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The Ribbon is located at the top of the main SDC Verifier window and contains the following pages:

Page "File"

This page contains the following commands: create, open, save a project and edit its properties, etc.

Page File | SDC Verifier

When SDC Verifier is started a project has to be created or opened.

New Project

Create new SDC Verifier project from existing model file:

New project Window | SDC Verifier

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 Open 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.

Store to - save engineer/customer data to the library;

Load from - load engineer/customer data from the library.

Embed Application into Femap - SDC Verifier works within Femap.

Embedded application into Femap | SDC Verifier


Edit the opened project data:

Edit Projects | SDC Verifier

All the settings are the same as described in New Project chapter.

Custom Fields:

Menu Custom Fields | SDC Verifier

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.

Open Project

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:

Choose File | SDC Verifier

Select one of the suggested files or press Browse to locate the model file.

Note: Submenu of Open 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. Execute Open - Open as Template to run the command:

Open template Window | SDC Verifier

Use Current Project - use current project file as a template. Enabled only when the current project is saved in the file;

Get Active3 Model Path - get the path of the opened model in Femap. Enabled only when the model is saved in the file.

Save/Save as

Save the project to existing file (the Femap Model file will not be saved) or pick a custom file location (Save as):

Save as Window | SDC Verifier

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:

Preferences Window | SDC Verifier

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:

Preferences Window | SDC Verifier

Project Preferences

Common settings of SDC Verifier that will be used for all projects.

Preferences Window | SDC Verifier

Automatic Backup

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.

Scratch Folder

The Scratch Folder option defines the location for storing temporary files during calculations.

Report Settings:

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;

Results saving

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.

Modified Items Window | SDC Verifier

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

Parametric model allows building a new Femap Model by inputting the dimensions:

Parametric Crane Model | SDC Verifier

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.

Press Build Curves to 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 the Mesh button to create FEM elements on the generated geometry.

Press Create Project to save the model to the file and start a new project in SDC Verifier.

Renumber IDs - 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.

Close - unload the current SDC project and asks if the project has to be saved;

Menu Save Changes | SDC Verifier

Page "Home"

This page contains the following commands:

Settings Menu | SDC Verifier

Page "Settings"

This menu contains:

Settings Menu | SDC Verifier

Page "Recognitions"

These menu commands are for model recognition:

Recognition Menu | SDC Verifier

Page "Tools"

Tools Menu | SDC Verifier

Page "Standards"

Add predefined or custom standards. List of available predefined standards is described in the Standards chapter.

Standard Menu | SDC Verifier

Page "Help"

Contains commands to open help topics, request a license etc.

Help Menu | SDC Verifier