Analysis and Loading
The Pier Analysis and Loading Component, using the dimensions and loads input, will apply the resulting forces to the pier and determine the resultant actions in the pier (shear and moment in the cross beam, axial load and moment in the columns). The PCA Column Design Component, when supplied the cross-section properties and applied loads, will determine the required column reinforcement. If the actual column reinforcement is input, the program will determine the adequacy of the section to resist the applied loads. The Pier Support Component takes the forces at the bottom of the columns and performs one or more types of footing design.