An ongoing activity of CIDECT is to develop and provide ‘easy-to-use’ design tools (i.e. computer programs) for practice. As the use of software will more and more replace hand calculations, a compact PC software package has been developed which should help the designer to perform specific tasks like the design of members or joints. These tools are embedded in a 'user shell' called the 'CIDECT Design & Information Centre'(CIDIC). Through such a user shell, the designer will be guided using the different design tools.
Furthermore, CIDIC includes the so-called Eurocode lectures - a complete set of lectures dealing with the new EN version of Eurocode 3.
With the software CFL, CIDECT provides the designer a tool for the safe and easy application of the hot spot stress method.
The software CMS is provided by CIDECT in order to provide the designer a simple tool to perform a full set of design checks according to the new EN 1993-1-1 for sections and members respectively. Hence, the software will not only cover the new formulae for the stability checks for beam-columns. The software will cover all ULS checks given in chapters 6.2 and 6.3 of EN 1993-1-1.