Features in Spotlight: Model and Analyze Beam Structures Faster and Easier

At SkyCiv, we’re striving to provide powerful structural engineering software that are intuitive and easy to use, so that engineers can be more efficient with their workflow. With SkyCiv Beam, we’ve designed and optimised the modelling workflow, making beam structure analysis a faster and easier process.

In this article, we will feature seven major functions that help you achieve a better workflow:

INPUT:

Feature 1. Simple input

Modelling and solving a beam structure might take about 5 - 10 minutes in traditional software, but with SkyCiv Beam, you can do it within a minute.

Simply add loads, beam and supports in just 30 seconds, click SOLVE to view your results.

Feature 2: Integrated Section Builder

From the integrated Section Builder you can:

  • Add from libraries
  • Create custom shapes
  • Built up sections and import from DXF
  • Powerful FEA solver

OUTPUT:

Feature 3: Hand Calculations

It’s a feature never seen before in other products - SkyCiv Beam shows the full working out hand solutions for (only available in statically determinate and non-hinged beam):

  • The reaction forces
  • The shear force diagrams by method of cuts/sections
  • The bending moment diagrams by method of cuts/sections

Feature 4: PDF Reporting

The ability to generate clean and professional report is another highlight of SkyCiv Beam. In our in-depth reporting, you’ll get contents from below:

  • Reactions at Supports
  • Bending Moment Diagrams (BMD) and Shear Force Diagrams (SFD)
  • Deflection
  • Rotation Results
  • Stress Analysis

DESIGN:

With SkyCiv Beam, you can also access our built-in design modules: load any design modules you need within a few clicks right inside the platform, without having to manually input your loads and members.

Design integration includes:

Feature 5: Steel Member Design

With integrated steel member designs, you can design, model and analyse your steel structures in SkyCiv Beam, and directly load design codes from the platform. Design codes are available in AISC 360 , AS 4100, Eurocode 3, CSA S-16.


Feature 6: Worldwide Database of Sections

Using sections from a catalog? We have you covered with cross section catalogs from around the world, spanning the United States, Canada, Australia, Britain, and Europe. With just the click of a button, you can select a section from catalogs like the American AISC steel manual.


Feature 6: Reinforced Concrete Design

SkyCiv beam currently supports ACI 318, Eurocode 2 and AS 3600, the capabilities of Reinforced Concrete Beam Design includes:

  • Rectangular and T-shape concrete sections
  • Neutral Axis Calculations
  • Minimum Reinforcement Detailing and Concrete Cover Requirements
  • Crack Checks (positive and negative)
  • Flexure Checks (positive and negative)
  • Shear Force Checks (in plane)
  • Lateral Support for Compression Steeland Stirrup spacing checks

Feature 7: Wood Member Design

The National Design Specification for Wood Construction (ANSI/AWC NDS-2018) is adopted in all model building codes in the United States and is developed by the American Wood Council (AWC).

With the add-on module NDS 2018 from the SkyCiv Beam, all users obtain a powerful tool for the design of timber structures modeled with member elements according to this standard.


Happy Modelling

Hope you find this guide of SkyCiv Beam’s features helpful! For more features and functionalities, check out our SkyCiv Beam Documentation for more detailed guides. We hope you enjoy these quick tips on how to model easier and faster.

If you’ve never used SkyCiv before, SkyCiv is a powerful cloud structural engineering software that you can access from anywhere, anytime. Book a free demo today to see the difference yourself!

Sam Carigliano, PEng CEO and Co-Founder of SkyCiv
Sam Carigliano, PEng
CEO and Co-Founder of SkyCiv
BEng (Civil), BCom
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