ARUP used IDEA StatiCa on this 15-storey commercial development in London City with 4 basement levels, retail ground floor, a restaurant on the 14th floor and a public roof garden. Steel frame superstructure was done using plate girder beams and metal deck slab.
ARUP’s office in London has been using IDEA StatiCa since the beginning of 2016 and has successfully applied it in many of their projects. Although they have been using a wide range of software tools, the analysis and design of complex steel connections (part of many of the very complex structures they are dealing with) have been always a very laborious subject, as the only solution was to use highly sophisticated finite element analysis tools, which are extremely time-wise and labor-wise demanding and don’t provide any code-checks.
IDEA StatiCa filled this huge gap, by providing a breakthrough technology that allowed ARUP to easily analyze and design any type of connection, but also link to their CAD software and offering a real BIM workflow. At the same time, with IDEA StatiCa, ARUP found a tool that helped them with feasibility and buildability studies at the early stages of a project, all the way through detailed design studies.