Steel webinar – June 12th, 2019

Connection Wednesdays – Suspension joint – a bad practice in BIM import

Are you a trial user or an IDEA StatiCa expert? Do you want to sharpen your skills? Then join our Wednesdays’ regular webinars, and find out more about this breakthrough CBFEM technology that has changed forever the way we analyze and design steel connections!

Let’s take a look at the most common problem in the process of importing a joint to IDEA StatiCa Connection via BIM link from a CAD software – either Advance Steel or Tekla Structures. Based on our wide experience in supporting our customers in this field, the biggest issue is that the joints in the 3D CAD model are not well done or even almost not designed at all! Sometimes you got welds missing, wrong bolts settings, strange material properties, overcomplicated input, etc. This is essential, since what you get in the drawings, the same you import into IDEA StatiCa.

However, we can still profit from even a badly prepared joint by repairing the design in IDEA StatiCa Connection, analyzing and code-checking it there and then going back to the 3D CAD model implementing the final design into the drawings. This can be also shortcutted by using the 3D DWG export via our Project viewer.

On Wednesdays, we run two same sessions: the first at 11:00 CEST (Prague time, UTC+2), followed by another one at 12:00 PM EDT (New York time, UTC-4). Register below and join the session that fits your day.

Join our experienced Product Engineers and calculate yesterday’s estimates!

Join the webinar series and learn about:

  • How to quickly design and check steel connections
  • Avoiding modeling mistakes
  • Different approaches to using operations
  • BIM workflows with CAE/CAD programs
  • Minimizing the risks of structural defects
  • Useful HelDesk tips and tricks
  • Projects done within IDEA StatiCa community
  • Using CBFEM method


Adam Kozousek
Product Engineer
IDEA StatiCa
Jana Kaderova
Product Engineer
IDEA StatiCa

Customer project – Import of a suspension joint from AS 2019

Using the BIM link to import a fine-tuned suspension joint from Advance Steel 2019 to IDEA StatiCa Connection. Let’s discuss the bad practice and how to still make a profit of it.

HelpDesk highlight – Welding end of a rounded box member

One of our users struggled with making a welded end of a rounded box CSS member laying on an end plate of the supporting column.