Automatic data processing and visualization in the finite elements analysis of the structural problems is a long run concern in mechanical engineering. The paper presents the ‘common database’ concept according to which the same information may be accessed from an analytical model, as well as from a numerical one. In this way, input data expressed as comma-separated-value (CSV) files are loaded into the Femap/Nastran environment using original API codes, being automatically generated: the geometry of the model, the loads and the constraints. The original API computer codes are general, being possible to generate the input data of any model. In the next stages, the user may create the discretization of the model, set the boundary conditions and perform a given analysis. If additional accuracy is needed, the analyst may delete the previous discretizations and using the same information automatically loaded, other discretizations and analyses may be done. Moreover, if new more accurate information regarding the loads or constraints is acquired, they may be modelled and then implemented in the data generating program which creates the ‘common database’. This means that new more accurate models may be easily generated. Other facility consists of the opportunity to control the CSV input files, several loading scenarios being possible to be generated in Femap/Nastran. In this way, using original intelligent API instruments the analyst is focused to accurately model the phenomena and on creative aspects, the repetitive and time-consuming activities being performed by the original computer-based instruments. Using this data processing technique we apply to the best Asimov’s principle ‘minimum change required / maximum desired response’.