steel joint

Steel connection design Reinvented!

The first software in the world which can design and check all steel connections and joints. Clear pass/fail checks according to the code for welded and bolted connections, footing, and anchoring.
steel joint

Any topology, any loading, in minutes!

Overall check for any connection in minutes. Stress and strain analysis, stiffness, member capacity design, buckling, and design joint resistance.

Design of walls, beams and details – reinvented!


Structural design and code-check of concrete walls, beams and details of any topology. Thorough analysis and clear output in minutes!


Reinforce all your concrete details!


Automatic identification of optimal reinforcement layout for given loads and supports. DXF import of any shape. Overall check according to the code.


Welcome to IDEA StatiCa

Engineering software dedicated to structural design and code-check of joints, cross sections, beams and other details.

Connection Wednesdays – March 6th, 2019

Connection Wednesdays – Multi-column base plate

ARUP – Base plate with multiple raking columns
IDEA StatiCa Connection helped in the development of one of London’s biggest building projects – 10 Fenchurch Avenue – and especially in the design of the roof garden pergola complex base plates.

HelpDesk highlight – Comparison with simple design software
One of the most common questions from customers: “What are the important things to know when comparing results with guides / component method software which use the traditional design methods?”

Design and code-check of steel connections and joints

IDEA StatiCa Connection designs and checks welded or bolted connections, 2D or 3D joints, anchoring or footing of all topologies. We provide clear pass / fail checks according to EC / AISC / CISC standards in a complete report with drawings. For analysis, the Unique CBFEM method based on finite elements is used. Modeling considers an elastic-plastic material model for all the elements of the joint – plates, elements, bolts and welds. Prestressed bolts and plastic behavior of the welds are also taken into account.

Analysis of stress and strain of all connections and joints. The load is applied in increments, the corresponding stress and strain is calculated and evaluated. Linear analysis of stability of the connection elements. The coefficient of critical load with the corresponding deflection shapes. Rotational and axial joint stiffness (rigid, semi-rigid and pinned) and joint characteristics – initial stiffness. Seismicity checks. Iterative calculation of design load of the joint.


Reinforcement and code-check of concrete walls, beams, and details

IDEA StatiCa Detail reinforces and checks all types of walls, beams, and details (in 2D) such as dapped ends, openings, hangings, brackets, diaphragms, frame joints and many more. We provide clear pass / fail checks of ULS and SLS according to the code with complete report and bill of material. The most effective position of reinforcement is identified automatically. IDEA StatiCa Detail uses finite element analysis to break the limits of the standard design approach.  

Non-linear analysis performed in the background. Stress and strain determined by modified compression field theory. Reinforcement results based on tension chord model. Crack width and deflection checks. Compression softening. Tension stiffening. Results verified by ETH Zurich.




IDEA StatiCa in the global workflow

Do your project from scratch or build on geometry and loading imported from Robot, Revit, MIDAS Civil + Gen, STAAD.Pro, SAP 2000, Scia Engineer, RFEM, RSTAB,  AxisVM, ConSteel and others.

Take advantage of the link between IDEA StatiCa and Tekla Structures or Advance Steel to provide workshop drawings and support manufacturing process.


Multiplanar hollow section joint with stiffeners?

Not a problem! There is no structural design code that can deal with multiplanar hollow section joints, while stiffeners are not even covered in single plane joints. IDEA StatiCa, with its unique approach and CBFEM method, overcomes these limitations and allows you to...
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FEM model behind IDEA StatiCa Detail

Our model of a concrete member in IDEA StatiCa Detail consists of several entities to take into account all the necessary effects for a thorough code-check of any concrete detail. You can read more about it and also about all the features implemented in this...
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Connection Wednesdays – CHS joints in practice

Connection Wednesdays on February 20th (at 11:00 CET and 1:00 PM EST, as always) will be focused on connections of CHS sections. CHS joints are very common in steel structures these days and the variety of the topologies and possible design is enormous. This pushes...
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MOMENT CONNECTIONS… from Theory to Practice!

Today, we are proud and happy to share a LinkedIn post by Eduardo Nuñez Castellanos. "The presented figure corresponds to an investigation carried out at the University of Chile, by Dr. Ricardo Herrera, in which I had the opportunity to participate, oriented to the...
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BIM – Design and code-check of beams created in SCIA Engineer

Using BIM solution during the designing of a structure is the vision of the future. Many professions can participate in designing and building of the structure in the same model at one place.  We will focus on the design and code-check of the dapped end beams with an...
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Anchorage zone of prestressed members

If you want to see how important the interaction of more sources of discontinuities can become, watch our webinar with the example of the anchorage zone!...
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We as engineers have to know, that what we are providing is fully buildable and designable. There is no point in offering a connection to a contractor to design if that isn’t the case. IDEA StatiCa allows us to take the output from – let’s say an Advanced Steel model – and very quickly run through these options.

Graham Aldwinckle

Associate Director, ARUP London / UK