What are the system requirements for SCIA Engineer 19?

In order to use SCIA Engineer version 19, your system must have the following system requirements.

Hardware components





Intel Core-i5 or AMD Ryzen 3

Intel Core-i7 or AMD Ryzen 7

Memory (RAM)

8 GB

16 GB, or more

Graphics Controller

256 MB, supporting OpenGL

4 GB, or more

Free disk space

5 GB



1280 x 800 (4K Not supported)


A 3D mouse is not supported.

Software components

Supported Windows OS

Windows 2008 server 64 bit
Windows 2012 server 64 bit
Windows 7 32/64 bit
Windows 8.1 32/64 bit
Windows 10 32/64 bit

API link with Revit

SCIA Engineer 19 is compatible with: 
Revit 2019, Revit 2020

API link with Tekla

SCIA Engineer 19 is compatible with:
Tekla Structures 2018
Tekla Structures 2018i
Tekla Structures 2019


SCIA Engineer 19 is compatible with: 
Etabs 9.2


SCIA Engineer 19 is compatible with: 
IFC version 2x3
IFC4 (only import)


SCIA Engineer 19 is compatible with:
SDNF version 2.0
SDNF version 3.0


Below you can find additional information concerning the hardware components.


For the processor two parameters are important: the number of cores and the clock frequency. When you perform a linear calculation, the number of cores is the main parameter that determines the speed of the calculation. In a nonlinear and eigenmode calculation, the clock frequency is the determining factor. Next to the previously mentioned calculation types, the design checks run multicore as well. We advise an Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 with at least 2.4 GHz.

Memory (RAM)

SCIA Engineer, the solver and the Engineering Report are 3 separate processes that each require memory to perform their actions. Next to these processes, also Windows (min. 1.5 GB) and all other applications take some memory in use as well. To not run out of memory when performing memory demanding calculations, we advise to have at least 16 GB of RAM in the computer.

Graphics Controller

A minimum memory of 256 MB and the support of OpenGL is required to run SCIA Engineer. This means that SCIA can also be run with an onboard graphics card. For some models that are graphically more demanding, the onboard graphics card may fail to render the structure. For this reason, we advise a dedicated GPU (Graphical Processing Unit). A low to mid end GPU should be adequate.

Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

Every hard disk with a free disk space of 5 GB can be used to run SCIA Engineer. This does not mean that the HDD is not important. The read/write speed of the HDD has an influence on the performance of SCIA Engineer. In order to increase performance, we recommend an SSD (Solid State Drive). Some available SSD types are:

  • (m)SATA: cheap, worst performance;
  • M.2: best price/quality ration;
  • PCIe: expensive, best performance.



In the table below you find the system requirements for older SCIA Engineer versions.

SCIA Engineer version Hardware requirements Software requirements
SCIA Engineer 18 SCIA Engineer 18
SCIA Engineer 17 SCIA Engineer 17
SCIA Engineer 16 SCIA Engineer 16
SCIA Engineer 15 SCIA Engineer 15
SCIA Engineer 14 SCIA Engineer 14 hardware SCIA Engineer 14 software
SCIA Engineer 2013 SCIA 2013 hardware SCIA 2013 software
SCIA Engineer 2012 SCIA 2012 hardware SCIA 2012 software
SCIA Engineer 2011 SCIA 2011 hardware SCIA 2011 software
SCIA Engineer 2010 SCIA 2010 hardware SCIA 2010 software
SCIA Engineer 2009 & 2008 SCIA 2009-2008 hardware

SCIA 2009-2008 software
SCIA 2009-2008 software (2)