SOFiSTiK, Dlubal and RIB explain strategies for quality assurance in the development of software at the German expert conference Baustatik – Baupraxis 12 at the Technical University in Munich
Dlubal Software at Expert Conference in Munich
MUNICH, 4th March 2014. Today, using comprehensive packages for structural analysis is nothing extraordinary in engineering offices. The trend toward 3D models and nonlinear calculations is being fueled in the age of Building Information Modeling.
This comes along with the fact that users are more dependent on software, and the question arises of how reliable the software is in meeting the demands. The prerequisite for reliability is defined strategies for testing the software before each release. In Germany, the VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure) has established the guideline 6201 on the subject of software-supported calculations of structural systems for almost two years.
It also includes specific requirements for the software developers who should ensure software delivery that is as error-free as possible. On the other hand, they call for support measures for the user, such as offering the service of support and training.
As a part of the lecture series "Quality assurance of software" at the Baustatik-Baupraxis 12 symposium in Munich, Germany, Dr. Heidkamp (SOFiSTiK AG) explained in his speech, which was created in coordination with the software houses of Dlubal and RIB, the individual measures and strategies for quality assurance of today's software development in the field of structural analysis. Key aspects are careful product planning, the definition of release cycles as well as automated and functional tests.
Innovation and accuracy are in close interaction: greater innovation with lots of new features implemented in the software in a short period of time will always bring about a larger number of error sources. Complete freedom from errors of versatile FEA packages is practically not possible. Therefore, also certifications cannot be an appropriate instrument and are not able to be a guarantee for the correctness of calculation results in any situation.
Thus, the VDI guideline 6201 focuses on the public commitment of the software houses to take the required actions mentioned in the directive. This means for the user that he or she receives information about the basic principles of the software, that the accuracy of calculation results can be verified by means of evaluation examples and that offers for support and training must be available. The release of the guideline is expected this year.
About RIB group
With more than 15,000 customers, the RIB group headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, is one of the greatest software providers in the field of technical ERP solutions for civil engineering. Founded in 1961, RIB has reached a market leading position in Germany. The world's biggest building companies, public administrations, architecture and engineering corporations as well as large organizations in the field of industrial and plant construction optimize their planning and construction processes due to the use of RIB software systems. RIB is represented with its own subsidiaries in the regions of EMEA, North America and APAC.
Find more information at: www.rib-software.com.
About SOFiSTiK AG
SOFiSTiK develops and distributes worldwide software for calculation, analysis and design with regard to construction projects, being a joint-stock company since 1999 headquartered in Oberschleißheim and Nürnberg, Germany. In addition to the fields of finite elements and CAD, products for more productive BIM planning have been established in recent years. SOFiSTiK is an Autodesk® Industry Partner and is active in more than 60 countries due to its partner network.
Find more information at: www.sofistik.com
About Dlubal Software GmbH
Dlubal Software with the well-known structural analysis programs RSTAB and RFEM is one of the leading houses in the construction software industry. The company has more than 180 employees in Germany and the Czech Republic, in Tiefenbach, Leipzig and Prague. Dlubal counts more than 7,500 engineering offices, building enterprises, schools and universities all over the world among their satisfied customers. RSTAB and RFEM allow for structural and dynamic analyses in steel, plant, crane, reinforced concrete and timber construction, etc. Due to the variety of interfaces, for example to Tekla Structures and Autodesk Revit Structure, BIM oriented planning is supported. Find more information at: www.dlubal.com
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