Major changes in Caesar II version 2013 R1 with respect to its earlier version

During the start of 2013 the new version of Caesar II software by Intergraph has been published and the software is now used all over the organizations. Most of the organizations have upgraded their old version with this new one. While using the software you will be aware of the major changes which the new version has made. In this article I will try to brief about few important changes/improvements which has been incorporated in this new version of the software.


  1. Unlike previous versions the piping code information are updated in Caesar II database. For ASME B 31.3 the database is fully compatible with B 31.3-2010. The recent updates of ASME B 31.3-2012 has not been added yet.
  2. The interface between recent Caesar II version and Smart 3D has been improved.
  3. This new software version has added the import feature from SP3D and SPR graphic files (*.vue files).
  4. An option for adding line number as well as revision number has been incorporated in Data Export wizard.
  5. For block operations two new commands, invert and change sequence has been added. The command invert is used to reverse the order and node numbering of one or more element which are selected. The command change sequence rearranges or moves the sequence of one or more elements to other location.
  6. Few usability improvements are made which will reduce your editing time.
  • Enhanced line numbers with a Renumber operation that allows you to select a group of nodes on which block operations to perform.
  • Added functionality that lets you renumber when you select elements on the graphical model.
  • Added functionality that allows you to renumber boundary nodes after using the Renumber operation.
  • Enhanced the graphical model with an option to retain the colors for line numbers across user sessions on a per-job basis.
  • Included the ability to deselect a window by using the SHIFT + CLICK window selection.
  • Added ability to edit or delete annotations on the input and output graphics.
  • Increased performance and functionality with enhancements.
  • Updated the personal Isogen module to Personal ISOGEN 2012 R1 (8.1).
  • Updated the CAESAR II 3D Graphics engine.
  • Continued standardization for development using ASME NQA-1.
  • Implemented Japanese localization in the following areas:
  • Translated the user interface (Static Analysis module) and selected documentation in Japanese.
  • Incorporated Japanese seismic code, KHK Level 1.
  • Spring hanger databases has been updated for Mitsubishi, Yamashita, Sanwa Tekki, and Techno.

Major Technical Changes:

The following list details changes to CAESAR II 2013 R1 (Version 6.10), which may affect the numeric results:

  • The methodology used by the Piping Error checker (PIERCK.EXE) has been revised in determining duplicated allowable stress data for the elements.
  • The calculation of the bending stress at the From end of elements for PD 8010-2 (to use the SIF for the From end instead of the To end) has been corrected.
  • The usage of the in-plane/out-of-plane SIF configuration setting for CODETI bends has been corrected .
  • The PD 8010-2 equivalent stress calculation to consider both positive and negative bending effects has been corrected.
  • Additional changes to how the software duplicates the Wc and Sy material values to succeeding elements has been implemented.
  • The calculation of the NC/ND branch stress index has been corrected for reduced intersections of reinforced tees.
  • The calculation of the (dynamic) mass matrix for elements with refractory lining has been corrected.
  • Corrosion consideration in the SIF computation for the CODETI piping code has been added.
  • Implemented the piping code updates for B31.9 2011 Edition.
  • Implemented the piping code updates for B31.8 2010 Edition, including the hoops stress change for Chapter VIII.
  • Implemented the piping code updates for B31.3 2010 Edition, including the following revisions:
    • The calculation of longitudinal stress for Sustained loads (SUS) has been modified. Earlier optional calculation referred to as ASME Code Case 178 has been removed now.
    • Two new stress indexes (It, Ia) in input values has been added which will be used for computation of Sustained and Occasional stresses.
    • The ability to calculate the allowable stress for Sustained and Occasional cases at the temperature of the corresponding operating case has been added. The software defaults the value to the minimum Sh value; however, you can select a corresponding Sh.
    • The allowable that CAESAR II uses for Appendix P Operating range cases to include a new reduction option based on the ratio of yield versus tensile strength (Sy/St) has been revised.
    • The material properties in accordance with Appendix A has been updated.
    • The SIF determination of Fillet or Socket welds has been updated.
  • Modification in done on how the software determines the Sc value to use with range load cases.

So in short, The latest CAESAR II release delivers a number of significant new and extended capabilities in response to current market requirements as compared to its earlier version.

Reference: Caesar II help files by intergraph and intergraph website.

Anup Kumar Dey

I am a Mechanical Engineer turned into a Piping Engineer. Currently, I work in a reputed MNC as a Senior Piping Stress Engineer. I am very much passionate about blogging and always tried to do unique things. This website is my first venture into the world of blogging with the aim of connecting with other piping engineers around the world.

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