IDEA StatiCa tutorial – Advance Design link

Welcome to IDEA StatiCa tutorial. This tutorial will show how to activate and use the link between Advance Design and IDEA StatiCa Connection.

Activate the link Use the link Update the project

Known limitations


1 How to activate the link

• Install the latest version of IDEA StatiCa, get it in the Downloads

• Make sure you are using a supported version of Advance Design – updates are published in the BIM section

After installation of both programs, run IDEA StatiCa and start with the item BIM. In the BIM wizard continue with the item Activate your BIM Link... During the process notification "Run as administrator" appears. Please confirm with the button Yes.


Select Advance design and click the button Install. The process of integration will start.


2 How to use the link

Open the attached project in Advance Design.


We have to run the FEM analysis.


When the results appears, select the right node with all related members and export it by ADC command in the top ribbon.


The import wizard automatically appears. Check the Overwrite the existing project and Next.


We will continue with the Next command button.


We can see imported Load Groups. Let’s continue with the Next command button.


We can see imported Combinations. Let’s continue with the Next command button.


We can see imported Result Classes. Let’s continue with the Finish command button.


3 Design

Automatic data transfer is finished and IDEA StatiCa Connection with the generated project is launched. All members and load effects were added automatically.


At the first step, we have to change the Model type for the tube members to N-Vy-Vz only. The bracing members will be connected as a hinge truss connection so let’s prevent it from rotating . Also, is good step to put the forces into the Bolts. We ensure that that the hinge will behave well by this step.


And for the second member.


We have to define the right manufacturing operation. Let’s start with the right mouse button click on the Operations and select the New operation.


The first manufacturing operation will be the Cut of member.


We change the properties of the operation CUT1 according to the picture below.


In the next step, we use again right-click on Operation and add the manufacturing operation Endplate and fill in the values below.


In the next step, we add another new manufacturing operation Connecting plate.


And we adjust the properties according to the picture below.


Let’s continue with creating new manufacturing operation Endplate and change the properties according to the picture below.


After that, we need to change the shape of the end plate itself. For this is the Editor the right tool.


In the Plate editor, we can change the shape of the plate and arrange the bolts pattern. Let’s change the shape first. We have to add a Bevel.


And the second Bevel will make the plate equal.


Now we change the bolt pattern. Let’s click to the Bolts at the tree of entities to the 2D scene and then add two more bolts by the top ribbon Bolt command. We have to Explode the bolt pattern to change the X and Y coordinates according to the picture below.


The well designed EP2 manufacturing operation with the right shape of the end plate should look like the one in the picture below.


The next step is the operation Connecting plate for the last bracing tube member. After adding it we have to change the properties according to the picture below.


We want to chamfer the gusset plate. We will do it by Editor tool.


Let’s add a one Chamfer.


The last step needed to finish the design of the joint is the Plate cut. Let’s add it and change the properties of PCUT1 according to the picture below.


4 Calculation and Check

We can calculate the analysis right in the Design tab by the Calculate command.


After a while, the results summary will appear at the left top corner of the 3D scene and the Overall check model view is set. We can quickly fine-tune the model in case we are not satisfied.


We will choose the Check tab and turn on the Equivalent stress, Mesh and Deformed model view. We can explore the detailed results for the Bolts also, let’s expand the results for the bolt B15.


5 Report

At last, we go to the tab Report. IDEA StatiCa offers a fully customizable report to print out or save in editable format.


6 Update

We can take advantage of the Update function. With this function we can keep all manufacturing operations and perform the export from Advance design again.

Let’s say we need to change some entity in the Advance Design model. For example, the cross-section of the bracing because it didn’t pass the code check. We change the cross section to the CHS 60.3x5C. We can change the load also, but that is a different story.


We need to recalculate the project. Then we export the same joint.


In the Connection wizard window, we confirm with the Next command button. We don’t want to overwrite our previous work, so we keep the check box Overwrite existing project unchecked.


Now lets proceed with the Connection design command button.


After a while the IDEA StatiCa Connection project window appears, the all Manufacturing operations remains from the previous saved project and the cross-section of the bracing member was updated to the CHS60.3/5.0. We can perform the code-check analysis again.


7. Advance Design known limitations

Link now works for a wide variety of connection. However, please take into account yet unsupported functionality:

Nonlinear combinations/load effects – Seismic load effects, Dynamic load effects, etc.

Workaround: Use linear load effects to load the structure manually.

After the release of the Advance Design 2019 will be the import of nonlinear combinations/load effects available.


Relevant links:

IDEA StatiCa FAQ – How to model one bolt connection

IDEA StatiCa FAQ – Load import from FEA programs – equilibrium in the node – important notice

IDEA StatiCa BIM links



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