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About IDEA StatiCa

We develop software for structural engineers and detailers. Our development team researches, tests, and applies new methods of analyzing the behaviour of structures and their members. Based on this, we created IDEA StatiCa – software that enables engineers to work faster, evaluate requirements of the national code thoroughly, and use the optimal amount of material. For us, creating software is a way to contribute to making every new construction around the world safer and cheaper.

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Ellis and Moore ‘s Heathrow Truss Design with IDEA Software

Heathrow Airport Truss Design

Ellis and Moore ‘s Heathrow Truss Design with IDEA Software

This article discusses a project by Ellis and Moore at Heathrow Airport. The article focuses on the design of steel truss connections via IDEA StatiCa Connection


This article explores the challenges and the solutions in the complex connections for a permanent service bridge truss. Furthermore, the article goes further by making a comparison between traditional methods with the innovative approach of utilising IDEA Connection. In doing so, also highlights the advantages of realistic modelling, Eurocode Compliance and economical designs. The project illustrates the IDEA Connection‘s effectiveness in complex structural engineering tasks.

IDEA Connection was utilised for the analysis and designing of the steel truss structure connections. This was made of hollow sections, located at Heathrow Airport. The design of the main structure was developed by Mott MacDonald (the original consulting engineer). The contractors that were overlooking the construction were DHD Engineering, who assigned Eliss & Moore Consulting Engineers. 

Heathrow Truss Design
Ellis and Moore structural design


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