R&D projects IDEA StatiCa
Creating software for structural engineering is a complex process. The final user (engineer) sees the GUI, the report etc. But the story of every IDEA StatiCa application starts years before any GUI is available – with research and development which combines physics, mechanics and deep understanding of codes of practice. And IDEA StatiCa cannot do this alone so we cooperate with technical universities, especially with engineering faculties at ETH Zurich, (https://www.ethz.ch/de.html), ČVUT Praha (http://www.fsv.cvut.cz) and VUT Brno (http://www.fce.vutbr.cz). Below you can find our most important R&D projects from recent years which combine academic excellence and software development to deliver innovative tools for structural engineers.
Project “DR-Design” (IDEA StatiCa Detail)
Every concrete structure has several parts with some form of discontinuity – bracket, opening, anchorage, etc. The objective of DR-Design is to create a new innovative software tool for the automated and optimized design and assessment of discontinuity concrete regions. DR-Design will allow engineers to propose appropriate concrete dimensions as well as location and amount of reinforcement in an efficient way, providing safe and economical designs of discontinuity regions.
Project team is composed of experts from ETH Zurich and software engineers from IDEA StatiCa.
The first version of commercial software resulting from this software (IDEA StatiCa Detail) was released in October 2017.
This project has received funding from the Eurostars-2 joint programme with co-funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. ID: 7D16010
Project “Merlion 2” (IDEA StatiCa Structure)
The project solves the requirements of construction engineers and designers of steel building structures, lacking a general tool for design of reinforcing elements of steel structures. The project will develop a general methodology for calculating the additional amplified elements under load, which will be verified by the experiments.
In the final version, this application will allow strength and stability calculation and will fully support all calculations and analyzes required for reinforcement under load. That is, the calculation in several increments of loads that change the calculation model.
The first version of IDEA StatiCa Structure will come out in 4Q of 2018.
Project “Merlion 1” (IDEA StatiCa Connection)
It is a result of a long-term research and development project with roots back in the 90s when our CEO Lubomír Šabatka started examining the topic with one of the leading academics worldwide in the field of steel structures – Professor František Wald.
After years of preparation, the research team was put together from IDEA StatiCa developers and academic staff from two technical universities in the Czech Republic – Czech Technical University in Prague (Prof. František Wald & team) and Brno Technical University (Prof. Miroslav Bajer & team). We put together long-term experience with development of component method (CM), practical experience with design of steel structures and proven professional experience with finite-element and software development. Over 30 people took part in this project with over 1,5 mil. EUR of costs incurred in research, development, validation and verification of this new approach.
Resul of this project, application IDEA StatiCa Connection is quickly becoming the new standard in steel connection design with over 1500 commercial licenses sold until March 2018.
Project “Cloud” (IDEA StatiCa Cloud)
During 2011 and 2012 we were working on a project with the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade (TIP scheme). It was called “Interactive system for construction designing” and was focused on implementing cloud (web) technologies in a daily work of structural engineers.