SAP2000 V15对于中国用户的最重要改进是更新至国内最新的结构设计规范，包括目前已近发布实施的《混凝土结构设计规范（GB50010-2010）》、《建筑抗震设计规范（GB50011-2010）》、《高层建筑混凝土结构技术规程（JGJ3-2010）》三本规范的相关内容。相应地，程序对于地震荷载、荷载组合、材料特性、混凝土框架设计和钢框架设计等内容都按照新规范的规定进行更新。此外，SAP2000 V15自身的增强特性及其它国家规范的更新内容列举如下：
印度钢框架结构设计规范 IS 800 2008
新西兰钢框架结构设计规范 NZS 3404-1997
加拿大钢框架结构设计规范 CSA S16-2009
更新香港混凝土框架结构设计规范包含 Supplement 1
澳大利亚混凝土框架结构设计规范 AS3600- 2009
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SAP2000 15.2.1 Enhancements:
- The memory capacity has been increased for the graphical user interface, allowing larger models to be handled.
- The analysis of certain non?symmetrical frame sections now accounts for coupled bending due to the product of inertia, I23, and for the coupling between major shear (V2) and torsion when the shear center is not located at the centroid of the section. Steel frame design and cold?formed frame design are not affected except as may due to changes in analysis results. Steel frame design was already accounting for the rotated principal axes of bending for angle sections as documented for the various codes.
- The number of time steps that can be run in a single linear or nonlinear (FNA) modal time?history load case has been increased for cases with a large number of link elements.
- Italian material property definitions have been added.
- Steel frame design using the "AS4100?1998" and "NZS 3404?1997" codes have been enhanced to provide more design details.
- Mass participation ratios for the rotational acceleration loads (RX, RY,and RZ) have been changed so that they are now reported with respect to the centroid of the structure. Previously they were reported with respect to the global origin.
- The import of StruCAD*3D models has been enhanced to allow the import of the Cb, Cm, and unbraced?length design overwrites.