General improvements in SCIA Engineer 18.1




SCIA Engineer version 18.1 brings brand new possibility for an import of IFC4. We are now supporting both main IFC versions certified 2x3 and new version 4.

The user just needs to select an import of IFC file and the right version of IFC is automatically detected by SCIA Engineer. So the user doesn’t need to think about a version of IFC file which one is which. We have also extended supported IFC types in IFC4 – so-called standard types. With IFC4, we are also supporting the Tessellation shape representation of IFC objects.

As a result of this development, you can now easily generate IFC4 file within Allplan, Allplan bimplus or ArchiCad and easily import it to SCIA Engineer.

Bill of material

With release SCIA Engineer 18.1 we further enhanced our post-processing environment v17 with a brand new bill of material. You obtain summary information related to mass, volume and surface of particular materials. Then you can choose between three types of sorting – according to materials and their grades or cross-sections/slab thicknesses or length of 1D members.

Bill of material contains also possibility for raw estimation of the price of the whole structure. This estimation is based on the analytical model and price for material per kilogram. You have to input unit price and then all the rest is calculated by SCIA Engineer. Afterwards, you have a raw overview of the cost of structure based on your model.

Relative deformation

The other improvement related to post-processing environment v17 is related to the calculation of relative deformation. Our steel user will be happy to see it in the action as it will help them to understand the results of a check of steel members according to serviceability limit state. Relative deformations are accessible in the results service under 1D deformations. So you can easily switch the type of result and check calculated values.

Calculation dialogue enhancements

SCIA Engineer 18.1 developments keep bringing enchantments to the Post Processing Environment introduced in version 17.

Based on user feedback we extended the capabilities of the calculation dialogue by enabling the user to:

  • Save the project after the calculation. This option is meant to make sure that all your data are going to be properly stored after the calculation and your project is always ready with "Results" content.
  • Selection of Engineering Report content to be regenerated after the calculation. Engineering Report report of SCIA Engineeris a power-full tool always up-to-date with the model. SCIA Engineer 18.1 makes sure after the calculation you can select which Report has to be updated with the new results.

Calculation protocol for Soilin

We have improved calculation protocol for Soil – structure interaction analysis. You can have an overall information about calculation and intermediate results of each performed iteration.

Improved messages in calculation dialogue

We have enhanced dialogue after the end of modal analysis so that you are informed about the number of calculated eigenvalues for mass combinations and their magnitudes. The benefit for response spectra analysis lies in the display of participated masses so that I can see if the well know Eurocode rule is satisfied or you need to do some adjustments.

The similar message is displayed for stability analysis where you are notified about calculated critical values for stability combinations.