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SCIA Engineer 18: streamlined usability, advanced material design and extended BIM links

SCIA Engineer 18 moves the software to the next level in terms of usability, material design and interoperability. SCIA have enhanced usability with streamlined basic operations and more automatic workflows, improved integration into BIM workflows with upgraded Revit and Tekla links and added new design capabilities for advanced materials and construction systems.

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Advanced material design

Autodesign and unique reporting in composite design

  • Use of steel beams with large openings based on an SCI publication
  • Automatic design of studs and cross-sections
  • Result labels summarising the design on a plan view
  • Camber design
  • Detailed and transparent reporting
SCIA Engineer composite design

Extended capabilities of punching shear design

  • Punching shear design can be performed using the user-reinforcement
  • Punching shear design is compatible with nonlinear combinations
  • Concrete stress is taken into account while evaluating VRd,c
SCIA Engineer punching shear design

Improvements in design of concrete structures

  • New default settings reflect the most frequent scenarios and speed up the workflow
  • The extended library of manufactured steel reinforcement meshes allows users to incorporate those from their preferred supplier
  • The optimised memory management makes the concrete design more robust and stable even for very large models
SCIA Engineer reinforced concrete design

The new steel fibre reinforced concrete design solution

  • Support of Bekaert’s Dramix® steel fibres
  • Automatic calculation of the steel fibre dosage
  • ULS and SLS checks: capacity, shear, crack width, stress limitation
  • Advanced material and geometrical nonlinear analysis
  • Ability to expand the built-in material library by other steel fibres
SCIA Engineer steel fibre reinforced concrete

Enhanced usability

New default functionality settings to help you start a new project fast

  • Commonly used functionalities are enabled by default
  • Individual functionalities have been regrouped and resorted to reflect the most frequent scenarios
SCIA Engineer default settings

Automation along the whole workflow saves you time

  • A default cross-section is available for each material selected in the project
  • A self-weight load case is created automatically, allowing the users to directly verify their model by calculating the response to the self-weight
  • Code-based combinations are generated automatically in accordance with the selected building code
  • Nonlinear combinations can be easily and directly derived from an existing linear envelope combination.
SCIA Engineer automatic loadcase self weight

Optimised tree-menus and direct access to learning materials

  • The SCIA Engineer tree-menu has been modified in terms of both look and behaviour to provide easier access to individual functions.
  • The Project Manager, which opens at the start of SCIA Engineer, now offers direct access to numerous learning materials: learning videos, step-by-step tutorials accompanied by their sample project.
SCIA Engineer optimised tree structure

New 3D navigation control

  • Simpler and more flexible view/pan/zoom controls
  • Direct access in the 3D window to minimize mouse travels
  • One click “zoom-all” and “perspective view”
  • Precise navigation to all sides and corners of the project.
SCIA Engineer new 3D navigation

Different colours for point, line and surface loads

  • This enhancement enables you to easily differentiate the types of loads in a model: point loads, line loads and surface loads, by assigning a specific colour.
SCIA Engineer different colour by load types

Simplified buckling settings

  • All inputs related to spans, buckling and deflections have been consolidated in one place
  • Immediate graphical response to changes in buckling settings
  • Effective input using buckling groups
SCIA Engineer new buckling settings

Faster and clearer overview of the results

  • Extended integration strips on 2D members
  • Much faster, simplified visualisation of deformations
  • Export of results to an XML file
  • Adjustable limits for checks of 1D members
  • Transparent determination of support eccentricity
SCIA Engineer results integration

Extended BIM links


  • Export of reinforcement for 1D and 2D members
  • Export of load panels
  • Support of storeys
  • Mapping improvements
SCIA Engineer BIM Revit Link

Tekla Structures

  • Bi-directional exchange of data enabling users to smoothly follow the BIM workflow from the architect’s concept (Tekla Structures) to analysis and code design (SCIA Engineer) to final detailing (Tekla Structures)
  • Improved material and cross-section mapping
  • Support for complex beams such as curves, polylines
  • Export of end reactions to support the detailing of connections in Tekla Structures
SCIA Engineer BIM Tekla Structures link
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