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.

Concrete webinar – June 19th, 2019

Bridges – Pier cap design

Bridges are some of the most complex structures in terms of providing reliability, safety and function during their service life. On this webinar, we will focus on an innovative approach to modeling, designing and code-checking of a pier cap.
IDEA StatiCa Detail offers a revolutionary tool for the design of structural concrete. Join our webinar and learn about the new CSFM method implemented in the application.

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 EN/AISC/CISC/AU/SP 16 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.


Different shear force values in bolts

Surprised, that the results of the bolt shear force analysis differ from what you expect? This is very often caused by the additional distribution of the shear force to more shear planes along with the bolt when the bolt goes through more plates.

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3-minutes craft – model a footing with connecting plate

Believe or not, modelling of a footing with a connecting plate is a three-minute task in IDEA StatiCa Connection.
Footing with connecting plate anchored into the concrete substructure is one of the most common connections engineers are asked to design and code-check.
The whole connection can be modeled in 5 quick steps.

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Export of the beam to IDEA StatiCa Detail

Loads, load cases and extreme combinations can be exported directly from the BIM environment to IDEA StatiCa Detail. These integrations can save you a load of time and speed-up your project delivery time. This process changes the role on the wall problem where only...
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Practical applications of IDEA StatiCa at ARUP

ARUP has used IDEA StatiCa Connection for code-checking steel connections for two new commercial buildings in London built – 10 Fenchurch Avenue and 6-8 Bishopsgate skyscraper. ARUP is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London which provides...
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Cutting-edge projects presented on a steel conference in Brazil

About 250 top bridge and steel structural engineers were presented in São Paulo, Brazil, between 16 and 17 of May, for attending the XI Brazilian Conference on Bridges and Structures (CBPE).

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New templates of bridge diaphragms

Thanks to our new templates implemented in IDEA StatiCa Detail version 10.0, you can now create commonly used bridge diaphragms in a much faster way. You can use 4 new topologies of bridge diaphragms – box girder diaphragm, multi-cell box girder diaphragm, indirectly supported double tee bridge or directly supported double tee bridge.

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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