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SOFiSTiK – Getting Started Guide

SOFiSTiK is one of the most powerful FEA software for engineering providing various features. It comes with enormous capabilities to support engineers in their daily challenges as well as in extraordinary projects. When getting started using new software a little help can’t be wrong. In this post, you’ll find in a link-collection as a beginner guide and reference page.

Recommended Workflows to get started

Beginner Videos

To get familiar with the standard workflow of SOFiSTiK the following videos are available. They are covering the basics and are recommended for new users to SOFiSTiK.

Welcome to SOFiSTiK FEA 2018 Welcome to SOFiSTiK FEA 2020
Starting a New Project 2018 Starting a New Project 2020
The Input of Materials and Cross Sections 2018 The Input of Materials and Cross Sections 2020
Graphical Input of System and Loads 2018 Graphical Input of System and Loads 2020
Define Combinations 2018 Define Combinations 2020
Linear Analysis and Superposition 2018 Linear Analysis and Superposition 2020
Design of Area and Beam Elements 2018 Design of Area and Beam Elements 2020
Result Documentation 2018 Result Documentation 2020
Help and Support 2018 Help and Support 2020

Online Tutorials

The primary objective of the online tutorials is to explain workflows of different types of structures such as bridge design, building design, steel design, geotechnics, dynamics and fire design. All tutorials are intended to support new users to SOFiSTiK to become familiar with the recommended workflows.

YouTube Videos 

Back to 2012 SOFiSTiK has started to provide their users with videos on YouTube. As not all videos were updated to the latest version of SOFiSTiK, I put videos of the same release in a separate YouTube playlist.

User Manuals

For each module, there is a user manual available. All manuals come with the SOFiSTiK installation and can be easily accessed through the Help menu in SOFSTiK Structural Desktop.

Verification Manuals

The primary objective of the verification manuals is to verify the capabilities of SOFiSTiK by means of nontrivial problems which are bound to reference solutions. Currently, two manuals are available, Design Code Benchmarks and Mechanical Benchmarks. Both come with the SOFiSTiK installation and can be accessed through the Help menu in SOFSTiK Structural Desktop.

Infoportal

The Infoportal is a library for documents, SOFinars, Examples, Tutorials, Papers, and lots more helpful information. By using the provided search function, certain content can be found simple.

Online Forum

The online forum allows to discuss topics and ask for support from other SOFiSTiK users worldwide.

Online Administration Manual

The setup of the software as a standalone or floating license needs knowledge about the licensing system. This information is available as an online administration manual available.

Technical Support and Customer Service

SOFiSTiK provides its users with an excellent and high-level technical support service. So you are in good hands when raising any detailed questions to them. Furthermore, the team offers specialist finite element and project consultancy services to all branches of the structural and civil engineering industry.

Modules

After doing the first steps using SOFiSTiK FEA – you will undoubtedly come to the point of asking yourself about the meaning of the processed modules. Read the Overview of Relevant Modules post to get a rough idea.

SOFiSTiK Website

On the official SOFiSTiK website you’ll find in the menu Documentation additional information about SOFiSTiK FEA as well as CAD and BIM.

And Finally

I hope the above information is useful to get started using SOFiSTiK FEA. If you miss anything, just get in touch by sending an email or on social media.

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