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SCIA Engineer 18.1: streamlined usability, advanced material design and extended BIM links 

SCIA Engineer 18 and 18.1 move the software to the next level in terms of usability, material design and interoperability. We have enhanced usability with streamlined basic operations and more automatic workflows, improved integration into BIM workflows with upgraded Revit and Tekla links, a new IFC4 interface and added new design capabilities for advanced materials and construction systems.



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Enhanced usability with streamlined workflows 

The simplified workflows, default settings and other usability improvements will help you get started fast on new project, make your work efficient and save you time

Concrete Fibre

Advanced materials and floor systems

Deliver economical and clearly documented designs for an expanded array of materials (steel fibre reinforced concrete, autodesign of composite floors, support for structural glass add-on...)


Extended information flow in BIM 

The upgraded Revit and Tekla links now boast an extended information support to bridge the gap to concrete and steel detailing


New default functionality settings to help you start a new project fast

New default functionality settings to help you start a new project fast

  • Commonly used functionalities are enabled by default 
  • Individual functionalities have been regrouped and resorted to reflect the most frequent scenarios 
Automation along the whole workflow saves you time

Automation along the whole workflow saves you time

  • A default cross-section is available for each material selected in the project 
  • A self-weight load case is created automatically, allowing the users to directly verify their model by calculating the response to the self-weight 
  • Code-based combinations are generated automatically in accordance with the selected building code 
  • Nonlinear combinations can be easily and directly derived from an existing linear envelope combination. 
Optimised tree-menus and direct access to learning materials

Optimised tree-menus and direct access to learning materials

  • The SCIA Engineer tree-menu has been modified in terms of both look and behaviour to provide easier access to individual functions. 
  • The Project Manager, which opens at the start of SCIA Engineer, now offers direct access to numerous learning materials: learning videos, step-by-step tutorials accompanied by their sample project. 
New 3D navigation control

New 3D navigation control

  • Simpler and more flexible view/pan/zoom controls 
  • Direct access in the 3D window to minimize mouse travels 
  • One click "zoom-all" and “perspective view” 
  • Precise navigation to all sides and corners of the project 
Different colours for point, line and surface loads

Different colours for point, line and surface loads

  • This enhancement enables you to easily differentiate the types of loads in a model: point loads, line loads and surface loads, by assigning a specific colour.
new buckling settings dialogue

Simplified buckling settings

  • All inputs related to spans, buckling and deflections have been consolidated in one place 
  • Immediate graphical response to changes in buckling settings 
  • Effective input using buckling groups 
integration strips

Faster and clearer overview of the results

  • Extended integration strips on 2D members 
  • Much faster, simplified visualisation of deformations 
  • Export of results to an XML file 
  • Adjustable limits for checks of 1D members 
  • Transparent determination of support eccentricity 
Bill of material

Bill of material (in PPE v17)

  • Automatically generated bill of material in the ‘v17’ post-processing environment (PPE v17)
  • Overview of total weight, volume and surface area, price (optional)
Relative deformation

Relative deformation (in PPE v17)

  • Display of relative deformation in tabular and graphical form
  • Simple evaluation of serviceability conditions
Extended calculation reports

Extended calculation reports

  • Soil interaction: both the overall summary and intermediate results of each iteration
  • Modal analysis: display of participating mass right after the analysis
  • Stability analysis: display of the critical values right after the analysis
Export of Engineering Report to Excel

New export of Engineering Report to Excel

  • Structured export with a separate Excel sheet for each report section
  • All data formatted by type for easier post-processing and formatting in Excel
Autodesign and unique reporting in composite design

Autodesign and unique reporting in composite design

  • Use of steel beams with large openings based on an SCI publication 
  • Automatic design of studs and cross-sections 
  • Result labels summarising the design on a plan view 
  • Camber design 
  • Detailed and transparent reporting
  • AutoDesign for beams with multiple web openings according to SCI P355
  • Reduced composite action in accordance with SCI P405 
The new steel fibre reinforced concrete design solution

The new steel fibre reinforced concrete design solution

  • Support of Bekaert’s Dramix® steel fibres 
  • Automatic calculation of the steel fibre dosage 
  • ULS and SLS checks: capacity, shear, crack width, stress limitation 
  • Advanced material and geometrical nonlinear analysis 
  • Ability to expand the built-in material library by other steel fibres
  • Calculation of long term deflections also for slabs with ribs. 
SIA 262:2013

SIA 262:2013

  • Calculation of internal forces 
  • ULS design of 2D members 
  • ULS and SLS checks 
  • Section checks 
  • Detailing provision 
Extended capabilities of punching shear design

Extended capabilities of punching shear design

  • Punching shear design can be performed using the user-reinforcement 
  • Punching shear design is compatible with nonlinear combinations 
  • Concrete stress is taken into account while evaluating VRd,c 
Improvements in design of concrete structures

Improvements in design of concrete structures

  • New default settings reflect the most frequent scenarios and speed up the workflow 
  • The extended library of manufactured steel reinforcement meshes allows users to incorporate those from their preferred supplier 
  • The optimised memory management makes the concrete design more robust and stable even for very large models 
Links to structural glass and foundation applications/add-ons

Links to structural glass and foundation applications/add-ons

  • Integrated design of structural glass elements using a module developed by ALLBIM NET SPRL company,  
  • Link to the external FD+ application for the design of foundation pads developed by FRILO Software GmbH.
BIM Tekla Structures link dialogue

Tekla Structures

  • Bi-directional exchange of data enabling users to smoothly follow the BIM workflow from the architect's concept (Tekla Structures) to analysis and code design (SCIA Engineer) to final detailing (Tekla Structures) 
  • Improved material and cross-section mapping 
  • Support for complex beams such as curves, polylines 
  • Export of end reactions to support the detailing of connections in Tekla Structures 
BIM Revit link dialogue


  • Export of reinforcement for 1D and 2D members 
  • Export of load panels 
  • Support of storeys 
  • Mapping improvements 
Import IFC4

IFC4 import

  • Support of both main IFC versions: the certified 2x3 (import & export) and the new version 4 (import)
  • Import of IFC4 files generated e.g. in Allplan, Allplan Bimplus or ArchiCAD