NEWS: SCIA Engineer 18 offers extended BIM links

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Structural analysis and design software works more closely with Revit and Tekla Structures

SCIA Engineer 18, the latest version of the structural analysis and design software, features a number of new enhancements and functionalities designed to help structural engineers streamline workflows, design with advanced materials and work more effectively in the BIM process.

The Revit and Tekla Structures links now boast extended information support for concrete and steel detailing. Specifically, the link between Tekla Structures and SCIA Engineer supports bi-directional roundtrip exchange of data and transfer of end reactions to facilitate the detailing of the connections in Tekla Structures. The Revit link now supports the export of reinforcement for beams and slabs.

In co-operation with Bekaert, a specialist in steel wire transformation and coating technologies, the new release supports the design and calculation of steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) and is said to be the first of its kind available in the market.

SCIA Engineer 18 also features advanced optimization of composite floors, including studs layout, profile size and support for web openings, as well as extended capabilities of punching shear design, and support of add-ons for structural glass and foundation design. In terms of UI, commonly used functions are now enabled by default, while individual functions have been regrouped and resorted to reflect the most frequent scenarios. The SCIA Engineer tree-menu has also been modified

in terms of both look and behaviour to provide easier access to individual functions. The Project Manager, which opens when SCIA Engineer first launches, now offers direct access to numerous learning materials: learning videos, step-by-step tutorials accompanied by their sample project.

Other new features include a new graphical control for effective 3D navigation and simplified buckling settings.

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