IDEA StatiCa tutorial – BIM link AxisVM

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

Activate the link Use the link Update the project

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 AxisVM – 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 your version of AxisVM and click the button Install. The process of integration will start.

 

Start AxisVM. In the menu Plugins are now installed all 3 Plugins of IDEA StatiCa.

 

2 How to use the link

Open attached project in AxisVM, run the linear and then non-linear analysis. This rule is valid only for the projects, where non-linear analysis is required. In our case, we will choose only the combination Co#6 to speed up the analysis.

 

 

Go to menu item Plugins and choose IDEA StatiCa Connection.

 

A wizard window opens, select the joint you want to transfer to IDEA StatiCa Connection and click on New project.

 

In the Wizard continue with the button Next.

 

We assign the vertical member as a Bearing and Continuous and then click Next.

 

In the Wizard window "Load Groups" we continue with the button Next.

 

In the Wizard window "Combinations" delete all five combination except the combination CO6, set the evaluation to Linear and continue with button Next.

 

We add the combination Co#6 to column Result Class Properties and click Finish to end the process.

 

3 Design

In the upon ribbon we select Design and right-click on Operation to add a New operation Stub – Plate to plate.

 

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

 

In the next step, right-click on Operation STUB1 and select Copy. Then change the value for Member to M119.

 

In the next step, right-click on Operation CUT1 and again select Copy. Then change the value for Member to STUB2.

 

Use again the operation Copy to create the operation STUB3 and fill in the values below.

 

In the next step copy the manufacturing operation CUT2, set the value for Member to STUB3 and change distribution of the welds to Double fillet.

 

Copy the manufacturing operation STUB3 and set the value for Member to T51.

 

In the next step Copy the manufacturing operation CUT3 and set the value for Member to STUB4.

 

Continue with creating new manufacturing operation Connecting plate-beam to beam or column and fill in the values below.

 

In the manufacturing operation CPL1 continue to the Editor, select Gusset and create operation Bevel with values defined below.

 

Copy the manufacturing operation CPL1 and change the value for Member to T34 and in New gusset plate change X-position to the value 50 mm.

 

In the manufacturing operation CPL2 continue to Editor, select Gusset and create operation Bevel with values defined below.

 

Copy the manufacturing operation CUT4 and set the value for Member to T16.

 

4 Check

Now run the non-linear analysis based on CBFEM.

 

5 Report

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

We have imported, designed and code-checked a steel joint according to Eurocode.

 

6 Synchronize models

 

 

Code-check manager is a BIM tool to export and synchronize connections from other programs. It is launched directly in the 3rd party applications via a command/icon.

Synchronize - IDEA StatiCa detects changes in already imported entities (changes in thickness, changes in cross-section, modification of properties of welds, bolts, etc.) and updates the project in IDEA StatiCa Connection.

Calculate - Synchronize and calculate current item and provide a new set of results.

Calculate all - Synchronize and calculate all items and provide new set of results.

Note

Kindly be aware that IDEA StatiCa syncs with a model of the 3rd party application, not the other way around. If we add operations in IDEA StatiCa and then use the options described above (Synchronize; Calculate; Calculate all), the additionally added operations will be deleted.

 

We save the project in IDEA StatiCa and close the application Connection. All joints exported from AxisVM project to IDEA StatiCa are kept on the list inside AxisVM.

 

If we modify the project in AxisVM (e.g. change cross section of any member or add another loads) we can simply update the project in IDEA StatiCa without modeling it all again. Let’s change the cross section of one of the members.

 

In this case, start AxisVM, go to tab Elements and change the member M116 from O 219x6 to O 245x6.

 

Run the analysis, select IDEA StatiCa Connection in the upper ribbon and in the IDEA StatiCa wizard click on Synchronize.

 

In the wizard click Next.

 

In the next window just select Connection design.

 

As you can see, the cross-section of the Member M116 has changed, but all previous operations remained.

 

Keywords:

connection, joint, Eurocode, nonlinear analysis, bevel, cut, stub, AxisVM, BIM, BIM link, CBFEM