Analysis & Design Software for Buildings

3D Finite Element Analysis and Design

Structural engineering FEA software RFEM 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

Structural frame analysis and design software RSTAB contains a similar range of functions as RFEM, with special attention to beam, frame and truss structures. 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.

More Add-on Modules for Building Designs

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, Concrete Structures, and Timber Structures.

Dynamic Calculations of Frequencies and Earthquakes

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 software 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).

Technical Article | Building Information Modeling (BIM)

  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 utilised 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 recognised 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.

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