Read all about Scia Engineer in AECbytes Product Review

Release Date: 
Thursday, 24 May, 2012
Content Language: 
English
Software: 
Press type: 
Press Review

Lachmi Khemlani of AECBytes just publisched a review on Scia Engineer. She is the founder and editor of AECbytes and has a Ph.D. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, specializing in intelligent building modeling, and consults and writes on AEC technology.
 

Here is an excerpt of this Scia Engineer Review:
Scia Engineer is a structural design tool that includes both sophisticated modeling and advanced analysis capabilities in one application, in contrast to other structural tools that only do either modeling or analysis.

Pros:
Modern and sophisticated modeling interface that allows for fast and easy modeling; includes ability to easily model as well a s analyze complex freeform geometry; supports both steel and concrete design along with other materials such as timber and membrane; includes a wide range of analysis capabilities along with optimization and auto-design; is flexible enough to be applied to a diverse range of structures; includes bidirectional links with leading structural BIM and analysis tools as well as IFC support for participating in a multi-tool, multi-disciplinary workflow; includes clash detection capabilities for model coordination; allows good quality renderings to be created directly from the application.

Cons:
2D documentation capabilities are not as comprehensive as CAD or structural BIM applications; limited detailing and shop drawing capabilities for fabrication; slowdown in performance for large models as 64 bit memory and multi-processing are currently limited to analysis tasks only.

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