08.11.2023 et 09.11.2023
13h30 - 17h00


SZS Centre suisse de la construction en acier | 044 261 89 68



Fast and reliable design of steel construction connections with IDEA StatiCa Steel

wednesday 8 and thursday 9 November 2023
from 1.30 pm to 5 pm
online course

When designing a steel structure, a significant amount of the designers’ time and energy is spent on the design of the connections. These are important details to ensure safety: a defective or undersized connection can lead to the failure of the structure.
For the most common connections, there are design aids, such as the C9.A and C9.B tables of the SZS. But they quickly show their limits for complex or atypical connections, which usually must be checked by hand for each different configuration present in the project.
Nowadays, modern, reliable and systematic tools are available to considerably reduce the time spent on dimensioning connections and producing the necessary proofs for design notes, while ensuring safety and compliance with standards.

After a brief theoretical review of the SIA 263 and Eurocode 3 standards, the reliable and fast design of connections will be presented through the IDEA StatiCa Steel software. This is a very complete software for connection design and calculation notes, with interfaces to common calculation and drawing software (AxisVM, SCIA Engineer, Robot, …) and based on a CBFEM (Component Based Finite Element Model) calculation method. It allows to treat steel-steel connections as well as wood-steel connections and anchors in concrete.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to reliably and quickly design steel-steel connections (column-beam, beam-beam, tubes, complex nodes) with the help of IDEA StatiCa Steel software. Participants will be able to model connections using a graphical interface or a model imported from a design software, apply loads, interpret the results, classify connections according to their stiffness, and produce a complete design note.

The course is intended primarily for civil engineers and contractors.

The course will be held online. To allow for individual follow-up, the course is limited to 8 participants.

Part 1 – Wednesday 8 November from 13.30 to 17.00
13.30 h  Welcome and introduction
13.40 h  Theoretical review of connection design according to SIA 263   Comparison with Eurocode 3
14.00 h  Presentation and introduction to IDEA StatiCa Steel
14.45 h  Modelling of a first project, loads introduction
15.45 h  Analysis of stress/strain and buckling results, normative checks
16.45 h  Calculation notes

Part 2 – Thursday 9 November from 13.30 h to 17.00 h
13.30 h  Correction of exercises, discussions
14.00 h  Advanced modelling tools, manual introduction of plates,   welds and bolts
15.30 h  Anchors in concrete
16.00 h  Stiffness analysis / control
16.30 h  BIM link to calculation / drawing software
16.45 h  Conclusion

  • Michele Polastri, eng. software training specialist
    Customer Service Team SCIA
  • Pierre Colomer, Ing. civil Master/SIA
    Responsable Antenne romande du SZS

SZS company members  400 CHF
SZS individual members  450 CHF
Non-members  500 CHF

Registration deadline: wednesday 1 november

The fee includes the (digital) course documentation with course materials and exercises, and the certificate of attendance. An exclusive promotional offer for the purchase of an IDEA StatiCa Steel Enhanced licence will be made to participants after the course.
Participants will need to install the Idea StatiCa Steel software on their PC. Trial licences will be provided free of charge to participants by the organisers prior to the start of the course.

Cancellations will be free of charge if they are received by the SZS in writing at least 1 week before the event. After this date, 100% of the fee will be retained. If you are unable to attend, you can delegate someone else to take your place.
The course is reserved for people based in Switzerland.

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