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The Steel Tube Institute Teams Up with SCIA to Release FREE HSS Design Software

Release Date: 
Thursday, 26 May, 2016
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The new SCIA Design Forms HSS Tools Pack makes it easy for engineers to design HSS Beams, Columns and Connections

Columbia, MD (May 26, 2016) – The Steel Tube Institute (STI) announces the release of SCIA Design Forms HSS Tools Pack, a new software for the design of hollow structural sections (HSS) members and connections. Developed in conjunction with SCIA, a global leader in structural design software that supports the BIM process, the SCIA Design Forms HSS Tools Pack is a powerful suite of engineering checks to aid engineers in the design of HSS beams and columns, as well as their connections. The SCIA Design Forms HSS Tools Pack is being made available at no charge to STI Professional Members.

“There are a lot of advantages to designing with hollow structural sections,” said Kimberley Olson, PE, Technical Consultant for the Steel Tube Institute. “This new software gives structural engineers a tool for automated calculations that may be missing in their current design packages.”

Unlike other engineering software that may be a “black-box,” the SCIA Design Forms output shows the formulas and methods used in the calculation, so results are completely verifiable. HSS Calculations Reports can be shown as a brief summary of the results or as a detailed output, which includes all the formulas that were used to derive the calculation.

The SCIA Design Forms HSS Tools Pack, includes checks for:

  • HSS Column Shear Tab Connection
  • HSS Column Moment Connections
    • Through Plate
    • Continuous Beam with Cap Plate
    • Directly Welded
  • HSS Simply Supported Beam--Straight/Curved (Coming Soon!)
  • HSS Column, including Filled Composite Column
  • HSS Column Base Plate

The calculations cover all required limit states according to AISC 360-10: Specification for Structural Steel Buildings.

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The Steel Tube Institute was formed in 1930 when a group of manufacturers joined forces to promote and market steel tubing. Their goal was to mount a cooperative effort that would improve manufacturing techniques and inform customers about their products’ utility, versatility and competitive advantages. This, along with providing a forum for the discussion of issues impacting the industry, remains the focus of the Institute’s efforts. Steel Tube Institute’s HSS Committee includes the majority of the leading producers of HSS in the United States and Canada. The group has been active as an Institute committee for more than 20 years, providing technical and design help for the industry, and promoting the features, benefits, and uses of steel hollow structural sections (HSS).


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