Common Controls

There are the following types of controls:

Selector Control

The Selector Control is a very powerful tool which helps to make an elemental or nodal selection.

The Selection represents a set of conditions that are performed one by one to get entity IDs.

Condition = Operation + Condition Type + Entity IDs;

SDC Selection

- add all entities to the selection;

- add entities by condition;

- add entities using standard selection tools;

- remove entities from the selection by using the standard selection tools.

- exclude entities using the standard Femap selection tools;

- remove all selection conditions;

- move condition up;

- move condition down;

- store selection conditions to the component;

- edit condition (double click on the condition);

- remove selected conditions;

- preview the selection;

- preview only selected entities.

Condition = Operation + Condition Type + Entity IDs;

There are 4 types of operations:

  • Add (+);
  • Remove (-);
  • Exclude (x) - remove entities from the selection, won't be added;
  • Reselect (U) - take common entities from the current selection and condition ids.

14 main condition types can be distinquished:

  • Components;
  • Materials;
  • Properties;
  • Groups;
  • Fem Loads;
  • Constraints;
  • Previous - add the last selected entities (graphically);
  • Add Visible - add all entities visible on the screen;
  • Sections - select beam member or subm-ember for Y/Z or torsional directions;
  • Welds - get elements from Weld Finder (all welds, all welds intersections, all welds without intersections);


  • Additional Rules (are described below in details);
  • Planes - select all elements in the Plane (XY, YZ or ZX);
  • Coordinates.

There are 8 additional conditional types:

  • Element Type - select elements by the element property type. E.g. Linear Beam, Parabolic Plate, etc.;
  • Property Type - select elements based on the property type. E.g. Beam, Mass, Rigid, etc.;
  • Element Shape - select elements by the element topology. E.g. Line, Tri, Quad, etc.;
  • Property Shape - select elements by the shape type, standard or Nastran. E.g. circular bar, T Section, etc.;
  • Add Attached - add elements that are connected to the elements from the selection;
  • Inversion - remove currently selected elements from the selection and adds all elements that were not in the selection;
  • Plates with free edges - add to selection plate which has at least one edge with not connected elements to it;
  • Stiffeners - add to selection beam elements that are connected to shell elements with 2 nodes.

All conditions work in a similar way except Inversion. The condition editor displays the dialog where an operation type has to be defined and a list of IDs/Types/Shapes:

Inversion = all entities - current selection ids.

Search - contains 2 useful commands: Go to ID and Filter names. The filter is case insensitive and checks if an item contains Filter Word.


Selection proceeds condition in order - from up to down. Changing the order of the condition will change the resulting selection.

Selection Examples

Complete Model

All elements with the material "1..AISI 4340 Steel" are selected.

The Selection has 2 conditions. First all elements with the material "1..AISI 4340 Steel" are selected. Second condition invert selection - all elements minus elements that have already been selected (from the material ID = 1).

All elements with the material "2..AISI 4140 Steel" are selected.

All elements with the property "3..BEAM Property (Rectangular Bar)" are selected.

All elements with the element type = "2..Bar" are selected.

All elements with the nodes that are in range X[15.5;25] are selected.

The Selection has 2 conditions. The first one is to add elements with all nodes that are in range X[15.5;25]. The second one is to reselect (pick outcommon ids from the current selection and condition) elements with property "3..Beam Property (Rectangular Bar)".

The selection has 2 conditions. First, add all elements with the element type = "2..Bar". The second condition is to add elements with all nodes that are in range X[6;12] and Y(3;7).

The example demonstrates the exclude operation. The first condition excludes all elements with the property "1..Bar Property (Circular Bar)". The second condition adds all entities to the selection. Exclude operation completely removes entities from the selection. It can be considered as the remove operation that is always performed in the end.

Selection List

Selection List control allows creating several selections at once. It is used in the places where multiple items of the same type but with different selections can be created (report tables/plots, thickness plot tool) or results based on a set of selections (components extreme table, mass and COG table).

SDC Verifier selection menu

- add custom selection:

SDC Verifier selection

- edit selection.

- remove selection.

- move chosen selections up;

- move selected selections down;

- add All Elements/Node selection.

Add multiple selections simultaneously:

- components;

- groups;

- materials;

- properties;

- panel finder sections.

- members from Y/Z/Torsional direction.


The list with all available components/materials/properties/groups/sections will be displayed:

SDC Verifier options window

All selected items will be added to the list as the separate selection.

View List

SDC Verifierr views

- add view;

SDC Verifier edit button - edit view;

SDC Verifier edit multiple button - edit multiple views;

- edit selected views;

- remove selected views.

Single Load Selector

Single Load Selector allows picking you Individual Load, Load Set, Load Group or Fatigue Group from the existing Jobs.

Multiple Loads Selector

A Multiple Load Selector allows to select few Individual Loads, Load Sets, Load Groups or Fatigue Groups from the existing Jobs.

Previous Loads - select the last used custom combination of loads;

All Loads - select all possible loads;

All Individual Loads - select all possible individual loads;

All Load Sets - select all possible load sets;

All Load Groups - select all possible load groups;

All Fatigue Group - select all possible fatigue groups;

Note: For the items that require to use only one Job, the loads only from that job will be selected;

Note: Previous combination and recent loads list are changed only when the loads are selected manually;

Note: The loads, that cannot be used in the current context will be banned from being selected;

- opens the window to select the loads manually:


The load list contains the loads from all checked Jobs.

- selects all possible loads;

Press IL/LS/LG/FG to add Individual Loads/Load Sets/Load Groups/Fatigue Groups to the selection.

- clear all selected loads;

Output Vector Selector

Allow to select Output Vector IDs.

Press Select to choose Output Vectors or press to load vectors from the library.

For quick navigation between vectors, they are grouped by categories. Click on the category and vectors of the correspondent category will be displayed in the Output Vectors list.

Select vectors from the list and press to add them to the selection. To add all vectors from the Output Vectors list press .

To load vectors from the library select option From Library. By default, there are few predefined vectors selections in the library:

Alternatively, vectors can be added by specifying Output Vector ID. Define a number in Custom I field and press .

Press to remove selected vectors from the selection.

Press to save vector selection to the library.

Description Control

Description Control allows adding a single line or multi-line comments.

By default, a comment is added in the text field as a single line.

To switch to multi-line editor press or Arrow Down (on keyboard). Alternatively, click on the text field and popup editor will open.

To close multi-line editor press or Esc.


Labels control is used to put extra labels for result plots over recognition items or min/max values over a selection.

Note: control is available for criteria/contour plots for result categories and check plots.

Display By list:

None - no labels are shown by default;

Members- put a label of the absolute maximum value at the center of each beam member from the Beam Member Finder.

Note: Sub members are used instead of beam member if they exist. Sub-members are taken from a torsional length;

Plates - put a label of absmax value at the center of each plate from Panel Finder;

Welds - put a label of absmax value at the center of each weld from Weld Finder;

Min/Max - put the labels with the min/max values on the selection defined in a plot;

Min - put a label with a min value on the selection defined in a plot;

Max - put a label with a max value on the selection defined in a plot;

Note: all elements from the welds, plate, and members should be included in a selection of plot to display labels for them.

Limits - filter label values by the criteria (Type): Below, Above, Between, Outside. If the Absolute Value option is set, the absolute label value is compared to the selected criteria.

It is available for members, plates and welds type only: