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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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IDEA StatiCa: 3 Crucial Insight for IDEA StatiCa Enthusiasts

It has been over 10 years now since the launch of IDEA StatiCa Steel into the structural engineering world with CBFEM. It has already made a huge impact in terms of the analysis, design of steel connections, time efficiency, safety and cost. 

As the number of consulting firms and steel fabricators implementing IDEA StatiCa Steel into their design workflows increases, there is a great increase in interest from engineers around the globe who are eager to learn about technological advancement in the engineering world. 

In this article, we have tried to provide answers to questions that are commonly asked by individuals who are interested in our product.  

What is IDEA StatiCa Steel ? 

1. Unveiling the Concept: 

IDEA StatiCa Steel emerged as a pioneering solution, addressing a longstanding issue in structural engineering – the designing of complex steel connections design.  As a result, bridging critical gaps within the industry. 

2. Breaking the traditional curse: 

Unlike the traditional approach, IDEA StatiCa sets itself apart by taking on a revolutionary approach towards connection design.  Moreover,  It offers users unparalleled freedom and control in geometry and loading, allowing engineers to take the next step to explore the joint behaviour in detail.

IDEA StatiCa Steel

The Unique Aspects of IDEA StatiCa 

Combining the Best of Both Worlds:

At the heart of IDEA StatiCa Steel, lies the Component Based Finite Element Model (CBFEM). A hybrid between Finite Element and Competent methods , a innovative enhancement for accuracy and reliability of steel joint analysis, especially for complex shapes and loading conditions. 

2. Navigating complex Geometrics with Ease via IDEA StatiCa

Transcending Conventional Limits:

The CBFEM approach allows builds on the traditional component-based methods in order to allow intricate joint topologies. 

CBFEM

What does this IDEA StatiCa offer:

1. Full Freedom in the topology (2D and 3D)

During the period before IDEA StatiCa, all connection design software limited the possible joint topologies. This was due to the fact they were based on the component method. The results that were gathered were reliable and accurate for simple topologies, however, this method would not be enough for more complex designs. CBFEM was the answer to this issue.

Total freedom in the topology (2D or 3D)

2. Conforming with International Codes

IDEA Statica compliance with international codes

IDEA StatiCa complies fully with international design codes, through providing full checks for plates, bolds and welds. The general approach of CBFEM allows users to overcome the challenging issue of codes when it comes to complex geometries, and provide reliable and accurate checks even in cases where codes are insufficient. For example, multiplanar hollow section joints.

3. Sophisticated Analysis and Thorough Inspections

IDEA StatiCa harnesses the power of the flexibility and power that the Finite Element Analysis method offers, which is often out of reach of regular users while combing it with code checks familiar to designers and validations against physical experiments. 

IDEA StatiCa Sophisticated Analysis and Thorough Inspections

4. Advanced Simulation Elements

IDEA StatiCa Advanced elements

We all know that steel connections can be complex sometimes, and there are many special types of elements that are used in real life, which were not able to be stimulated by standard connection design software. IDEA StatiCa is currently supporting the following elements: 

5. Universal Anchoring solution covering Heavy-Duty cases

IDEA StatiCa can be utilised to design not only standard base plate anchoring but also heavy anchorings that consist of many elements and anchors that pass through them. Furthermore, it can also design connections that can be anchored in more than one concrete block, or even base plates resting on stand-off anchors that maintain a distance from the foundation surface. 

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6. Seamless BIM Link Integration with External Software

As software, we are dedicated to the analysis & design of details (e.g. connections) – which of course are part of a bigger structure and are analysed or drafted externally. Following the BIM philosophy, we want to catalyse the analysis and design process by importing data from the most widespread FEA and CAD programs, thus saving our users many hours of their time, but also eliminating possible errors from manual input.

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