SAP2000 is a structural analysis program that allows analysis and design of many building systems from simple to complex. Sap2000 is in that sense Structural Analysis Program (SAP). The capabilities of the software can be grouped under 4 general heading: modeling, analysis, design and reporting.

The program uses the Finite Element Method as the analysis method. Finite element method; Instead of analyzing systems with irregular geometry and complex support conditions under various loads in one go, they separate them into small problems and combine their solutions.



SAP2000 has a wide selection of templates to quickly start a new model. The structure types that the program includes ready-made templates are as follows: Simple Beams, 3D Shears, 3D Frames, Storage Ships, Stairs, Dam Structures and Pipes.

Axles can be defined as cartesian or cylindrical. There is no limit to the number of axle systems in a model and they can be rotated in any direction or placed at any source of the model.

Figure-1: Building examples that can be modeled with SAP2000



Structural elements that can be modeled in SAP2000 are as follows:

  • Node points (supports, junction points)
  • Frame elements (columns, beams)
  • Area elements (flooring, curtain wall)
  • Cable and tendons
  • Solid elements (dam bodies)
  • Link elements
Figure-2: Example of solid elements modeled in SAP2000



The program supports many industry standards to import and export data. Autodesk Revit, Tekla, AutoCAD (DXF / DWG), CI / 2, IFC, IGES and SDNF are supported. SAP2000 also supports the export of a model to a Microsoft Access database. If users are using other analysis packages, they can import files from SAP2000, FrameWorks Plus, STAAD and STRUDL.

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Figure-3: Data transfer from another program in SAP2000