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Parametric Design in SOFiSTiK, Grasshopper and Tekla Structure
Get introduced to the workflow of parametric modelling of a bridge in Grasshopper, SOFiSTiK and Tekla Structure.
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Analysis of Cable Stayed Bridges
In this free webinar, Deepak Prajapati from Force Structural Engineers Pvt. Ltd. introduces you to the analysis of Cable-Stayed Bridges.
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Design of Quad Elements - The Baumann Method
Learn about one of the implemented design methods for quad elements in SOFiSTiK - the Baumann method. On a single element, you will see the input in BEMESS, results and a comparison with a hand calculation.
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Extradosed bridge in Kurow over Dunajec - SOFiSTiK Grasshopper Tekla
BIM and parametric modelling open a new way of bridge design. Learn about the interoperability of Rhino/Grasshopper - Tekla - SOFiSTiK, shown in a master thesis based on a extradosed bridge.
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How to Access Traffic Load Positions Traffic Loader / ELLA
Learn about how to copy loads out from the database after having run a live load analysis with the Traffic Loader Task / ELLA.
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Combination Tracing with SOFiSTiK FEA
The Combination Tracing command in the program module MAXiMA allows tracing combinations. It retrieves detailed information on contributing single load cases.
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Wind Loading on a Bridge with SOFiSTiK
SOFiSTiK has a relatively long history for several aspects of wind analysis in the time domain. The following article shows the various aspects of a bridge with various possibilities.
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Webinar - Selection of Features and Workflows
On December 15, 2020 SOFiSTiK is hosting a webinar to introduce to you a selection of features and workflows.
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Post-Tensioned Beam Bridge Online Course
SOFiSTiK AG rolled out a free Post-Tensioned Beam Bridge Online Course. It covers the entire workflow of modelling, analysing and designing the bridge.
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Piled Raft Foundation and Half-Space Free Mini-Course
In this free mini-course, you will learn about modelling a piled raft foundation and the principles of soil-structure interaction.
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Building Design in SOFiPLUS and SOFiSTiK FEA - Mini-Course
This free mini course is about the basics in SOFiSTiK FEA and how to design a simple building.
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Automatic Mesh Generation - The Principles
The mesh generation is an automated process. Let’s find out what exactly happens when you hit the export button.
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Autodesk University 2020 - Structural Analysis integrated in Revit
On this years Autodesk University, Noëlie Magnière and Andreas Niggl will speak about the SOFiSTiK Structural Analysis integration in Autodesk Revit.
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10 Steps to Create an Analytical Model in Autodesk Revit
Learn about 10 simple steps to successfully create an analytical model in Autodesk Revit.
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Bridge Fatigue - Analysis and Design
This series of webinars will present the background for the basis of fatigue design of bridges according to North American codes such as AASHTO LRFD and CAN/CSA-S6-19.
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How new design methods lead to a different description
In modelling of bridges for analyses or for construc­tion, the quick development of the tools is changing the practices and workflows continuously.
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SOFiSTiK Online Courses Open for Enrollment
The first SOFiSTiK FEA online courses on guidoaltersberger.com are online and open for enrollment!
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Automated Design Work of Precast Concrete Girder Viaducts
Read about the process to automate an AutoDesk Revit model for prefabricated viaducts.
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Parametric Design of Shell Elements
Read about a complete workflow for parametric design of shell structures. used key elements are modules for geometric modelling, load application, post-processing of SOFiSTiK and external programs.
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The Text Editor and SOFiSTiK Structural Desktop
A text interface always looks scary and stressful when being confronted with it. But the potential to optimise workflows makes it interesting to look into.
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SOFiSTiK Bridge Modeler - The First BIM Project
Read the interview with Markus Leschanz about his first BIM Project with the SOFiSTiK Bridge Modeler for Revit.
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Parametric Bridge Design with Rhino Grasshopper
In this free webinar, you will learn how to create a parametric analytical model of a balanced cantilever bridge in Grasshopper.
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Non-linear Analysis and Design of Concrete Structures
This July SOFiSTiK is hosting an online training for non-linear, and time dependent design of concrete structures.
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Complex Design of Timber Structures
This article covers the analysis of the wood-steel accessible roof structure of the air pavilion and particularly the presentation of the assumptions adopted for the roof design.
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Parametric Modelling in AutoCAD and SOFiPLUS
When thinking about parametric modelling, often complex structures are the first thing to come up in our minds. And honestly, this is a justified thought. But, using parametric modelling should not be a subject for complex structures only.
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SOFiSTiK - Grasshopper Training Course | London March 2020
Parametric tools such as Grasshopper and scripting of FE analysis packages have given engineers the opportunity to automate and optimise workflows.
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The Cross Section Editor and its parametric options
Learn about the different parametric options in the Cross Section Editor of SOFiPLUS.
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Integration of Building Calculation Modelling & Building Information Modelling
SOFiSTiK is a convenient solution for BIM, which makes it possible to use data directly & efficiently from Autodesk® Revit® at the stage of design calculation and geotechnical analysis.
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State Of The Art Underground Parking Design
Read the Customer Success Story of EBP Schweiz AG and their experience processing a project in BIM.
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Bi-Directional Imperfection
How to apply a bi-directional imperfection to a structural element.
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Axis Based Bridge Modelling - New Grasshopper Components
New SOFiSTiK Grasshopper components are available!
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T-Beam Philosophy
SOFiSTiK offers a specific approach for T-Beams. Learn more about it in the video from Jürgen Bellmann.
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Learn how to add a designation to group numbers in SOFiSTiK SOFiPLUS. And how you can select visualise them in the applications System Visualisation and Graphic.
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Visualise results of slabs, walls or areas in general along a cut line in SOFiSTiK Graphic 2020.
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SOFiSTiK Calculation Application Window
The SOFiSTiK Calculation 2020 application window helps to keep track of the project calculation progress. It provides you with realtime information and allows to run particular tasks only.
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Learn about the principle behind the Construction Stage Manager design concept.
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SOFiSTiK 2020 was released recently. Join the upcoming webinar and get introduced to its new features.
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SOFiSTiK Advanced User Workshop in London
This workshop is all about to give you insights on some of the most relevant and interesting topics in bridge design.
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SOFiSTiK Advanced User Workshop in Oslo
This workshop is all about to give you insights on some of the most relevant and interesting topics in bridge design.
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Post-Tensioned Slabs in Revit 2020
Learn about the new “Create Tendon Projection” command in SOFiSTiK 2020 for Revit 2020.
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Learn about the new Prestressing Systems task in SOFiSTiK 2020 and its simplified input and where you can find it across the SOFiSTiK applications.
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XLSX Export in Result Viewer 2020
Learn about the different options to export results as an XLSX file using the Result Viewer in SOFiSTiK 2020. Which is the right one for you, depends on how often you need to extract the results.
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Export Results as XLSX File in CADiNP
Besides the graphical method to export XLSX files, using the text interface is an excellent opportunity to optimise input and to increase efficiency.
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You can use the SOFiSTiK Construction Stage Manager for all sorts of complex construction sequences. Learn how to utilise the tool for calculating tendon forces of post-tensioned slabs.
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The new SOFiSTiK Version 2020 was released.
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Compression-Only Bedding and Uplift Effect
In some design situations, foundations get tension bedding stresses in the linear analysis - which require further investigations. In this post, you'll learn about the workflow to create compression-only bedding for structural areas.
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Increase Your Productivity with CADiNP and the LOOP Function
Recurring processes during the project design, which aren’t that important but have to be done is something you might be familiar with. Why not spend more time on essential tasks and le do LOOPs the repetitive work for you.
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How To Align Local Coordinate Systems in SOFiPLUS
Structural elements with correctly aligned coordinate systems are essential for post-processing but also for loading. Learn how to align elements in SOFiPLUS.
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Load Definition in SOFiPLUS
SOFiSTiK SOFiPLUS and its available load definition capabilities. Get an overview of the available commands to assign loads to your project.
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The “Load Distribution Area” command is a useful feature to assign loads on grid systems without creating the roofing or the facade element.
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Ever wondered about how to distribute a set of loads along a curve. You’ll be surprised how easy it can be in SOFiPLUS.
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The new “Import” functionality boosts efficiency tremendously by importing the bridge alignment. Learn more about the new feature.
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URS-File How to Control Chapters in Report Browser
Learn about how to activate and deactivate chapters, subchapters and graphics in Result Browser by manipulating the generated URS-File.
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Learn about the workflow and available commands to create post-tensioned slabs within SOFiPLUS.
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Parametric design becomes more and more common in the construction industry. As more important it gets to be informed about available workflows and applications.
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Sharp distinctions in design between the building and infrastructure industry require a transfer and adaption of existing solutions and workflows.
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The Principles of Incremental Launching
Incremental launching seems to be a process of endless construction stages and a huge amount of results to handle. Learn how it can be done most efficiently in SOFiSTiK FEA.
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SOFiSTiK Analysis + Design performs structural analysis of buildings and member design directly in Autodesk® Revit®.
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Aligning tendons along a parameterised cross-section can be difficult. Learn how to use a geometric point within a cross-section as a reference for defining the tendon geometry.
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Learn how to get the utilisation factor of a reinforced concrete slab based on the existing reinforcement. Represent the factor for better visualisation as “Filled Area” in WINGRAF.
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Wondering about how to get the utilisation factor of a reinforced concrete beam? This workflow will show it in three steps.
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The SOFiSTiK Bridge Modeler for Revit 2019 is available now.
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This year we have worked to ensure a varied program in presenting the latest features and advanced capabilities of SOFiSTiK products.
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Beam Bridge Basics - Parametric Geometry
Start with a simple beam bridge to get familiar with parametric bridge design in SOFiPLUS.
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Create tendons, define construction stages and perform the design of a beam bridge.
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There is no doubt about it – spreadsheet applications are the most used tools by engineers.
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To edit the report of a project is one of the most time-consuming parts. And different layouts given from your clients don't cut down the effort either.
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This post covers the last of three steps to perform combination and superposition using the “SOFiSTiK: Superposition Manager – Combination Rules” Task.
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A combination rule without actions and loads is like cooking a dish without ingredients.
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Running a design requires design load cases dependent on the selected design code. Compiling these load cases by hand is possible and for some projects and specific calculations such as nonlinear analysis necessary.
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The first attempt at using new software can be a challenge. Dealing with applications to cover complex topics such as analysis and design of structures doesn't make it easier.
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Checking analysis and design results is an essential detail of an engineer’s work. Hence, it’s important to understand the automatic numbering system of the used software package.
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Designing reinforced and pre-stressed 3D Shells with a new approach – was recently published in Bridge – Design & Engineering, ISSUE NO.90. Outlined by Georg Pircher and Jürgen Bellmann.
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Software packages nowadays provide their user with lots of features. Besides advanced capabilities, you'll find as well as simple applications such as the RC Section Task.
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After doing the first steps using SOFiSTiK FEA – you will undoubtedly come to the point of asking yourself about the performed modules. Find an overview and explanation of the most relevant and used modules.
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When starting a new project with SOFiSTiK FEA, the “SOFiSTiK System Information” dialog box is the first thing you need to go through. This post will focus on the different sections and options.
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SOFiSTiK is a modular software but based on a central database (*.CDB). The modules can be accessed with provided Graphic User Interfaces, as well using text input.
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Learn more about how the group divisor and factor group base affect the element numbers.
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New tools are required to fully take advantage of the benefits of bridge information modelling, reported by Georg Pircher and Jakub Bielski.
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Join the annual SOFiSTiK Nordic Conference and get informed about the new features SOFiSTiK Version 2018. Share your experience with other users.
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The new SOFiSTiK Version 2018 was released. Find an overview of the Highlights and New Features on the official SOFiSTiK website. One of my personal favourites is the generation of DOCX reports.
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SOFiSTiK Nordic Conference 2016
The primary focus of the SOFiSTiK event this year is to present connectivity, an insight of selected features and the workflow optimisation by using CADiNP.
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Parametric Design in SOFiSTiK, Grasshopper and Tekla Structure
Analysis of Cable Stayed Bridges
Design of Quad Elements - The Baumann Method
Extradosed bridge in Kurow over Dunajec - SOFiSTiK Grasshopper Tekla
How to Access Traffic Load Positions Traffic Loader / ELLA
Combination Tracing with SOFiSTiK FEA
Wind Loading on a Bridge with SOFiSTiK
Webinar - Selection of Features and Workflows
Post-Tensioned Beam Bridge Online Course
Piled Raft Foundation and Half-Space Free Mini-Course
Building Design in SOFiPLUS and SOFiSTiK FEA - Mini-Course
Automatic Mesh Generation - The Principles
Autodesk University 2020 - Structural Analysis integrated in Revit
10 Steps to Create an Analytical Model in Autodesk Revit
Bridge Fatigue - Analysis and Design
How new design methods lead to a different description
SOFiSTiK Online Courses Open for Enrollment
Automated Design Work of Precast Concrete Girder Viaducts
Parametric Design of Shell Elements
The Text Editor and SOFiSTiK Structural Desktop
SOFiSTiK Bridge Modeler - The First BIM Project
Parametric Bridge Design with Rhino Grasshopper
Non-linear Analysis and Design of Concrete Structures
Complex Design of Timber Structures
Parametric Modelling in AutoCAD and SOFiPLUS
SOFiSTiK - Grasshopper Training Course | London March 2020
The Cross Section Editor and its parametric options
Integration of Building Calculation Modelling & Building Information Modelling
State Of The Art Underground Parking Design
Bi-Directional Imperfection
Axis Based Bridge Modelling - New Grasshopper Components
T-Beam Philosophy
SOFiSTiK Calculation Application Window
SOFiSTiK Advanced User Workshop in London
SOFiSTiK Advanced User Workshop in Oslo
Post-Tensioned Slabs in Revit 2020
XLSX Export in Result Viewer 2020
Export Results as XLSX File in CADiNP
Compression-Only Bedding and Uplift Effect
Increase Your Productivity with CADiNP and the LOOP Function
How To Align Local Coordinate Systems in SOFiPLUS
Load Definition in SOFiPLUS
URS-File How to Control Chapters in Report Browser
The Principles of Incremental Launching
Beam Bridge Basics - Parametric Geometry
SOFiSTiK Nordic Conference 2016
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