Collection of color schemes

FEM-Design 21 contains a library of predefined color schemes that are suitable for different result types (multicolored, discrete, etc.). The predefined schemes can be used (and adjusted) and new user-defined schemes can be added to the collection. Any custom color scheme can be saved as a default one.


Use Save schema function in the Color palette dialog in order to save a user-defined schema to the collection.

Use Load schema function in the Color palette dialog in order to load one of the predefined or user-defined schemas.

Use Save schema as default function in the Color palette dialog in order to save a schema as a default one.

Use Load default schema function in the Color palette dialog in order to load the default schema.


The palette range can be also adjusted by modifying the view properties:


Improved display of Missing... result type

From now on, missing-type results such as Missing reinforcement  can be displayed using the two-colors scheme, in order to clearly show the missing areas.


In case of such result types, FEM-Design automatically turns off the Adjust to min/max option for the colour palette. The two-color schemas are also available among the predefined color schemas. The missing schemas, can be edited and the colors can be changed.


Same scale for different results

It is useful to use the same scale on the graphs and color palettes when comparing and documenting the results. This is now made possible by the new option Keep current scale, if possible that allows to display new results with the same scale as the current one.

Application examples:

Displacement graph checked for different loads:

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Load combination results of the same type but with different directions of stress:

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Note: The scale cannot be kept  if

  • the type (graph, colour palette or contour line) of the new result is different from the current one, or
  • the unit differs from the previous one.

Improved result handling in Quick Tools

From now on, if we switch between the different Tab menus in the user interface, for example, between different design types of a complex project (Steel design, RC design, etc.), the status of the result tree-view is kept unchanged. 

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Numeric values on detailed results graphs

Automatic numeric values (global and local maximum/minimum) and Numeric value functions are now available also for all detailed result graphs, including bar stress and dynamic calculation results (time history, footfall and moving load).

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Hint: Editing tools such as Move and Erase work for all the displayed numeric values both in result windows and documentation.

Default font style for numeric values

From now on, the last font style used for numeric values is stored in the model and will be set as default if the model is reopened.

The last used font style will also become the default style in new projects after closing the current project.


Effective masses listed in Quick tools

Calculated effective mass values are displayed in an informative and tabular form when the Total/Level/Effective masses results of Eigenfrequencies dynamic calculation are selected.


Note: Calculated effective mass values can also be listed in documentation (Eigenfrequencies results) or can be checked at seismic calculation setup.


Converted loads listed in tables

The Converted loads, Points and Lines can be now listed and documented in a table format.



The figure shows how much linear load is transferred to walls from the surface load of the covers connecting the walls.


GUID data listed in tables

A Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) is a unique ID that is used to identify a structural analysis member in a model. It is generated automatically by FEM-Design as a 128-bit number (in the following structure: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx).

An element GUID does not change during its life cycle in a FEM-Design project. Unlike, for example, the element Identifier, which can be changed at element settings. Because the Identifier can change dynamically in a project, the unique GUID is used when communicating with external programs (for example exchanging data via struxml and IFC).

In addition to retrieving the GUID of our structural elements (Tools > Get GUID) or searching for elements based on their GUID (Tools > Find), we can now also list the GUIDs in table format (Tools > List).



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