NO MORE STRUGGLES WITH CONNECTION DESIGN

Design all your structural steel connections, no matter their geometry, in minutes
A Decade of Making the Right Connections

CBFEM, our pioneering steel connection design methodology, is 10 years old! Discover with us the 10 benefits of 10 years of advanced connection design, and get your gift today. 

FAST CONNECTION DESIGN

Receive clear pass/fail checks, according to your code, in minutes. IDEA StatiCa enables you to shorten your connection design time by up to 80% by providing you with:   

  • A database of 10,000+ pre-designed 2D/3D connections, footings, HSS connections, steel-to-timber, and other connections 
  • The ability to model and design any bolted and welded connection quickly and safely 
  • Comprehensive AISC, including advanced analyses such as buckling, stiffness analysis, design resistance, and seismic
  • Fully customizable reports with equations and pictures that help prove and sell your work 
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ANY GEOMETRY AND LOADING

Design steel connections of any type or complexity. Start from scratch or import connections directly from your CAD or FEA software. Apply simplified or complex loading, visualize the behavior, and generate connection sketches and detailed reports. Connections include:

  • Steel moment connections in steel structures, shear and axial connections, including seismic 
  • Beam to beam, beam to column, column to column, or column to base plate connections 
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DESIGN CONNECTIONS, ANALYZE, AND REPORT

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AVOID OVERDESIGNED CONNECTIONS

Based on our research and discussions with fabricators and contractors, the overall cost of fabricated structural steel can be broken into equal thirds for raw material, fabrication, and erection. This means that raw materials and fabrication are roughly 2/3 of the overall steel cost. IDEA StatiCa for steel connection design helps you dramatically lower these costs by: 

  • Reducing the number of overdesigned structural steel connections
  • Enabling engineers and detailers to share accurate and actionable steel connection data quickly
  • Using efficiently designed connections to decrease carbon consumption during fabrication
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Ready for seismic design

IDEA StatiCa perfectly aligns with the AISC codes for prequalified connections. 

By comparing IDEA StatiCa's moment capacities with established AISC procedures, the extensive study of The Ohio State University validated the software's accuracy in predicting seismic steel connection behavior. 

The results obtained for five different moment connections were compared and evaluated with the experiments, AISC design calculations, IDEA StatiCa, and ABAQUS. 

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Prequalified connections – Failure mode insight
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WHAT DO OUR CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT US?

IDEA StatiCa has transformed the way I view finite element analysis. IDEA StatiCa gives me the flexibility to model anchors and flange connections with complex parts and geometries and provides an in-depth picture as to how these components are behaving structurally. IDEA StatiCa has been an invaluable tool providing us as a client with solutions to our most complex challenges.
Andres Llano
Andres Llano
Structural Engineer II
SBA Communications
United States
The capabilities of this software are impressive, especially as we commonly encounter nonstandard connection details. Compared to other software, it is user-friendly, and from the analyses we’ve conducted, the processing/run time is generally not long.
48 different load factor load cases were generated for the design confirmation using Chinese profiles. IDEA StatiCa was essential in helping us design check these very unique connections.
Carlos A. Gutierrez. PE MLSE
Carlos A. Gutierrez. PE MLSE
Principal Civil/Structural Engineer
CSF Consulting LP
United States
IDEA StatiCa has the flexibility to create custom materials and elements with complex geometries and templates for wood-to-steel connections that greatly reduced the time required to set up the model.
Trevor Chou
Trevor Chou
Project Engineer
CRAFT Engineering Studio
United States
We have done each connection is less than 1 day what would have taken more than a week with the old processes, today, I only use IDEA StatiCa with some side manual verifications.
Denis Lefebvre
Denis Lefebvre
Bridge Department Head
Stantec
Canada
This software gives me the freedom to be really creative with the connections. What's more, it pays for itself very quickly.
William B. Supino, P.E
William B. Supino, P.E
Founder
SCADD, Inc.
United States
Previously, we would do very complicated FEA models, which obviously are quite time-consuming to put together. Whereas IDEA StatiCa makes that whole process a lot faster for us.
Dallas Lee
Dallas Lee
Principal Engineer
Robert Bird Group
Australia