Two-level model diagnostics


In Consteel there is a possibility to perform a model check on the structure to reveal modelling errors. This model check or diagnostics can be separated to First and Second level model diagnostics.

How it works

The First level diagnostics runs automatically before starting the analysis. It contains two types of checks. First a quick check is running which verfies the minimum conditions of creating the finite element mesh. The second one is a geometrical check performed on the generated finite element mesh verifing for example if the loads and supports are actually on the structure or if there are overlaps between bar or surface elements.

The Second level diagnostics can be initiated manually at any time during the modelling stage to examine the current state. The function can be launched by clicking onView/Diagnostics…button. It starts also with the same quick check as the first level. Then a basic check is running examining e.g. too small distances between members or unproperly supported model parts.

It is recommended to perform second level diagnostics after the modelling of the structure to reveal errors coming from inaccuracies of the modelling. After these errors had been fixed, it is OK to proceed to the analysis, which will automatically trigger the first level diagnostics. If it still reveals model errors, it is easier to handle them if all of the problems from second level diagnostics had been fixed.

Diagnostic messages

There are two kinds of diagnostic messages:

ERRORS: They make the calculations impossible or meaningless to execute so the detected errors stop further calculations.

POSSIBLE ERRORS: The warnings allow the calculation to run but they can influence the results.

By clicking on any of the object name in the tree structure and pressing the SELECT button, the selected object will be highlighted in the model graphical surface. The selected object can be erased by pressing DELETE button, or it can be modified with the regular geometric operations.

Tutorial video

To see the use of the diagnostic tool, please watch one of our earlier tutorial video below:

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