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Changes DC-Pile for Windows

Date Version Changes

Nov. 18 8.03 A load eccentricity is always applied into the direction of a moment load or a
horizontal force. If for an inclined pile a vertical load has a higher horizontal effect
V*sin(alpha) against the horizontal load, the eccentricity has to be applied into this
direction, because it would otherwise act favorably.

Nov. 18 8.02 In addition to the graphical display in diagrams, the section forces, modules of
foundation, deformation and soil pressure are printed in a table.

Aug. 18 8.00 The new pile type „Ductile driven pile“ is supported, acc. to certifications (Bauer,
Duktus) and OENORM B 2567. Design for steel pile + concrete filling, material cast
iron with strength acc. to certification. Optionally with verification of shaft grouting,
optionally with application of a driving shoe with greater diameter. The driving shoe
may be applied only for end bearing, or for skin friction as well (filling for the
diameter of the driving shoe). Available pipe profiles from ductile cast iron may be
selected in the latest version of the parameter file dcpara-u.dyx with the addition
„ductile“ in their name. The verification against buckling may be done without
support of soil („pf from soil layer data“ and input pf = 0 for the soil layer

May 18 7.15 Use of the correct steel grade for the buckling analysis of driven steel piles.
Initialisation of the buckling curve and coefficient alpha only if the steel profile is

May 18 7.14 Acc. to the certification Ischebeck, for TITAN piles the characteristic capacity Rk has
to be determined depending on the concrete cover c for pressure as well. For c we use
the „edge distance reinforcement axis“ as an approximation. For this enhacement, a
new parameter file dcpara0.dyx (May, 2018) is required in the configuration directory.

May 18 7.12 Use of the correct steel bar diameter for the stability verification (buckling) depending
on the selected steel type.

Apr. 18 7.11 Improvement for the calculation of the required pile length: we now find a length
within one soil layers as well, even if the verification is not fulfilled for a larger pile
length down to the next soil layer limit due to a smaller end bearing of the next layer.

Mar. 18 7.10 Shear design acc. to Bender + Mark (Bautechnik 2006, Betonkalender 2008, Beton-
und Stahlbetonbau 2010) for bore piles with definition of a minimum installed
reinforcement from / until a certain depth for gradation of the reinforcement. In the
dialogs for selecting the skin friction and end bearing for the soil layers, we now offer
an interpolation for the available value of qc or cu and between the minimum and
maximum value in an area 0…1.

Jan. 18 7.01 In the calculation of the elastic support of the pile, we have to consider correctly that
acc. to DIN 1054:2010, 7.7.3, there is no more limitation of the pile diameter D to the
value of 1.0 m when calculation the modulus of foundation from the oedometric
modulus as ks = Es/D (or ks = M/D).

Nov. 17 7.00 Graphic functions for drawing and labelling in the graphics, separate handling of
graphics elements in the input window (displayed in every geometry graphics) and
single result graphics (displayed only in this page), DXF import with support of layers
to use the graphics as a background for the input of elements. The limitation of D to
1.0 for the determination of the modulus of foundation ks = Es/D is not covered in
DIN 1054:2010 and is therefore only used for DIN 1054:2005 and DIN 4014. The
verification of the activated earth block is done acc. to Eurocode 7, (4) in limit
state UPL, EQU is not used for this verification. Minimum requirement for the
programs is now Windows 7, Windows XP is no longer supported.
Oct. 17 6.03 New formula for the minimum shear reinforcement acc. to SIA 262:2013 (

Sep. 17 6.01 For analysis acc. to OENORM, for spatial passive earth pressure and h/b ≥ 3.33 we
have to use sqrt(h/b) instead of h/b in the formulae acc. to OENORM B 4434:1993
chapter 8.10.3. Compare DIN 4085:1987, chapter 5.13.2.

Juni 17 6.00 Product DC-Pile/Npw available for the analysis of piles in slopes, e.g. for the
foundation of noise protection walls acc. to ZTV-Lsw 06 (approach by Vogt).
Available as an extension of program DC-Pile.

Mar. 17 5.27 The settlement s,sg resp. s,sg* in the resistance-settlement diagram has to be
determined from the value R,k by using the skin friction for s,sg resp. s,sg*.

Feb. 17 5.26 Deq = 1.13D is considered for quadratic full cross-sections of driven piles and labelled
in the resistance-settlement line. The available load is labelled with E,avail.

Dec. 16 5.25 The free length L app for the determination of the settlement at the pile head of micro
piles may be entered with a different value than the one calculated automatically by
the program. If the standard value should be determined again by the program, the
input field „Free length L app“ has to be deleted. Then the value is calculated again
with the next analysis. For inclined piles, the greater length within soil layers with a
weak skin friction is considered.

Dec. 16 5.24 The permanent load on the ground (new from version 5.21) is applied as a stabilizing
action for the activated earth block for tension piles.

Nov. 16 5.21 In addition to the loads on the pile a permanent distributed load on the ground may be
defined. This load is independent from the load cases and increases the passive earth
pressure as a limit for the horizontal soil pressure from elastic bedding for horizontal

Sep. 16 5.20 The verification of buckling is available for driven steel piles as well. For tension
micro piles acc. to Eurocode 7 Germany, acc. to DIN 1054:2010 (3c) the safety
factors for skin friction are increased with the model factor eta,M = 1.25. The safety
factor is then 1.875 instead of 1.50. For existing project files, under Project –
Name/Standard – Analysis standard Eurocode 7 Germany has to be selected again to
enter the new value. It is then shown in the dialog if for „Factors for…“ the option
Micro piles is selected.

July 16 5.10 Support of the T2W interface for import and restart of projects in VCmaster.

June 16 5.01 For the fixation of the pile head (see button „Parameters/head/foot“) a spring constant
for an elastic support may be defined.

June 16 5.00 For micro piles the buckling analysis (stability verification acc. to Eurocode 3) is
available. Selection by checking „buckling analysis“ in the input window. The
required parameters may be defined over the button „Parameters“.

May 16 4.311 For CFA piles the dialogs like for bore piles are displayed over the buttons „Selection
skin frict.“ and „Selection end bear.“ on the page „Soil layers”.

Nov. 15 4.38 When calculating the weight of the activated earth block for tension piles the volume
of the pile has to be substracted, because its weight is added later for the verification
against uplift.

Oct. 15 4.37 The newer ZTV-Ing form (state of 2012) is available (if the option DCZTVK exists).
If “ZTVK form” is selected in the menu Project and the older version of the form is
present, the new one may be selected with Settings - Header ZTVK – „create standard
header again”.
Oct. 15 4.36 For the increased safety factor (reduced steel stress) for GEWI micro piles under
tension in permanent use with standard corrosion protection the determination of a
tension force is corrected. Goto function now with page number.

Oct. 15 4.35 In the new parameter file dcpara(-u).dyx we added the new values for Ischebeck
TITAN anchors acc. to certification 2014. In DC-Pile the values are used for tension
piles depending on the concrete cover incl. the new value c = 45 mm acc. to table 6.

Sep. 15 4.34 In the graphics-based output a function „Find“ (menu item Edit - Find or shortcut Ctrl-
F) and a function „Goto“ (View – Goto or Ctrl-G) to jump to specific load cases are
available. The step size (depth steps) for the design table may be defined in the
configuration, see Settings – Configuration – Print.

Dez. 14 4.32 Correction for the safety factor for live loads with horizontal loads and moments.

Aug. 14 4.30 For tension piles we can distinguish between the limit states equilibrium (EQU) and
Uplift (UPL) for the verification of the activated earth block (only for analysis acc. to
Eurocode 7).

May 14 4.21 Acc. to the 2nd edition of the Recommendations on Piles there are smaller factors of
eta for end bearing and skin friction for steel girder profiles, steel pipes and box
girders. For rectangular and H profiles we use the equivalent diameter D,eq for the
related settlement values of the resistance-settlement line. If tosion springs are applied
at the pile head / toe, the spring constants are printed in the results.

Apr. 14 4.20 Bulgarian version available.

Nov. 13 4.112 The head deformation and head rotation of the pile are printed in the results.

July 13 4.17 Acc. to DIN 1054:2010 modification A1:2012-08 the passive earth pressure fort he
verification of the earth resistance is calculated again down to the turning point (like
in DIN 1054:2005) instead of the zero point of the shear force.

May 13 4.15 Output of the ground water depth, display of a depth scale with the diagrams of
section forces.

Mar. 13 4.13 Acc. to DIN 1054:2010, for the horizontal earth resistance we have to sum up the
stresses from elastic bedding at the pile down to the zero point of the shear force
instead of the turning point acc. to DIN 1054:2005.

Feb. 13 4.12 Note for minimum reinforcement of bore piles, acc. to SIA 267, like for EN 1536

Dec. 12 4.11 Consideration of the minimum reinforcement for ductile component behavior for DIN
EN 1992

Nov. 12 4.10 Full support of Eurocode 2 and 3 with definition of all the nationally defined
parameters (NDPs) for any country. Support of DIN 4085:2011 instead of 2007.
Portuguese program version available. Like in MS Word and other programs scrolling
is now possible by using the mouse wheel, the zoom function is used with Ctrl-mouse

June 12 4.00 Full support of Eurocode 7 with all the 3 Design Approaches. Predefined settings for
Eurocode 7 (proposed values), Germany (DIN EN 1997-1 with DIN 1054:2010),
Austria (OENORM B 1997-1-1), France (NF EN 1997-1), Great Britain (BS EN
1997-1), Italy (UNI EN 1997-1 with NTC 2008) and Spain (UNE EN 1997-1 with DB
SE-C). Settings for any country are possible with free selection of the Design
Approach and the groups of safety factors.
Check if the distances of the reinforcement bars are possible in one reinforcement
layer with the minimum distance of 10 cm acc. to (DIN) EN 1536.
May 12 3.93 If the total load is a tensile force, but the permanent load is a compressive force, the
permanent load has to applied as stabilizing with a safety factor of 1.0.

Dec. 11 3.92 Use of the safety factors for LS 1A (EQU) also for the iteration of the required pile

Dec. 11 3.91 Safety factors for the verification of the activated earth block: permanent/variable
loads with safety factors acc. to LS 1A (EQU), self-weight + earth block = favourable
permanent load. If the perm. head deformation is exceeded, a remark is printed.

Nov. 11 3.90 Design of steel piles acc. to EC 3, DIN EN 1993 and OENORM B 1993 available.
Consideration of girder profiles for driven piles with different width and height
together with the load direction (in the direction of the web or perpendicular).

Sep. 11 3.81 Correction for the output of the minimum shear reinforcement acc. to DIN 1045-1 for
concrete piles.

July 11 3.80 For the pile head and the pile foot of bore piles and driven piles we may define an
elastic fixing against rotation with a torsion spring constant cphi.

June 11 3.71 Permitted forces for Ischebeck Titan acc. to new approval 12/2010: for tension piles
there are different forces permitted depending on the concrete cover (a new file
dcpara-U.dyx is required which is updated by DC-Pile automatically with the
provided file dcpara0.dyx).

Mar. 11 3.70 For steel piles the steel design is available acc. to DIN 18 800, SIA 263, British
Standard BS 5950 and Indian Standard IS 800 (Eurocode 3 will follow). Italian
version available. For OENORM B 1997-1-1 the safety factors for skin friction and
end bearing are proposed including model factors acc. to chapter 4.5.2.

Jan. 11 3.63 The moment of inertia Iy for steel pipe piles is corrected, the previous value was too

Nov. 10 3.62 Additional diameters for GEWI bars for micro piles acc. to approval for Austria. For
design acc. to SIA 262 use of the reduction factor 0.80 for the strength of concrete and
steel acc. to SIA 267,

Aug. 10 3.61 The load case type „<2 Y./dbl.corros.“ for GEWI tension piles under 2 years of
application or with double corrosion protection is treated as Lc 1 for the load safety
factors (with material safety factor of 1.15), because the higher material safety factor
for an application > 2 years with simple corrosion protection acc. to approval is valid
for Lc1. Lc 2 always uses a material safety factor of 1.15.

July 10 3.60 Design acc. to Eurocode 2 and OENORM B 1992 available.

Mai 10 3.50 Application of earth pressure acc. to DIN 4085:2007, SIA 261 and OENORM B 4434
available. Consideration of spatial earth pressure acc. to DIN 4085:2007 and
OENORM B 4434.

Mar. 10 3.42 Improvement for the transfer of symbol data for additions (from DCNAME0.DXB =
original file DC-Software to DCNAME.DXB = customer data).

Oct. 09 3.40 Only the new type of dongle HASP HL is supported from now on.
New layout for icon and splash window.
Setting the font size for the status line is possible (Settings – Font sizes).
Additions for the design acc. to DIN 1045-1:2008

July 09 3.34 Support of the new approval for GEWI piles (Dywidag-Systems, Nov. 2008): the new
material safety factors for analysis with partial safety factors are used.
Apr. 09 3.33 For shear design, only the statically required shear reinforcement is printed. The
minimum shear reinforcement is added as a note.

Jan. 09 3.31 For tension piles, self-weight acting favorably is used with a safety factor of 1.0.

Jan. 09 3.30 Support of the new OENORM B 1997-1-1 based on Eurocode 7.

Lower concrete grades C4/5, C6/7, C8/10 for concrete piles available

Oct. 08 3.24 Consideration of the ground water level for the calculation of the passive earth
pressure for the adaptation of the elastic bedding (with g’). Adaptation of the soil
pressure to the passive earth pressure: for the comparison with ep the modulus of
foundation must not be multiplied with the pile diameter.

Sep. 08 3.23 Changed safety factor acc. to DIN 1054:2005 correction 4:2008-10. For available
projects resp. selected DIN 1054:2005 the standard has to be selected anew to set the
changed safety factor.
New steel grade B450C is available for Italy.

June 08 3.20 ZTVK form available as an option (menu item Project – ZTVK-Form).
Support of the new dongle type HASP HL

Mar. 08 3.10 Selection of the girder type for driven steel piles with I-girder profile and input of the
wall thickness for hollow profiles with use of the exact values for section area, weight
and stiffness.
Eccentricity, inclination and perm. head deflection may be entered by the user.
The modulus of foundation for the soil layers may be entered with linear distribution,
i.e. with different values for the top and bottom edge of the layers.
The passive earth pressure is used for the check of the earth resistance with spatial
earth pressure (narrow compression areas acc. to Weißenbach) and only down to the
depth of the turning point acc. to EA-Pfähle (recommendations on piles).

Feb. 08 3.03 New safety factors acc. to DIN 1054:2005 correction 3. With previous files click again
on DIN 1054:2005 to select the new safety factors.
With the mouse wheel you may zoom in the input window (Zoom greater/smaller) and
scroll in the results.
Under Settings – Header new function „Adapt“ to adapt the width of the complete
header to the available width of the sheet (e.g. for a printer with another printable

Nov. 07 3.02 For driven piles approximate use of stiffness and self weight, unified use of steel
grades for different standards.

Oct. 07 3.00 Support of EA-Pfähle (Recommendations on piles): Analysis of driven piles with skin
friction and end bearing (see Settings – Configuration – Analysis) as well as with
resistance-settlement line, suggested values for skin friction and end bearing for bore
piles, driven piles and micro piles in non-cohesive and cohesive soils as well as rock.
Analysis acc. to British Standard BS 8004 available, design acc. to BS 8110 and
Indian Standard IS 456.
New safety factors acc. to DIN 1054, correction 2:2007-4 for LS 1A.
New icon for function Analysis (also available from the page of soil layer pameters).

July 07 2.79 In special cases without moment and inclination (only normal force) the safety factor
was missing in the loads for the design.

July 07 2.78 Design of reinforced concrete for driven piles corrected for configuration „Only V

Apr. 07 2.76 New icon Print preview, function tile horizontal orders the windows horizontally
instead of vertically.
Feb. 07 2.75 When setting the pertaining configuration, section forces and deflections with
elastic bedding may be calculated also for wooden driven piles.

Jan. 07 2.74 For non-reinforced bore piles (no bending reinforcement required) there is no
minimum shear reinforcement.

Dec. 06 2.72 Correction of the angle of ground inclination (plus/minus sign) for the calculation of
the passive earth pressure for elastic bedding of inclined piles.

Nov. 06 2.71 Dimensioning acc. to DIN 1045-1: Use of the secant module Ecm for the calculation
of displacements acc. to DIN 1045-1 correction 2.
Dimensioning acc. to ÖNORM B 4700: support of the new concrete grades Cxx/xx.

Nov. 06 2.70 Romanian version available.

Apr. 06 2.63 For dimensioning acc. to DIN 1045-1 the Young’s modulus Ecm foll. correction 2 for
DIN 1045-1 is used.

Jan. 06 2.62 Different steel grades for steel driven piles,

Check of activated earth block for tie piles without safety for resistances (only loads).

Jan. 06 2.61 Faster calculation of the dimensioning

Shear dimensioning with optimization of the strut inclination
Acc. to DIN 1045-1 for piles which bear only compressive stress and don’t need a
bending reinforcement, not shear reinforcement is needed.

Dec. 05 2.60 New function Export – RTF for the transfer of the results to Microsoft Word. With a
template file, e.g. Standard Vorlage.rtf, the layout of the output, especially company
name and logo, may be changed to company-specific settings.

Nov. 05 2.51 Use of safety factors for normal force of bore piles with partial safety factors

Sep. 05 2.50 Undo and Redo function is available. Any number of steps can be reversed and

Aug. 05 2.42 For analysis with partial safety factors correct separation of section forces from only
dead loads, if in one load case dead and live loads are present.

Apr. 05 2.40 Change of the printing process: for printing to PDF format all output is written to one
file (exception: graphics with different sheet formats).
We append an identifying letter to the file name (the last letter of the program’s file
extension, here _P) to distinguish PDF output of different programs with the same
project name.
French program version available (see Settings - Configuration – Other).

Mar. 05 2.34 For the check of the total earth resistance Bh,d <= Eph,d acc. to DIN 1054:2005 the total
passive earth pressure in front of the pile has to be used, not the bedding.

Feb. 05 2.31 For analysis with partial safety factors, for Ischebeck Titan we have to use service
loads for the perm. load (internal stability = dimensioning), for the external stability
(skin friction) safety factors have to be used.

Dec. 04 2.30 The address file DCPROG.DYX is not needed any more to start the programs. If it is
not present, the desired address lines are entered at the first program start.
The DXF option is now included in every program as a standard.

Sep. 04 2.20 Filling of layers with colors and/or symbols, e.g. acc. to DIN 4023, if the layers are
named with the resp. names or abbreviations (e.g. gravel or G or G1). The colors may
be brightened, see Settings – Configuration – Management. For the definition of
colors and symbols (free definition is possible) see Settings – Symbol editor.
Feb. 03 2.10 For driven piles alternatively skin friction and end bearing as well as horizontal loads
and bedding may be applied instead of fixed applicable loads according to DIN 4026.
So the analysis of driven piles following international standards is possible.

Dec. 03 2.00 Analysis with partial safety factors available:

DIN 1054-2003, SIA 267, Dimensioning acc. to DIN 1045-1, SIA 262, ÖNORM B

Sept. 03 1.52 For the calculation of the minimum reinforcement acc. to DIN EN 1536 the total
section area of the pile is used instead of the statically required section area.

May 03 1.50 English program version available:

Under Settings – Configuration – Other the language of the program can be set, as
well as the standard sheet (DIN A4 or Letter).