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Scia Engineer is a versatile system. This enables you to prove your professional expertise with any type of structure: office buildings, apartments, industrial plants, high-rise buildings, bridges, technological units, tanks, dam lockers, pipeline systems, tunnels, masts, theatre stages and even scaffolding.

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Scia Engineer is unique in its integration of modelling, multi-material analysis, design and checking, documentation, and automated drawings in one application.

Wherever you work, wherever your clients come from, with Scia Engineer you always deliver a project complying with appropriate technical standards.

Scia Engineer integrates numerous international standards including IBC and Eurocodes with a large set of well-elaborated National Annexes, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and UK  as well as a number of previous national European codes like DIN, NEN, ÖNORM, BS, SIA, BAEL, CSN, STN etc

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Streamline the Cooperation within the Design Team through Open BIM. Architect, client, structural engineer, draftsmen, contractor ­ with Scia Engineer they all share the project data error-free and effectively thanks to Structural BIM.

Scia Engineer supports a vast range of open interfaces like IFC, SDNF, DStV, MS Excel, XML, VRML, DWG, DXF as well as dedicated links with established CAD and FEM-analysis applications. Scia Engineer is the only structural analysis software that is certified for supporting Open BIM.

This enables you to easily leverage models created by others into analysis, and pass back optimized structural models to designers, fabricators, and contractors.


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Architectural requirements are continuously evolving: more volume, more natural light etc., but at the same time less weight is desired. To optimize on weight, producers of aluminium or cold formed steel profiles innovate to come up with ideal section shapes and efficient connection methods.The high complexity of the profiles leads to highly complex codes that require a specialist's approach and dedicated software tools.

Standard section types are available in the profile library (e.g. Sigma, C etc.) but almost every new building asks for a specific section. Their properties for aluminium and cold formed steel are a decisive factor when developing a new application.

E.g. for structural analysis, one should only take into account the effective working surface. The section is very often available as a CAD file, and can be imported directly in Scia Engineer for the calculation of its properties. For aluminium, also the stability behavior (e.g. buckling) depends on other factors like HAZ (heath affected zones), transversal welding etc. Specific checks are integrated according to the latest Eurocodes and American standards.

Effective section properties
The calculation of the effective area and inertia of a given profile is often a difficult problem. Scia Engineer includes tools to do this job in a simple and efficient way. Digital section drawings can be imported, properties are calculated and used for further calculations and code checks.

A complete list of material grades is available and can be extended by the user. All specific code prescriptions up to the latest correction sheets are integrated. If available, section properties from the producer can be used in the place of the code-derived properties.

Optimum code design
Checks are performed according these codes (EN1993-1-3 and EN1999 for the Eurocodes and AISI NAS 2007 for the American codes), and a detailed calculation note includes all used formulas, tables and references. The AutoDesign functionality makes it possible to optimize the dimensions of the section in order to obtain the optimal design.


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In Scia Engineer you can design user-defined templates that help you cope effectively with repetitive tasks.

The tedious work related to the precise definition of the model and load combinations must be done just once. Variations of the base template are created through a simple and fast input of defined parameters.

This saves your time when you repetitively design the same type of structure. Moreover, you become more flexible in the preparation of initial design concepts, and it increases the efficiency of your communication with other members of the design team during all phases of the project.


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Scia Engineer is efficient for your day-to-day work and, at the same time, it makes advanced non-linear analysis and multi-material design not only feasible, but also cost effective. It supports all types of calculation: linear and nonlinear static calculation, plasticity, stability, dynamics including seismicity, construction stages, time dependent analysis and more.

Scia Engineer is not just a pure “calculation” engine. On the contrary, it accompanies you from the draft design till the production of final documentation including automated general arrangement drawings. Once all the analyses and code checks have been performed, Scia Engineer offers you intuitive tools for creation of a well arranged, clear and comprehensive document and for generation of general arrangement drawings. Both the document and the drawings are linked to the original 3D model, which means that after any modification to the model, the outputs are automatically updated to reflect the current situation. 

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You need to invest and learn just one application and you get an instant access to functionality for all phases of the structural design: modelling in 3D, automatic FEM mesh generation, fast advanced calculations, dedicated design and checks, automated drawings, clear and comprehensive printouts, notwithstanding the interfaces for potential communication with other applications.

Scia Engineer is a versatile system. This enables you to prove your professional expertise with any type of structure: office buildings, apartments, industrial plants, high-rise buildings, bridges, technological units, tanks, dam lockers, pipeline systems, tunnels, masts, theatre stages and even scaffolding (pictured).

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