IDEA StatiCa tutorial – SCIA Engineer link

Welcome to IDEA StatiCa tutorial. This tutorial will show how to activate and use the link between Scia Engineer and IDEA StatiCa BIM.

Activate the link Whole model Part of the model Templates description  

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 SCIA Engineer – updates are published in the BIM section.

IDEA StatiCa automatically integrates the BIM link into your CAD/CAE software during its installation. You can check the status and activate more BIM links for later installed software in the BIM link installer.

Open IDEA StatiCa and navigate to the panel BIM and open the BIM link installer. A notification "Run as administrator" may appear, please confirm with the Yes button.



Select the software to integrate the IDEA StatiCa BIM link, click the Install button and check the Installed status.


Before we import out first example it is necessary to install the templates into Scia Engineer. To do that, we need to run TemplatesInstaller.exe usually to be find in default installation folder of IDEA StatiCa (c:\Program Files\IDEAStatiCa\StatiCaX\Templates). There is no need to do this operation again, if we do not change Scia Engineer version.


Select the version of Scia Engineer to which the templates will be installed


After Copy we are ready for export of the model.


2 Export

Open the model Scia_engineer_link.esa from downloaded source files, run linear analysis to obtain the results and in Tools menu select XML/IO document.


Create a new XML Input/Output document and load one of the installed templates.


We export the whole structure in this example, so we select the default highlighted template.


In the next dialog, we set up the desired path to our XML and XML.DEF files. It is always important to keep both files in the same folder and with the same name (both keep necessary data for successful import).


3 Import

Open IDEA StatiCa and navigate to the panel BIM and click on Scia Engineer. Select the exported xml file.



If we import for the first time, we need to set the generation of design groups and members.


Imported model looks like on following picture. For better view, we can turn on the rendering of all members as All solids. We also switch to design groups and select DG2 as we want to check all beams, highlighted in the main window, at the same time .


4 Design

Go to Data tab in navigator to set all required types of checks and exposure classes. Our type of example does not require the check of Lateral stability.


Next step is to input reinforcement. For the easiness of this tutorial, we will use generated zones of reinforcement. By clicking on the shape of cross-section of zone A-A we open the reinforcement editor.


We will use the template for rectangular cross-sections, input the parameters and finish by clicking on OK.


The reinforcement is showed in the scene according to the parameters (please note, that the software automatically distributed the reinforcement into two layers due to the detailing rules) and we can go back to beam application by clicking on OK.


We continue with the reinforcing of zone B-B, again by clicking on the shape of cross-section.


Repeat the steps for the reinforcement template.


And the steps are finished by OK button.


5 Check

Click on Results tab and the calculations are performed automatically.

We can see on the right side of the screen, that the summary table shows all the checks as passing. We can always select the type of check to be shown in the scene by the ribbon icons.


To see detailed results, we can export the sections to RCS module by Detailed.


After the export, the RCS is opened in Sections tab, where we run the calculation by All.


When we change the tab to Results we can go through all the checks and detailed results also in visualised way together with all input/output parameters. On the left, in the navigator, we can switch between sections and extremes, for which we are plotting the results. Our screenshot shows the results of first reinforcement zone A-A and Shear assessment results.

To close this review of results in RCS and the return to IDEA BIM, just click on cross button in right top corner.


6 Report

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



7 Export of a part of model (optional)

To export just a part of our Scia Engineer model, it is necessary to use a template called IDEA_Import_Designer_2014_cast_konstrukce.TDX.


We select it from the list


We select desired members for export in XML entities tree.


The same selection is made for Internal forces to export


As in all the templates, we click on Export.


We set the path for exported files and its name.


Open IDEA StatiCa and navigate to the panel BIM and click on Scia Engineer. Select the exported xml file.



If we import for the first time, we need to set the generation of design groups and members.


Imported model looks like on following picture


We can continue with exactly the same steps from section 4 Design.


8 Explanation of alternative TDX templates

The installed package contains several templates that can be used for different types of jobs even though the export process is the same. This chapter summarizes their use.

• IDEA_Import_Designer_2014.TDX

• IDEA_Import_Designer_2014_cast_konstrukce.TDX

• IDEA_import_RCS_1D.TDX

• IDEA_import_RCS_2D.TDX

• UserDefForces_2014.TDX

IDEA_Import_Designer_2014.TDX is a default template for the export of the whole model in Scia Engineer and is well described in first chapters of this tutorial.

IDEA_Import_Designer_2014_cast_konstrukce.TDX is a template for the export of parts of the model in Scia Engineer and is well described in chapter 7 of this tutorial.

IDEA_import_RCS_1D.TDX is a template for the export of a sections of 1D members for direct checks in RCS application.

IDEA_import_RCS_2D.TDX is a template for the export of extremes on selected 2D member or global extremes of all selected 2D members for direct checks in RCS application.

UserDefForces_2014.TDX is a template for the export of just the results of internal forces (e.g. moving load). The usage of this template can be seen in the tutorial for BLR in Beam application.


Key words:

Scia Engineer, IDEA BIM, import, Eurocode, ULS, SLS, checks, concrete, reinforcement, templates, TDX, XML, design group, design member


Related articles and tutorials:

Webinar – BIM – Design and code-check of beams created in SCIA Engineer

Webinar – IDEA Connection workflow with SCIA Engineer

IDEA StatiCa Connection Tutorial – SCIA Engineer link