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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 Webinar – Design of discontinuity regions

IDEA StatiCa Webinar - Design of discontinuity regions 2022

What is going to be covered?

In this webinar, we are aiming to introduce the participant, to novel methodologies for the design of potentially critical regions of structures called discontinuity regions.
Join us on Thursday, 23rd of June 2022 at 12:00 – 14:30 (BST)

Learn more about:

  • Definition of discontinuity regions (D-regions)
  • Short introduction to the CSFM method
  • Limitation of current methodologies for the design of concrete D-regions
  • Short introduction to the CBFEM method
  • Limitations of the current methodologies for the design of steel D-region

The Speakers Summary

Costis Hatzopoulos
Technical Manager

Discontinuity regions are structural parts where abrupt changes in geometry occur, or large concentrated loads are applied.

In concrete structures, such regions are the corbels, deep beams, walls with openings and many others. And while the term appears to be linked with them, such regions are also present in steel structures.  Perfect examples are the perforated webs of steel beams that incorporate services, and connections between steel members.

To deal with these regions, modern codes – for both concrete and steel – have dedicated sections, with design rules that are limited to specific cases. However, modern architectural demands and construction methodologies can lead to design variations that are outside the scope of the code provisions.

To overcome these limitations two new methods of design had to be introduced:


  • The Compatible Stress Field Method (CSFM) for the design and assessment of discontinuity regions in concrete structures.
  • The Component Based Finite Element Method (CBFEM) for the design and assessment of discontinuity regions in steel members.

These two methods share the same principles that also form the basis of their code compliance and effectiveness:


  • They both employ non-linear material laws, which are nevertheless based on code defined material parameters.
  • They produce the code required results intuitively.
  • They provide a clear understanding of the stress flow.
  • The designer has full control over the design process.
DEA StatiCa Webinar - Design of discontinuity regions


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