The Ribbon is located at the top of the main SDC Verifier window and contains the following pages:
This page contains the following commands: create, open, save a project and edit its properties, etc.
When SDC Verifier is started a project has to be created or opened.
Create new SDC Verifier project from existing model file:
Get Active Model Path - inserts a full model path of an Active Model into Model File Path.
Select Model File is the only obligatory to define, the rest are optional. Press to select the existing model file.
Project Details - a project number, report version and a project name;
Engineer details - a company and an engineer details who prepared this project;
Customer details - a company for whom the project is prepared;
Note: Engineer and Customer details are default settings for each new report.
- save engineer/customer data to the library;
- load engineer/customer data from the library.
Embed Application into Femap - SDC Verifier works within Femap.
Edit the opened project data:
All the settings are the same as described in New Project chapter.
Custom fields are used in Report Layout.
Note: Custom field values are stored in the project file and can be different from project to project. Field names and descriptions are stored is settings and can be used between projects.
To Open a project it is required to select the file with the extension *.sdcv. First SDC Verifier searches the model file in the directory where the project file (*.sdcv) is located and by the path stored in the project. If the model file was found in two locations, then Choose File dialog box will appear:
Select one of the suggested files or pressto locate the model file.
Note: Submenu of command contains a list of last 8 recently opened projects.
Open as Template
Allows to open a project with all the created items as a template with the new model. Executeto run the command:
- use current project file as a template. Enabled only when the current project is saved in the file;
- get the path of the opened model in Femap. Enabled only when the model is saved in the file.
Save the project to existing file (the Femap Model file will not be saved) or pick a custom file location (Save as):
In the Project File field define the new project file name. To save the Femap model file check the Copy Model and define a new Model File name.
Copy Results Folder - the results of loads/standards calculated in SDC Verifier will be copied to a new folder and will be used in the saved project.
Export Parts to File
Export current project parts (Views, Components, Recognition Tools, Reports) to the file that can be imported in another project. Select the items from the list to be exported and select the location to save the file:
Import Parts from File
Import project parts (Views, Components, Recognition Tools, Reports) from the selected file that was created by Export Parts to File command.
Note: Project that uses different model from the one the information was exported should be checked manually as the ids of the items (e.g. elements, materials, loads) can be different and consequently some information can be mixed up or will not exist.
Note: Warning will be displayed if unit system stored in the file and unit system of current project are different. In this case dimensions in recognition tools will use the values in units stored in the file:
Common settings of SDC Verifier that will be used for all projects.
To prevent loosing of data in SDC Verifier use option Automatic Backup. It is possible to set the time intervals between the savings in minutes. By default, Automatic Backup is enabled and the time interval is 5 minutes. The Save With Model option allows to save the model after the project is saved.
If the project is saved, the backup file is stored in the project directory with the name "/Project Name/_backup type_/date_time/.sdcb". If the project is not saved, the backup file is stored in the Model file directory with "/Model file Name/_backup type_/date_time/.sdcb". Where backup type is "auto backup", "backup" or "daily backup":
If SDC Verifier detects an unexpected exception, the file with the name "/Project Name/_restore.sdcb" will be created with the last project data.
The Network options are recommended to be set only if the Internet connection is through Proxy Server and SDC Verifier fails to send the registration request or error reports.
The Scratch Folder option defines the location for storing temporary files during calculations.
Update model before report generation - show notification to update the model information from Femap before the report generation.
Recalculate jobs before report generation - clear all results for Load Sets and Load Groups and recalculate them.
Fix Small Numbers Format - if a number is not zero, but after formatting display 0 then the number is shown in the scientific format.
Use Femap results titles - displays the direction names Tx instead of Ux etc., and von Misses instead of Equivalent.
Save and Load Report Items Content - keep Report Designer structure generated even after reopening the project. Option is used for all new Report Designers and can be overridden in the Report Settings of each Report Designer.
Load Type in Load Title - displays full type (e.g. Individual load) or abbreviation (e.g. IL) in a title of the load chapter.
Femap window size - graphic window resolution in Femap. Use current size or set custom width and height.
Table rows count Limitation
If Warning about rows count over limit is selected a warning message for the tables with the row count more than the limitation count will be displayed. Generation of tables that do not match the condition will not be displayed in the report.
Default view (center, rotation, magnification)
Options are set for the default view when a new SDC Verifier project is created.
Use isometric view settings - rotation around X axis = 35.26439°; around Y = -45°; around Z = 0°. Center and magnification values are obtained after the model is auto scaled;
Use current view settings - rotation, center and magnification will be taken from the position of the model at the moment the new project is created;
Select the type of results to be stored to the disk - load or check results by the selected load types.
SDC Verifier does not update automatically the model from Femap. To prevent problems with different models in Femap and SDC Verifier check the option Update model before analysis;
Show confirmation before deleting - displays the message with a confirmation.
Update recognition tools on project opening - updates joints, beam members, welds, buckling plates if the model was modified since the last project's save;
DPI awareness - enable the different DPI scaling behavior;
Show Model Changelog on Project Opening - displays window with an information of original and new items (elements, beam members etc.) count. Window is displayed after project opening and if the model was changed.
Embed into Femap - SDC Verifier works within Femap.
Default Values (Buoyancy and Tank loads)
Density and Gravity values (in model units) are used as default in Tank and Buoyancy loads.
Other Page "File" Commands
Parametric model allows building a new Femap Model by inputting the dimensions:
It is quick and easy to build a model of a new crane for personal or education purpose by changing only the necessary input. All the dimensions are shown on the picture.
Pressto create a geometry and predefined material and properties of a crane in Femap. A new model will be created each time the button is pressed.
After the geometry is built set a Mesh Size and press thebutton to create FEM elements on the generated geometry.
Pressto save the model to the file and start a new project in SDC Verifier.
- renumber Ids for all items in the project starting from ID = 1.
Renumbering the result items where the results can be stored to the files (jobs, loads, checks, standards) will lead to results clearing with a confirmation message since they are linked to the files by their IDs.
- unload the current SDC project and asks if the project has to be saved;
This page contains the following commands:
- - synchronize model information (elements, properties etc.) from Femap with SDC Verifier project;
- View - add new View;
- Job in Femap. Submenu contains commands to select a different job for analysis or Analyze Multiple jobs and standards to be calculated; - run analysis of active
- Report Layout - allows customizing an appearance of the generated content;
- Results Manager - allows to operate with calculated by SDC Verifier results that are saved to files and choose the result folder location;
- Export Results - export the calculated load and check results to Femap;
- Governing Loads - finds the critical (governing) loads from a large group of load combinations.
- Peak Finder - finds all peak zones based on the output results and presents them using a special plot and a summary table.
- Freebody - calculates a balanced set of forces/moments on a chosen part of a model.
- Optimization Tool - optimize structure design;
- SDC API - automate the process of interaction with SDC Verifier.
- - installs or runs a script prepared by support team to manage/fix specific requests on a software.
- - opens window to select a predefined script to be run.
- - SDC Verifier works within Femap.
If script is predefined - it is required to install the script only once and it will be added to a list of predefined scripts and the message with the instructions how to run the script will appear:
If script is not predefined - to run the script it is necessary to select the script file each time.
This menu contains:
- Unit System - used for the conversion units in check calculations;
- Legend Settings - define the legend style for different result categories;
- Number Formats - define the display style of numbers in the tables;
- Standards Settings - set Input values (Constants, Characteristics, Classifications) of the predefined standards;
- Edit Library - manage Standards, Wind, Number Format, Legend Settings and Shapes libraries.
These menu commands are for model recognition:
- - run automatic recognition of all recognition tools;
- Joints Finder - recognize joints (1D, 2D, 3D, beam-plate and user joints);
- Beam Member Finder - recognize length in y, z and torsional directions;
- Beam Section Finder - group beam elements by planes XY, YZ, ZX and Custom;
- Panel Finder - recognize sections, plates, stiffeners and their dimensions automatically;
- Weld Finder - recognize welds on the model;
- Connection Finder - recognize beam-to-beam connections on the model;
If any recognition tool contains recognized structural items - the window with the options to be applied for existing items will appear:
After the recognition process is finished, the window with the summary information will appear:
Recognition tools that require a manual intervention are marked with warnings in the round brackets.
- Free Edge - automatically finds free edges between the elements
- Moment Shear Force - is for checking the validity of a ship;
- Interpolation - allows to display stress variation along the selected line between two mesh nodes;
- Weld Force Summation - is used to summarize Grid Point Forces over welds recognized by Weld Finder. The results of the tool are used in Weld Checks;
- Moment Ratio - calculates the moment ratio on the ends of the member found by Beam Member Finder;
- Effective Plate Width - calculates plate effective width for stiffeners recognized in Panel Finder;
- Stress Gradient - calculates related stress gradient coefficients;
- Braces Stress - calculate axial, in-plane and out-of-plane bending stresses for braces recognized in Connection Finder;
- Braces Classification - calculate percentage of brace classification (K, TY, Cross) in the connections recognized in Connection Finder depending on what load is applied;
- Rainflow Counting - determine the number of fatigue cycles presented in a load-time history;
- Mass and COG Table - mass and center of the gravity table;
- Compression Only Support - simulation of compression only support by creating dependency loads and modifying Load Sets to reach 0 reaction at the support nodes;
- Thickness Plot - the plot with properties thicknesses using the text labels;
- - creates the toolbar in Femap;
- - deletes all Femap output sets;
- - fixes an issue when SDC Verifier cannot start Femap automatically. This command works when the program is started with administrator rights;
- Tapered Beam Tool - refine mesh of tapered beams and create new properties in Femap model;
Add predefined or custom standards. List of available predefined standards is described in the Standards chapter.
Contains commands to open help topics, request a license etc.
- Get Started chapter; - Opens an online help on
- SDC Verifier website; - visit
- SDC Verifier website; - open a page with available tutorials at
- YouTube channel with list of demos/webinars; - open SDC Verifier
- Licensing; - manage the license or request it. For more detailed information see
- - full information about the amount of licenses and licensed modules;
- firstname.lastname@example.org - open the file that contains detailed information about errors. It is recommended to send this file and the error description to
- - open a directory where the log file is located;
- - Check if a new version is available:
- - checks on messages or important information from SDC Verifier. Messages are displayed at the bottom right pop up window. Critical messages are shown in the separate window;
- SDC Verifier information: - dialog with