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Latest News:  updated  May 25, 2018

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Note 1: By order of the Office of Chief Counsel, PENNDOT must begin to collect sales tax on license fees and update fees associated with the BRADD Software.  Beginning January 1, 2009, a 6% sales tax will be applied to the fees required for any new license requests or update request postmarked after that date.  Please refer to e-Notification 020 for more information.

Note 2: As a result of a decision by the AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures, there will be no further updates to the SI Unit version 2007 AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.  Consequently, PENNDOT will begin phasing out the SI unit option for the Bridge Automated Design and Drafting Software (BRADD).  Beginning in January 2010, new releases of the BRADD Software will no longer allow the use of SI units.  Please refer to e-Notification 025 for more information.

 

May 25, 2018
The BRADD software program has been revised to correct a problem with complex debonded strand patterns (more than 3 debonding locations designed by PSLRFD) and to correct a problem with the load applied by PSLRFD for intermediate diaphrams. Refer to e-Notificaiton 050 for additional details.

A free patch is available for those users that are experiencing these problems.  Consultants and others who have a current license for BRADD Version 3.2.4.0 can download and install a patch to correct these problems.  See the Downloads section for details on downloading and manually installing the patch.  Users without a BRADD license can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.4.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 for private organizations and $530 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

May 4, 2018
The BRADD software program has been revised to correct a problem with the Integral Abutment pile cap height being too large (the minimum pile cap height exceeds 3'-3"). This problem only occurs when the bottom of the pile cap is sloped downwards (left-to-right, facing the abutment) and usually only occurs at one of the Integral Abutments.

A free patch is available for those users that are experiencing these problems.  Consultants and others who have a current license for BRADD Version 3.2.4.0 can download and install a patch to correct these problems.  See the Downloads section for details on downloading and manually installing the patch.  Users without a BRADD license can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.4.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 for private organizations and $530 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

March 9, 2018
The BRADD software program has been revised to correct a problem with a skewed bridge with Integral Abutments and a Staged Construction Joint that has different beam spacings on either side of the joint. For this condition BRADD incorrectly details the integral abutment length on the "Abutment Elevation" detail. Other details affected include the "Abutment Plan @ Top of Deck" detail and the "Abutment Plan @ Pile Cap" detail. Refer to e-Notification 048 for further information. 

A free patch is available for those users that are experiencing these problems.  Consultants and others who have a current license for BRADD Version 3.2.4.0 can download and install a patch to correct these problems.  See the Downloads section for details on downloading and manually installing the patch.  Users without a BRADD license can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.4.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 for private organizations and $530 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

December 6, 2017
The BRADD software program has been revised for several error corrections and user perfective maintenance requests.  The new version is BRADD v3.2.4.0. This release includes the implementation of the Concrete Vertical Wall Bridge Barriers for bridges with Integral Abutments and for bridges with Superstructure Only Abutments and it also includes implementation of the PA 10M Bridge Barrier for bridges with Integral Abutments. As a result, BRADD v3.2.4.0 is considered an update of additional function. As such, all existing license holders of BRADD will be required to submit a completed Update Form and payment of the Updated Version for Additional Functions license fee.

Consultants and others with a license for version 3.2.3.0, 3.2.2.0, 3.2.1.0, or 3.2.0.0 and can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.4.0 by paying an update license fee of $1,590 (including tax) for Private Organizations, $1,590 (including tax) for Educational Institutions for Consulting Use, $150 (no tax) for Educational Institutions for Educational Use, $150 (no tax) for Local Govermental Agencies,  $159 (including tax) for Foreign Governmental Agencies, and no fee for Department Executive Agencies and Stage Transportation Agencies outside of Pennsylvania. Use the Update Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

Consultants and others with a license for version 3.1.6.2 and earlier require an additional license fee documented on the the Ordering/Updating section.

Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.4.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 (including tax) for private organizations and $500 (no tax) for local governmental agencies. Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

Please note that the software will no longer be provided on a CD. Once the Update Form is received an e-mail will be sent with download instructions. The new installation will require a License Key that will be provided in the e-mail. A valid e-mail address must be provided on the Update Form in order to receive the download instructions.

 

December 5, 2016
The BRADD software program has been revised for several error corrections and user perfective maintenance requests.  The new version is BRADD v3.2.3.0.  This version will be distributed as a free update to all existing BRADD v3.2.1.0 and v3.2.2.0 licensees who submit a completed Update Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.  Fill in the Update Form with $0.00 for the Update License fee.

Please note that the software will no longer be provided on a CD. Once the Update Form is received an e-mail will be sent with download instructions. The new installation will require a License Key that will be provided in the e-mail. A valid e-mail address must be provided on the Update Form in order to receive the download instructions.

Consultants and others with a license for version 3.1.6.2 and earlier can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.3.0 by paying an update license fee of $1,590 (including tax) for Private Organizations, $1,590 (including tax) for Educational Institutions for Consulting Use, $150 (no tax) for Educational Institutions for Educational Use, $150 (no tax) for Local Govermental Agencies,  $159 (including tax) for Foreign Governmental Agencies, and no fee for Department Executive Agencies and Stage Transportation Agencies outside of Pennsylvania. Use the Update Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.3.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 (including tax) for private organizations and $530 (including tax) for governmental agencies. Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

November 24, 2015
The BRADD software program has been revised to correct a problem in designing shallow adjacent box beams. Without this patch BRADD is unable to design adjacent box beams with depths of 17", 21" or 24".  Refer to e-Notification 043 for further details. 

A manually installed patch is available for those users that are experiencing this problem.  Consultants and others who have a current license for BRADD Version 3.2.2.0 can download and install a patch to correct this problem.  See the Downloads section for details on downloading and manually installing the patch.  Users without a BRADD license can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.2.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 for private organizations and $530 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

August 10, 2015
The BRADD software program has been revised for several error corrections and user perfective maintenance requests.  The new version is BRADD v3.2.2.0.  This version will automatically be distributed as a free update to all existing BRADD v3.2.1.0 licensees. 

Consultants and others with a license for version 3.1.6.2 and earlier can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.2.0 by paying an update license fee of $1,590 (including tax) for private organizations and $159 (including tax) for governmental agencies. Use the Update Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.2.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 (including tax) for private organizations and $530 (including tax) for governmental agencies. Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

October 13, 2014
The BRADD software program has been revised for several error corrections and user perfective maintenance requests.  The new version is BRADD v3.2.1.0.  This version will automatically be distributed as a free update to all existing BRADD v3.2.0.0 licensees. 

Consultants and others with a license for version 3.1.6.2 and earlier can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.1.0 by paying an update license fee of $1,590 (including tax) for private organizations and $159 (including tax) for governmental agencies. Use the Update Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.1.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 (including tax) for private organizations and $530 (including tax) for governmental agencies. Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

July 15,2014
Windows XP Compatibility - BRADD v3.2.1.0 which is scheduled to be releaseed in late September 2014 will not compatible with the Microsoft Windows XP operating system.

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft officially discontinued support of Windows XP, meaning they will no longer provide security updates and bug fixes. As a result, BRADD version 3.2.1.0 will only be tested and supported on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 workstations, and the support for the installation and running of BRADD version 3.2.0.0 or earlier versions on Windows XP will be discontinued when BRADD version 3.2.1.0 is released. 

 

November 18, 2013
The BRADD software program has been revised for several error corrections and user perfective maintenance requests.  The new version is BRADD v3.2.0.0.  This release includes the implementation of the design and drafting of Integral Abutment Bridges, and is considered an update for additional function. As such, all existing license holders of BRADD will be required to submit a completed Update Form and payment of  the Updated Version for Additonal Functions license fee. Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.0.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 (including tax) for private organizations and $530 (including tax) for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

October 18, 2013
The next release of BRADD, Version 3.2.0.0 will occur on November 18, 2013. This release includes the implementation of the design and drafting of Integral Abutment Bridges, and is considered an update for additional function. As such, all existing license holders of BRADD will be required to submit a completed Update Form and payment of  the Updated Version for Additonal Functions license fee. Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.2.0.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 (including tax) for private organizations and $530 (including tax) for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

August 8, 2012
The BRADD software program has been revised to correct several problems with a stake-out dimension and work point coordinates for integral abutment superstructure-only bridges with a skewed superstructure and horizontal curve. Refer to e-Notification 035 for further details. 

The new version is BRADD v3.1.6.2. Consultants and others who have a current license for BRADD Version 3.1.6.0 or 3.1.6.1 can download and install a patch to upgrade to Version 3.1.6.2.  This is an inclusive patch, in that it also includes the revisions made for BRADD Version 3.1.6.1.  See the Downloads section for details.  Users without a BRADD license can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.6.2 by paying the license fee of $5,300 for private organizations and $530 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section

 

February 29, 2012
The BRADD software program has been revised to correct two problems.  One correction is for those licensees that utilize PowerDraft V8i instead of Microstation to generate drawings. The other correction is to fix a problem with the BRADD auto-configuration of installed software on the PC to open standard file types, such as, Word, Excel, HTML, Text, DGN and PDF files, to name a few.  Refer to e-Notification 031 for further details. 

A manually installed patch is available for those users that are experiencing these problems.  Consultants and others who have a current license for BRADD Version 3.1.6.0 can download and install a patch to correct these problems.  See the Downloads section for details on downloading and manually installing the patch.  Users without a BRADD license can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.6.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 for private organizations and $530 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

December 5, 2011
The BRADD software program has been revised for several error corrections and user perfective maintenance requests.  The new version is BRADD v3.1.6.0.  This version will automatically be distributed as a free update to all existing licensees.  Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.6.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 (including tax) for private organizations and $530 (including tax) for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

August 30, 2010
The BRADD software program has been revised for several error corrections and user perfective maintenance requests.  The new version is BRADD v3.1.5.0.  This version will automatically be distributed as a free update to all existing licensees.  Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.5.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 (including tax) for private organizations and $530 (including tax) for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

February 12, 2010
The BRADD software program has been revised to correct work point coordinates for bridges with integral abutments and bearing seat offsets for adjacent box beam bridges. The new version is BRADD v3.1.4.1.   Consultants and others who have a current license for BRADD Version 3.1.4.0 can download and install a patch to upgrade to Version 3.1.4.1.  This is an inclusive patch, in that it also includes the revisions made for BRADD described in e-Notification 022.  See the Downloads section for details.  Users without a BRADD license can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.4.1 by paying the license fee of $5,000 for private organizations and $500 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

September 23, 2009
The BRADD software program has been revised to correct a problem with the creation of DXF files.  These files are only needed by those that use AutoCAD.  The degree symbol has been corrected and several fraction characters have been corrected.  The BRADD v3.1.4.0 DXF Update is a free update to all existing licensees of BRADD v3.1.4.0 that can be obtained from the Downloads page.

 

August 28, 2009
The BRADD software program has been revised for several error corrections and user perfective maintenance requests.  The new version is BRADD v3.1.4.0.  This version will automatically be distributed as a free update to all existing licensees.  Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.4.0 by paying the license fee of $5,300 (including tax) for private organizations and $530 (including tax) for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

October 31, 2008
The BRADD software program has been revised to correct the bearing seat offsets at abutment 2 for box beam bridges. The new version is BRADD v3.1.3.2.   Consultants and others who have a current license for BRADD Version 3.1.3.0 or 3.1.3.1 can download and install a patch to upgrade to Version 3.1.3.2.  This is an inclusive patch, in that it also includes the revisions made for BRADD Version 3.1.3.1.  See the Downloads section for details.  Users without a BRADD license can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.3.2 by paying the license fee of $5,000 for private organizations and $500 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

October 3, 2008
The BRADD software program has been revised to correct several small operational issues.  The new version is BRADD v3.1.3.1.   Consultants and others who have a current license for BRADD Version 3.1.3.0 can download an install a patch to upgrade to Version 3.1.3.1.  See the Downloads section for details.  Users without a BRADD license can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.3.1 by paying the license fee of $5,000 for private organizations and $500 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

June 23, 2008
The BRADD software program has been revised for several error corrections and user perfective maintenance requests.  The new version is BRADD v3.1.3.0.  This version will automatically be distributed as a free update to all existing licensees.  Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.3.0 by paying the license fee of $5,000 for private organizations and $500 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

October 30, 2006
The BRADD software program has been revised for several error corrections and user perfective maintenance requests.  The new version is BRADD v3.1.2.0.  This version will automatically be distributed as a free update to all existing licensees.  Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.2.0 by paying the license fee of $5,000 for private organizations and $500 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

August 26, 2005
The BRADD software program has been revised for several error corrections and enhancements.  The new version is BRADD v3.1.1.0.  This version will automatically be distributed as a free update to all existing licensees.  Consultants and others without a license can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.1.0 by paying the license fee of $5,000 for private organizations and $500 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

January 5, 2005
The Bridge Automated Design and Drafting (BRADD) software program Version 3.1.0 is available for a license fee in accordance with the license agreement.  Consultants and others can obtain BRADD Version 3.1.0 by paying the license fee of $5,000 for private organizations and $500 for governmental agencies.  Use the Ordering Form located in the Ordering/Updating section.

 

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Program Summary

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Copy of the Executive Summary and Program Description from the BRADD User's Manual  -  (Adobe PDF File Format,  270 KB)

 

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Mandatory Use of BRADD

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As per the September 2015 Edition of Design Manual Part 4, Part A, Chapter 1, Sections 1.4.2.2 and 1.4.2.3, the Department requires the use of BRADD on:

See Sections 1.4.2.2 and 1.4.2.3 of Chapter 1 of Part A of Design Manual 4 for further information.

 

 

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Next Release Information

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The next release of BRADD is scheduled for late November 2018.

 

 

 

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System Requirements

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The following are the System Requirements for BRADD. 

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