Template Analysis in Practice
Scia Engineer’s Template Analysis provides a quick, dedicated, easy-to-use solution for very complex, repetitive calculations. In Scia Engineer an engineer is able to model e.g. a two span beam, define supports, loads and combinations. The output document can be defined: which output tables, which pictures etc. Once this project is defined the user calculates the project and gets the results on screen and in the document. The user decides whether or not these kinds of projects are daily business and if he wants to make the input much easier. Then the user can decide to parameterize the structure, the loads, the output document, etc., using parametric modeling. Once he has parameterized the structure, he can save this parameterized project as a so called template.
SCIA developed a special program called Scia ODA. In Scia ODA common users can launch this template and the only thing they have to d o is, is fill in the parameters. There are no other buttons or menus available: just give in the parameters, run the project and print the document. The document is always harmonized according to the company standard, without errors, and instantly created. The template is a quick high-end solution for repetitive complex tasks.
In the daily practice of engineers, especially the ones working in the precast industry, repetitive calculations have to be done in a productive way. However, today’s calculations often consist of a very sophisticated (non)-linear calculation, allowing or forcing the engineer to come to a very economical design. Furthermore that specific calculation must consist also of all kinds of possible checks, like checks of deflections, capacity, fire and allowable stresses. All three demands: productivity, sophistication and detailed checks can be achieved by using (dedicated) software.
Since the early 90’s the engineers rely on their self-made spreadsheets or DOS-based applications to perform such calculations. The switch from DOS to Windows in the 90’s did not change this behavior much. Yet with the introduction of the new Eurocodes in 2010, new advanced checks (i.e. fire resistance), new colleagues working offshore (Eastern Europe or India) and with the possibility of Roundtrip Engineering (integrated CAD and CAE software ), the way people worked for the last fifteen years is again challenged.