AxisVM BIM link for member design (EN)

This tutorial will show how to activate and use efficiently the BIM link between AxisVM and IDEA StatiCa Member.

1 How to activate the link

  • Install the latest version of IDEA StatiCa, get it in the Downloads
  • Make sure you are using a supported version of AxisVM – updates are published in the BIM section

After installation of both programs, run IDEA StatiCa and start with the item BIM.

In the BIM wizard, continue with the item Activate your Bim Link... During the process notification "Run as administrator" appears. Please confirm with the button Yes.

AxisVM - Link Installer

 Select your version of AxisVM and click the button Install. The process of integration will start. 

AxisVM-BIM Link Installer

Start AxisVM. In the menu, Plugins are now installed all 3 Plugins of IDEA StatiCa.

2 How to use the link

Open the attached project in AxisVM, run the linear analysis first, and then the nonlinear analysis too. 

When running the nonlinear analysis, for the simplification do not divide elements according to the next picture.

When finished, go to menu item Plugins and choose IDEA StatiCa CCM.

 A wizard window opens, select the member you want to transfer to IDEA StatiCa Connection, and click on Member

AxisVM-Member Selection

In the Wizard click on the name of the joint, schema of it appears in the window right.  Then you can continue with the button Finish.

AxisVM-Joint Finish

Because the whole member is created from two separate beams, at node 6 it is necessary to merge the beams M3 and M16.

 You can then do the same with the other nodes - 8 and 4. Finally, do the same for the member itself.


Now you can click on Open, a new window with the module Member appears.

AxisVM-Member Open

3 Design

To get the analysis of the member, we first have to design all the joints along with the member. You can start with Node 2 when clicking on Edit connection. 

Window with the joint appears and you can add the first Operation Cut.  

The next operation is End plate. Fill in the data according to the next picture. 

The member M4 you can connect using the operation Fin plate

To get a correct shape of the beam M4, use the operation Cut - see picture. 

As the last operation on this joint is to add the operation Stiffeners. 

Now we click on Save and close the window.

The same has to be done with Node 6. Click on Edit connection. 

Apply the operation Fin plate with the following settings: 

The next operation will be Cut of member M5.

Now click Save and close the window.

For node 8, you can use the same design as for node 6. Just click on Apply

The design of the last node 4 is described here.

Copy this operation to CUT2 and change Cut b

y from M3 to M16.

The last two operations will be Welds.

Now click Save and close the window.

For node 8, you can use the same design as for node 6. Just click on Apply

The design of the last node 4 is described here.

The last operation you will apply are openings along with the member M3  

4 Analysis

When finishing with the design of all joints, start the linear analysis by clicking on MNA and Calculate in the Tab Check.

The results look  like here in the picture:

 The next analysis is the Linear Buckling Analysis, so just click on LBA and Calculate

As you can see, the result of this analysis is greater than 15, so it is not necessary to continue with the Geometrically and materially nonlinear analysis. To learn more see the article about imperfections or the Theoretical background.

5 Report

At last, go to the tab Report. IDEA StatiCa offers a fully customizable report to print out or save in an editable format.