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FEM-Design | Structural Analysis and Design Software

FEM-Design helps engineers worldwide to get full control over their structural analysis. 

FEM-Design is advanced modeling software for finite element analysis and design of load-bearing concrete, steel, timber, and foundation structures according to Eurocode with NA. The unique user-friendly working environment is based on the familiar CAD tools that make the model creation and structure editing simple and intuitive. The quick and easy nature of FEM-Design makes it ideal for all types of construction tasks from single element design to global stability analysis of large structures and makes it the best practical tool for structural engineers.

       

Benefits of using FEM-Design

  • The structural model is created easily in 3D with intuitive CAD-tools or imported from BIM-software.
  • The finite element mesh is generated and optimized automatically.
  • The Auto Design feature helps to choose the most efficient cross-section or reinforcement arrangement
  • Resultant and connection forces in shell elements can be easily assessed.
  • Results are shown in a variety of 3D-graphs, contour lines, color palettes or sections.
  • Auto-updated project reports can be created from within the built-in FEM-Design documentation module.

 

Why wait?  Apply below for a trial license of FEM-Design 19 and get started on your journey today!

 

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FEM-Design is the most powerful FEM software for Concrete Design on the market. Design your beams, columns walls and slabs, and even your connections in FEM-Design according to Eurocode with several NA also included (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Romanian, UK, Hungarian, Finish, Polish, Estonian and German).

The user can opt for which load combination should be calculated (Calc) and what type of analysis should be performed (non-linear elastic calculation (NLE), plastic analysis (PL), Non-linear soil (NLS), cracked-section analysis (Cr), second-order analysis (2nd), imperfection analysis (Im)).

 

 

         

Calculation Engine

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Calculation Engine in FEM-Design

Concrete Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Concrete Design Module in FEM-Design

Geotechnics

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Geotechnics Module in FEM-Design

Steel Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Steel Design Module in FEM-Design

Timber Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Timber Design Module in FEM-Design

EC3 steel design can both check and auto design your steel members. 

Everything is presented like hand-calculations to make sure, that this is not a 'black box'.

National annexes handled are Danish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Rumanian, Swedish, and British. The Steel Design module handles bars and shells in ULS, SLS, and fire. It takes you through all Eurocode checks. Steel Design also has the 'clean' Eurocode without national annexes.

       

Calculation Engine

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Calculation Engine in FEM-Design

Concrete Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Concrete Design Module in FEM-Design

Geotechnics

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Geotechnics Module in FEM-Design

Steel Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Steel Design Module in FEM-Design

Timber Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Timber Design Module in FEM-Design

Fast auto design and check are available to find the most suitable timber bar cross-sections and panel types. Based on Eurocode 5 (EN 1995-1-1:2004), load-duration classes can be taken into account in the Timber design. The load-duration classes are characterized by the effect of the constant load acting for a certain period of time in the life of the structure.

       

Calculation Engine

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Calculation Engine in FEM-Design

Concrete Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Concrete Design Module in FEM-Design

Geotechnics

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Geotechnics Module in FEM-Design

Steel Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Steel Design Module in FEM-Design

Timber Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Timber Design Module in FEM-Design

Analysis types in FEM-Design

Depending on the current FEM-Design module you can do different calculations: displacement, internal forces, stresses, stability, imperfections, stability analysis, eigenfrequencies, and/or seismic analysis. Some extra settings such as cracked-section analysis, non-linear behavior, etc. are also available for certain modules.

 

       

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Calculation Engine

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Calculation Engine in FEM-Design

Concrete Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Concrete Design Module in FEM-Design

Geotechnics

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Geotechnics Module in FEM-Design

Steel Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Steel Design Module in FEM-Design

Timber Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Timber Design Module in FEM-Design

There are 2 modules available for geotechnical calculations: Foundation Design and 3D Soil that can work together or individually.

  • Foundation Design makes the EC7 code check of the foundation load carrying capacity.
  • 3D Soil calculates the interaction between the soil properties and the structure.

 

 

 

 

1. Foundation Design

The Foundation Design Module is the perfect addition to your FEM-Design 3D Structure program if you want to add geotechnical checks directly to your documentation report. 

Isolated and wall foundations

Automatic checks for:

  • Soil bearing
  • Soil sliding
  • Settlement utilization
  • Insulation check'

 

Beam foundations with concrete slab

You can define typical beam foundations under a concrete slab. There are 2 ways you can do this:     

  • You can have the concrete slab interact with the soil and transfer loads directly, or you can assume that the slab is only distributing the loads to the beams, which are the only ones that interact with the soil. In this example, we are analyzing the latter, where the beams are the ones that transfer the loads to the soil.

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2. 3D Soil

Building stresses are usually analyzed in detail, while the foundation is modelled with springs to simulate the underlying soil deformation. These springs - which are often assumed to have the same characteristics over the entire foundation, does not give a true picture of how the soil reacts to the loads. 

Benefits of FEM-Design 3D Soil

  • The deformation and settlement profile will be much more accurate and - which is more important - the internal forces of the superstructure will be also more realistic according to the soil structure interaction (e.g. it is more relevant when we would like to calculate the internal forces in a foundation slab).
  • The nonlinear effects of the soil structure interaction can be followed with different nonlinear soil material models (e.g. Mohr-Coulomb plasticity) which give more accurate results.
  • The different soil layers can be defined to create a 3-dimensional soil volume, which is analyzed simultaneously with the overlying structure.
  • Models soil with 3D finite element and becomes a construction material like concrete, steel, wood or other materials. The analysis combines these materials in a single calculation. This gives a much more accurate view of soil deformation.

 

We have made a lot of verification examples to explain the results and how 3D Soil works. You can get it here: Verification examples

The user manual can be found here User Manual.

   

Watch 3D Soil new features on youtube

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Calculation Engine

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Calculation Engine in FEM-Design

Concrete Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Concrete Design Module in FEM-Design

Geotechnics

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Geotechnics Module in FEM-Design

Steel Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Steel Design Module in FEM-Design

Timber Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Timber Design Module in FEM-Design

FEM-Design comes with an application programming interface (API) that can be used for parametric design and task automation. The API for FEM-Design is based on the extensible markup language (XML) and allows FEM-Design users to communicate and command FEM-Design.

FEM-Design geometry models and commands can be generated using any programming language capable of creating and modifying XML files. Furthermore, we provide ready to use toolboxes for Dynamo and Grasshopper. These toolboxes are released as open-source to allow our users to modify them as they please.

For more information please visit the → FEM-Design Wiki

We are committed to adding new features corresponding to your needs. Please send any development requests to andreas.oscarsson@strusoft.com

Watch the video! The program is accessed by different XML files that can be generated from scratch, modified or used as a template. This can be done in many different ways and languages and makes the API functionality in FEM-Design very versatile → Read more...

 

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Apply for a trial version of FEM-Design 19 today

 


 

Calculation Engine

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Calculation Engine in FEM-Design

Concrete Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Concrete Design Module in FEM-Design

Geotechnics

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Geotechnics Module in FEM-Design

Steel Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Steel Design Module in FEM-Design

Timber Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Timber Design Module in FEM-Design

Contents

 

1. StruSoft StruXML Revit Add-In

StruSoft offers a free tool that enables direct communication between FEM-Design and Autodesk Revit Structure. StruSoft StruXML Revit Add-In enables two-directional communication between Revit and FEM-Design. It is powerful, but at the same time easy to use, a tool that transfers the analytical model along with its properties between the two programs.

Characteristics

The transfer of structural elements from Revit to FEM-Design is done by exporting an analytical model of an instance of an element along with its properties. If a structural element in Revit does not have an analytical model enabled, it can not be exported to FEM-Design.

Key features

  • Model check tools
  • Simple and straight-forward export/import procedure
  • Manual and automatic mapping of materials and sections
  • System of warning messages in case of errors
  • A full overview of exported elements in the export/import report
  • Constant development based on user wishes

 

Transferred data

The following elements and properties can be exported/imported from/to Revit using the StruSoft StruXML Revit Add-In (for a full description of export/import specification please check the User Manual):

Elements Properties
  • Structural Columns
  • Structural Framing elements
  • Structural Floors
  • Structural Walls
  • Structural Foundation
  • Grids, levels, and reference planes
  • Loads, load cases and load combinations
  • Structural Columns
  • Structural Framing elements
  • Structural Floors
  • Structural Walls
  • Structural Foundation
  • Grids, levels, and reference planes
  • Loads, load cases and load combinations

 

2. Tekla Tools

StruSoft offers a set of free tools that enable direct communication between FEM-Design and Tekla Structures. The two independent tools exchange data through an external file in xml format, called struxml. Both tools can be found in Download tab.

⤷ Tekla StruXML Export

Tekla StruXML Export tool enables direct communication between Tekla and FEM-Design. The direct data transfer is solely based on Tekla Analysis Model export. The exact geometry of the selected analysis model can be exported to an external file in xml format (struxml), which can be opened in FEM-Design. The proper sections and materials are assigned to struxml objects in the mapping process performed in the tool.

 

 

Characteristics:

  • Export selected Tekla Structure analysis model to FEM-Design.
  • The .struxml file will include the defined material and profile mapping.
  • List of transferred data: geometry of the analytical model, mapped cross-section of linear members, mapped material, releases of linear members, rigid links, grids system.

 

⤷ Tekla StruXML Import

Tekla StruXML Import tool enables direct communication between FEM-Design and Tekla. The direct data transfer is based on the conversion of FEM-Design analysis model transfer into Tekla native objects. The proper sections and materials are assigned to Tekla native objects in the mapping process performed in the tool.

 

 

Characteristics:

  • Import FEM-Design model to create a new Tekla Structures model.
  • Update Tekla Structures model with changes made in FEM-Design model after the initial import.
  • One can import/update: selected element(s), group of elements (e.g. all beams, columns, etc.), all elements.
  • List of transferred data: geometry of FEM-Design analysis model, a mapped cross-section of linear members, the thickness of plane walls and plane plates, mapped material, analytical element ID of an object.

 

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Calculation Engine

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Calculation Engine in FEM-Design

Concrete Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Concrete Design Module in FEM-Design

Geotechnics

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Geotechnics Module in FEM-Design

Steel Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Steel Design Module in FEM-Design

Timber Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Timber Design Module in FEM-Design

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Individual support or training

StruSoft offers a number of custom services that can be arranged individually. These are:

  • assistance with project and advise regarding FEM-Design modeling,
  • individual training based upon customer requested topic.
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FEM-Design Documents

All FEM-Design manuals are stored in FEM-Design WIKI.

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Learning videos

All learning videos can be found on StruSoft Offical YouTube channel.

Playlist Link
FEM-Design 19 - New features â–· Play
FEM-Design 18 - New features â–· Play
FEM-Design 17 - New features â–· Play
FEM-Design - How to...? â–· Play
FEM-Design - Webinars â–· Play
FEM-Design - Basic course â–· Play
FEM-Design - Steel Joint â–· Play
FEM-Design - 3D Soil â–· Play
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Calculation Engine

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Calculation Engine in FEM-Design

Concrete Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Concrete Design Module in FEM-Design

Geotechnics

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Geotechnics Module in FEM-Design

Steel Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Steel Design Module in FEM-Design

Timber Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Timber Design Module in FEM-Design

How to get FEM-Design?

We aim to make downloading and installation of FEM-Design as easy and fast, as possible, no matter if you are already a customer, a student, or someone interested in testing our program. Check the instructions below for the guidlines.

FEM-Design commercial version

All StruSoft programs can be downloaded through the StruSoft Installer. Using this program, you can can handle all you installation files (including previous version of the program), updates and licenses. If you are a customer with a license that is already setup in the StruSoft Installer, you can also find the latest version of the program from FEM-Design Download Center.


FEM-Design free Trial version

Go to  → Get Started now and apply for a free trial version. It is fast, free and you will be provided with all the help regarding installation, licensing and using the program.


FEM-Design free Educational version

Go to  → Get Started now and apply for a free educational version. It is fast, free and you will be provided with all the help regarding installation.



System requirements

Check the minimal and recommended system configurations when using FEM-Desig here.

Calculation Engine

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Calculation Engine in FEM-Design

Concrete Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Concrete Design Module in FEM-Design

Geotechnics

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Geotechnics Module in FEM-Design

Steel Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Steel Design Module in FEM-Design

Timber Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Timber Design Module in FEM-Design