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Structural Solutions

Increasingly, new developments in ArchiCAD emphasize effective collaboration between architects and structural engineers. This collaboration requires reliable methods for sharing and storing building model information, design solutions and proposals; it also requires a way to manage all the changes made to the building model by any of the participants, while also minimizing the possibility for human error.
ArchiCAD supports all major model and data exchange formats and some specialized formats, including intelligent 3D modeling, universal 2D drawing, documentation and image formats.

Structural Workflow

The following movie clips present how architects using ArchiCAD, and structural engineers using any application that supports IFC; can exchange building design information, share and manage changes in order to create professional, fully integrated construction documentation.

Exporting an architectural
model from ArchiCAD

Importing a structural
model to ArchiCAD

version tracking

Tekla Structures

Tekla Structures is Building Information Modeling (BIM) software that enables the creation and management of accurately detailed, highly constructible 3D structural models regardless of material or structural complexity. Tekla models can be used to cover the entire building process from conceptual design to fabrication and construction management.

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This presentation introduces how architects - using ArchiCAD,  and structural engineers - using Tekla Structures, can exchange design information as well as manage changes by implementing the "Open-BIM approach" in their practice. This presentation also demonstrates the architectural-structural workflow - step-by-step - through practical, real-life examples. Some case studies where architects and engineers have already implemented this open collaboration workflow in their practice are also displayed.

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Revit Structure

Revit Structure software integrates a multimaterial physical and an independently editable analytical model for efficient structural analysis, design, and documentation. It improves the way structural engineers and drafters work. It minimizes repetitive modeling and drawing tasks, as well as errors due to manual coordination between structural engineers, architects, and drafters.

Download the free ArchiCAD Connection plugin for Autodesk Revit Structure.

ArchiCAD – Revit Structure Workflow
This presentation introduces how architects - using ArchiCAD, and structural engineers - using Revit Structure, can exchange design information as well as manage changes by implementing the "Open-BIM approach" in their practice. This presentation also demonstrates the architectural-structural workflow - step-by-step - through practical, real-life examples.

Click to watch the ArchiCAD – Revit Structure Workflow presentation


Direct Link to Structural and MEP Applications
IFC translators optimized for exporting model data to various structural and MEP applications - including Revit Structure and Revit MEP - offer best-in-class coordination workflow with leading engineering solutions worldwide.


Scia Engineer


Scia Engineer is a new software platform for structural engineers. It analyses, designs and details any type of structure. From the simplest to the most complex construction in concrete, steel, aluminum, plastic, timber or mixed, with integration of the local and international codes and with a link between the analysis and drawing components.

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The SAP name has been synonymous with state-of-the-art analytical methods since its introduction over 30 years ago. SAP2000 follows in the same tradition featuring a very sophisticated, intuitive and versatile user interface powered by an unmatched analysis engine and design tools for engineers working on transportation, industrial, public works, sports, and other facilities.

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For nearly 30 years, ETABS has been recognized as the industry standard for Building Analysis and Design Software. Today, continuing in the same tradition, ETABS has evolved into a completely Integrated Building Analysis and Design Environment. The System built around a physical object based graphical user interface, powered by targeted new special purpose algorithms for analysis and design, with interfaces for drafting and manufacturing, is redefining standards of integration, productivity and technical innovation.

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FEM-Design is advanced modeling and design software that offers complete analysis solution for whole structure using finite element method. It gives solutions for static/dynamic analysis and steel/RC design in 3D or 2D. FEM-Design has its own drawing and editing tools. It also has bridge to 3D architectural models using IFC. Designers can model and analyze the structures in 12 national codes in 3D. Multi-page documentation can be generated automatically using predefined templates.

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AxisVM is a high-quality software package for civil engineers. It is a useful tool for engineers in numerous countries. Users can build the 3D model with the aid of integrated visual modeling and simple manageability.  An intelligent graphical user interface supports all period of the process: definition, analysis and result query.

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Arktec - Tricalc is an integrated structure analysis software, that enables to analyze and detail all structural elements: members, slabs, walls, foundations; in concrete, steel, wood and masonry. Its intuitive and easy-to-use interface, in creating and modifying models, is a suitable tool to develop the complete structural project. Developed by Arktec since 1987, it is a reference in structural software, and it's currently being used by thousands of Structural Engineers, in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

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CYPECAD is a program created by CYPE for the analysis and design of reinforced concrete and steel structures containing joist, waffle, flat, composite and hollow core slabs. The foundations which can be introduced include pad footings and pile caps or a buoyant foundation (mat foundation and beams). Complete structural drawings are provided. The program is adapted to numerous international codes. Using the Automatic Job Introduction option of the CYPECAD, DXF, DWG or IFC files generated by CAD/BIM programs can be imported.

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