Section check



The Section Check (SC) functionality simplifies both design and checking of 1D concrete members. It provides a versatile overview of a check in a section according to EC EN 1992-1-1. It allows engineers to perform design and checks in a specific section of a 1D concrete member. The tool has been first implemented in version 16 of SCIA Engineer.

Additional features such definition of reinforcement in a section from templates or improved management of properties can speed-up the design work flow because the user is freed from the need to search visually for required pieces of information.

The main benefit is that the user can perform directly a fast design and checks of a single concrete section of a 1D member, which means that there is no need to export internal forces and geometry to any external tools. The user simply selects a section in the 3D model, quickly defines and/or edits the reinforcement and the results of the checks are immediately shown for the most critical ULS or SLS combination. Everything is fully integrated in the 3D model in a friendly GUI environment.

Speed up the design work flow: design and checks of a concrete section fully integrated in the 3D model. Checks of the concrete section according to EC EN 1992-1-1.
Easy to define longitudinal and shear reinforcement in a section using predefined templates (only for rectangular and circular cross-section) or manually; practical reinforcement already defined in the 3D model is taken into account.
Transparent report with various level of details (standard or detailed) is available for each check. Export of the report to Engineering Report is also supported.


In many cases engineers do not need to perform a detailed check of the entire structure. Instead, they prefer to perform local checks in a specific location where the internal forces are critical. Single check integrates in the 3D model the opportunity to work with a single section, define reinforcement and compile a report that may be sent to Engineering Report or shared with colleagues. Both ULS and SLS checks of a generic concrete section are supported in Section Check.


One single section can be picked from the member. Section Check is accessible via an Action button from the Property window of Reinforcement checks (ULS + SLS) in Concrete 15. The Section Check consists of a ribbon bar and four windows.

The ribbon bar

It offers templates for longitudinal reinforcement and stirrups for rectangular and circular cross-section and the option to export to Engineering Report.

Section properties

The cross-section with dimensions and reinforcement is displayed here. Several views are available.

Reinforcement editing

This window provides for the definition of longitudinal and shear reinforcement from templates or for its manual input. All the data relate exclusively to the single selected section, no changes made here are applied to the 3D model.


Based on the check activated two levels of detail are available for the report (standard and detailed).

Check manager

The user can pick here the required checks and directly visualize the Unity Check (UC) value and status. The Combination table contains general information on the critical combination and on the values of internal forces.

Section Check supports all concrete cross-section from the SCIA Engineer library and can be used for any kind of 1D member (columns and beams). Templates with reinforcement are prepared only for rectangular and circular cross-sections.

Checks table

As mentioned, in the Check manager the user can define the check he wants to perform. Those might be for both ULS and SLS combinations. All checks are in compliance with EC EN 1992-1-1

Check Description
Capacity - response

results of stresses and strains in concrete and reinforcement

Capacity - interaction diagram calculation of resistances and 3D interaction diagram
Shear + torsion check of shear and torsion and their interaction

Detailing provisions

check of detailing provision in the section according to EC EN 1992-1-1 - explanation of errors, warnings and notes
Stress limitation

verification of cracks in the cross-section (short term load) based on stress-strain distribution - explanation of errors, warnings and notes

Crack width calculation of cracking forces (uncracked section) and limit value of crack width
Deflection based on the long-term stiffness and curvature under total load, calculation of deflection limits