ELPLA is available in three languages: English, German and Arabic. An exchange of data for the three versions is possible with full compatibility (Figures B-91 to B-93).

Figure B-91 ELPLA- English version

Figure B-92 ELPLA- German version

Figure B-93 ELPLA- Arabic version


- It is possible to export results to Microsoft Excel (Figure B-87).

- It is possible to export results to Microsoft Word (Figure B-88).

- A new user interface for the program ELPLA-List is developed. The user can deal with               different results in different windows at the same time (Figure B-89).

- With project Explorer, it is possible to swap between data and results easily (Figure B-90).

Figure B-87 Export results to Ms-Excel

Figure B-88 Export results to MS-Word

Figure B-89 Many windows of data and results in ELPLA-List

Figure B-90 Swapping between data and results


- The limit depth can be drawn, if desired, beside its corresponding boring log (Figure B-77).

- When drawing a group of boring logs or limit depths in one presentation, the user has the              possibility to choose the sequence of boring logs or limit depths (for example boring 6 at the          left, boring 1 at the right next to it, boring 3 at the right next to boring 1 etc.). So the user can        draw subsoil sections (Figure B-78).

- The intensity of numbers on the contour lines can be decided through a writing factor (Figure B-    79).

- Legend for the maximum ordinate is inserted for results in isometric view, distribution of results      in the plan, results as circular diagrams, deformation and principal moments as streaks (Figure      B-80).

- When studying the effect of neighbor foundations, all foundations can be drawn with data or           results in one representation (Figure B-81).

Figure B-77 Limit depth beside boring log

Figure B-78 Choosing the sequence of boring logs in the drawing

Figure B-79 Writing factor for contour lines

Figure B-80 Legend for maximum ordinate

Figure B-81 Drawing a group of foundations with data

- You can draw a group of data with results or a group of data together in one presentation (for      example contour lines of settlements with loads and slab thickness, or loads with boring                 locations) (Figure B-82).

- When defining view angles about x-, y- and z-axis for a drawing in three-dimensional,                    the drawing is previewed on a small menu before displaying on the screen (Figure B-83).

- New expressed symbols for boundary conditions and supports are presented (Figure B-84).

- If the system is symmetry, the symbols of symmetry will be automatically drawn (Figure B-85).

- The graphical drawing can be copied in Metafile-Format to Clipboard. Then, it can be inserted      directly to other windows-programs such as Word and WordPerfect (Figure B-86).

Figure B-82 Drawing data and results in one presentation

Figure B-83 Viewing angle

Figure B-84 New expressed symbols for boundary conditions

Figure B-85 Drawing symbols of symmetry

Figure B-86 Copying the drawing to clipboard


- Not only all project data can be deleted but also intermediate results or final results can be            separately deleted (Figure B-73).

- Deleted files by ELPLA are sent to the recycle pin (Figure B-74).

- It is possible to sort ELPLA-files according to project identification data (file name, description,    date and project) (Figure B-75).

Figure B-73 Deleting intermediate and finial results

Figure B-74 Sending deleted files to recycle pin

Figure B-75 Sorting ELPLA-files


- Dialog Boxes are extended by some explanation figures (Figure B-62).

- The values of data, if desired, can be displayed on the FE-Net (Figure B-63).

- The additional settlement can be defined graphically (Figure B-64).

- Boring fields can be defined graphically (Figure B-65).

- Boring logs can be inserted from a file (Figure B-66).

- Besides the definition of girder section by moment of inertia and torsion moment of inertia, the        section can be also defined by its width and height (Figure B-67).

Figure B-62 Dialog Box with explanation figure

Figure B-63 Displaying values

Figure B-64 Defining additional settlements

Figure B-65 Defining boring fields

Figure B-66 Inserting the boring log from file

Figure B-67 Defining the girder section by width and height

- The stiffness of girders those have T / L-section can be simulated on the slab by using additional    beam elements. The stiffness of the girder can be obtained through a replacement beam                arranged in the center plan of the slab. The dimensions of the replacement beam can be                determined as in  DIN 1075 or EC 2 (Figure B-68).

- When defining a set of data (for example FE-Net), another data with this set can be displayed      (for example FE-Net with loads and boring locations) (Figure B-69).

- The date can be defined from the computer calendar (Figure B-70).

- When all data sets are defined and saved then changes are carried out to one set, the data that      are affected by these changes can be automatically fixed (for example the data those are set          outside the FE-Net) (Figure B-71).

- It is possible to import or export data to Microsoft Excel (Figure B-72).

Figure B-68 Defining the girder of T /L-section

Figure B-69 View grouping data

Figure B-70 Defining the date from computer calendar

Figure B-71 Fixing data outside FE-Net

Figure B-72 Exporting and Importing data to MS-Excel

Home page link Enhancements in ELPLA 8.0

- Line formats can be defined and saved (Figure B-58).

- Fill colors can be defined and saved (Figure B-59).

- Font formats (size, type, …) can be defined and saved (Figure B-60).

- You can define and save the maximum ordinate, length, side or diameter of symbols for the            drawing (Figure B-61).

Figure B-58 Line formats

Figure B-59 Fill color

Figure B-60 Font

Figure B-61 Max. ordinate

Home page link Enhancements in ELPLA 8.0

- Not only bilinear but also nonlinear soil deformations can be taken into account (as example for    plastic deformations at heavy loading) (Figure B-56).

- For all nodes, the bearing capacity of foundation on a variable soil can be determined through        interpolation (Figure B-57).

Figure B-56 Nonlinear soil deformation

Figure B-57 Bearing capacity for variable soil

Home page link Enhancements in ELPLA 8.0

- Besides the eight different calculation methods available in ELPLA to analyze foundations, a new method "Flexible foundation (method 9)" is added. This method can be used for settlement calculations of flexible foundations such as embankments, dams or direct loads on the ground (Figure B-51).
- System of flexible, elastic and rigid foundations can be analyzed together (Figure B-52).
- The influence of flexible neighbor foundations or external loads of different arts on the examined foundation can be determined . Until now, it was possible to determine only the influence of elastic or rigid neighbor foundations (Figure B-53).

Figure B-51 Flexible foundation

Figure B-52 System of flexible, rigid and elastic foundations

Figure B-53 Influence of flexible neighbor foundations

- Transitional or rotational spring stiffness can be introduced on nodes for the rigid slab (method      8). Until now, it was available only for methods 1 to 7. The springs can be used for the analysis    of   the rigid pile caps (Figure B-54).

- Negative contact pressure can be eliminated for methods 1 to 8, if it appears on the bottom of      the foundation. Until now, elimination of negative contact pressures was available for methods       4, 6 and 8 (Figure B-55).

Figure B-54 Rigid raft with transitional and rotational spring

Figure B-55 Elimination of negative contact pressure


- The seven separate programs ELPLA-Data, ELPLA-Solver, ELPLA-Graphic, ELPLA-              Section, ELPLA-List, ELPLA-Boring and ELPLA-Editor can be run independently of each        other or as a group (Figure B-96).

- All program menus are represented also by icons (Toolbar) (Figure B-97).

- Page setup (portrait format, landscape format, printer, ...) is saved separately for each of the        programs ELPLA-Graphic, ELPLA-List, ELPLA-Section, ELPLA-Boring and ELPLA-            Editor (Figure B-98).

- The user can connect directly through ELPLA with ELPLA-Web site in Internet (Figure B-99).

Figure B-96 ELPLA-Graphic alone

Figure B-97 Menu with Toolbars and icons

Figure B-98 Page setup for each program

Figure B-99 The user can connect to internet through ELPLA

- The computer knows the files of the ELPLA-project automatically. Running the program can be    carried out by clicking on the icons of the files *.PO1, *.PO2 or *.BAU (Figure B-100).


Figure B-100 Running ELPLA by clicking on project icon


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