Altair adds S-FRAME for AEC structural designers

Aug 10, 2021 | Hot Topics

Super-quick, because it’s that kind of day:

Altair just announced that it has acquired S-FRAME Software, a structural analysis tool used by architects, engineers, and designers to evaluate a structure’s ability to withstand loads like wind, water, and snow, and meet local design code requirements. S-Frame offers solutions for steel, as one would expect, but also for concrete and wood, aimed at analyzing designs, detailing them, and certifying that they meet accepted building codes.

This is the interesting bit of the announcement:

Utilizing S-FRAME Software’s finite element structural analysis and code support with Altair’s high-fidelity structural optimization solutions will allow architects and civil engineers to be more innovative and bring their visions to life while adhering to local code requirements.

In the past, many AEC designers have created their design, then done what’s called a rule check to see if it meets the building codes wherever the structure is to be placed. That’s not optimization in any sense of the word. Combining S-FRAME’s capabilities with OptiStruct and other Altair solutions will improve and simplify these workflows. (Yes, engineers could use a general-purpose structural FEA code, and many do, but these specific, purpose-built steel/concrete/wood applications make these simulations much more accessible to less-expert designers.)

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Altair does say that “S-FRAME Software will be available via Altair Units, Altair’s patented, subscription-based licensing model, which allows organizations to pay only for what their employees need, when they need it”.