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.
Five ribbon tabs have replaced the left navigator window:
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 have been massively enhanced in version 9. You can now modify the member cross-section, weld, bolt and plate thickness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We implemented the direct export to Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF file types. From now, the export can be done only by one command.
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.
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.
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!