S-FRAME Analysis Feature List

Compare all S-FRAME Analysis Editions  – Standard, Professional, and Enterprise

Model, analyze and design structures to multiple international design codes within an easy-to-use, customizable model-management interface. Ideal for both buildings and industrial applications, S-FRAME’s flexibility lends itself to working with any type of structure.

S-FRAME Modeling CapabilitiesStandard ProfessionalEnterprise
Model Size: Virtually unlimited-sized models
Coordinate Systems: User defined for building complex geometry and loading
Member Patterns: To easily generate elements of regular and complex structures
Continuous Member tools for the assembly or disassembly of Physical Members from Analytical Members
Partial Releases for modeling semi rigid connections
Rigid Offsets
Model panels with our without holes
Panel FEA meshes automatically created
Automatic panel FEs' coordinate system alignment
Panel area load distribution options
Rigid and flexible diaphragm modeling
Advanced 3D meshing
Triangular elements, quadrilateral elements, or meshes with both quad and triangular elements
Meshing tools automatically detects non-coplanar panel intersections and ensures compatible connections along the line of intersections
Meshing tools convert members to meshed panels
Easily extract forces for structural objects from finite elements
Wall Integration Lines
Strip Integration Lines
Views in S-FRAME and S-VIEW (built-in)
Object Model View - realistic model rendering
Element Model View
Plans and Elevations
Interactive Database Editing
Point Constraints (leader – follower)
Rigid Body Constraints
Rigid Constraint Line
Pinned Constraint Line

S-FRAME Structural ComponentsStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Uniform and Tapered Section Properties
Shells, Plates, Membranes, Solids
Pentahedron solid element
Hexahedron solid element
Linear Axial and Torsional
Nonlinear Axial and Torsional
Tension Only Members
Compression Only Members
Nonlinear Link Elements: Gaps and Hooks
Nonlinear Link Elements: Plasticity, Dampers, Isolators
Nonlinear Springs, Isolators

S-FRAME LoadingStandardProfessionalEnterprise
User Loads
Point, Uniform, Trapezoidal, and Area Loads
Automatic one-way (short, long, or in any direction) or two-way area load distribution
Pressure Loads - Uniform or Varying
Open Structure Wind Loading
Powerful load-combination methods with notional loads and active/non-active status
Automatic load cases and combination generation for Canadian and American building codes
Prestressed Tendon Load
Response Spectrum Load: Automatic Code based generation options
Moving Load
Time History Load
Nonlinear Quasi Static

S-FRAME Analysis CapabilitiesStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Fast 64 bit SPARSE solver
Linear Static Analysis
Direct Analysis Method (DM): Rigorous second-order analysis in a single run
P-Δ Effects
P-δ Effects
Notional Loads
τB with amplification factors reported
Eigenvalue Analysis
Unstressed Vibration
P-Delta Stressed Vibration
P-Delta (2-step) Analysis
P-Delta Buckling Analysis
Mode shape/deflection animation
Response Spectrum Analysis
Equivalent Static Force Procedure (ESFP), including P-Delta contributions, for NBCC 2015, 2010 and 2005
Equivalent Lateral Force Procedure (ELFP), including P-Delta contributions,
for ASCE 7-16, 10, and 05
Options to scale to code base shear (ESFP/ELF) and to convert loads to mass
Five different modal combination methods including CQC and SRSS
Torsional sensitivity evaluation and accidental torsion calculations
Linear Time History Analysis
Constant or variable time step integration with support for initial conditions and options to convert loads to mass
Single or Multi-support Base Motion Time History for seismic analysis
Support for cyclic/harmonic loading force or acceleration & time history functions
Automatic response charts and automatic response spectrum for any point within the structure.
Static load cases combined with dynamic load cases can be treated in one of two ways – solved and combined dynamically (pure dynamic analysis), or solved statically and combined arithmetically
Solve using standard forcing functions: Harmonic, Polynomial and Linear
Combine static and dynamic loads for constant and variable time step integration.
Moving Load Analysis
Linear and Nonlinear Static Moving Loads
Influence line diagrams.
User definable vehicle patterns with up to 1500 axle loads. Multiple loads on multiple lanes following any 3D path
Combine moving loads with static load cases or combinations
One node and two node viscous dampers (dashpots)
Staged Construction analysis and design of steel and concrete structures
Nonlinear Analysis:
Full Newton-Raphson iterative solver with incremental loading
Displacement Control Scheme support for nonlinear static analysis - assign a displacement demand to a free degree-of-freedom and S-FRAME will perform a pushover analysis until the control degree-of-freedom reaches the desired demand.
Moving Loads
Time History: Uses direct integration and allows combination of dynamic and static load cases.
Nonlinear General Dynamic Analysis with user defined time dependent loads including impact loading.
Nonlinear Seismic Analysis
Stressed Vibration
Base Motion Time History
Multi-support Base Motion Time History
Nonlinear Buckling Analysis
Nonlinear Quasi-static and Pushover analysis to aid performance based design
Nonlinear time history with standard forcing functions: Harmonic, Polynomial and Linear
Nonlinear ground springs supporting hook and gap characteristics and multi-linear stiffness
True cable, tension or compression only elements and fabric elements
Material nonlinearity through hysteretic modeling of link beams and base isolators using Kinematic Bilinear, Isotropic Bilinear, Symmetric Bilinear, Takeda Bilinear and Pivot Hysteresis Models.
Convergence criteria based on Energy and out-of-balance force
Combine static and dynamic loads for constant and variable time step integration
Sophisticated 3 and 4 node elements participate fully in P-Delta and non-linear analysis

All S-FRAME Analysis editions have the option to include integrated steel and concrete design capabilities.

S-FRAME Design CapabilitiesStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Integrated design and optimization for strength and serviceability
Detailed reporting and quantity take-off with full round-tripping between analysis and design
Integrated steel member code checking and optimization (S-STEEL)
Supports composite beam design and design of tapered sections using AISC Design Guide 25
Integrated concrete design and detailing (ICD)
Columns (including composite columns)
Seismic concrete design for variable ductility requirements

S-FRAME Design Tools CompatibilityStandardProfessionalEnterprise
S-STEEL: Steel design and analysis tool, used to optimize steel structural elements according to numerous design codes and user-defined constraints (weight, surface area, architectural, fabrication constraints and more).
S-CONCRETE: Analysis, design and detailing for reinforced concrete beam, columns and wall sections using ICD
S-LINE: Continuous reinforced concrete beam design and detailing using ICD
S-FOUNDATION: A complete analysis, design and detailing tool for simple and complex foundation configurations
S-TIMBER: Timber design solution for mass timber structures
S-CALC: An advanced cross section property calculator

S-FRAME Output and DisplayStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Deformed Geometry
Force Diagrams
General Displacement
Section Cuts
Influence Lines
Plot Functions
Tabular Output
Video Animations

S-FRAME ReportingStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Industy's Most Comprehensive Engineering Reports
Quick Reports to PDF
Advanced, Customizable reports to Word

S-FRAME Import and ExportStandardProfessionalEnterprise
Bidirectional BIM links to Autodesk® Revit® and TEKLA® Structures
Revit® 2020 and earlier support for Beams, Columns, Walls, Floors, Beam System, Truss, Loads and Load Cases/Combinations
TEKLA® 2021 and earlier versions: support for Beam, Column, Wall and Slab, Loads and Load Cases/Combinations
Round-Tripping support retains S-FRAME data not recognized by third-party software through multiple design cycles
STAAD™ to S-FRAME file converter supports conversion of both Geometry and Loads
ETABS™ to S-FRAME file converter supports conversion of both Geometry and Loads
Date integration with MS Excell® and MS Access® file formats.
Advanced AutoCAD® DXF link
Import DXF layers as members, shells or panels, pre-assign properties to layers, limit import by layer or individual entity
Automatic S-FRAME model group folder creation for imported layers, unit conversions and joint tolerance checks
3D visualization window with fast rendering, toggle on/off layers, used to selectively import subsets of large models

S-View- Validation and Visualization tool is available in all three S-FRAME EditionsS-VIEW StandardS-VIEW Professional
Powerful visualization tool for S-FRAME model viewing, sharing and validating in a collaborative environment
Export images and videos* to create high quality presentations. Facilitate collaboration with all input and results in one file.
View supports and one- and two-noded springs and viscous dampers
Animate results from dynamic and nonlinear analyses
Export Video Animations of your model to WMV and AVI file formats

*S-STEEL, ICD and the video-export option in S-VIEW require additional licensing fees