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Neither does Cap18.
For inverted-tee caps, generally the procedure that was published about 15 years ago, by Richard Furlong of U. Texas, is followed (I forget the name of the publication, but you probably have a copy of it anyway).
The problem with that of course, is that it uses very outdated procedures for such things as torsion. But much of what he has done is valid.
FWIW, I emailed Furlong about two years ago, asking if he was ever going to update his procedure. He replied that he had been intending to do so for some time, that he realized it stood in need of improvement and updating, but he was afraid that death or retirement--often one and the same--were going to intervene before he ever got around to it.
Oh, and my experience is that TxDOT HAS no "approved software" per se. Many of the TxDOT engineers are just as contemptuous of CAP18 and PRSTRS14 as you are. As long as you are doing it right, and are willing to seal your work, they will accept calculations done with appropriate methods.

William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, Texas
Phone 281-492-2251
Fax 281-492-8203

-----Original Message-----
From: Nora Miller [mailto:nmiller(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2001 11:26 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Bridge Bent Cap Design Programs

I am also looking into moving up (almost ANY move would be up) from TxDOT's antiquated program, CAP18.  One of the major drawbacks of RC Pier LA is that it does not design inverted-T bent caps.  I've been designing bridges for TxDOT for almost 5 years, and the majority of my bent design has been with inverted-T's.  Also, take into account that in most cases TxDOT states in their contracts that work is to be done with their approved software...