Structural Engineering Software for Analysis and Design & BIM

SCIA Engineer Interface

In RFEM and RSTAB it is possible to import models of the structural analysis software SCIA Engineer by using the XML interface.

  1. Data exchange between SCIA Engineer and RFEM

    Import in RFEM/RSTAB

    An XML export file has to be generated in SCIA Engineer which is then imported to RFEM/RSTAB.

    In addition to the geometrical data such as nodes or members, it is also possible to import loads and load cases.

  2. IFC and XML interface

    IFC Interface as Alternative

    IFC models from SCIA Engineer can be referenced in RFEM/RSTAB. The models are imported to RFEM/RSTAB, visualized, and the components can be converted to RFEM/RSTAB objects (members, surfaces, solids).

    Referenced IFC Coordination View models can be displayed in parallel to the RFEM/RSTAB calculation model. This interface contains only geometrical data and no load information.

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