# Creating and Maintaining FE Mesh for Structural Designs: There’s a Better Way!

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More and more civil and structural engineers are being asked to work iteratively with designers and architects.  As timelines shrink, the efficiencies required to complete complex projects become more important.

One of the most time-consuming aspects of complex projects is that of creating, generating and maintaining the project’s finite element (FE) mesh.  Typically, a process that requires trial and error, this tedious process can zap an engineer’s productivity while limiting the amount of time available for more important design decisions.

In this free webinar, the speaker will show how SCIA Engineer makes creating an accurate finite element (FE) mesh more efficient by allowing the software to take on the process of mesh refinement.

In this webcast you will learn the following:

• Automatically generate the mesh in SCIA based on global settings
• Apply various local mesh refinement options including around nodes, at edges and on whole surfaces
• Use automatic mesh refinement (based on applied load) to create an accurate and error free mesh
• Utilize result tools such as averaging and integration strips to fine tune the results reported from the finite element (FE) mesh

Take the Quiz

1. Which of these was not used as a “mesh example” during the webinar?
2. The finite element method is a numerical technique for finding solution to partial differential equations with specific boundary conditions.
3. It is possible to register for and receive a trial version of SCIA Engineer?
4. The method of automatic mesh refinement is based on superconvergent patch recovery.
5. All meshing in SCIA Engineer must be manually created.
6. The finite element method is a numerical technique for finding solution to partial differential equations with specific boundary conditions.
7. Integration strips can be used to convert 2D member results into “equivalent beam” results.
8. What are the three types of local mesh refinements in SCIA Engineer?
9. The feature in SCIA Engineer that allows users to view and animate the rigid body mode of the structure is:
10. What is the recommended error percentage limit for the quality of numerical solution after using the automatic mesh refinement?
11. What load cases are used in the automatic mesh refinement example?