UK office of IDEA StatiCa s.r.o.
Email: info@ideastatica.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3579 9397

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 Excellence Awards - Kiernan Steel - 2021

Kiernan Steel Win at Global Excellence Awards 2021

The IDEA StatiCa UK office is thrilled to announce and congratulate our customer, Kiernan Steel, as one of the jury-selected winners at the Global Excellence Awards 2021! The application of IDEA StatiCa Detail in the project demonstrates how far IDEA StatiCa has come in shaping the structural engineering world.  

All about Kiernan Steel project:

The Curragh is an internationally recognized horse racing venue situated in Ireland which has won numerous awards both in Ireland and indeed internationally. The latest awards with which this grandstand has won include the Tekla Global BIM Awards as well as the Structural Steel Design Awards to name but a few.



KSSL were involved in the project to design the steel connections and erect various ancillary buildings including the new centre-piece spectator grandstand which comprises a cantilevered structure on three elevations of the roof. The main application that was employed for this project was IDEA StatiCa. 

The challenges

Before adopting IDEA Statica in April 2016, Kiernan Steel, like so many other designers, had to resort to using simplified connection design software which, due to their assumptions, often meant that plates and welds were larger than (what we now know) was required.


Not only this, but the rigid guidance rules adopted by the Eurocodes, meant that only conventional and standard connections could be calculated and anything which was out of the ordinary, had to be calculated manually using engineering judgment and a degree of conservatism. To this end, we like so many other designers, would use the power of Excel to create spreadsheets to automate this process us. However, this tends to create a “black-box” approach whereby it is very difficult for someone else to check the calculations and validate the results.


We then were introduced to IDEA Statica and straight away saw its potential to speed up the connection design process. In the beginning, we used conventional software for the simple connections and used IDEA to create the unorthodox connections. However, over the years, IDEA Statica has quickly become our main connection design software which we use for almost all of our connection designs.

Kiernan Steel, Winning with IDEA StatiCa in Steel!

Winning Project: The Curragh Racecourse, Kildare, Ireland
Category: Infrastructure, industrial & recreational structures
Authors: Mirivano Carrig & Stephen McKenna

Other Categories & Award Winners

The very first year of the IDEA StatiCa Excellence Awards has now concluded. It was a real challenge for the jury to decide on the final winners from the projects submitted as the majority of these were on such a high professional level. Take a closer look at each of the categories in the link below and meet a few more of the Global winners!

Evaluation Criteria

The best project in each category will be selected based on several criteria:

  1. The technical design of the project
  2. The originality of the solution
  3. The complexity of the solution
  4. The presentation of the project

Winners were picked by a jury formed of fellow structural engineers, academics, and senior IDEA StatiCa specialists.


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