IDEA StatiCa Showcase

Facade connections at Midland Metropolitan hospital


NOVUM Structures


Novum Structures UK has invested in IDEA StatiCa software on December 2016, and since then, the design team has been using our software to design steel connections. In this showcase, we are presenting an example from a well-known project in the midlands that NOVUM Structures in involved, the Midland Metropolitan Hospital - currently under construction.


On the left, a visualization of the finished project. On the right, a recent photo of the structure under construction


The connection is part of an interior steel structure, and has an unusual offset arrangement for the cross bracing that was an Architectural requirement. The bracings are actually MacAlloy tension bars and were modelled as solid bars and double fin plates to simulate the geometry of the MacAlloys end forks.

The three beams are connected with the column through stubs, while the cross-shaped plate that connects the tension bars is welded to the column with a CHS section.


Thanks to the unique approach of IDEA StatiCa, this very complex connection could be analysed as a whole, taking into account the interaction of all internal parts and loading, which leads to a very precise simulation of the joint and analysis/checks results.


The complete workflow of modelling, loading and checking of this connection, has been presented in one of the Connection Wednesdays series of webinars on 26/7/2017. You can watch it in this link


About NOVUM:

Novum is a single source international specialty contractor for innovative architectural structures and their enclosure, specializing in Structure + Membrane + Glazing. Novum contracts for the full engineering, fabrication, supply and build of the majority of the projects it executes. Engineering, material plus supervision is also available. In Europe, it offers Facilities Management Services to building owners for building maintenance, repair, inspection, rope access and other specialty installation.


For more information about IDEA StatiCa, please visit:


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United Kingdom

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