Cype Connect

CYPE Connect can model and analyse, in addition to steel element connections, connections between timber structural elements as well as steel-to-timber connections, using the finite element method. This application uses the OpenSees calculation engine.


CYPE Connect is a tool for the modelling, analysis and code checking of connections in steel and timber structures using the finite element method. The program includes the OpenSees© analysis engine, developed at the University of California, Berkeley, to carry out complete analyses. In addition to the designs and checks, CYPE Connect has a tool for generating sheets with the detailing drawings of the connections.

Workflows supported by the program

CYPE Connect offers different workflow options as it is an Open BIM tool and is connected to the platform.

  • Modelling, analysis and graphical information of individual connections are all done completely within the program itself
  • Importing a steel structure previously analysed in CYPE 3D
  • Importing a steel structure previously analysed in CYPECAD
  • Importing structural steel models in IFC format via IFC Uploader
  • Importing structures developed with other tools via StruBIM Uploader
Workflows supported by the program

Working environment

The CYPE Connect working environment follows the style of other CYPE modelling tools.

The top toolbar contains the main features for creating project libraries, creating and managing the nodes to be analysed, and editing and analysing the connections.

The model viewing area is located on the right-hand side of the main interface and allows users to select the analysed connections, as well as to view all the elements of the project in 3D.

The list of existing nodes in the project is located on the left-hand side. Any element selected in the 3D model is highlighted in the list and vice versa. Also, the program notifies users of the status of each connection by means of warning symbols.

A detailed view of the node selected in the list or in the 3D model is displayed in the bottom left corner.

CYPE Connect