ETABS

ETABS

Steel

IDEA StatiCa works with your ETABS. You can select any number of steel connections and members in ETABS and export it to IDEA StatiCa for structural design and code-checking. All the beams, cross-sections, and internal forces are not just exported, but they are also synchronized if the ETABS model changes. IDEA StatiCa and ETABS give you an efficient workflow for your structural steel design that saves time, minimizes errors, and opens up optimization possibilities.

ETABS to IDEA StatiCa workflow

Workflow Steel Structural Engineer FEA

You do not need anything special to get started - just download and install both applications on the same PC, and integrate the BIM link in a few easy steps. Then you can start exporting and designing steel connections right away!

Export, design, synchronize, generate a report

Ready to solve various steel connections? ETABS combined with IDEA StatiCa will allow you to model, design, load, and check steel connections of any topology and loading. And make this data available to your colleagues or subcontractors doing detailing and fabrication.

Scope of the BIM link

Linked applications: IDEA StatiCa Connection, IDEA StatiCa Member

Compatible versions - check here: List as of the latest release

Version 21.1 and newer (October 2021 onwards) - BIM link is managed by IDEA StatiCa Checkbot - an application for the management of BIM workflows. This means for you:

  • Export and synchronize connections and members easily
  • Complete control over all of your imported connections and members
  • A clear list of all imported items including status checked/not-checked
  • 3D visualization of imported members and loads
  • Conversion table for materials and cross-sections
  • Load combinations management

Read more about How Checkbot works.

How does the link work for older IDEA StatiCa versions?

IDEA StatiCa versions up to and including 21.0 (released April 2021) are using the application Code-check manager. It has limited capabilities to export and synchronize steel connections. It is, of course, still supported by the IDEA StatiCa product team.

Tutorials for ETABS + IDEA StatiCa workflow

ETABS BIM link for connection design tutorial

ETABS BIM link for member design tutorial

ETABS BIM link to Idea StatiCa video

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Read more about workflows with ETABS

ETABS BIM link for connection design

ETABS BIM link to IDEA StatiCa Member

Known limitations for ETABS

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