The Nemetschek Engineering Group Releases Scia Engineer 2012

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New Edition Provides Significant Improvements for Structural and Civil Engineers

Scia Engineer is known for making it easy to exchange models and work iteratively with designers. Scia Engineer 2012 extends its Open BIM technology to better support contractors, fabricators, and precast concrete manufacturers.

The Nemetschek Engineering Group is pleased to announce the availability of Scia Engineer 2012. Scia Engineer 2012 provides significant improvements for structural and civil engineers who are to migrate to, or improve their 3D workflows.

“Scia Engineer 2012 offers advances in structural modeling, analysis, design and documentation, as well as a number of enhancements to improve the engineer's day-to-day workflows,” says Dr. Jean-Pierre Rammant, CEO, Nemetschek BU Engineering Group. “And, with improved support for IFC and Open BIM, we're making it easier for engineers to plug analysis and design into today's collaborative 3D workflows.”

The release focuses on four key areas of development:
1.    Interoperability with a focus on Open BIM
2.    Improvements in analysis and structural optimization
3.    Expanded support for international design codes
4.    Usability improvements based directly on user feedback

Nemetschek, in collaboration with buildingSMART®, is continuing to drive interoperability with support for Open BIM. Scia Engineer 2012 offers engineers a straightforward way to exchange models and work iteratively with designers, contractors and fabricators. With improved support for IFC, engineers using Scia Engineer 2012 can efficiently exchange models with almost 150 BIM-compliant software programs.

“Scia Engineer is known for making it easy to exchange models and work iteratively with designers. Scia Engineer 2012 extends its Open BIM technology to better support contractors, fabricators, and precast concrete manufacturers,” says Geert Adriaenssens, Product Manager Design Solutions, Nemetschek Scia.

For concrete, Scia Engineer 2012 IFC import/export supports reinforcing, making it possible to exchange detailed reinforced concrete models. For steel, Scia Engineer 2012 IFC support now covers the export of steel connections, and the import/export of steel assemblies.

“Our goal is to allow our users to add value to the entire BIM process—Design, Construction and Fabrication,” continues Adriaenssens.

Scia Engineer 2012 improves analysis with a number of finite element solver improvements including the addition of the Lanczos method, and third-order Picard method for geometric non-linear calculations. Users will also find a number of speed and FEA usability improvements. For sequential analysis and parametric studies, Scia Engineer 2012 introduces a new optimization engine. Users can set up problems in Scia Engineer and have the optimization engine automatically run hundreds or even thousands of comparisons to derive an optimal design solution. With the optimization engine, engineers can optimize for all aspects of a design including engineering, manufacturing, constructability and costs.

Scia Engineer 2012 expands its support for Eurocodes and IBC, as well as introduces new support for Brazilian codes. Engineers working on projects in Europe will appreciate new support for timber design EN 1995-1-1, bridge combinations according to Eurocode 0, and improved masonry materials according to EC6. For the U.S., and others that use IBC, Scia Engineer 2012 offers substantial improvements in concrete design, including support for ACI 318-08, the ability to model reinforcing schemes, and import/export reinforcing to IFC. In addition, Scia Engineer 2012 offers new support for Brazilian Code ABNT NBR 6118:2003. And, it is now available in the Italian language.

“As more and more engineering offices take on work overseas, and as we expand Scia Engineer into emerging markets, it is important for us to maintain our global code leadership position,” continues Adriaenssens. “Scia Engineer 2012 offers substantial improvements for the global engineering community.”

Most importantly, Scia Engineer 2012 simplifies the everyday work of today's calculation engineer.

Most of the usability improvements were implemented in direct response to user requests. Scia Engineer 2012 offers interface improvements like window transparency, customizable keyboard shortcuts, innovative tooltips and a number of usability improvements to increase the program's efficiency.

To Learn More
To learn more or to request a free try-out edition of Scia Engineer 2012, please visit the Scia Engineer website: There, you will find detailed information on the specific benefits Scia Engineer 2012 offers, as well as a library of online presentations/movies, technical feature descriptions, tips and tricks and other free learning resources.

About Scia Engineer
Scia Engineer is the world’s leading integrated 3D structural and civil design software program that supports today's BIM process. It helps streamline the engineering workflows by linking modeling, analysis, code-checking, reports, and drawings in one design environment so a change anywhere is reflected everywhere and makes it easy to share files with others involved in the design and construction process. For over 35 years, Scia Engineer has been helping engineers leverage innovative structural design technology to maximize the performance of all types of structures, from homes and high-rises to infrastructure, industrial, and environmental projects.

About Nemetschek Engineering Group
The Business Unit Engineering is part of the Nemetschek Group. Nemetschek is a leading global software provider for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction market (AEC). Headquartered in Munich, Germany, it serves more than 300,000 customers in 142 countries from 40 locations worldwide. Nemetschek was founded in 1963 by Prof. Georg Nemetschek and the group focuses on innovations such as Open Building Information Modeling (Open BIM) for the AEC market of tomorrow.

About buildingSMART
buildingSMART is a neutral, international and unique not-for-profit industry alliance supporting Open BIM through the life cycle of a building. BuildingSMART has developed, maintains and issues certifications for the data model standard known as Industry Foundation Classes (IFC). The IFC standard was accepted by ISO (ISO/PAS 16739: 2005). Full ISO accreditation is in progress.

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