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New features of version 9

After a year of hard work, we are proud to show the next step in design and code-check of steel connections. Since the first release of IDEA StatiCa Connection in May 2014, we have collected a tremendous amount of feedback how to simplify the application. Based on this, we developed a brand new graphical user interface (GUI) with a lot of new features which will help you speed up the design and code-check of the steel connections, especially the simple ones.
The second biggest topic of customer feedback has been the BIM links, so we developed a powerful tool for management of the exported connections from CAD and FEA applications – we can now synchronize connection models in IDEA StatiCa and other applications. On top of it, there are several new features such as direct report export, new models for anchoring or stub manufacturing operation.
These are the highlights in a few words:
GUI redesign
  • Completely new, clean user interface
  • New wizard for creating a connection
  • Navigator replaced by Ribbon tabs
  • Direct 3D scene commands
  • Right mouse button commands
  • Templates for manufacturing operations
BIM links
  • Automatic update of IDEA model, after changes in CAD model (Tekla Structures and Advance Steel)
  • Automatic update of IDEA model, after changes in analysis model (all linked FEA software)
  • New management of all IDEA models exported from a particular FEA/CAD model
  • Plastic redistribution in welds as the only method
  • Singularity warning
  • Export of the report directly to Word and PDF
  • AISC and CISC code requirement updates
  • AISC formulas in results
  • Stub manufacturing operation improvements
  • Social share button

The most important new features in detail

New clean UI design

We developed a new GUI to simplify, clarify and update the “face” of IDEA StatiCa Connection. We took a deep look at every command, button, ribbon, etc. We discussed their usability and context of the workflow. This enabled us to make room for a lot of new features to enhance productivity and accuracy.

Wizard for creation of new connection

The New connection wizard will help you even more to quickly design and code-check a new connection. Choice of Class, Topology and Design from pre-prepared templates allows you to define hundreds of connection types in seconds.  All items are available in EC, AISC and CISC codes.

Navigator replaced with the ribbon tabs

Five ribbon tabs have replaced the left navigator window:

  • Project – file menu for managing the project and the application in one menu.
  • Design tab – modify or create members, their geometry, load effects and manufacturing operations.
  • Check tab – an analysis can be performed and the results explored.
  • Report tab – provides the protocol and bill of material.
  • Material tab – information about the materials, cross sections, bolt grades and assemblies are combined.
3D scene improvements
  • Updated technology for the visualization of 3D scene  – We updated the 3D scene rendering technology to the newest version. This leads to better, faster and smoother visualization (to tune up the visualization, enable the hardware acceleration and antialiasing).
  • Tools for the 3D scene visualization style – Default home view, magnification tool, perspective and several other tools are placed in the grey stripe above the 3D scene now. Easily available right above the main workspace.
  • Tree of all entities in the 3D scene – One of the new controls in the 3D scene is the Tree of all model entities. In the tree, all members, load effects and manufacturing operations are available. This control can be used to effective orientation in the model, turning items on and off and edit their properties. Don’t forget to use right mouse button which can open the menu of other commands.
Picking properties from the 3D model

Properties defining the manufacturing operations can be picked from the 3D scene from now by the tool under the grey arrow symbol. Choose the command and then pick up the desired member in the 3D scene.

Right mouse button commands

Right mouse button commands have been massively enhanced in version 9. You can now modify the member cross-section, weld, bolt and plate thickness.

Member entity:

  • Cross-section modification
  • Set the member as a bearing one
  • Set of command for defining one-member connection. For example, Clean command will delete all manufacturing operations related to the chosen member. Modify command will offer you a set of possible modifications such as openings.


Plate entity:

  • Thickness of the plate


Weld entity:

  • Throat thickness
  • Material of the weld
  • Weld type


Bolt entity:

  • Diameter and grade modification
One-member manufactoring operations templates

New manufactoring operations templates are now available for connecting 2 members through the right mouse button click. In the first step, the face for the connection have to be selected and then the set of one-member templates is offered. This can significantly speed up the manufactoring operations process.

Auto model control, warnings

The singularity of the model has been implemented. New status in the results summary is printed and there is a model with the “exploded” item provided in the 3D scene. In the example below, you can see the non-welded member, which is detached from the rest of the connection.

Member length - automatically updated

The default length of the members is now calculated automatically. There is no need to change the length of member manually anymore. The algorithm will increase the length of the member after the definition of manufacturing operation.

Default mesh settings for hollow section (CHS and RHS)

The default mesh setting for the hollow section members has been improved. The mesh size of the member with the largest diameter is using default settings from Code setup and the mesh of smaller members is modified in dependence on the member diameter. The aim is to create the same mesh size on each of the members which increase the accuracy of the results.

Stub manufacturing operation

Major improvement of the Stub manufacturing operation was implemented. Now, the stub itself can be modified properly. The cross-section of the stub can be set independently on the main member and can be positioned with off-sets to the main member.

Export of the report directly to .doc and .pdf

We implemented the direct export to Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF file types. From now, the export can be done only by one command.

AISC and CISC code requirement updates
  • Improved material diagram for plastic redistribution of stresses in welds.
  • Improved properties of the nonlinear spring element for the interaction of shear and tensile forces in bolt in bearing – tensile/shear interaction.
  • Updated anchorage design.
    • Anchors creating a common concrete cone are now assessed as a group which allows an increased resistance.
    • Anchors at one base plate are checked as a group for a concrete breakout in shear. Only the anchors near the edge in the direction of shear force are assumed to transfer full shear force acting on a base plate.
    • If concrete breakout check is not required by the user, it is assumed that the tensile and shear force is transferred via concrete reinforcement. The user is provided with an aggregated force including prying forces that need to be transferred via reinforcement.
AISC formulas in results

Major improvement of the provided code-check formulas has been made in AISC, as all calculation formulas are now presented and explained now in a very simple and transparent way.

Bi-directional links with CAD/FEA software

BIM links have been a great help to our users and a big time-saver. But there was a huge users demand to extend the BIM links functionality, from a one-way link (import of models to IDEA) to a bi-directional link. We are now happy to announce that we took a major step into this direction, by implementing the possibility to update on-the-fly the IDEA model, with all the changes that have been made to the CAD/FEA model. This is done by a new Update function, found inside all the CAD/CAE links, that allows all the changes to be automatically applied in our IDEA StatiCa project – no need to design the connection again manually.

We can repeat this Update step several times to optimize the design while making sure that all the data is correctly inputted in both the CAD/FEA application and IDEA StatiCa.

Social share button

There is no doubt, that Social media play a big role in our personal and professional life. We wanted to make it easier for you to share your work with others and engage with other professionals, so we have implemented a new right-click mouse command into the 3D scene, that opens the Share on LinkedIn or Facebook window. with just a couple of clicks, the actual picture from the 3D scene will be posted on your social media account (login is required). So go ahead and show your work!

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