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Robot text file (.STR) import into SCIA Engineer

MS Excel VBA-based tool to import the content of a Staad (.STD) file into SCIA Engineer.

List of imported objects:

  • Nodes
  • Beams
  • Sections (always check them, also the material)
  • Supports
  • Hinges


Macros need to be enabled for this tool to work.

  1. Browse to locate your STR file
  2. Click "Read" to import the data into this Excel (see the "Data" tab to check the imported data)
  3. Click "Write XML" to write the SCIA EngineerXML file, with its companion .XML.DEF file in the same folder as the STR file
  4. In SCIA Engineer, use Main menu > File > Update from > XML file or Main menu > File > Open from > XML file

Profiles & materials need specific review, as they are difficult to automatically map between two different software