils&Gas Plants, etc.;

Basic and in-depth classroom courses on the use of specific simulation software packages and their features;
Customized courses created on demand for your specific organization’s needs.

Numerical Consulting on Seismic Safety

Earthquake Engineering simulation consultancy in the field of Seismic Safety (such as existing building simulation, seismic repairing and strengthening, historical building protection, soil structure interaction, liquefaction and landslides) requires experts in the combination of scientific disciplines that are the foundation of the specific simulation task at hand such as physics, material sciences, computational methods, mathematics, computer science or statistics. It also requires a high degree of expertise with the process logic that is specific to the Civil

Engineering in question in order to assess the applicability and fidelity of the simulation models. This in fact is what makes CSPFea the partner of choice when it comes to Seismic Safety simulation consultancy. With our extensive network of specialized engineers, we are able to cover a broad range of applications such as RC buildings, Masonry Buildings, Masonry Arch Bridges, RC and steel bridges. Coupled with our long history of integrating the best-of-breed technologies and methods to produce optimal results, this allows

CSPFea to offer both turnkey projects as well as expert consultancy to a Company’s existing in-house team of earthquake designers.

Our expertise include:

Development of models consistent with the requested degree of precision;

Dynamic linear- and non linear- analyses that require specific software packages advanced computational power and above all the ability to manage software within the context of high performance computing (HPC);

CAE, BIM, H-BIM, X-BIM applications that are complementary to those being developed directly by the in-house engineers; Connections to down-stream applications such as Code Design procedures, Draftings, Detailings (linked to the corporate knowhow or to consolidated verification/documented procedures);

Integration of models at CAD level (3D or 2D approach) with numerical models at (in 1D-beam, 2D-plate and 3Dvolumes) and the corresponding development of dedicated physical nodes of models at system level; optimizing models at system level by balancing and tuning them;

Integration with testing into software codes at any level (from stick models to large scale models);

Transferring of physical quantities between models developed with incompatible computational methods such as FEM, CAD, Geotechnical, Seismologic, Discrete Element Methods, and others;

Materials data bases which offer accurate data (soil, masonry, stones, ground, seismic actions, wind, fluids) for thematerials and actions employed in the model.

Depending on the complexity and requirements of your project, CSPFea can carry out the project at our facilities where we also make available our high computational resources for testing purposes, at your facilities alongside your own engineering team or as an outsourced consultancy where interaction with your project co-coordinator can take place digitally.

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