Course code BūvZ3030

Credit points 2

Conceptions of CAD (Computer Aided Design)

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for laboratory classes24

Independent study hours48

Responsible UnitDepartment of Structural Engineering

Course developer

author lect.

Atis Dandens

Mg. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

Arhi1020, Construction Graphics

BūvZ2007, Building Materials I

BūvZ2037, Designing in AutoCad

BūvZ2039, Selected Topics in Strength of Materials

BūvZ2040, Structural Analysis I

BūvZ2048, Basic Theory of Structures

BūvZ3093, Actions on Building Structures

MašZ2010, Descriptive Geometry, Technical Drawing

Course abstract

Students are introduced to the use of Finite Element Method (FEM) and the use of FEM software RFEM and IDEA StatiCa for structural analysis, as well as the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software Tekla Structures for structural design.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Students are able to prepare presentations and informative materials on Finite Element Method (FEM) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software – lectures.
2. Students are able to create models in Finite Element Method (FEM) software RFEM and IDEA StatiCa, as well as are able to create model in Building Information Modeling (BIM) software Tekla Structures – laboratory tasks, course project.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction.
2. RFEM:
2.1. Introduction;
2.2. Graphical User Interface;
2.3. Model Data;
2.4. Load Cases and Combinations;
2.5. Loads;
2.6. Calculation;
2.7. Results;
2.8. Examination of results;
2.9. Printout.
3. IDEA StatiCa:
3.1. Introduction;
3.2. Geometry;
3.3. Load effects;
3.4. Design;
3.5. Check;
3.6. Optimization;
3.7. Report.
4. Tekla Structures:
4.1. Getting started with Tekla Structures;
4.2. Working with grids;
4.3. Creating foundations;
4.4. Creating concrete columns;
4.5. Creating concrete beams;
4.6. Creating concrete slabs;
4.7. Creating steel parts;
4.8. Creating steel connections;
4.9. Managing model information;
4.10. Creating drawings.
5. Presentation of independently designed course projects.

Requirements for awarding credit points

1. Presentation and informative materials on the Finite Element Method (FEM) or Building Information Modeling (BIM) software prepeared;
2. Independently made course project presented.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Course project:
1. RFEM – model according to course project assignment and the amount of laboratory tasks;
2. IDEA StatiCa – model for at least one connection;
3. Tekla Structures – model according to course project assignment, calculations done in RFEM and IDEA StatiCa software and the amount of laboratory tasks.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Acumulation of points for the lesson visits, presentation and course project.

Compulsory reading

1. Introduction to finite element analysis and design, Nam H. Kim, Bhavani V. Sankar, Ashok V. Kumar, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2018; 2. BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING (BIM) ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION: INTERACTION BETWEEN BIM USERS AND NON-BIM USERS, Ngoc Quyet Le, Michael Er, Shankar Sankaran, ISEC PRESS, 2018; 3. MANAGING DESIGN PROJECTS: METHODS AND POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENTS USING BIM, Hisham Abou-Ibrahim, Farooh Hamzeh, ISEC PRESS, 2018; 4. BIM handbook: A guide to building information modelling for owners, designers, engineers, contractors, and facility managers, Rafael Sacks, Charles Eastman, Chang Lee, Paul Teicholz, Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2018 5. Building Information Modelling (BIM) standardization, Poljansek Martin, Luxembourg: Publications Office, 2017;

Further reading

2. IDEA StatiCa Resource center;
3. Tekla Campus.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Žurnāls “Būvinženieris”;
2. Žurnāls “Latvijas Būvniecība”.


Compulsory course in professional Bachelor’s study programme Civil Engineering.