Latest Version: Repute 2.5.2

OVERVIEW

Geocentrix Repute boasts a powerful calculation engine and a rich user interface making it the UK’s leading onshore pile design program. 

Repute provides a rich set of tools for designing/analyzing onshore piles and pile groups, including: 

  • various types of pile, including augered, bored, H-, micro, pipe, spun, and square piles 
  • various design standards, including BS 8004 (2015 and 1986), Eurocode 7 (BS, IS, SS, and EN versions), NTC08, and custom 
  • various calculations, including capacity and settlement of single piles, Fleming’s back analysis, and boundary element method for single piles and pile groups 
  • algorithms for soil bearing and shaft friction (alpha, beta, bearing capacity, , earth pressure coefficient), no contact, plugging, rock bearing and friction, bearing pressure and skin friction limits, and wall friction 
  • pile groups under generalized 3-dimensional loading, using linear or non-linear soil models 

USER INTERFACE

THE MAIN SCREEN

Repute’s user interface comprises the Ribbon, the Desktop (displaying any number of panels) and a Status bar. 

THE RIBBON

A list of file-related commands are accessible from the Application Menu via the Application Button. This includes access to the Program Options box which allows you to customize the default settings for Repute’s user interface.

Shortcuts to frequently performed functions are available as icons displayed on the Quick-access toolbar.

A row of tabs on the Ribbon organizes commands into logical groups. There are further contextual tabs which provide buttons specific to certain panels and only appear on the Ribbon when the relevant panels are open.

THE DESKTOP

At any one time the Desktop displays a number of panels. Buttons on the the Ribbon’s View tab allow you to select one of the pre-defined Desktop arrangements to change the panels being displayed.

THE STATUS BAR

The Status bar has a number of indicators which inform you of what is happening in Repute. This includes alerting you when a new message appears, telling you which item is currently selected in the Project Manager, and showing the progress of calculations being run.

KEY FEATURES

THE DRAWING BOARD

The Drawing Board provides a scaled representation of the selected scenario, in one of three orientations:

  • Cross-section
  • Plan
  • Elevation

The drawing can be dragged around the Drawing Board using the mouse and its scale adjusted using the mouse wheel.

When items are selected on the Drawing Board, they are automatically highlighted in the Project Manager and their properties displayed in the Property Inspector. A separate soil column in the left-hand margin displays the borehole, its layers, and soils.

Repute 2 synchronizes panels so that when an item is modified in the Property Inspector, it is automatically updated on the Drawing Board.

THE DRAWING BOARD TAB

The Project Manager organizes the items contained in a project into logical groups and displays them in a tree structure.

The groups reflect the items’ type, e.g. the item ‘Steel’ appears in the group ‘Materials’.

When you click on an item in the Project Manager, its properties appear automatically in the Property Inspector (if open).

When you double-click on an item in the Project Manager, the Property Inspector is opened and the item’s properties are displayed.

The Project Manager’s context menu gives options to sort and edit items. It also enables new items to be created via the Stockyard.

THE PROJECT MANAGER

When displayed on the Desktop, the Drawing Board has its own contextual tab (bottom picture), which provides commands that control its appearance. These allow you to turn on or off the origin lines and grid points.

THE STOCKYARD

The Stockyard is used to create items for inclusion in the project.

Items are organized into groups which are listed below the Stockyard’s main panel. The most frequently created items are listed in the “Common” group for easier access.

The toolbar at the bottom of the Stockyard gives options to alter which groups are displayed and which are hidden.

Items can be dragged from the Stockyard directly onto the Project Manager to create them. This will automatically select the new item in the Property Inspector (if open) so that its values can be altered.

THE INSERT TAB

The Insert tab (picture below) on Repute’s Ribbon is closely associated with the Stockyard. Clicking buttons on the Insert tab will automatically open the Stockyard to its corresponding group.

THE PROPERTY INSPECTOR

The Property Inspector provides a convenient way to inspect and change the properties of items that are included in the project.
Properties are organized into categories. These include a General category (which is common to all items) as well as item specific categories such as ‘Dimensions’.

Numerical values can be entered using the built-in calculator (picture below) which appears from the drop down arrow on the right-hand side of the property boxes.

The units of numerical properties can also be changed from a list of SI/Imperial units that appear from a drop down menu.

Repute synchronizes panels so that when an item is modified in the Property Inspector, it is automatically updated on the Drawing Board.

OUTPUT & DISPLAY

THE WORKBOOK

The Workbook displays the results of the program’s calculations in tabular format.

Results are organized into worksheets which can be displayed using tabs at the bottom of the page.

The layout of the data can be edited with highly customizable filters as well as options to group and sort the data.

THE WORKBOOK TAB

When displayed on the Desktop, the Workbook has its own contextual tab, which allows you to move between different worksheets and export the results to an external program (e.g. Microsoft Excel) for future reference or printing.

THE CUSTOM FILTER BOX

The Custom Filter box (bottom picture) allows you to filter the data using simple logical criteria to control the values displayed.

The Workbook keeps a history of previous filters so they can be reapplied easily.

THE GRAPH PAPER

The Graph Paper shows the results of the program’s calculations in graphical format.

The layout of the graph can be manipulated using a selection of buttons on the Graph Paper toolbar. From here the graph can also be copied and printed.

THE GRAPH PAPER TAB

When displayed on the Desktop, the Graph Paper has its own contextual tab, which provides buttons to change the type of graph displayed.

THE GRAPH OPTIONS BOX

The Graph Options box makes the graphs highly customizable, allowing you to alter every aspect of the graph from the colour of the lines to data in the results.

THE MESSAGE BOARD

The Message Board shows all the messages that Repute produces, keeping you abreast of errors in your data or calculation, and informing you about important aspects of your project.

Repute automatically judges the severity of a message, i.e. Information, Warnings, Errors, and Critical and separates them from each other. You can filter between these message types by clicking on tabs at the top of the panel.

The Message Board works in the background when minimized, and automatically appears when errors occur. You are able to adjust the severity threshold for when the panel appears.

Repute also records the date and time that messages are produced. Messages can be sorted chronologically or by severity.

THE MESSAGE BOARD TAB

When displayed on the Desktop, the Message Board has its own contextual tab (bottom picture), which provides further buttons to filter between different message types.

REPORT

THE REPORTER

The Reporter produces a page-based report of your input/output data which is suitable for printing.

Each page of a report has a heading which gives key details of the report. Then there are specific sections for the different elements of the report.

The content of each report is highly customizable and there are more advanced options to modify the report available in the Repute Enterprise edition.

THE REPORTER TAB

The Reporter produces a page-based report of your input/output data which is suitable for printing.

Each page of a report has a heading which gives key details of the report. Then there are specific sections for the different elements of the report.

The content of each report is highly customizable and there are more advanced options to modify the report available in the Repute Enterprise edition.

WIZARDS

THE PROJECT WIZARD

The Project Wizard guides you through a series of steps to help you create a project.

In this process you can:

  • enter the administrative details for your project
  • select the design standards you want to use
  • define the scenarios to be created

Once created, the project details are able to be altered at a later date.

THE WIZARDS TAB

The Project Wizard is run using the button on the Wizards tab on Repute’s Ribbon.

THE BOREHOLE WIZARD

The Borehole Wizard guides you through a series of steps to help you create a borehole.

This process allows you to define all of the ground conditions for your site in one simple procedure. This involves:

  • specifying the number of layers in the borehole
  • specifying the thickness and soil type of each layer
  • entering the drained properties of non-cohesive soils
  • entering the undrained properties of cohesive soils
  • selecting which scenario the borehole is to be used

Once created, the details of the borehole and its layers are able to be altered at a later date.

THE WIZARDS TAB

The Borehole Wizard is run using the button on the Wizards tab on Repute’s Ribbon.

THE ACTION WIZARD

The Action Wizard guides you through a series of steps to help you create forces and moments for your project. It also brings them together as single objects called combinations.

In this process you can:

  • add several forces and moments and enter their magnitude and variability
  • choose which of them to include in combinations

Once created, the details of the forces and moments are able to be altered at a later date.

THE WIZARDS TAB

The Action Wizard is run using the button on the Wizards tab on Repute’s Ribbon.

THE PILE GROUP WIZARD

The Pile Group Wizard guides you through a series of steps to help you generate piles on a specified grid layout.

In this process you can:

  • specify the number of piles and the plan arrangement
  • enter the key properties of the piles
  • enter the location and rotation of the pile group
  • select the scenario the pile group is to be used in

Once created, the details of the pile group the plan arrangement are able to be altered at a later date.

THE WIZARDS TAB

The Pile Group Wizard is run using the button on the Wizards tab on Repute’s Ribbon.

THE ACTION WIZARD

The Action Wizard guides you through a series of steps to help you create forces and moments for your project. It also brings them together as single objects called combinations.

In this process you can:

  • add several forces and moments and enter their magnitude and variability
  • choose which of them to include in combinations

Once created, the details of the forces and moments are able to be altered at a later date.

THE WIZARD'S TAB

The Action Wizard is run using the button on the Wizards tab on Repute’s Ribbon.

THE CALCULATION WIZARD

The Calculation Wizard guides you through a series of steps to help you create a calculation.

In this process you can:

  • choose a specific calculation
  • apply a design standard
  • select the scenario it is to be used in

Once created, the details of the calculation are able to be altered at a later date.

THE WIZARD'S TAB

The Calculation Wizard is run using the button on the Wizards tab on Repute’s Ribbon.