Some of the hi-tech tools used here at Cates include:
Revit is the latest Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software used for both drafting and analysis. We maintain a current subscription to this 3D program ensuring we stay up to date with the latest version.
AutoCAD is a 2D computer aided drafting program. While many have migrated to Revit, we still maintain the capability to provide drawings in AutoCAD. We maintain a current subscription to this program ensuring we stay up to date with the latest version.
Bluebeam is a PDF editor software that allows us to streamline our markups and coordination efforts with all trades.
Plan Grid is a field management software that allows us to create in depth field reports thru the IPad platform. The software allows us to replace the hard copies of the plans and shops.
RAM Structure Enterprise is a finite element analysis design software for steel, concrete and masonry. The Enterprise version includes STAAD, Elements, Structure, Steel, Concrete, Connections and a few other design programs.
RAM Concept is a finite element analysis and design program for post tensioned and cast in place concrete floor systems.
PC Slab is an analysis and design program for cast in place concrete slabs and beams.
Risa Floor is an analysis and design program for steel, wood, and concrete floor systems.
Risa 3D is an analysis and design program for building frames and individual members in steel and wood.
Risa Foundation is a finite element analysis design program for foundation design.
Retain Pro is an analysis and design program for retaining walls.
Adapt is an analysis and design program for post-tensioned concrete slabs.
PC Col is an analysis and design program for concrete columns.
PC Mat is an analysis and design program for concrete mat slabs/foundations.
Tedds is a structural design software for building components and frames in wood, steel, and concrete.
Enercalc is a structural design software for building components and frames in wood, steel, and concrete.
iLevel Forte is an analysis and design program for wood beams.
To further streamline our process, Engineers at Cates have created proprietary programs for such elements as footing design, calculation of snow loading including drift, wind analysis, calculations of floor truss spans, design of wood studs and posts, shear wall analysis, and column and beam base plate design.
Structural Engineering has come a long way from designing with handheld calculators, nubby pencils and erasers, and an abundance of graph paper. Today, our engineers employ oversized monitors, laptops and tablets, and the latest technology to get the job done.
Our team works hard to keep ahead of the curve with ongoing training and active involvement in user groups such as Revit DC.