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SCIA Engineer 16 Delivers a Solid Foundation for Structural Design

Release Date: 
Tuesday, 10 May, 2016
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Press Release

More than 350 updates and new features mark a dramatic improvement in usability, making it easier and faster for engineers deliver quality results

Herk-de-Stad, Belgium, (May 10, 2016) – SCIA, a global leader in structural design software that supports the BIM process, announces the release of SCIA Engineer 16. With a focus on usability, the release includes more that 350 updates and new features including important enhancements in Concrete and Steel design. The result is an improved structural design program that provides engineers an easier and faster way to deliver quality results.

 “This release comes with a long list of enhancements that streamline the entire engineering workflow”, said Hilde Sevens, CEO at SCIA. “Some new developments are aimed at solving specific problems for specialty projects; others will impact the day-to-day practice of every engineer. Most of these upgrades were made as a direct result of customer request.”

In fact, over 70 percent of the version 16’s updates and features were born from customer feedback. Some of the tools and features in this release include:


  • New workflows and improved design of concrete beams and columns (Eurocode 2)
  • A new concrete shear wall & frame module that includes Pushover (ACI 318-14, ASCI/SEI 7-10, and FEMA 356)
  • Improved concrete slab and shell design (NBR 6118:2014)


  • Composite Floor Member Improvements (AISC 360-10, EN 1994)
  • New Cold-formed steel design (NBR 14762)
  • New bi-axial steel connection design (EN 1993)

Analysis & Results

  • New extensions to 3D Results and General Plasticity including: output of total and plastic strains, additional yield criterion Drucker-Prager and Mohr-Coulomb
  • Triangular finite elements during meshing for membrane elements
  • Automatic mesh refinement supports multiple load cases

BIM and Usability

  • Export to Tekla v21.1
  • IFC support for Allplan
  • Import of PDF files into Engineering Report

“The release of SCIA Engineer 16 comes on heels of 15.3.”, said Dr. Johan Vanwelkenhuysen, CTO, SCIA. “The technological and organizational changes we’ve put in place are allowing us to react more quickly to the needs of our customers and the larger engineering community. SCIA Engineer 16 is a major step forward in terms of quality and usability which are the development themes we’ve set for upcoming releases of SCIA Engineer.”

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About SCIA

Established in 1974, SCIA has become one of the world’s leading developers of structural design and analysis software that supports the Open BIM process. SCIA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nemetschek Group – a global leader in software that supports the Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflow. SCIA Engineer is an integrated, multi-material structural analysis and design software for all kinds of projects. Its wide range of functionality make it usable for all kinds of projects: design office buildings, industrial plants and bridges, all within the same easy-to-use environment.

Contact details

Attn. Mr. Cyril Heck
Industrieweg 1007, 3540 Herk-de-Stad (Belgium)

Tel.: (+32) 013 55.17.75