Updates to the ACES system

This page allows clients on maintenance contracts to download the latest version of the standard ACES program as well as the associated Continuous Beam Module (CBM), the Prestressed Concrete Design module (PSCM) and the Incrementally Launched Beam module (ILB).  In order for these updates to run you must have a valid licence for the ACES program and/or any of the above modules.

If you are updating to the latest version of ACES and its associated modules, click Option 1.  If updating only the CBM module select Option 2. Option 5 is only to be used for installing ACES-BEAM library files in a networked environment.  To re-install the full program use Option 7.

1. Update ACES to the latest version & check out the new features
2. Update the Continuous Beam Analysis module (ACES-BEAM) to the latest version
3. Update on-line Help files
4. Download the User Guide or Tutorial in PDF format
5. Download the ACES-BEAM module library files (for Networked Systems)
6. View known bugs and WINDOWS 7/8/10 problems
7. Install the full ACES program (including the CBM, ILB and PSC modules)
 

1.  Update the ACES Program

The latest version of the ACES Bridge Analysis module is stored as a self-extracting executable file.

Please note that downloads available in this section only update files that may have been revised in this new version - they do not install the complete ACES system.  You must have a licenced copy of ACES (or ILB, PSC or CBM) already installed on your PC in order for the downloaded updates to work.

Instructions for Downloading the Update

From the options shown below download the required update file to a suitable temporary folder on your PC (right-click to 'Save target as...'), then unzip it into the appropriate ACES directory.  Follow any instructions that may be shown during the unzipping process.  Ensure that the check box, "Overwrite files without prompting" is ticked.  It may also be a good idea to first rename your existing Aces6.exe executable to, for example, "Aces6-old.exe" (just in case the update is not successfull!).  If installing onto a WINDOWS 7/8/10 machine please also read the article relating to potential problems that may occur with this operating system (refer to Item 6 in the menu list above).

Note that the update files should be unzipped into the folder containing your main ACES system files.  Although this version of ACES has been compiled on the WINDOWS 7 (64 bit) Professional System it will run normally on all versions of WINDOWS, including the 32 bit WIN 7/8, VISTA and XP operating systems.

Aces Option A:  This is a more comprehensive download than the one in Option B - it will update the standard ACES program to V7.420 as well as a number of associated files and modules: 'Report-Viewer','ACES-BEAM', Licence & Warranty files, 'PSCsecprops.txt', Help Files (dated 22/02/17), Metafiles (most recent file will be dated 26/2/13), PSC modules (most recent file will be dated 16/5/16) and the Update History file (dated 24/1/17).  When installed the executable 'Aces6.exe' will be dated 24/1/2017.   Use this option if you are updating from ACES versions earlier than V7.004 (to determine the version number click "About..." on the main opening menu or "Help/About" from the top menu line once ACES is running).   Download the update now (18Mb)
 
Aces Option B:  This download will update the main ACES program executable (called "Aces6.exe") to revision 7.420 (when installed the executable "Aces6.exe" will be dated 24/1/2017).  A number of other files and folders will also be updated, including the Update History file (dated 23/5/16), Helpfiles (dated 22/2/17) and PSCfiles (dated 16/5/16).  Download this update only if you have previously updated to Version 7.004 (or higher) using Option A described immediately above.  Download the ACES program update now (17.0Mb)
 
Aces PSC MODULE:  This option will allow you to update the files in the PSC module to the latest version (the most recent file will be dated 16/5/16).  To download this file click here (on some browsers you may have to right-click to save the file).  Note that the files must be unzipped into the ACES "...\PSCfiles" subfolder.  We recommend that you first save a copy of the existing '..\PSCfiles' folder just in case the update is not successful.  Note also that if you have customised any of the default PSC files those changes will be lost when this new version is downloaded.  If, however, you have created customisedfiles using names other than the defaults they will be retained.
 
Aces The section properties database, "Secprops.txt", was expanded in ACES V6.800 to include extra PSC design data.  If you would like to view or download this file click here (right-click to save the file).  Note that the file must be saved to the main ACES folder.  We recommend that you first rename your existing section properties file to say, "Secprops-v6-6.txt", just in case the update is not successful.  Note also that if you have added your own sections to the existing "Secprops.txt" database those changes will be lost when this new version is downloaded.
 
reports View or download a summary of the main features and enhancements incorporated into Version 7 (right-click to download the flyer and select 'Save target as..' from the menu).
 
reports View or download a list of all updates incorporated into Versions 6 and 7 since V6.001 was first released.  To download the list right-click on 'View' and select 'Save target as..' from the menu.   View updates now


2.  Update the Continuous Beam Module (ACES-BEAM)

You must have a valid licence of the ACES-BEAM module in order to download the latest version of the executable.  (Click here to download the full demo version of both ACES and ACES-BEAM).

Download the update file into a temporary folder (e.g., C:\Temp) then double-click it to install the new executable module into the appropriate directory.  This will usually be the C:\Program Files\ACES6 folder.  If you have ACES installed in a different directory, then ACES-BEAM must be unzipped into that folder (i.e, the folder that has the ACES6.EXE file in it).

truck The latest version of ACES-BEAM is revision V1.1.13 (when installed the executable 'Aces-beam.exe' will be dated 10/08/2010).   Download now (0.5 Mb)
 
reports List of all updates incorporated into the latest version of ACES-BEAM since the module was first released. To download the list right-click on 'View' at right and select 'Save target as..' from the menu.   View


3.  Update On-Line Help

The latest version of the ACES on-line help system is stored as a self-extracting executable file (aces-help.exe).  The on-line help file should be unzipped into the ACES help files subfolder (usually it's: "..\ACES\HelpFiles").

The full on-line User Manual is only valid for the current version of ACES.  However, most of the manual is also applicable to program revisions since V6.005 (the most recent file in the help system is dated 22/2/17).  For a list of all changes made to the program since V6.005 was first released click here.  Otherwise,   Download the On-line Help Files now (9.5 Mb)


4.  Download the ACES User Guide and Tutorial

The ACES User Guide is available as a PDF file and is quite large (around 5 Mb).  On slower internet systems it may therefore take a while to download. In addition to this restriction, on some browsers you may have to right-click on 'View and download' then select 'Save target as..' in order to download the file.

Please note that this version of the User Guide is only valid for ACES Version 6.404 (unlike the on-line Help System, which is up-to-date with the most recent revision of the program).  Some features found in earlier, or later, versions of the program you are running may not be fully described in this guide - we therefore recommend that you use the on-line Help facility where possible.   View and download now (4.5Mb)

The tutorial gives a short but concise overview of the way in which ACES works (using a simple grillage model as an example).  If you follow the instructions in the tutorial it will give you a good understanding as to how the system operates.   View and download the tute now


5.  Download the ACES-BEAM Library Files

You must have a valid licence for the Continuous Beam Module (ACES-BEAM) in order to download this update.

The ACES-BEAM module requires a number of application-specific Windows library files that may not be present on your PC at the time your machine is configured. This download installs those files and enables ACES-BEAM to run properly.  This procedure will generally be necessary when connecting new client PCs to ACES-BEAM in a networked environment.  It must be installed on every PC on which ACES-BEAM is to be run.

After downloading the library setup file into a temporary folder, run the setup by double clicking the file.  Install the system files into the ACES folder containing your main program files or into any other convenient folder (the library files are actually installed into the Windows Operating System directory, so the designated folder can be anything - even "C:\TEMP").  Note that the setup file is quite large (7Mb) and on some systems may take a while to download.   Download setup file (6.8Mb)


6.  Known Bugs and WINDOWS 7/8/10 problems

Click here to view and print a list of all known bugs in the current and previous versions of ACES (from V6.005 onwards and as of 19/12/2011).

Click here to view a list of known problems and issues identified by AAS and clients when running ACES under WINDOWS 7/8/10.  The main issue here is the tendency for WINDOWS 7/10 to deny read/write access to some of the ACES folders!.  This is a particularly common problem when installing into the "C:\Program Files" or "C:\Program Files (x86)" folders.  You may need to access the Security tab in the Properties dialog box and ensure that full read and write permission have been activated.


7.  Install the full ACES Program

If you wish to download a demo version of the program refer to Section (a) below.  If you have purchased a new licence, or have one already and wish to re-install ACES onto a new machine, refer to Section (b) below.  If you are re-installing ACES onto a machine that already has an older version installed, refer to Section (c) below.

     (a) Installation instructions for the DEMO version
1. Download the full ACES installation file from the options list shown at the bottom of this page and save it to an appropriate temporary folder.  (Note that in some web browsers you may have to right-click on the word 'Download' and select 'Save target as..' in order to perform the download).
2. Download or open the installation instructions (also available at the bottom of this page).
3. Run the downloaded installation file.  If you get an error such as: "System can't find the path specified" (or similar), just click OK then select an appropriate location for the temporary setup files (e.g., C:\Temp).  (These files will be deleted once the installation has finished).
4. Select the default file path or specify your own (e.g., C:\Software Applications\ACES).  In either case, if installing onto a WIN7/10 machine please note carefully the problems you may encounter when running ACES in these operating systems, especially the tendency for WINDOWS 7/10 to deny read/write access to some of the ACES folders!.  This is a particularly common problem when installing into the "C:\Program Files" or "C:\Program Files (x86)" folders.
5. If you experience problems with the installation procedure contact AAS for assistance.  Most problems generally relate to restricted read/write access to ACES folders (as indicated in Point 4 above).  If the system can't find Internet Explorer you may have to edit the aces.sys file and specify the correct path to it ('aces.sys' is a text file that can be edited using NOTEPAD, WORD or similar).
6. Download the short ACES tutorial available at the bottom of this page.  It will step you through the process for creating a simple grillage model of a bridge deck and give you a good idea as to how the program works.  (Note that in some web browsers you may have to right-click on the word 'View' and select 'Save target as..' in order to save the download).  Tutorials for the other ACES modules (such as the PSC design module) can also be accessed via the About, Tutorial, User Guide option in the main ACES menu (the one shown at start-up).

     (b) Installation instructions for the full version (new licence)
1. Follow steps 1 - 5 in Section (a) above.
2. If you have been supplied with an Aces.vsn licence file copy this into the main .../ACES folder.  This must be done in accordance with step 2, Section (a), of the installation instructions.  If you don't have an Aces.vsn licence file the program will only run in evaluation (demo) mode.  In this instance please contact AAS for a valid licence file.  If you have a stand-alone version of ACES you will be given a PC code when you first run the program.  Email/text the code to AAS and we will send you a valid access code that will unlock the program.
3. Update the program to the latest version (the downloaded copy may not include the very latest patches and bug fixes).  To do this go back to the main menu of options at the very top of this page and click on Option 1 ("Update ACES to the latest version..." - be sure to do the full update, not just the executable).  Follow all instructions there-in.
4. If you are unfamiliar with ACES we suggest you download the short ACES tutorial available at the bottom of this page.  It will step you through the process for creating a simple grillage model of a bridge deck and give you a good idea as to how the program works.  (Note that in some web browsers you may have to right-click on the word 'View' and select 'Save target as..' in order to save the downloaded tutorial).  Tutorials for the other ACES modules (such as the PSC design module) can also be accessed via the About, Tutorial, User Guide option in the main ACES menu (the one shown at start-up).

     (c) Installation instructions if re-installing the full version (existing licence)
1. If you have an existing, old or faulty version of ACES already on your PC or Server then either rename that folder (e.g., rename the folder to ..\ACES6-OLD) or install this new version into a different location on your machine (multiple versions of ACES can co-exist on a PC).
2. Follow steps 1 - 4 in Section (a) above, but take note of item 3 below.
3. When re-installing ACES either install the software into a new location on the same machine or into a folder with the same name as the previous version (after it was renamed as per point 1 above).  If the program cannot be re-installed you may need to un-install the old version first (but take note of item 4 below).
4. Copy the licence file called Aces.vsn from the previous version (e.g., from ..\ACES6-OLD) into the new ACES folder.  This will unlock the demo program and activate all features for which you have a licence.
5. If the Aces.vsn file has become corrupted or does not work please contact AAS for a valid licence file.  If you're installing a stand-alone (protected) version you may also have to contact AAS for a replacement activation code.
6. Update the program to the latest version (the downloaded copy may not include the very latest patches and bug fixes).  To do this go back to the main menu of options at the very top of this page and click on Option 1 ("Update ACES to the latest version..." - be sure to do the full update, not just the executable).  Follow all instructions there-in.

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