SCIA Engineer 2014


Expanding Design


SCIA Engineer 2014 - write your own calculations that link to SCIA Engineer

SCIA Engineer 14 – “Expanding Design”, the latest version of SCIA structural analysis and design flagship software, delivers capabilities to move beyond the traditional limits of 3D structural analysis software by integrating design work flow, even with customized modifications.

Open Design – integrated workflow

User-defined checks integrated in SCIA Engineer

Version 14 of SCIA Engineer offers users the possibility to implement their own engineering calculations and use these as plug-in checks during their everyday work with CAE projects -- e.g. in a graphical review of overall capacity in a 3D structure, in an AutoDesign optimisation, and in reporting. Design checks related to:

  • the resistance or stability of members with irregular geometry, or of members made from new materials,
  • the adequacy of section size and reinforcement area according to local standards which we do not currently support,
  • foundation checks based on sophisticated deformation theories,

are a few examples of what may, from now on, be added by end-user engineers via the easy-to-use open platform. Read more ...


Analysis & Results

Automatic mesh refinement

SCIA Engineer 14 offers new feature - Automatic mesh refinement. Fine mesh of finite elements produces more accurate result than coarse mesh. Manual finding of fine mesh is sometimes very hard task for a user. He have to define all needed parameters (e.g. ratio for mesh refinement) and select from suggested method. Therefore, we are releasing the new method for automatic mesh refinement. Our solution reflects state of the art in a-posteriori error estimate methods. The benefit of the method is also information about quality of results due to mesh density of two-dimensional mesh elements. Read more...

Check of singularity

Check of singularity brings to user possibility to check if his model is instable and/or has not some translations or rotations. Not connected members are also detected. Check is also suitable to use for detection of problem with cross-links. Read more...

Confirmation question before deleting results

It may have happened to you ... All calculated results suddenly disappeared from the SCIA Engineer project, without notification or 'undo' option. It could happen after only a small modification to the construction model or its boundary conditions. It could be unpleasant, especially when the calculation took a long time or when the modification was unintended.

This now belongs to the past: a simple solution is included in version 14.0 of SCIA Engineer! Read more...

Table results

Table Results is a new functionality that allows the user to view results in tabulated form. Table Results displays a wide range of calculated items, including FEM results for nodes, 1D and 2D members, the outcome of design checks, and others.

Output is summarised in tabular form for a wide range of results and design services. Read more...

3D results - Displacements & stresses

SCIA Engineer 14.0 brings the presentation of results to a new level: 3D! Displacements and stresses can now be displayed on the 3D rendered surface of columns and beams. On top of that, the results may be projected on the initial as well as the deformed structure. This feature improves the insight in the global behaviour of the structure to assist you in quickly discovering issues and their causes. Read more...


Usability improvements

Engineering Report templates

As of SCIA Engineer 2013.0 we have a new, modern and easy to use Engineering Report in our beloved software, packed with powerful features.

Missing and highly prioritized by clients however was the possibility to store a report as a template and reuse it in a later project.

Version 14 remedies this demand.

Design Forms in Engineering Report

Design Forms was one of the major novelties last year. As you know, Design Forms is a stand alone tool, complementary to SCIA Engineer, and focusses on small and dedicated calculationswith a clear and transparent output.

In SCIA Engineer 14 you will be able to link Design Forms for 1D members directly to SCIA Engineer. Integration of other kinds of checks will come in the near future. Still, SCIA Engineer 14 will already bring Design Forms and SCIA Engineer closer together. Read more...

Table input

The Table Input functionality simplifies both modelling and editing, and provides a versatile overview of the previously defined input in a model. The tool has been improved in version 14 of SCIA Engineer. Additional features such as filtering, clipboard support of the grid, use of parameters, new tabs, and improved management of properties speed-up the model definition while the user needs to do less graphical searching. Read more...

Design groups

A design group is a collection of 1D members with some identical basic properties, like member type, length and cross-section.The generation of design groups is done automatically. Its main purpose is to help the user manage the design and checking of similar members in (big) structures. It simplifies the design process by shifting the focus from the single member to the design group as a whole. Read more...

Load enhancements in SCIA Engineer 14

  • Load combinations according to IBC 2012 (ASCE 7-10)
  • Seismic combinations and the 30% rule
  • Model factor "Pond load"

GUI improvements in SCIA Engineer 14

  • The new project dialogue now allows you to directly access the protection settings and verify the used settings.
  • Version number is displayed in the tile bar
  • Check on default language (Windows) and trying to align it with SCIA Engineer.
  • Unification of the fonts throughout all windows in SCIA Engineer to "Segoe UI" Read more...

New settings during installation

  • Customer information
  • Copy user settings from previous version

BIM improvements

Nemetschek Allplan

As of now SCIA Engineer 14 is fully compatible with all released Allplan versions: 2014.0 and older.

Tekla Structures

The most important novelty in SCIA Engineer 14, as to the support of Tekla Structures, is the support of Tekla's 64 bit version. Read more ... and also here...

Various improvements in steel design

  • Additional references and descriptions have been added to the Setup for options related to the EC-EN 1990 norm as well as in the Setup for steel connection design.
  • The Setup for steel connections has been reorganised to make this menu more clear and various options easier to find.
  • New materials are added in the Material Library.
  • New profiles appear in the Profile Library.

Geologic areas

The 3D model with defined subsoil and geologic profiles displays the subsoil surface. This surface defines the area where soil properties between boreholes is inter- and extra- polated. Be to able to define a geologic fault, the basic surface polygon has been divided to the separated areas which are inter- and extra- polated but the first area doesn’t affect the next one. Read more...