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Latest News:  updated December 21, 2012

 

December 21, 2012
Service Pack 1 for AASHTOWare Bridge Rating and Design 6.4 (formerly Virtis/Opis) is available in the Downloads section. 

October 22, 2012
The latest release, AASHTOWare Bridge Rating and Design 6.4.0 (formerly Virtis/Opis) has been shipped.

September 27, 2012
The training materials from the 2012 Virtis/Opis User Group meeting are available in the Downloads section (scroll down to the middle of the page).

February 21, 2012
Technical Note 26 (TN0026) Issue with saving the bridge after certain bridge data are deleted from the Bridge Workspace, has been added to the Technical Notes page.

February 10, 2012
Technical Note 25 (TN0025) Issue with girder spacing recomputation for a specific framing layout, has been added to the Technical Notes page.

January 6, 2012
The list of the open critical bugs in Virtis/Opis has been updated. (See link at left.)

January 4, 2012
The list of the open critical bugs in Virtis/Opis has been updated. (See link at left.)

 

December 20, 2011
The list of the open critical bugs in Virtis/Opis has been updated. (See link at left.)

December 16, 2011
Technical Note 24 (TN0024) Migration of Oracle Virtis/Opis Databases Fail When Using 64-Bit ODBC Driver, has been added to the Technical Notes page.

November 10, 2011
Service Pack 1 for Virtis/Opis Version 6.3 is available in the Downloads section. 

October 14, 2011
Technical Note 23 (TN0023) Axles in standard gage vehicle not being considered in the analysis, has been added to the Technical Notes page.

September 30, 2011
Technical Note 21 (TN0021) Current Specification Editions Not Assigned after Database Migration or Bridge XML File Version Conversion to version 6.3, and Technical Note 22 (TN0022) Problem with Optional SQL Scripts that Convert BRASS Engine Assignments to AASHTO Engines, have been added to the Technical Notes page.

September 7, 2011
Several new Tutorials from the 2011 User Group meeting are available.

August 15, 2011
The presentations from the 2011 Virtis/Opis User Group meeting are available in the Downloads section (scroll down to the middle of the page).

July 29, 2011
The XML bridge files referenced in the 2011 User Group training are available here (zip file, 231 KB).

July 14, 2011
Technical Note 20 (TN0020) Issue with updating stringer dead load reactions for floor beam analysis when the bridge is modified, has been added to the Technical Notes page.

July 5, 2011
Technical Note 19 (TN0019) Incorrect 3-voided PS box beam D1 and D2 diameters used in specification checking, has been added to the Technical Notes page.

Also, the May 2011 edition of the BRIDGEWare Newsletter is available (see at left, Adobe PDF format, 562 KB).  (Requires Adobe Reader)

February 14, 2011
Technical Note 18 (TN0018) Issue with creating PS U-beam Member Alternative, has been added to the Technical Notes page.

 

November 18, 2010
The list of the open critical bugs in Virtis/Opis has been updated. (See link at left.)

November 17, 2010
Technical Note 17 (TN0017) Issue with Harped and Straight Debonded Strand Configurations, has been added to the Technical Notes page.

November 1, 2010
Several new Tutorials from the 2010 User Group meeting are available.

October 18, 2010
The list of the open critical bugs in Virtis/Opis has been updated. (See link at left.)

September 30, 2010
The latest release, Virtis/Opis Version 6.2.0, was shipped this week.

August 10, 2010
The presentations from the 2010 Virtis/Opis User Group meeting are available in the Downloads section (scroll down to the middle of the page).

July 7, 2010
The May 2010 edition of the BRIDGEWare Newsletter is available (see at left, Adobe PDF format, 5.5 MB).  (Requires Adobe Reader)

March 26, 2010
Technical Note 15 (TN0015) Issue with overriding permit loading live load factor for multiple permit vehicles using BRASS LRFR, has been added to the Technical Notes page.

March 11, 2010
Technical Note 14 (TN0014) Issue with LRFR ignore shear option for bridges migrated to version 6.1, has been added to the Technical Notes page.
Also, the list of the open critical bugs in Virtis/Opis has been updated. (See link at left.)

January 13, 2010
The December 2009 edition of the BRIDGEWare Update has been posted (see at left, Adobe PDF format, 135 KB).  (Requires Adobe Reader)

 

December 16, 2009
Technical Note 13 (TN0013) Incorrect Truss Angle Box and Built-up Member Section Properties, has been added to the Technical Notes page

December 2, 2009
The September 2009 edition of the BRIDGEWare Update has been posted (see at left, Adobe PDF format, 215 KB).  (Requires Adobe Reader)

November 9, 2009
The list of the open critical bugs in Virtis/Opis has been updated. (See link at left.)

October 14, 2009
Example T1 has been updated. See the Tutorials page.

August 18, 2009
The handouts from the 2009 Virtis/Opis User Group meeting are available in the Downloads section (scroll down to the middle of the page). Also, the Release Schedule has been updated (see link at left).

August 18, 2009
A list of the open critical bugs in Virtis/Opis has been posted. (See link at left.)

July 9, 2009
The July 2009 edition of the BRIDGEWare Newsletter is available (see at left, Adobe PDF format, 634 KB).  (Requires Adobe Reader)

June 5, 2009
The May 2009 edition of the BRIDGEWare Update is available (see at left, Adobe PDF format, 142 KB).  (Requires Adobe Reader)

 

September 16, 2008
The examples on the Tutorials page have been updated for version 6.0

September 9, 2008
The Virtis/Opis Visual Reference is available on the Tutorials page.

August 22, 2008
Example PS1 has been updated. See the Tutorials page.

August 20, 2008
New and updated examples have been added to the Tutorials page.

June 20, 2008
The Support Center is available. The Support Center software has been upgraded. Users who access the Support Center after the upgrade will notice a few differences, but the web site has a similar appearance and functionality. Use the same userid and password as before.

June 19, 2008
The Support Center will be unavailable June 19-20 for upgrades.

May 19, 2008
The May 2008 edition of the BRIDGEWare Newsletter is available (see at left, Adobe PDF format, 4.8 MB).  (Requires Adobe Reader)

 

December 14, 2007
The latest release, Virtis/Opis Version 5.6.0, was shipped last month.

August 14, 2007
The July 2007 edition of the BRIDGEWare Newsletter is available (see at left, Adobe PDF format, 543 KB).  (Requires Adobe Reader)

February 21, 2007
Three examples from the 2006 UG meeting, F1-FlaredGirderExample, T1-TrussFloorbeamStringerExample and VSTD1-Virtis Std Rating Example have been added to the Tutorials.

January 18, 2007
A new example, DF1 - Distribution Factor Analysis (NSG), has been added to the Tutorials.

 

November 14, 2006
The latest release, Virtis/Opis Version 5.5.0, has been shipped.  Also, TN0011, “Time composite" and "Time of analysis" on the Shrinkage/Time window, has been added to the Technical Notes page. Also available now are a flowchart and spreadsheet for resolving differences in LFD Rating Results (see Technical Notes).

July 28, 2006
The list of Enhancements to be discussed at the 2006 VIRTIS/OPIS/BRASS Users Group meeting is available in the Downloads section (scroll down to the middle of the page).

June 26, 2006
An AboRslt Replacement DLL for Virtis/Opis Version 5.4.0 is available in Downloads.

May 24, 2006
The May 2006 edition of the Virtis/Opis newsletter is available (see at left, Adobe PDF format, 1.5 MB).  (Requires Adobe Reader)

May 5, 2006
The latest release, Virtis/Opis Version 5.4.0, has been shipped.  Also, the FAQ has been updated (link at left).

April 28, 2006
For registration, reservations and information on the 2006 Virtis/Opis/BRASS User's Group (VOBUG) training meeting (August 1-3) in St. Louis, visit the web site.

 

November 22, 2005
TN0010, “Don't consider effective slab thickness in rating and design" not being saved, has been added to the Technical Notes page.

November 3, 2005
The Virtis/Opis enhancement ballot results from the 2005 VIRTIS/OPIS/BRASS Users Group meeting is available in the Downloads section (scroll down to VIRTIS/OPIS/BRASS User Group 2005 in the middle of the page).

October 31, 2005
Several recently updated examples have been added to the Tutorials page.

July 28, 2005
A Release Bugs Resolution Estimate is available on the Downloads page (scroll down to Miscellaneous at the bottom of the page).

July 20, 2005
The list of Enhancements to be discussed at the 2005 VIRTIS/OPIS/BRASS Users Group meeting is available in the Downloads section.

July 7, 2005
Service Pack 1 for Virtis/Opis Version 5.3 is available in the Downloads section. 

June 17, 2005
The June 2005 edition of the Virtis/Opis Newsletter is available (see at left).

May 5, 2005
The VIRTIS/OPIS/BRASS Users Group 2005 meeting announcement is available on the Virtis/Opis Technical Support Homepage.  (See under "Literature" at left.)

May 4, 2005
A description of the R/C POI Wizard has been added to the Wizards Tutorial.

April 27, 2005
The latest release, Virtis/Opis Version 5.3.0, has been shipped. 

April 15, 2005
The  Virtis/Opis FAQ Help file is available on the FAQ page (see at left).

February 8, 2005
An AbxBrass Replacement DLL for Virtis/Opis Version 5.2.0 is available in Downloads.

 

December 1, 2004
The latest release, Virtis/Opis Version 5.2.0, has been shipped.  Also, a new example, for a Schedule-based R/C Tee, has been added to the Tutorials.

September 21, 2004
Several new Tutorials have been added.

September 20, 2004
The Tentative Release Schedule (see at left) has been updated.

July 15, 2004
The June 2004 edition of the Virtis/Opis Newsletter is available (see at left).

June 11, 2004
The list of Enhancements to be discussed at the 2004 VIRTIS/OPIS/BRASS Users Group meeting is available in the Downloads section.

April 22, 2004
The BRASS Replacement DLL (BRASS-GIRDER 5.8.9) for Virtis Version 5.1.1 is available in Downloads.

April 20, 2004
Alert: The BRASS-GIRDER 5.8.8 DLL provided with the 5.1 Service Pack 1 may compute the incorrect moment capacity as follows:

For steel structures in which Article 10.48.2.1 applies, the moment capacity calculated by BRASS-GIRDER 5.8.8 may be incorrect when all checks within that article are satisfied, except the spacing of lateral bracing check (Equation 10-101). When this condition occurs, the moment capacity from Equation 10-99 and Equation 10-103a should be considered. However, Equation 10-99 was not.

A replacement DLL (BRASS-GIRDER 5.8.9) implementing both equations will be available soon.

March 24, 2004
Service Pack 1 for Virtis/Opis Version 5.1 is available in the Downloads section. 

January 9, 2004
The document titled Effective Flange Width Computation Method has been added to the Tutorials page.

January 7, 2004
TN0009, Typographical errors in the historical steel shapes file, “old rolled shapes.xml", has been added to the Technical Notes page.

January 5, 2004
Many new and updated examples have been added to the Tutorials page.

 

November 11, 2003
To let you know when to expect service packs and product releases, we've added a Tentative Release Schedule page. Click "Tentative Release Schedule" at left.  Check back for occasional additions/updates to the schedule.

November 7, 2003
We have implemented a list server for email we will refer to as "Virtis/Opis eNotification". We will be using this to send email notifications of important issues to members of the list. We have initially populated the list with all of the Virtis/Opis registered end-users. Click "eNotification" at left for more information.

November 5, 2003
A BRASS Replacement DLL for Virtis Version 5.1.0 is available in Downloads.

October 6, 2003
The latest release, Virtis/Opis Version 5.1.0, has been shipped.

September 8, 2003
The 2003 Enhancement Ballot is available in Downloads for those who did not have a chance to vote at the Users Group Meeting. Please return your completed ballot to Gale Barnhill by Sept 22, 2003.

August 15, 2003
The list of Enhancements to be discussed at the 2003 VIRTIS/OPIS/BRASS Users Group meeting has been updated and is available in the Downloads section.

August 11, 2003
For Oracle database users only: An Oracle migration script in Service Pack 1 for Virtis/Opis Version 5.0 contained an error.  If you've already run the SP1 Oracle migration script and received errors, a Fix script is available in the Downloads section.  If you have not yet migrated your Oracle database, the Service Pack 1 exe's on the Downloads page have been updated today with the corrected Oracle migration script.

August 4, 2003
The 2003 VIRTIS/OPIS/BRASS Users Group meeting announcement, agenda and registration form are available on the Virtis/Opis Technical Support Homepage.  (See under "Literature" at left.)  The list of Enhancements to be discussed is available in the Downloads section.

August 1, 2003
Service Pack 1 for Virtis/Opis Version 5.0 is available in the Downloads section.

June 6, 2003
The June 2003 edition of the Virtis/Opis Newsletter is available (see at left).

April 8, 2003
The latest release, Virtis/Opis Version 5.0.0, has been shipped. Also, a Floor System example, FS1, has been added to the Tutorials page.

March 21, 2003
The Virtis/Opis brochure has been updated (March 2003) and is available for you to read (see left).

 

December 23, 2002
We are scheduled to be moving to a new web server within the next couple of weeks.  While we are not anticipating any problems, you can report any disruptions in service to Technical Support via email at Bridgeware@mbakercorp.com

November 7, 2002
A Technical Note is available for Upgrading a Virtis/Opis Database from Sybase SQL Anywhere 5.5 to Sybase Adaptive Server Anywhere 8.0.  See TN0008 for details.

August 29, 2002
The latest release, Virtis/Opis Version 4.2.0, has just been shipped.

August 26, 2002
Several new Tutorials have been added.

July 31, 2002
The list of Enhancements to be discussed at the 2002 BRASS/VIRTIS/OPIS Users Group meeting has been updated and is available in the Downloads section.

July 11, 2002
The list of Enhancements to be discussed at the 2002 BRASS/VIRTIS/OPIS Users Group meeting is available in the Downloads section.

June 4, 2002
Many of the Tutorials have been updated.

June 4, 2002
The 2002 BRASS/VIRTIS/OPIS Users Group meeting agenda and registration form are now available on the Virtis/Opis Technical Support Homepage.  (See under "Literature" at left.)

April 30, 2002
For Oracle database users only: The Oracle migration script in Service Pack 1 for Virtis/Opis Version 4.1 contained an error.  If you've already run the SP1 Oracle migration script and received errors, a Fix script is available in the Downloads section.  If you have not yet migrated your Oracle database, the Service Pack 1 exe's on the Downloads page have been updated today with the corrected Oracle migration script.

April 15, 2002
Service Pack 1 for Virtis/Opis Version 4.1 is available in the Downloads section.

April 3, 2002
The 2002 BRASS/VIRTIS/OPIS Users Group meeting agenda and registration form are available in the Downloads section.

March 20, 2002
For users who have not yet run the PopulateSpanInfo utility program but who plan on running it sometime in the future, a new version of the PopulateSpanInfo utility program is available in the Downloads section.  Remember NOT to run the the version of PopulateSpanInfo that came on the CD-ROM.  If you have already run PopulateSpanInfo, you do not need to download this latest version (the only change was to fix a problem with memory usage).

March 13, 2002
Many of the Tutorials were recently updated.

January 22, 2002
A new version of the PopulateSpanInfo utility program is available in the Downloads section.

January 15, 2002
Oracle Database Migration Fix is available in the Downloads section.

January 10, 2002
The latest release, Virtis/Opis Version 4.1.0, was shipped at the end of December, 2001.

IMPORTANT: If you are migrating your database from a previous version to version 4.1.0, DO NOT RUN THE POPULATESPANINFO UTILITY that came on the CD-ROM.  You can still migrate your database, just don't run the PopulateSpanInfo utility.  If you have already run the PopulateSpanInfo utility, email Technical Support at BRIDGEWare@mbakercorp.com for further instructions.  A new PopulateSpanInfo utility will be available here in a few days.

 

August 29, 2001
The Virtis/Opis Version 4.0 User Manual is available in the Downloads section.

August 10, 2001
View or download the 2000 User Group Meeting List of Attendees in the Downloads section.

August 2, 2001
The Enhancement Estimate for User Group 2001 in the Downloads section has been updated.

July 18, 2001
You can view or download the Enhancement Estimate for User Group 2001 in the Downloads section.

July 17, 2001
Service Pack 4 is available for Virtis/Opis Version 4.0 in the Downloads section.

June 19, 2001
There is a new Virtis/Opis brochure (Adobe PDF format, 2.2 MB) and newsletter (Adobe PDF format, 848 KB) that you can view or download.  (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

June 5, 2001
Service Pack 3 is available for Virtis/Opis Version 4.0 in the Downloads section.

April 19, 2001
Many new and updated examples have been added to the Tutorials page.

April 2, 2001
The BRIDGEWare database model for Version 4.0 is available in the Acrobat PDF format in the Downloads section.

February 16, 2001
Service Pack 2 is available for Virtis/Opis Version 4.0 in the Downloads section.

February 1, 2001
In order to run Virtis/Opis with Sybase Adaptive Server Anywhere version 7.0, you must first apply an Emergency Bug Fix from Sybase.  Get instructions here or on the Downloads page (Adobe PDF format, 1.3MB).

January 19, 2001
Service Pack 1 is available for Virtis/Opis Version 4.0 in the Downloads section.

January 15, 2001
Two new examples (STL4 and TMBR1) have been added to the Tutorials page.

 

December 28, 2000
*** The Support Center software was upgraded yesterday. ***

December 22, 2000
Version 4.0.0 of Virtis, Opis and VirtisOpis has been released and shipped.

November 20, 2000
Tutorials are now available online.

November 7, 2000
Virtis/Opis Version 4.0 is currently in Beta testing.

October 17, 2000
Service Pack 4a is available for Virtis/Opis Version 3.0.0 in the Downloads section.  It is a replacement for Service Pack 4. If you previously installed Service Pack 4 you must install this Service Pack to correct a potentially serious problem. Please refer to the ReadMe file for Service Pack 4a in the Downloads section.

Note about Service Packs:  These Service Packs do NOT include the previous Service Pack(s).  When installing any of these Service Packs, be sure to first install any previous Service Pack(s) in the order they were released.

October 10, 2000
You can view or download a Virtis/Opis brochure.  (Adobe PDF format, 2.5 MB)

October 6, 2000
Service Pack 4 is available for Virtis/Opis Version 3.0.0 in the Downloads section.  (NOTE: Service Pack 4 is no longer available.  Use Service Pack 4a instead.)

September 14, 2000
Virtis/Opis Version 4.0 is currently in Alpha testing.  Beta testing is scheduled to begin around mid-October.

July 28, 2000
You can view or download the list of attendees from the 2000 VIRTIS/OPIS/BRASS Users Group Meeting.  (Adobe PDF format, 13 KB)

June 27, 2000
You can view or download the agenda for the 2000 VIRTIS/OPIS/BRASS Users Group Meeting.  (Adobe PDF format, 7 KB)

June 26, 2000
Service Pack 3 is available for Virtis/Opis Version 3.0.0 in the Downloads section.

June 2, 2000
Service Pack 2 is available for Virtis/Opis Version 3.0.0 in the Downloads section.

April 27, 2000
You can view or download the official announcement and registration form for the 2000 VIRTIS/OPIS/BRASS Users Group Meeting.  (Adobe PDF format, 112 KB)

April 11, 2000
Service Pack 1 is available for Virtis/Opis Version 3.0.0 in the Downloads section.

April 10, 2000
Analyzing Concrete Sample Bridges (PCI Training Bridge 2, PCI Training Bridge 4, PCI Training Bridge 6) Delivered with Virtis/Opis 3.0.0.  See TN0007 for more details.

April 5, 2000
Version 3.0.0 of Virtis and Opis have been released and delivered.

 

December 8, 1999
See what's new in Version 2.1.0.  A list of the New Features is available under Virtis/Opis Documentation in the Downloads section.

October 27, 1999
Results Graph window - Tabular Results Grid.  A patch is available for Version 2.1.0 in the Downloads section.  See TN0006 for more details.

Virtis/Opis Becomes Unresponsive in Library Steel Shapes Windows.  A patch is available for Version 2.1.0 in the Downloads section.  See TN0005 for more details

October 22, 1999
Analyzing a Schedule Based Rolled Beam with Cover Plates.  A patch is available for Version 2.1.0 in the Downloads section.  See TN0004 for more details.

October 8, 1999
Stiffener Ranges window - Apply at Diaphragms button on the Transverse Stiffener Ranges tab.  A patch is available for Version 2.1.0 in the Downloads section.  See TN0003 for more details.

September 10, 1999
Version 2.1.0 of Virtis and Opis have been released and delivered.

The BRIDGEWare IDEF1X database model for Version 2.1.0 is now available in the Acrobat PDF format in the Downloads section.

The 1999 User Group Meeting Summary held on July 22-24 is now available in the Acrobat PDF format in the Downloads section.

June 21, 1999
1999 AASHTO Virtis/Opis/BRASS User Group meeting is scheduled for July 22-24 in Nashville, Tennessee. The agenda for the meeting is available in the Downloads section.

May 20, 1999
The BRIDGEWare IDEF1X database model is now available in the Acrobat PDF format in the Downloads section. The Virtis/Opis User Manual is also available in the Downloads section in the Acrobat PDF format.

Preliminary testing of Virtis/Opis using an Oracle8 database server has produced successful results. See Technical Note TN0002 for more details.

April 16, 1999
Version 2.00 of Virtis and Opis have been released and delivered.

 

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