Dlubal Info Day in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Successful Information Day in Slovenia

7 June 2017

The first Information Day of Dlubal Software in Slovenia proved to be a great success. Dlubal Software introduced itself with a customer-focused presence and provided informative presentations.

On May 10, Jose Oven from CSI d.o.o, the official Dlubal Software sales partner in Slovenia, has hosted numerous Dlubal Software users as well as those interested in the structural engineering software for a one‑day information event in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Info Day Presentations

After an initial welcome by Mr Oven, there was a presentation providing a brief overview of the most important Dlubal Software programs. Both RFEM and RSTAB program families include the Slovenian National Annexes to Eurocodes and are therefore fully compatible with the current standards in Slovenia.

Then, Paul Kieloch from Dlubal Software showed how to model and optimise a steel structure according to Eurocode. He also provided some details about the software and specific background information regarding the Eurocodes. Special topics included stability analysis of lateral‑torsional and flexural-torsional buckling, in particular for design situations where Eurocode does not provide any standard procedures. In this case, you can use the advantages of theRF‑/STEEL Warping Torsion module. By using RF‑/STEEL Plasticity to consider the plastic reserves of cross‑sections, you can achieve more efficient design of a structure.

Since it was necessary to consider the seismic activity, the complete example model of the structure was subjected to a modal analysis and designed using structural equivalent loads in RF‑/DYNAM Pro.

After lunch, the presentation continued with the topic of thin‑walled cross‑sections in the SHAPE‑THIN program. Walter Rustler explained the import of an irregular cross‑section using a DXF template. Further examples showed the design of a cross‑section of Class 4. In the next example, a hollow‑section column of a 3D structure was transformed from a member model into a shell model with just a few clicks of the mouse. This also involved a cross‑section with stiffeners previously defined in SHAPE‑THIN. The shell model allowed for a stability second‑order analysis to be performed on a pre‑deformed structure in RF‑STABILITY and RF‑IMP.

After a short break and more technical talks, there was a presentation about solid elements. There was an example of a tension member connection shown to explain several tips on generating and meshing solids. Newly implemented surface releases for simulation of contact situations in the case of connection bolts and plastic design of solids concluded the presentation.

Finally, there was a brief overview of the add‑on modules RF‑/TIMBER Pro for structural analysis of timber members and RF‑LAMINATE for design of cross‑laminated timber (CLT) components.

Participant Interest and Satisfaction

The event was met by great feedback from the visitors. For some, the event provided a confirmation of the correct modelling and usage of the software. For others, it provided a brief introduction to the structural engineering programs by Dlubal Software. The unanimous opinion was that all attendees absorbed valuable information and instruction.

We were delighted that the community of Dlubal Software users in Slovenia is very well networked and we were especially pleased to hear that CSI d.o.o or Dlubal Software itself provides excellent customer support in Slovenia.

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