Steel Structure Design Software

Design of Steel Structures -EdiLus STEEL - ACCA software

Enjoy all the advantages of BIM technology with FEM solver integrated in the calculation of steel structures!

A simplified and intuitive workflow for designing simple and complex structures with connections, bracings and trusses and quickly generate all relevant construction details automatically.

EdiLus STEEL is the software solution for designing and calculating steel structures.

  • EdiLus STEEL is modular: it can also be integrated with specific modules for design and calculation of reinforced concrete and masonry structures.
  • EdiLus STEEL is integrated: in a single graphic environment you get the BIM model of the structure, the FEM calculation model, a detailed graphical analysis of the results and automatic sizing of steel connections.
  • EdiLus STEEL is complete: it automatically produces all the relevant construction documents (working drawings, calculation reports, etc.).
Steel Structure Design Software
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Structure modelling by simply inserting parametrical BIM objects - EdiLus - ACCA software

Structure modelling by simply inserting parametrical BIM objects

Static and dynamic analysis structure with integrated finite element solver - EdiLus - ACCA software

Static and dynamic analysis of the structure with integrated finite element solver

View analysis results graphically on each point of the structure - EdiLus - ACCA software

View analysis results graphically on each point of the structure

Design of all structural elements with the support of an interactive diagnostics - EdiLus - ACCA software

Design of all structural elements with the support of an interactive diagnostics

Reports, tables construction documents are detailed automatically and directly from drawing - EdiLus - ACCA software

Reports, tables and construction documents are detailed automatically and directly from the drawing

Structural design aspects and BoQs directly integrated in the software - EdiLus - ACCA software

Structural design aspects and BoQs directly integrated in the software

TestimonialsWhat our clients say

"Fast and intuitive modelling: the automatic reinforcements that it suggests seemed very useful too."

Carlos G. BailónArgentina

Why choose EdiLus STEEL?

BIM technology integrated with powerful calculation functions
You have a single environment for modeling, analyzing, designing and editing construction documents. Collaborate in a secure BIM process.

create grid of magnetic points in space of any shape and size - EdiLus STEEL - ACCA software

BIM modeling and Magnetic Grids make the design phase simple and intuitive ...

The EdiLus STEEL "Magnetic Grids" allow you to create a grid of magnetic points in space of any shape and size.

Each magnetic node can be used as a snap intersection to connect beams and column members directly in 3D space and in a very intuitive manner; to simplify the inserting of these elements even further, you can enable the viewing of the architectural plan in loaded as a DXF/DWG CAD file format directly in 3D view at the base of the magnetic grid.

...object input and the integrated FEM solver guarantee flexibility in design choices, detailed checks and detailed results

The parametric objects input method allows you to design even very complex structures, verify every minimum detail and obtain working drawings, calculations and checks in a single phase. The powerful FEM solver integrated in the program makes the analysis process quick and immediate.

With EdiLus STEEL you can face every aspect of structural design directly within the program: member connections design and calculations, for example, are integrated into the structure, without any additional modules or plug-ins, for coordinated design with no risk of structural defects and with a considerable saving of time meaning a significant increase in productivity.

object input and the integrated FEM solver - EdiLus STEEL - ACCA software

What can I do with EdiLus STEEL?

Pressure on walls and additional loads - EdiLus STEEL - ACCA software

Design of simple and complex steel buildings.

EdiLus STEEL allows the design of steel buildings in compliance with Eurocodes (EC) and relating national annexes.

Performing static and dynamic analysis of the structure with an integrated FEM solver and checks exclusively at limit states:

  • Instability checks
  • Resistance checks
  • Deformability checks
  • Capacity Design checks for members and nodes resistances.

Simultaneously with the calculation of the structure, the inserted steel member connections are also checked:

  • Bearing verifications
  • plate punching and resistance and any additional stiffening elements
  • bolt shear and tension checks
  • weldings shear and tensile/compression check
  • verification of contact stresses for connections with reinforced concrete elements/other materials
  • extraction checks for anchor bolts
Steel trusses and bracing - EdiLus STEEL - ACCA software

Automatic input for trusses and bracings

EdiLus STEEL has a specific parametric object for truss modeling.

Just choose - with a special wizard - the truss model from a specific library and define its geometry:

  • Vierendeel
  • Pratt-Mohniè
  • Howe
  • Polonceau
  • Neville,
  • English,
  • Warren

Based on the design choices made, the software automatically generates all the structural elements of the truss object.

In the same way it is possible to insert concentric vertical or pitched bracings, X, V or inverted V.

Design and verification of steel connections - EdiLus STEEL - ACCA software

Steel member connections design is integrated within the structure calculation.

You can choose between different types of connections:

  • flanges
  • angle cleats
  • gusset plates
  • splice plates
  • with anchor bolts

The advanced graphical input of the structure also guides the user in defining the geometry in compliance with regulatory indications.

The input phase is made particularly simple and precise with the aid of a detailed view of the construction detail which is contextual to the 3D view of the connection object.

Connections management is also extended to bracings and trusses objects too.

Structural design with 
International regulations

  • ABNT - Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas
    NBR 6118Projeto de estruturas de concreto
    NBR 6120Cargas para o cálculo de estruturas de edificações
    NBR 6122Projeto e execução de fundações
    NBR 6123Forças devidas ao vento em edificações
    NBR 8681Ações e segurança nas estruturas
    NBR 15421Projeto de estruturas resistentes a sismos
    EN 1990 Eurocode 0Basis of structural design
    EN 1991 Eurocode 1Actions on structures
    EN 1992 Eurocode 2Design of concrete structures
    EN 1993 Eurocode 3Design of steel structures
    EN 1995 Eurocode 5Design of timber structures
    EN 1996 Eurocode 6Design of masonry structures
    EN 1997 Eurocode 7Geotechnical design
    EN 1998 Eurocode 8Design of structures for earthquake resistance
    UNE-EN 1990 Eurocódigo 0Bases de cálculo de estructuras
    UNE-EN 1991 Eurocódigo 1Bases de proyecto y acciones en estructuras
    UNE-EN 1992 Eurocódigo 2Proyecto de estructuras de hormigón
    UNE-EN 1993 Eurocódigo 3Proyecto de estructuras de acero
    UNE-EN 1995 Eurocódigo 5Proyecto de estructuras de madera
    UNE-EN 1996 Eurocódigo 6Proyecto de estructuras de fábrica
    UNE-EN 1997 Eurocódigo 7Proyecto geotécnico
    UNE-EN 1998 Eurocódigo 8Disposiciones para el proyecto de estructuras sismorresistentes
  • Eurocodes structuraux
    NF EN 1990 Eurocodes structuraux 0Bases de calcul des structures
    NF EN 1991 Eurocodes structuraux 1Actions sur les structures
    NF EN 1992 Eurocodes structuraux 2Calcul des structures en béton
    NF EN 1993 Eurocodes structuraux 3Calcul des structures en acier
    NF EN 1995 Eurocodes structuraux 5Conception et calcul des structures bois
    NF EN 1996 Eurocodes structuraux 6Calcul des ouvrages en maçonnerie
    NF EN 1997 Eurocodes structuraux 7Calcul géotechnique
    NF EN 1998 Eurocodes structuraux 8Calcul des structures pour leur résistance aux séismes
    BS EN 1990 Eurocode 0Basis of structural design
    BS EN 1991 Eurocode 1Actions on structures
    BS EN 1992 Eurocode 2Design of concrete structures
    BS EN 1993 Eurocode 3Design of steel structures
    BS EN 1995 Eurocode 5Design of timber structures
    BS EN 1996 Eurocode 6Design of masonry structures
    BS EN 1997 Eurocode 7Geotechnical design
    BS EN 1998 Eurocode 8Design of structures for earthquake resistance
    NP EN 1990 Eurocódigo 0Bases para o projeto de estruturas
    NP EN 1991 Eurocódigo 1Acções em estruturas
    NP EN 1992 Eurocódigo 2Projeto de estruturas de betão
    NP EN 1993 Eurocódigo 3Projeto de estruturas de aço
    NP EN 1995 Eurocódigo 5Projeto de estruturas de madera
    NP EN 1996 Eurocódigo 6Projeto de estruturas de alvenaria
    NP EN 1997 Eurocódigo 7Projeto geotécnico
    NP EN 1998 Eurocódigo 8Projecto de estruturas para resistência aos sismos
  • Eurocode
    SS EN 1990 Eurocode 0Basis of structural design
    SS EN 1991 Eurocode 1Actions on structures
    SS EN 1992 Eurocode 2Design of concrete structures
    SS EN 1993 Eurocode 3Design of steel structures
    SS EN 1995 Eurocode 5Design of timber structures
    SS EN 1996 Eurocode 6Design of masonry structures
    SS EN 1997 Eurocode 7Geotechnical design
    SS EN 1998 Eurocode 8Design of structures for earthquake resistance

Integrated BIM technology
with powerful calculation functions

Object Technology - ACCA software

Object-oriented BIM technology

EdiLus BIM technology allows you to draw structural elements in two-dimensional or three-dimensional form by selecting the object characteristics at any time of the design phase.
Each object is represented graphically and dynamically connected to a database of information that univocally identifies it in its dimensional, geometric and physical characteristics (material, mechanical, etc.). The data assigned to the object characteristics compose an element input for the calculation process and each modification immediately and dynamically becomes a new verification condition.
The input allows you to insert, modify and delete the objects keeping constantly under control plan views, cross sections or the axonometric view of the structure.
All data is stored in a single database and in a single file, with endless advantages for the design workflow.

Finite Element Modeling - ACCA software

FEM solver integrated into the software

With the integrated FEM solver, quickly analyze complex structures even of large dimensions. The calculation process uses high-performance elements such as:

  • triangular HP-SHELL elements equipped with "drilling" degree of freedom;
  • the HP-BEAM element, with flexible beam, 2 hinges on each side, rigid arms, freely oriented, end junctions and elastic soil behaviour at the flexible part, allows to obtain rigorous calculation results, without the approximations deriving from less appropriate schematizations.

The solver is further enhanced by the automatic discretization function of the shell elements, which allows the designer to consider the real displacements between the various structural elements and allows to define variable thickening between the edges and the inside of the shell mesh.

Displaying calculation results - ACCA software

View results graphically

EdiLus represents the results directly in graphical form by means of easy to read diagrams or 3D colour maps. Loads, tensions, stresses, thanks to object-oriented technology, can be queried by the user for complete control of the performed analysis.

With a 3D colour mapped animation of the structure, EdiLus allows you to simulate and evaluate the dynamic evolution of the designed structure under the effects of an earthquake.

Interactive diagnostics - ACCA software

Interactive diagnostics

A powerful diagnostic reporting tool quickly and precisely highlights any modeling errors and regulatory requirement verifications. The detailed explanation of any modelling errors, dynamically connected to the object, guides the user in troubleshooting. The diagnostics is active in every phase of the design: at each modification it checks if errors have been introduced or if any errors already present have been corrected.

Technical reports - ACCA softwar

Project documents

With EdiLus automatically produce Calculation and Technical Reports, Calculation Tables, highly detailed Working Drawings and Bill of Quantities. All construction drawings are composed directly within the program by simply dragging and dropping the single drawings into the working drawings layout already pre-formatted with a wide range of title-blocks. All produced drawings can be printed or exported in standard formats including dxf, dwg, pdf, rtf, etc.

Structural cost estimating - ACCA software

Detailed BoQ of the structure

The Structural design process and Bill of Quantities phases are fully integrated with each other in a single workflow. Structure design and the calculation, together with the steel rebar schedule definitions, steel connections, etc., automatically produce the relating material quantities with powerful BoQ features integrated directly in EdiLus. Any changes made to the stucture are immediately updated in the Bill of Quantities too maintaining a constant alignment between the structural model, the relating project documents set and the structural element quantities. For advanced quantity surveying features, the data can be integhrated and exported to PriMus.

Integration and interoperability in the BIM process
for a unified and shared design workflow

IFC BIM Standard - ACCA software

Import/Export in the IFC format for sharing on collaborative platforms

EdiLus can import and export structural models in the IFC standard format. IFC is the "common" file format, an information model, which allows design team members (architectural, structural, plant engineering, etc.) to exchange their BIM models between each other regardless of the software they use. EdiLus's IFC 2x3 import and export features are both IFC Coordination View 2.0 certified by buildingSMART International.
With EdiLus you can, for example, import the digital model of the architectural project created with an architectural BIM design software (for example: Edificius, Revit, Allplan, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, etc.) and continue to work on the structural design and analysis aspects in 3D in accordance with the design requirements as established by other design team disciplines.

IFC Certification

BIM Integration - ACCA software

Integration in usBIM.platform, the BIM collaboration platform

EdiLus integrates with a CDE collaborative platform usBIM.platform, to finally fulfil the idea of a unitary and shared design workflow.

Download the BIM models in the IFC format of architectural or plant projects from the cloud and proceed with advanced 3D modelling of the structure in a collaborative workflow; export the BIM model in the IFC format together with construction documents and calculation results back to the cloud choosing which folder to save the files setting the relevant file access permission levels for each authorized user.

The BIM collaboration platform allows all team members to have an open and continuous dialogue with each of the stakeholders involved in the construction during its life cycle as designers, construction companies, maintenance companies, plant and technical installation companies, customers, etc.

BIM Integration - ACCA software

Seamless integration with Edificius

Thanks to the integration with the Edificius BIM software, it is possible to make Architecture designs and Structures interact, with the advantage of obtaining a simplified and rapid input of the structure (thanks to object recognition within the model) and a convergence of structural and design details.
But there are many advantages: optimization of operatiing flows, time, costs, design errors, unwanted duplications and interferences are nearly reduced to zero and, above all, high integration between the design phase and the execution phase.

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Real Time Rendering
and online navigation of the structure

Real Time Rendering

Integration with Real Time Rendering

EdiLus is integrated with Real Time rendering technology allowing the structural design team to view a photo-realistic simulation of the structure in real time. The advantage is extraordinary: you can navigate within the structure in a realistic 3D view and experience the construction details in first person especially for quality control purposes.

BIM voyager

EdiLus-VR and BIM voyager: publish and share the structural model online and view the project from a simple web browser.

Thanks to the integrated EdiLus-VR feature, you can publish the digital model on the BIM voyager platform to share the project with clients, architectural designers, installers or with component manufacturers.
The BIM voyager service even allows you to publish working drawings, calculation results, construction details, etc.
Simply using the basic functions of the most widely used browsers, navigate within the structure freely without the need of any dedicated software.
Even from the building site, everyone involved on a given project can access data and information relating to the structural information and take a virtual journey in the virtual model to get a closer look at all design aspects with great simplicity and naturalness.

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