One of the aims of the new user interface of SCIA Engineer presented in version 21, was to make it as easy as possible to input your structure in SCIA Engineer. Also version 22 brings several extra improvements, to make sure that the latest SCIA Engineer is even more easy to use than before!
Switching between load cases using arrow keys
The first one is the option to switch between load cases using arrow keys instead of your mouse. In SCIA Engineer 21, this was only possible with your mouse, which is significantly more time consuming than using the arrows, which is now available in SCIA Engineer 22. Moreover, for load cases, as well as for all other combo boxes in SCIA Engineer, when clicking on it, you will jump directly to the selected value in the combo box, instead of scrolling down to find the expected value, which happened often in the previous versions.
Automatic evaluation of formulas
The automatic calculation of inputted values using formulas (with syntax starting with "=") is now available in the input fields in the new UI. These formulas get evaluated when confirmed and the result value is assigned as the new value. The following functions are supported:
- + - / *
- ( )
- power ^
- basic functions: sqrt, exp, ln, log, sin, cos, ...
- constant: pi
Next to the formulas, also parameters can now be used in the new interface. For this, the functionality “Parametric input” must be enabled in the settings. Once parameters are created, they can be assigned in the Property Panel to the required properties.
Improved legibility in SCIA Spotlight
When running a command in SCIA Engineer, SCIA Spotlights tells you what you need to do. This was often not well visible due to the grey colour of SCIA Spotlight bar. SCIA Spotlight will now light up when a command is executed, so it is easier for users to read what to do as a next step.
Direct access to SCIA Spotlight
When you, as a user, want to type something in SCIA Spotlight, you always needed to click in SCIA Spotlight first to set the focus there. From now on you can directly start typing, since SCIA Spotlight is automatically activated when a command is running.
Filtering in Input Table & Table Results
Both in the Input Table and in the Table Results, filtering is now possible. You can filter by all properties in the table (values and text). In addition, you can also use expressions <, >, >=, <=, = , which works for numerical AND text fields. For text fields, it filters by the numerical part of the value (for example Names of nodes N1, B2, N3, ... , N50 can be filtered using expression "<20", which means that nodes N1, B2, N3 to N19 will be shown. Alternatively, the expression "<N20" would produce analogous result – displaying nodes N1, N3 to N19 (not B2). Also filtering by an interval is possible. Notation "(XX;YY)" represents an open interval between XX and YY and “<XX;YY>" is a closed interval between XX and YY – both options are applicable to both numerical and text fields.
Simultaneous editing of multiple values
SCIA Engineer 22 allows for modification of multiple cells values in one step. You only need to make your selection, and then you can type what you want to do:
- perform a numerical operation (+ - / *)
- round numbers (~) where 0,01 rounds off to 2 decimals
- replace >
- search (?)
Surface load viewer
The surface load viewer is a new feature allowing the user to visualize and therefore check the applied surface loads on 2D members. This tool is particularly useful when checking the correct user input of variable surface loads on 2D members like earth/soil pressure, free loads, traffic loads or wind loads. An interesting characteristic of this new feature is the introduction of “diverging” colour maps. These, thanks to the variation between two user-selected colours (Figure 1) allow the user to immediately check the intensity, sign (positive/negative) and gradient of the applied load (Figures 2 and 3).
Figure 1: Newly introduced user-configurable diverging colour maps
Figure 2: Diverging colour map compared to rainbow colour map for the case of only positive values.
Figure 3: Diverging colour map compared to rainbow colour map for the case of both positive and negative values.