Altair Acquires S-FRAME Software

As an innovator in architecture, engineering and construction structural simulation and certification for 40 years, S-FRAME Software advocates for the use of timber in building design.

As an innovator in architecture, engineering and construction structural simulation and certification for 40 years, S-FRAME Software advocates for the use of timber in building design.

This timber model shows curved glulam column and beam design capabilities in S-FRAME’s S-TIMBER software. Image courtesy of Altair.

Altair has acquired S-FRAME Software, a structural analysis software platform used by engineers to evaluate a structure's ability to withstand external loads (like wind, water, and snow) and meet design code requirements around the world.

Utilizing S-FRAME Software's finite element structural analysis and code support with Altair's high-fidelity structural optimization solutions will allow architects and civil engineers to bring their visions to life while adhering to local code requirements, the companies report.

“The AEC segment will be one of the fastest-growing segments of the PLM market with a 14.7 percent CAGR to $11 billion in 2025,” according to CIMdata, a company dedicated to product lifecycle (PLM) education and research.

A model of a multistory hybrid mass timber building in S-FRAME’s S-TIMBER software object view (left) and the resultant column force view (right). Image courtesy of Altair.

“We are excited to expand our presence in the rapidly growing AEC market to lead the transformation from rule-based design to predictive, high-performance design, fueled by simulation,” says James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “By using highly sophisticated performance-based, predictive simulation, architects and designers will be able to be more creative, fueling innovation while increasing safety.” 

As an AEC innovator, S-FRAME Software's integrated solutions make it possible to analyze, design and detail structures regardless of geometric complexity, loading conditions, nonlinear effects, design code requirements or material type including steel, concrete, composites, or mass timber, one of the hottest in sustainable building materials.

S-FRAME Software has been advocating for the use of timber in building design as the material offers sustainability through greenhouse gas reduction and other environmental benefits like insulation as well as architectural aesthetics. S-FRAME Software also allows users to produce comprehensive and detailed design reports that include clause references and intermediate results for multiple design code support. 

“Joining the Altair team is a strategic way to accelerate our growth and become part of a full solutions suite with their advanced structural design offerings,” says Marinos Stylianou, chief executive officer, S-FRAME Software. “We are confident our combined offerings will be able to empower engineers, designers, and builders to reach new heights.”

Founded in 1981, S-FRAME Software is based in British Columbia, Canada, and serves a global client base.

S-FRAME Software will be available via Altair Units, Altair's patented, subscription-based licensing model, which allows organizations to pay only for what their employees need, when they need it.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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