MASTER EC3 Steel Connections (Eurocode 3)

BIMware MASTER EC3 Steel Connections is used to design and verify the capacity of typical connections used in steel structures. The verification of connections is conducted in accordance with the recommendations of the EUROCODE 3 (EN 1993-1-8, EN 1993-1-1) with a possibility to consider national annexes for the following countries United Kingdom, France, and Poland.


Calculation and verification of steel elements are based on defined geometrical data, parameters of fasteners and internal forces. Calculation results are presented as a calculation report which can be saved in an RTF or PDF format and then attached to to the project documentation.

Design & Analysis - key features

  • calculations in accordance with EUROCODE 3 (EN 1993-1-8)

  • expanded database of common materials, profiles and connectors
  • XML format of the connector databases (diameters and classes of bolts) that allows for editing 
  • user-defined materials and profiles
  • stiffeners definition
  • verification of geometry
  • capacity analysis of connection elements (connectors, welds, and other elements)
  • definition of many load cases
  • simultaneous calculation for many load cases

Available connection types:

  • beam to beam (end-plate)
  • beam to beam (clip)
  • beam to beam (splice)
  • beam to column (end-plate) - also in a 'welded only' mode 
  • circular tubes (end-plate)
  • rectangular tubes (end-plate)
  • tube truss
  • column base
  • column base to circular tube
  • column base to rectangular tube
Data import directly from Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 
  • import of geometry data (sections, materials, position).
  • import of internal forces for all load cases 
  • data import is available for the following connection types:
    • beam / column - end-plate,
    • beam / beam - end-plate,
    • beam / beam - clip,
    • beam / beam - splice,
    • circular tubes (end-plate) 
    • rectangular tubes (end-plate) 
    • column base
    • column base to circular tube
    • column base to rectangular tube

User Experience - advantages

  • fast verification of steel connection capacity
  • quick connection parameter adjustment and re-calculation
  • intuitive user interface to reflect the successive stages of the connection design
  • configuration of calculation notes for use in the design documentation
  • several language versions: English, French, and Polish
  • documentation generation documentation generation in a different language from an UI language
  • Microsoft Windows 8 compatible
  • access to the BIMware Platform cloud (to store a model, share data and results)

European Funds – for development of innovative economy
Project co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund

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