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Nov 27, 2013

Issued new certificate of compatibility with Russian standards.

This certificate is valid thru November 28-th, 2015.


Sep 26, 2013

Tower 7 Build 7234 has been released.

Implemented several new features – the most important are: seismic walls design using design envelope for bending moments and shear forces according to EC8 (paragraph 5.4.2.4.), slab punching control according to SNIP codes, export Tower files to Tower Demo file format,...

Here is a more detailed list of new features in this Build of program Tower 7: For all Eurocode based regulations enambled concrete design using the design envelope for bending moments and shear forces according to 5.4.2.4. Special provisions for ductile walls.

Enabled option for assigning the length of concrete section used for concrete design of seismic wall.

Influences in the proxy entity for MMS (multimodal seismic) loadcases or SRSS combinations will be displayed as two-sided diagram (to reflect the alternative naure of those load cases), enabling displaying two sided asymmetric diagrams of load case combinations containing MMS or SRSS load cases.

Slab punching control according to SNIP codes

Concrete beam and column design for SNIP codes – updated shara force design and buckling effects.

Improved functionality of 2D rotation command – added option for setting referent axis for rotation.

Export to Tower DEMO format. With this change, free Tower 7 DEMO program could be used as free viewer of Tower 7 projects. Saving into Tower DEMO format could be performed through “Save as...” command and choosing “Tower 7 Demo” as target file type. Original Tower file will be preserved.

Except those new features, the program contains significant number of corrections and bug-fixes.


Mar 06, 2013

Tower 7 Build 7219 has been released.

Implemented several new features – the most important are: modelling soil as elastic halfspace, property multipliers for for slabs and beams, speed meny for calling last used commands, new entity - link over line ...

Here is a more detailed list of new features in this Build of program Tower 7:

  • Modelling soil as elastic halfspace. Automatic generation of F.E. mesh of soil halfspace. Arbitrary number of soil layers with arbitrary characteristics, fixed or varoable thickness defined in arbitrary number of points (drill-holes). Analysis of soil stresses, deformation and layout of soil layers in vertical cut-planes.
  • Option for defining multipliers for properties of beams and slabs (for static and seismic model) individually for every set.
  • New entity - Link over line - linear Link. Enabled modeling of connection along two non intersected lines (beam with beam, beam with plate, plate with plate...).
  • New command - The resultant reaction command. Program displays the resultant (sum) of arbitrary selected supports.
  • Speed menu for recaling some of recently called commands. Speed menu button is placed at the beginning of the command line.
  • Displaying of forces in Link elements (point or line Link). Forces are displaying in 2D View, through the command for support reactions.
  • Added option for adjusting number of decimal places for display of load (suport, linear and point) intensity.
  • Display of minilal and maximal values of influences for beams in status line could be dependant on visibility/hiding of beams.
  • Added "Copy & Paste" functionality from clipboard in the dialog of profiles database and in the dialog for arbitrary spectral curve. This will enable easy transfer of large amount of tabularly organized data (such as from xls or txt tables) "Paste" operation is not performed by Crl+V, but with choosing the "Paste" command from the menu opened with mouse right click at the desired cell in tge grid.
  • Calculation of interaction diagrams for seismic walls. Also, in the interaction diagrams calculationm added option for choosing calculation diagrams for addopted or required reinforcement.
  • Calculation of forces at the slab/wall section for SRSS load cases and for combination of loadcases including multi modal seismic load cases. Instead of diagram, unique values for desired forces are displayed.
  • Automatic combining of pairs of multimodal seismic loadcases generated when accidental torsion effects are included. - Added option for choosing language for report in the module for report creationm
  • Added option for including information of project filename (with or without a full path) at the report header table.
  • Major changes and optimization in generating txt report of extreme values which enabled generation of txt reports for extreme values for much larger models with much larger number of loadcases.

Except those new features, the program contains significant number of corrections and bug-fixes.


Oct 09, 2012

Tower 7 Build 7115 has been released.

Implemented several new features – the most important are: regularity in plan check, dimensioning of new types of steel cross sections, horizontal alignment of graphical blocks, added option for adjusting the density of non continuous lines ...

This is more detailed list of new features in this Build of program Tower 7:

  • EC8 regularity in plan check (analysis and report)
  • steel - dimensioning of new types of cross section - C, Omega, Sigma, Z
  • report - added new folder before "Content"- folder (the introduction folder) allowing adding some texts and descriptions before the documentation prepared in Tower
  • report - horizontal alignment of graphical blocks. Last graphical block in the row could be aligned horizontally (left, center or right)
  • Bulgarian EC slab punch control
  • improved layout of reports for interaction diagrams
  • in advanced options of seismic analysis added option for reduction of bending stiffness of columns
  • timber design EC - added option for defining partial coefficient for material
  • dialog for animation of deformed view/modal analysis shape - added option for switching between default views (top, left, front,...)
  • drawing parameters - added option for adjusting the density of non continuous lines (dash, dash-dot, dot), added new types of those lines 2x, 5x.
  • surface load over system of beams - allowed conversion of load to linear support or indirect walls
  • reinforcement area over slabs - added feature of 'smart' positioning of diagonal label. This will help detecting cases when more than one reinforcement area with the same contour occupies the same slab.
  • command for node highlighting - for quick search of particular node (enter the Id of one or two nodes and they will be marked in 3D and 2D view

Except those new features, the program contains significant number of corrections and bug-fixes.


Jul 03, 2012

Tower 7 Build 7041 has been released.

This version contains significant number of minor changes and improvements. Along with this version the complete User Manual on Serbian language was published.


May 25, 2012

Version 7 of Program Tower has been released (Build 7035)

New version presents significant improvement of program Tower 6 and was created based on requests and needs of its numerous users. Free functional DEMO version of program Tower 7 is available. For users of program Tower 6 we provided a special user-manual (see Download**** page), with detailed cover of all new features and differences in Tower 7. Contact our nearest representative for information about purchasing or upgrading.


Nov 29, 2011

Issued new certificate of compatibility with Russian standards. See Download section of this site for download.

This certificate is valid thru November 30, 2013.


Aug 15, 2011

Tower 6 Build 1420 has been released. See Download section of this site for download.

The most important changes in this Build are:

  • program is compatible with Windows 7 - there is no need for setting Windows Vista compatibility mode in order to run under Windows 7
  • added another solver in 64-bit version - large scale block solver
  • updated Sentinel HASP drivers

Except those changes, the program contains certain number of improvements and minor corrections.


May 18, 2011

64-bit version of Tower 6 has been released.

We announce release of 64-bit version of program Tower 6 which will establish the basis of the Expert configuration. The Expert configuration is dedicated to demanding users who analyze structures of significant magnitude, containing large number of nodes. Expert configuration is also dedicated to users who wants to employ the power of its hardware more efficiently and gain visible speed-up. This version works only under 64-bit Windows operating systems. Three main characteristics of this version are:

  • multiple increase of solving and elaborating capacity - an analysis of models with 100 000, 200 000 or more nodes is reality and quite feasible.
  • increased speed of the analysis - by introducing a parallelism of some key processes and procedures it is possible to employ all processor cores and shorten the time of execution. Except this, acceleration was gained by certain specific optimizations.
  • modernized and improved graphics system is realised by migration from DirectX 7 to DirectX 9 led to faster graphics and increased compatibility with current and future Windows operating systems. .

Recommended computer configuration:

  • Intel or AMD multi-core processor (3 or 4 cores), 8 GB of RAM, 64-bit Windows operating system (Windows Vista or Windows 7)

Minimal computer configuration:

  • Intel or AMD 64-bit processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64-bit Windows operating system (Windows XP 64-bit edition, Windows Vista or Windows 7)

Feb 18, 2011

Version 6 Build 1412 released.

Implemented full 3D export of geometry to Metal Studio.