The SAP2000 Application Programming Interface (API) was developed to enable a two-way link between the SAP2000, which is a general-purpose structural program, and other software. In the context of this thesis, the possibility of using the API to enhance the performance within the SAP2000
program and to develop new, more specific software tools based on SAP2000 is examined. In the first part of the thesis we present the application programming interface, the implementation of programming languages and technologies used for the production of software, along with theoretical backgrounds of structural dynamics. The second part demonstrates the potential of the API based on
applications, which were developed for the purpose of this thesis. The first application is a robust tool for modal analysis of simple structures, which is integrated in Microsoft Excel. The second application is a comprehensive SAP2000 plug-in for dynamic analysis based on seismic scenarios, which can be defined by the magnitude, source-to-site distance, soil type and some other parameters of earthquakes. The plugin is supported by a database, which includes the ground motions from the PEER strongmotion database. The thesis concludes with insight into applications, which can be developed using the SAP2000 API.
It was found that the SAP2000 API makes it possible to develop applications which enhance user interfaces and functionality of the SAP2000 and allow further automation of analysis processes and parametric studies. These applications can significantly facilitate tasks, associated with the design of structures. Furthermore, the optimized functionality and analysis processes enables new, more detailed studies, which are otherwise quite time-consuming in terms of preparing information, which are required for analysis of structures.