SCIA Engineer 2013.1


Design Codes Improvements & Updates


SCIA Engineer 2013.1 focuses on two major themes:

  • enhancements and extensions in code-design capabilities,
  • continuous increase of effectiveness of your day-to-day work.

In addition, SCIA Engineer 2013.1 comes with a brand new application for checking of reinforced concrete cross-sections - SCIA Concrete Section!

The new version reflects the growing interest in our software on American continents. SCIA Engineer newly supports design of longitudinal reinforcement in slabs according to Brazilian ABNT NBR 6118-2003. The new version also extends the existing design capabilities for the U.S. AISC 360-10 code.

A good number of enhancements were implemented in the recently presented Engineering Report. Also the seismic design of buildings that was presented in the previous version was further extended.

Besides this, many new features can be found throughout the whole system: from input of cross-sections, to steel connections, exchange of data with other applications, wind load generator, to many improvements and extensions in often-used functions.


Design of longitudinal reinforcement in slabs according to Brazilian code

SCIA Engineer v 2013.1 brings new possibility to design longitudinal reinforcement for 2D members according to NBR code. The user can select two directions for design of reinforcement - independently for the upper and lower surface. Design forces in these directions are recalculated from the internal forces using the Baumann’s transformation formulas. The direction angle of the concrete strut is optimised according to the condition of the smallest force in such a direction. A 1D cross-section is generated in each of the user’s specified directions. The longitudinal reinforcement is designed for this generated 1D cross-section and appropriated dimensional forces. The designed reinforcement is checked according to the detailing provisions defined in the NBR code. Read more ...


SCIA Concrete Section

SCIA Concrete Section is a new application for checking reinforced concrete cross-sections. It has been developed within the Design Forms environment and offers a solution that complies with EN 1992-1-1. Country-specific parameters according to the main standard and a first set of National Annexes are implemented.

All these checks are supported for cross-sections of predefined as well as arbitrary shape, subject to normal force, biaxial bending and/or biaxial shear force.

Even though such calculations need advanced algorithms, the input dialogues are kept simple and intuitive, requiring only a minimal amount of data from the user. When changes are made, these are immediately reflected in the output window of the application. Read more ...


Design of steel members according to ANSI/AISC 360-10

The more recent version of the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-10) has been implemented in SCIA Engineer v2013.1. Furthermore, the available functionalities in the software enable a rigorous structural analysis according to the Direct Analysis Method, including considerations of 2nd order deformations, initial imperfections, and plasticity.

By performing the 2nd order analysis in SCIA Engineer, all required deformations are taken into account:

  • both P-δ and P-Δ effects may be included in the non-linear solution while their effect can also be quantified;
  • before starting the analysis, it is possible to evaluate the ratio of second to first-order drift by performing a simple linear stability analysis.

Related to initial imperfections, a number of approaches have been enabled in order to fit the preferences of the designer. Read more ...


Steel structures according to EN 1993-1

GUI improvements

SCIA engineer v. 2013.1 provides improved GUI for the settings and execution of steel checks according to 1993-1. Improved steel Setup and input dialogues ensure a fluent workflow and improved user experience. Read more ...

Shear check improvements (plastic vs. elastic)

EN 1993-1-1:2005 provides a list of shear area formulas for commonly used cross-sections in art.6.2.6(3). Read more ...

Limit value for torsion checks

In SCIA Engineer v. 2013.1, if a member undergoes torsion moments smaller than the limit value set in the steel Setup, the effects of torsion will be deemed insignificant and the interaction checks will not include torsion moments. Read more ...

Section factors in fire checks

Section factors for fire resistance calculations Am/V and Ap/V and their box values [Am/V]b and [Ap/V]b are updated and accurately calculated even in the case of general cross-sections. Read more ...


Steel connections according to EN 1993-1-8:2005

GUI improvements

The new version of SCIA Engineer improves user experience through better setup for default values and methods, and clearer representation of input and output values in calculation reports. Furthermore, performance is ensured through better software architecture.

Improvements in the calculation

All possible combinations of groups of bolt-rows are considered according to En 1993-1-8:2005 (see Article (4)b). This ensures that the critical bolt-group is always discovered upon evaluation of the tensile resistance of T-stubs. Read more ...


Engineering Report

The new engineering report in version 2013 was a huge leap forward. The new concept ensured a flexible and stable report at your fingertips.

In 2013.1 we improved the Engineering report even more. Extensive data in a table, but with limited columns can now be split up (in the table layout editor). Also pictures have been added to the Chaptermaker. Read more ...


3D Wind load engine – calculations according to national annexes

A new version of the 3D Wind load generator is included in SCIA Engineer v.2013.1. The 3D Wind generator now allows for recommendations in national annexes of EN 1991-1-4:2005+A1 to be taken into account in the calculation of wind pressure coefficients and wind loads. Read more ...


Design of concrete structures - miscellaneous improvements

Implementation of Swedish Annex for EN 1992 Read more ...

Update of concrete material library for NBR code Read more ...

Import of not-calculated internal forces Read more ...

Type Interaction diagram check method for particular member Read more ...

Extreme Value versus Extreme Check Value Read more ...


General improvements

Improvements in protection

Activation utility - column for user-defined name of the licence

License number is displayed instead of the dongle ID (upper part of the protection manager)

Automatic update of standalone licenses during setup

New tool - message from us to user (new message - next to application update)

Free Line grids from existing lines

As of version 2013.1 you can use existing lines in your model (manually created or imported lines)


CAD & BIM improvements

We are proud to be the first structural analysis software who is certified IFC 2X3 CV for both import and export. This proves that SCIA strongly believes in BIM and in IFC in particular as the format for interoperability. We promote an open data-exchange with any project partner, regardless of the software they are using.

Industry Foundation Classes, IFC, are the main buildingSMART data model standard to facilitate interoperability in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The IFC format is registered by ISO as ISO/PAS 16739. IFC is used to exchange and share BIM data between applications developed by different software vendors without the software having to support numerous native formats.

As an open format, IFC does not belong to a single software vendor; it is neutral and independent of a particular vendor’s plans for software development.

Read more about Open BIM and SCIA Engineer ...