SCIA Engineer 15.2



In addition to a new logo (see above), SCIA Engineer brings in its version 15.2 a set of new features. As usual, these extensions and improvements spread across the whole software from basic functions like table input to a dedicated code checks in accordance with various international standards.

The main innovations concern the following topics:

  • dynamic analysis,
  • virtual joists (for the US market),
  • design according to US codes - composites, prestressed concrete, timber, aluminium (for the US market),
  • concrete and composite design.

Other enhancements involve Engineering Report, links to third party software (Tekla, Allplan), membrane analysis, table input and table result, etc.


For more information read separate Technical Articles dedicated to individual improvements and extensions:

Equivalent lateral forces

The Equivalent Lateral Forces (ELF) is the most well-known method for the seismic analysis of structures. Although it is quite conservative, its simplicity makes it very popular for seismic design. The ELF method is a static analysis method. However, using it in SCIA Engineer requires the input of some data related to the dynamic analysis: masses and at least one combination of mass groups must be defined, as the calculation of the seismic equivalent lateral forces is based on the distribution of masses in the structure. The calculation of storey forces is based on the definition of storeys as well as on the reduced system.

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Virtual joists

In structural engineering, the Open Web Steel Joist (OWSJ) is a lightweight steel truss consisting, in the standard form, of parallel chords and a triangulated web system, proportioned to the span between bearing points. The virtual joist component in SCIA Engineer allows the engineer to incorporate joist member stiffness in the overall model, making the analysis of the overall building system more accurate. The joist members can be checked and auto-designed and are given a realistic joist designation consistent with expectations from joist manufacturers and the SJI.

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Calculation of prestressed structure according to IBC code

SCIA Engineer 15.2 brings a brand new possibility to calculate prestressed structures in compliance with US standards. A new prestressing library for ASTM A416 and ASTM A910 standards have been integrated. Strand-patterns and tendons can be input in the 3D geometry and losses of prestressing are calculated.

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SCIA Concrete Section (SCS)

SCIA Concrete Section is an application for fast and easy checking of reinforced concrete cross-sections. Multiple sets of internal forces can now be input and the results of checks are shown for the combination with the worst effect.

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Code-design and checks

  • Optimization for AISC 360 composite checks for construction stage.
  • LTB checks and fire design in both construction and final stage for composite members according to EN 1994-1-1.
  • Timber and aluminium materials added to IBC environment.

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Open Checks

  • Extended access to data parameters in Design Forms.
  • Increased productivity due to optimised exchange of data between Design Forms and SCIA Engineer.
  • Clear messaging in case of any issues occurring during the calculation.

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Coupled set AutoDesign

This extension gives the user a way to AutoDesign a general parametric section. An automated optimisation procedure (AutoDesign) selects suitable profiles from the set of preferred parameters indicated by the user.

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Engineering Report

Engineering Report in version 15.2 features a set of minor improvements that make the work with the document even more effective and comfortable: improved import of PDF files and external images, table picture generator or export to MS Excel without formatting, to name a few.

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Table Input and Table Result

Both Table Input and Table Result have been extended by a few new features that increase the user-friendliness of the tools. These include better filtering and sorting, faster import from MS Excel, direct opening of a detailed report, etc.

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Improvements in steel connections

Design of steel connections now fully supports beam flanges and webs in compression according to EN 1993-1-8 Article (1-2). Other improvements concern summary output, output for splice connections, drawing of connections, etc.

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Miscellaneous Improvements

Alignment of openings

Tolerances can be defined during the alignment to determine whether openings located at edges will be aligned or not.

Dynamic analysis

It is now possible to simultaneously delete all masses within a mass group.

Export to Allplan via IFC

The existing interface with Allplan has been substituted by a new one based on the IFC file format.


The scaffolding library has been extended with a new type of coupler – Layher Allround LW.

Tekla Link update

SCIA Engineer is now compatible with Tekla Structures 21.1.

Triangular elements for membranes

SCIA Engineer 15.2 presents improved calculation of membrane structures using triangular finite elements.

3D stress improvements

3D stress results have been extended with 2D strains. It is now possible to evaluate: basic total strain, principal total strain, basic plastic strain and principal plastic strain.

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