Course code BūvZ3063

Credit points 1

Conceptions of CAD (Computer Aided Design) I

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes4

Number of hours for laboratory classes4

Independent study hours24

Date of course confirmation10.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Structural Engineering

Course developer

author lect.

Atis Dandens

Mg. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

BūvZ2039, Selected Topics in Strength of Materials

BūvZ2040, Structural Analysis I

BūvZ2048, Basic Theory of Structures

BūvZ2056, Building Materials I

BūvZ3078, Structural Analysis II

BūvZ3087, Building materials II

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.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students are able to create models in Finite Element Method (FEM) software RFEM and IDEA StatiCa – laboratory tasks, course project.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction, 1 hour.
2. RFEM, 6 hours:
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. Results Evaluation;
2.9. Printout.
3. IDEA StatiCa, 6 hours:
3.1. Introduction;
3.2. Geometry;
3.3. Load effects;
3.4. Design;
3.5. Check;
3.6. Optimization;
3.7. Report.
4. Preparation of course projects (independent work by students), 24 hours.
5. Presentation of independently made course projects, 3 hours.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Independently made course test presented.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Course test:
1. RFEM – model according to course test assignment and the amount of laboratory tasks;
2. IDEA StatiCa – model for at least one connection.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The course test is scored by credit points. At least 4 points must be earned to receive a sufficient grade.

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.

Further reading

2. IDEA StatiCa Resource center.

Periodicals and other sources

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


Compulsory course in second level professional higher educational programme Civil Engineering.