Analysis & Design Software for Buildings

FEM Analysis and Design of Structures

The RFEM program is the basis of a modular software system. The main program RFEM is used to define structures, materials, and loads for planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells and members. The program also allows you to create combined structures as well as model solid and contact elements.

Analysis and Design of Beam Structures

The structural frame analysis and design program RSTAB contains a similar range of functions as RFEM, with special attention to frameworks. Therefore it is very easy to use and for many years it has been the best choice for structural analysis and design of timber structures.

Add-on Modules for Design of Buildings

Depending on the material used, you can find more useful add-on modules for structural analysis and design of buildings under the industries Steel Structures, Reinforced Concrete Structures, and Timber Structures.

Dynamic Analysis of Frequencies and Seismic Design

For dynamic analysis of buildings, there are various add‑modules available for determination of natural frequencies and mode shapes as well as for seismic analysis.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Dlubal Software provides powerful structural analysis programs for construction planning according to Building Information Modeling (BIM).

This is ensured primarily by a wide range of RFEM and RSTAB interfaces (for example direct interfaces with Tekla Structures and Revit Structure).

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  1. Figure 01 - Typical Data Exchange Scenario for BIM in Structural Engineering

    Building Information Modeling and Structural Analysis Software: Scenarios and Success Factors for Data Exchange

    Building Information Modeling describes one of the most important issues in the construction software industry. This process is not new and it’s a well‑known fact that reliable planning in the early stages of a project has a significant positive effect on the project’s total cost. For more than twenty years, 3D models in the steel construction industry have been utilized so that 2D production documents could be created automatically or the related NC data could be sent directly to automatic production.

    In a similar fashion, structural calculations for entire 3D models are considered state of the art. For construction software, the digital models trigger an important question about data exchange and how these models can be used efficiently for various engineering software. The pure physical geometry models are not only important, but a number of other models with additional structural components should be taken into consideration. Such models consist of structural or analytical models which include mechanical material properties, boundary conditions, or loads which cannot be easily recognized with a pure physical architectural model.

    These differences may cause issues when using BIM data exchange in structural engineering. Therefore, high expectations arise when it comes to BIM and structural analysis. These hurdles also present a great challenge for the developers of engineering software. This article explains the fundamental problems of data exchange and provides applicable solutions tested in practice.

  2. Figure 02 – 3D View of Industrial Hangar

    Determination of Internal Pressure Coefficient cpi for One-Story Buildings According to EN 1991-1-4

    Wind is the only climatic load acting on every single type of structure in the entire world, different from other loads like snow, for example. The wind size depends on the geographical location of the structure. That is one of the main reasons why today’s standards have regional division (wind zones) and consideration of altitude, as well as variation of dynamic pressure depending on the height above ground for a “normal” site, without masking effect.

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RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

Main Program

Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements

Price of First License
3,540.00 USD
RSTAB Main Program
RSTAB 8.xx

Main Program

The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions

Price of First License
2,550.00 USD
RFEM Concrete Structures
RF-CONCRETE 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of reinforced concrete members and surfaces (plates, walls, planar structures, shells)

Price of First License
810.00 USD
RSTAB Concrete Structures
CONCRETE 8.xx

Add-on Module

Linear and nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete members with reinforcement concept

Price of First License
810.00 USD
RFEM Steel and Aluminum Structures
RF-STEEL EC3 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3

Price of First License
1,480.00 USD
RFEM Steel and Aluminum Structures
RF-STEEL Warping Torsion 5.xx

Module Extension for RF-STEEL EC3

Warping torsion analysis according to the second-order theory with 7 degrees of freedom

Price of First License
850.00 USD
RFEM Timber Structures
RF-TIMBER Pro 5.xx

Add-on Module

Timber design according to Eurocode 5, SIA 265 and/or DIN 1052

Price of First License
1,120.00 USD