Siemens at UCI Engineering

Thank you Mia Fuji, Chris Penny and Siemens Corporation for granting software to UCI Engineering.

Siemens at HSSOE Computer Labs

Siemens Software is installed in all HSSOE instructional computer labs including ECT 123, MSTB 224, ET 201, and ET 204.

  • These labs are available to all UCI Engineering undergraduate and graduate students.

The following packages are available for download and are installed in HSSOE instructional labs:

  • NX - versions 1984

  • SolidEdge - 2021

  • StarCCM - 16.04.007

  • SimCenter 3D - 2020.2-1946.4002

  • HEEDS - 2021.1.1

  • FEMAP - 2020.2

  • Simcenter tire - 2021.1, installed but not tested (because I don't know how)

  • Fibersim - Does not work with latest NX (as of 8/21/2021), available for download

  • Amesim - will be deployed to labs Winter 2021. Available for download.

  • LMS Imagine lab - Does not work in labs (java compatibility issue) but available for download

Learning Advantage Membership

Access to Siemens Learning Advantage:

What is Learning Advantage?

Learning Advantage is a convenient, easy to use e-Learning portal that enables users to gain skills and knowledge in Siemens PLM Software products. Learning Advantage contains a library of self-paced courses and assessments that are updated whenever new PLM software versions are released so that users may remain current with the latest information. For more information, visit the Learning Advantage homepage:


All active Siemens PLM academic customers and partners are entitled to free access to Learning Advantage, a convenient, easy to use e-Learning portal with over 4000 learning assets including self-paced courses, full-course curriculum packs, video tutorials, assessments, technical documents and projects. This is the same learning portal that industry customers pay to access - free to our academic customers. In addition to the same content available for a fee to our industry customers, the Academic Membership includes access to our Academic Resource Center which contains fullcourse curriculum packs, curated links to outside resources, tutorials and projects and video introductions to the latest topics in Digital Manufacturing, PLM/PDM, Additive Manufacturing and Model-Based Systems Engineering

Student Webinars

NX Certification

Resources for NX Certification

Siemens NX

      • Use your UCI Google Account to authenticate

Siemens NX Installation

1) Download software and unpack it

2) If you are off campus or using UCI Wi-Fi , connect to Campus VPN

3) Right-click on Launch.exe inside the installation folder. Select "Run as Administrator".

4) Select Install NX

5) Input license server: License server:

6) After installation use the “Licensing Tool” to enter the license server.

    • This is usually under Windows Start Menu - Siemens NX - Licensing Tool

    • Check the "Environment Settings"

    • License server:

7) Check the Bundle settings - you can select two bundles at a time but all are included with our license.

8) IMPORTANT: Open NX and select bundles. Go to File - Utilities - Bundle Settings

9) Additional installation instructions are located in the installation .zip file.


  • Note: use your UCI Google Account to authenticate

  • License server:

Siemens StarCCM+ Installation

1) Download StarCCM+ and unzip it.

2) If you are off campus or using UCI Wi-Fi then connect to Campus VPN

3) Before installation, create a System Environment variable.

  1. Right Click on “My Computer” or “This PC” select Properties.

  2. Select Advanced System Settings

  3. Click the Advanced Tab, then Environment Variables.

  4. Under System Variables, Click New and type the following for Variable Name & Value

4) Right Click and select "Run as Administrator" on the the following installer located in the unzipped StarCCM+ folder:

  • STAR-CCM+_CadClients16.04.007_01_win64_intel20.1vc14.2.bat

5) Choose Advanced Installation, Next

6) For path, use one without spaces

7) For Components use this;

8) Select the option to access a network license server

9) For Flexnet client Configuration, input the license server

10) Choose additional tasks to install here:

11) Complete Installation

12) Run a process to test connection to license server.

13) Go to File - New

14) The license server should read:

  • IMPORTANT: If a different license server shows up you need to change it.

  • Select a different option in the license box until you can edit the server.

15) After you edit the server, change the License box back to "Default". Click OK.

15) After you click OK, the software will check out a license. You should see a confirmation.


    • Note: use your UCI Google Account to authenticate

    • License server:

FEMAP installation

      1. Download and unpack.

      2. Right-click on setup.exe and select "Run as Administrator".

      3. Accept the license agreement

      4. Respond to the FEMAP Product Excellence Program notice

      5. Choose the installation path

      6. Select the features you want to install.

          • Do not select the FLEXLM license manager

7. Select the language.

8. Select Network Client-FLEXlm for the setup type

7) Click install

8) Choose Scratch directory

9) IMPORTANT!!! Do this in order to connect to the license server: add a System Variable.

Go to System Properties (Right click on This PC and select Properties), click on the Advanced tab, then Environment Variables. Click on System Variables, New.

Add the following information:

10) FEMAP is installed. You should be able to start the software.

Simcenter 3D

    • Note: use your UCI Google Account to authenticate

    • License server:

  • Use UCI VPN to obtain a license from UCI Wi-Fi or off-campus

Simcenter Installation

1) Download the software and unpack it

2) Right-click on Launch.exe inside the installation folder. Select "Run as Administrator."

3) Click on "Install Simcenter 3D".

4) Input license server:

Solid Edge

    • License server:

Solid Edge Benefits

One of the main benefits of Solid Edge is that it uses synchronous technology vs history based.

  • Unique to Siemens, synchronous technology combines the benefits of direct modeling and parametric design into one solution. You can work directly with design geometry and make changes instantly, while still maintaining control through an organized feature tree. This makes it easier to implement late stage design changes, modify imported 3D CAD, and edit multiple assemblies simultaneously – just to name a few common design challenges this technology helps to solve.
  • Solid Edge Benefits


    • Note: use your UCI Google Account to authenticate

    • License server:

  • Use UCI VPN to obtain a license from UCI Wi-Fi or off-campus

StarCD installation

1) Unpack the download. Right-click on *.exe and select "Run as Administrator."

2) Read and agree to license

3) Select custom installation method.

4) Select options for installation type

5) Choose components

6) Choose license type. Choose the option to access a network license server.

7) Input license server.

8) Choose installation location. No spaces.

9) Choose additional tasks.

10) Select a path, no spaces, for PCMPI

11) Select a path, no spaces, for Intel MPI

12) Verify installation options and click install.


    • Note: use your UCI Google Account to authenticate

    • License server:

Amesim Installation

1) Download Amesim. There are two DVD files (.iso)

2) Right-click on the DVD1.iso file and select "Mount".

3) Right-click on setup_win.bat and select "Run as Administrator"

4) Select Amesim for the product.

5) View the welcome screen, click Next.

6) Read the Release screen, click Next.

7) Input the User name, Organization, and Activation Key.

  • The key should turn green

8) Select Custom installation

9) Select Amesim features

10) Select the destination (whatever is specific to your computer).

11) Check the summary and click Install

12) Verify preferences

13) Input Amesim license server

14) For the StarCCM+ embedded installation, I skip and click Next. I don't have the installer they ask for.

15) Mount the other DVD and browse to it to complete installation.


        • Note: use your UCI Google Account to authenticate

    • License server:

    • Specific versions of Fibersim work with specific versions of NX. Both versions must be compatible.

            • I have not been able to find online documentation saying what version of Fibersim works with NX.

            • NX 1930 is compatible with Fibersim

    • Fibersim is accessed within NX

            • Start NX and create a new model. Fibersim appears on the menu ribbon.

Fibersim installation

1) (Under construction)

Fibersim configuration

1) Open the licensing "Tool-Licensing Tool" located in the Windows - Siemens NX start menu.

  • There are many "Tool-Licensing Tool" utilities for Siemens.

  • Make sure you select the one for Siemens NX

2) Select Fibersim as one of the bundles.

3) If you don't see Fibersim or if you get an error, look at Environment Settings to make sure NX has a license.


        • Note: use your UCI Google Account to authenticate

    • License server:

  • Use UCI VPN to obtain a license from UCI Wi-Fi or off-campus

Heeds installation


  • You need to reference installation directories in order to configure it, so install it last.

2) Download software. Right-click on the .exe file and select "Run as Administrator".

2) Select Install Heeds

3) Install location should not have any spaces

4) Choose custom installation

5) Choose installation set

5) Choose license file.

  • I left this "as is".

  • This step is very unclear on what to do when you use a network license.

5) Input license server


6) Correct the installation paths

7) Environment variables - Next. I didn't change anything for my installation

8) Language - Next. No changes.

9) Desktop shortcuts - Yes

10) Review Summary and click Install

10) After installation click through until done.

Simcenter Tire

      • Note: use your UCI Google Account to authenticate

    • License server:

    • Note: This software is installed in the labs but I have not tested it.

          • It appears complicated and I do not know how to use it.

LMS Imagine Lab

      • Note: use your UCI Google Account to authenticate

    • License server:


        • I have been unable to get this software installed in the labs because it requires 32-bit version of Java and I'm not able to install that version due to incompatibility and security issues.

Prerequisites for Student Training

Please complete the following steps BEFORE attending NX training at the Engineering Student Conference. The trainers will be unable to assist with installation issues at the conference.

STEP 1: Please go to the links above to obtain the installation files for STAR-CCM+ and NX.

STEP 2: We require that you install and test the software by opening a new file before the session since Siemens will not have time to troubleshoot licensing issues during the session.

STEP 3: Please self-register for NX E-Learning using instructions (How to self-register for a Learning Advantage Membership)

STEP 4: We also require that if you plan to attend the NX session that you have a basic understanding of the software. Please complete the first e-learning sections up through the sections showing how to build parts before the class.

The NX session will be focused on helping users who have completed this content and are building their CAD for the conference.