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SCIA Engineer 19

Design Accelerated - Reduce the time spent on your project with SCIA Engineer 19

SCIA Engineer 19 (19.0 & 19.1) brings multiple workflow improvements as well as many new functionalities that will help you handle the analysis of multi-storey buildings and other civil engineering structures with minimum effort while simultaneously increasing the overall efficiency of standard day-to-day tasks.

With SCIA Engineer 19 you will deliver your projects faster thanks to: 

  1. The design accelerated by automation in all the design modules
  2. Improved understanding of the response to applied loads
  3. Optimisation through parametric design and integration of SCIA Engineer into any tailored solution


What's new in SCIA Engineer 19.1 brochure

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SCIA Engineer 19
Accelerated design  

Deliver accurate, economical and clearly documented design with minimum effort thanks to new functions like automated design of practical reinforcement in concrete beams, enhanced optimisation for studs in composite floors, camber in design of steel members, etc.

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Improved understanding of the structure

Have full control over your structure and understand its response using analysis of masonry walls with contact elements, integration members for shear walls or bridges, absence for simulation of constructions stages, stiffness modifiers, extended display options for results, etc.

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Optimisation with parametric design 

Move your work to a next level with the parametric design capabilities of SCIA Engineer. Take the advantage of the updated XML interface or a brand-new Open API to build your own solution to deliver the most economical, eye-pleasing variant of the project fast and with minimum of manual work.


Fast and practical design of shear reinforcement

Fast and practical design of shear reinforcement

  • Built-in templates for stirrup shapes for different cross-section types
  • Automatically considered effect of stirrups on longitudinal bars
  • Practical distribution of stirrups along the span using stirrup-zones
  • Optional symmetrical distribution along the span
Practical design of reinforcement in columns, beams and ribs

Practical design of reinforcement in columns, beams and ribs

  • New reinforcement template for columns with corners-only bars
  • Uniform distribution of longitudinal reinforcement along the length of the column
  • Uniform distribution of reinforcement in beams and ribs above supports
  • User-defined minimum length of the bars in beams and ribs
Automatic design of reinforcement bars in 1D members

Automatic design of real reinforcement in 1D members

  • Automatic conversion of calculated reinforcement areas into real bars
  • Use of real reinforcement bars in all ULS/SLS checks and in the section check
  • Optional manual modification of the automatically generated reinforcement
  • Export of the converted reinforcement to IFC & XML
Reinforcement in 2D members

Real reinforcement in 2D members

  • Design of real bars and reinforcement meshes in 2D members
  • All types of reinforcement considered in checks as well as in the calculation of punching, cracks and long-term deflections
  • Export all types of reinforcement to ASF file
Fast evaluation of the designed reinforcement in 1D members

Fast evaluation of the designed reinforcement in 1D members

  • All ULS and SLS checks performed "on one click" New in 19.1
  • Automatic generation of all the required SLS combinations in the background New in 19.1
  • A quick insight into the response of the structure, direct detection of critical places New in 19.1
"One-click" design of reinforcement in 2D members

"One-click" design of reinforcement in 2D members

  • Iterative design of reinforcement in 2D members for ULS and SLS (cracks + stress limitation) New in 19.1
  • All required SLS combinations for the calculation of the cracks and stresses generated in the background New in 19.1
  • Calculation of Delta reinforcement due to SLS requirements New in 19.1
  • Support of EN 1992-1-1:2004 incl. national annexes New in 19.1
Economical design of punching reinforcement

Economical design of punching reinforcement

  • Reduction of punching shear force in the design of foundation slabs New in 19.1
  • Column heads modelled as subregions are partially taken into account in punching checks (enabled for check of concrete crushing above the column) New in 19.1
Serviceability checks

Serviceability checks

  • EN 1993 and SIA 263 supported
  • SLS check for permanent and variable loads in one go
  • Support for camber in design
  • Simplified input of design criteria
Steel design enhancements

Steel design enhancements

  • Calculation of plastic hinges updated for EN 1993-1-1
  • Determination of plastic hinge moment resistance taking into account the national-annex specified safety factors
  • Open checks now support paired cross-sections (double angles, back-to-back channels, etc.)
  • Plastic hinges compatible with 64-bit version
  • SIA 263 included in 64-bit version
Production practice reflected in beam design

Production practice reflected in beam design

  • Automatic design of camber based on production practice New in 19.1
  • Parabolic or bilinear camber New in 19.1
Composite floors

Composite floors

  • Economical stud design taking into account building practice requirements
  • More robust AutoDesign thanks to improved handling of detailing conditions
  • Faster and more economical AutoDesign for beams with multiple web openings
  • Shorter, succinct standard output
  • Consistent references to applied code formulas in the detailed output


  • Streamlined workflow for linear analysis with masonry members
  • Simple editing of orthotropy parameters for reduction of arching effect
  • Advanced non-linear capabilities with compression only hinges on edges of a masonry wall
  • Contact elements for edges suitable also for other applications like cross-laminated timber, calculation of cracked/delaminated members, etc.
Integration member

Integration member

  • Integrates internal forces from defined perimeter, which is necessary for design of e.g. shear walls, etc.
  • Easy and straightforward definition of the “substitute” integration member
  • Integrates internal forces from 2D and 1D members
  • Applicable for linear as well as non-linear analysis
  • No impact on others results on the rest of the structure
  • User-defined number of sections on the Integration member to support both short and long membersNew in 19.1
  • Integration of internal forces with respect to the centroid line, which is usable e.g. for non-constant sectionsNew in 19.1
  • Option to exclude some elements from integrationNew in 19.1
  • Export of Integration members and related results via XMLNew in 19.1
Mode filtering

Mode filtering

  • Speeds up the response spectrum analysis while meeting the condition of 90% of moving masses
  • Reduces the number of required eigenmodes
  • Up to 10 times lower number of modes required
  • Significantly shortens the calculation time
Model modifiers

Model modifiers

  • Absences and stiffness modifier unified in one modification group
  • Attached to a specific load case(s)
  • Included in the standard project type (no special project required)
  • Suitable for e.g. simulation of construction phases, long-term response of structures due to varying E modulus, etc.
Result improvements

Result improvements

1D members:

  • Easy detection of critical points on multi-span beams

2D members:

  • Layers applicable to sections on 2D members
  • New selection options for sections
  • Resultant on sections
Broader capabilities in 3D wind generator

Broader capabilities in 3D wind generator

  • Considering the lack of correlation of wind pressure between the windward and leeward side according to the note in art. 7.2.2(3) New in 19.1
  • French National annex for parapets with a specific "cpnet" value New in 19.1
  • Additional load cases for duopitch roofs to take into account asymmetric wind scenarios of both pressure and suction on the roof New in 19.1
New options for non-linear and seismic analysis

New options for non-linear and seismic analysis

  • Singularity check for non-linear analysis with animation guiding to the core of the issue New in 19.1
  • Upgraded soil interaction settings for seismic analysis allowing for soil-stiffness modification New in 19.1
New customisation options for images in Engineering Report

New customisation options for images in Engineering Report

  • User-defined scale for model data in images New in 19.1
  • Adjustable scale of results in result images including images used for Result picture generator New in 19.1


  • Support for creation of Engineering Report
  • Export of Engineering report into RTF, PDF, etc.
  • Update of a project using Excel file prepared in SAF format


  • Easily connects SCIA Engineer to your solution
  • Supports many programming languages: C#, Python, VBA, ...
  • Provides functions to open SCIA Engineer project, define materials and cross-sections, create beams and slabs, define loads and other model data, run linear analysis and read the results
  • Supports non-linear and stability analysis via a template project
  • Extended possibilities including line supports, line loads, load combinations, etc. New in 19.1
  • Optional direct use of Analytical Model Data allowing you to use in your applications larger collection of objects New in 19.1
Extended Revit and Tekla Structures links

Extended Revit and Tekla Structures links

  • Import and export of openings in 2D members from/to Tekla Structures New in 19.1
  • Import of practical reinforcement (i.e. reinforcement converted automatically from area to bars) from SCIA Engineer to Revit. New in 19.1
General Usability

General Usability

  • Improved handling of buckling lengths after model modification
  • Clearer dialogue for load case combinations
  • Automatic connection of all model elements before calculation
  • Fast and clear detection of instabilities in the model
  • Better control over formatting of tables in Engineering Report
  • Speed improvements in standard actions like open / save project, copy / move entities, work with results and checks on 2D members for extensive envelope combinations, open long Engineering Report, etc.
aluminium design

Precise design in accordance with the latest Eurocode

  • Section and member design according to the latest EN 1999-1-1 + A1 + A2: 2013 New in 19.1
  • Classification and effective section done for any cross-section shape New in 19.1
  • Effective section considering localised buckling effects and heat-affected zones New in 19.1
  • Clear reporting at different levels of detail New in 19.1