When it comes to traditional connection design software, the possibilities and workflow is pretty much the same: you choose from a pool of different connection configurations, you make the necessary adjustments in the geometry to fit your needs, and then you apply the loads to check the results.
You can follow exactly the same workflow in IDEA StatiCa. When you create a connection you can choose between more than 250 different configurations, adjust the geometry and loads and check the connection.
The difference of IDEA StatiCa is that you can do so much more than that! For example, have you designed a simple connection of a deep beam-to-column and the designer changed the beam into a cellular one? No problem, simply add a web opening (as close as you want) analyse it again to quickly see if this has any impact in the connection.
There is no limit in the number of beams, bolts, welds, and plates in your connections. Do the most common topologies in seconds and continue editing the connection templates right in the 3D scene. Define shapes based on your project—not on what your software can handle! You simply model, IDEA StatiCa designs, calculates, and checks your connections for you!
At the end of the day, you need to know if your connection passes all the necessary checks. That is exactly what IDEA StatiCa gives you: a simple pass or fail status for all the elements (plates, bolds, welds) according to the code, as all of the traditional steel connection design software’s do.
In addition to this, you may need to export all the calculations in a readable and presentable document. IDEA StatiCa will create that for you too, simply choose what information you would like to include and the report will be drawn up immediately.
Migrating to IDEA StatiCa is much easier to use than you might be thinking! We created the software with one topic in mind: to be very easy to learn and extremely user-friendly. So no matter what is your experience with other software, it is most likely that you will be able to use IDEA StatiCa and design your first connections within your first hour of using our software.
Traditional connection design software often work independently, or at the very best within the family of products developed by the same software company. In this highly connected world where BIM (Building Information Modeling) has become a necessity, it is imperative to be able to work with software that allows you to exchange information across different vendors and platforms.
IDEA StatiCa is committed to allow its users to do that in the most efficient way possible: IDEA StatiCa automatically links with your software to let you export and synchronise data. This minimises errors and repetitive work so you can focus on more crucial tasks – proper analysis, design and code-check of connections, cross-sections, members and details.
We work closely with numerous universities to test and verify IDEA StatiCa results to provide the user with the peace of mind that their designs are complete, accurate, and in accordance with major global design codes. Our unique CBFEM method for steel has been thoroughly tested in close cooperation with two technical universities and HILTI.
All of the verification’s, design assumptions and articles are published and available to the engineering community. We encourage you to go through all of our validation and verification documentation that you can find in our Support Centre.