Introduction to CivilFEM


B.S. in engineering or engineering experience. Introduction to ANSYS (Traditional GUI) and knowledge of finite element theory recommended. Basic functional familiarity with computers.


This course trains students on the use of the ANSYS & CivilFEM Graphical User Interface. Students will learn how to perform linear and nonlinear analysis using CivilFEM. The class includes material library input, auto cross-section modeling, code checking and load case combinations. Advanced features include creep and shrinkage, construction simulation and pre-stress / post-tension modeling. Approximately 50% of the course consists of hands-on exercises. This course can also be customized for on-site training.

Topics Include:

  • General Analysis Procedure
  • Materials
  • Cross Sections
  • Shell Vertex
  • Member Properties
  • Beam & Shell Properties
  • Solid Sections
  • Results View
  • Concrete Check and Design
  • Steel Checking
  • Envelopes
  • Importing and Exporting
  • Combinations
  • Nonlinearities Definition
  • Creep and Shrinkage
  • Construction Process Analysis
  • Prestressed Concrete

General Information

Seminars begin promptly at 9 a.m. and finish at approximately 5 p.m. each day. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. The seminar fee includes: course manuals, full color workshop manuals, & instruction. Coffee & donuts in the morning & lunch are provided for each student.  Students must make their own travel arrangements. CAE Associates recommends against purchasing non-refundable airline tickets. Please see our course cancellation policy for more details.