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Structural software

  • 1.  Structural software

    Posted 05-12-2017 11:18 AM
    What is the most recent software for structural design?
    Sent from my iPad

  • 2.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 05-15-2017 09:35 AM
    RIsa is a good one.  It can take your model from Revit to help with the structural design and calcs.

    James Wildes
    Structural Drafter
    J&M Engineering
    Springfield MO

  • 3.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 05-15-2017 09:36 AM
    Perhaps you could suggest the application you are interested in as the results across a broad spectrum are also broad and may not help you. For instance buildings, bridges, yolk plates, utility poles....

    Stephen Cumminger P.Eng, C.Eng, M.ASCE
    Senior Design Standards Engineer
    Middle Sackville NS

  • 4.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 05-15-2017 09:37 AM
    Hello, I guess ETABS if im not mistaken. 

    Ali Hammadi S.M.ASCE
    Abu Dhabi University
    Abu Dhabi

  • 5.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 05-15-2017 09:37 AM
    Visual Analysis 17.0 x64 from IES Inc.  (iesweb.com) has a version 17.00.0005 just updated May 4.
    In addition to being recent it is good.

    Jan Harris P.E., F.ASCE
    Liberty Engineering, PC
    Virginia Beach VA

  • 6.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 05-15-2017 12:31 PM
    Our company has taken a look at several different packages.  The main ones looked at are:

    1.  Tekla Tedds
    2.  SCIA
    3.  RISA
    4.  Visual Analysis

    For straight up calculation based structural package that can help you keep good records of structural design and create reports in an organized manner, Tekla Tedds is the best for that.  It is intuitive to use, comes with training, and the tech support is AWESOME.  It has modules for just about every design scenario you could think of and performs code checks.  However, it does not make a 3D model, perform FEA, or do steel connection design.

    RISA does a lot, including 3D and FEA, but no code checks.  I'm not sure if it does connection design.

    SCIA is similar to RISA, but includes another package for connection design available as an extra.

    Visual Analysis is a good program.  It can make simple 3D drawings, do FEA, and perform calculations.  However, no connection design and user support consists mainly of U-tube videos.

    Ultimately, it depends what you need to do and how much you want to spend.  For the money, tekla TEDDS is a work horse and a great way to provide structural reports for record keeping.  RISA SCIA and Visual Analysis are respectively very expensive to expensive.

    Check them out for yourself, but those are the ones we are making a decision on right now.  I imagine we will probably get Tekkla Tedds and SCIA (SCIA since our parent company already has licenses).

    Good luck!

    James Lingo P.E., M.ASCE
    Senior Design Engineer
    Schust Engineering, Inc.
    Auburn IN

  • 7.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 05-16-2017 09:41 AM
    From my point of view i suggest Etab for integrated or composite structure and SAP2000 for steel and RCC structure 
    as per result combination

    Muhammad Saleem S.M.ASCE

  • 8.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 06-19-2017 11:31 AM
    Anyone using VersaFrame?  I've been pretty happy with it although it takes some getting used to.  They also publish some nice utility programs as well.

    Andrew Holmes P.E., L.S., M.ASCE
    Consulting Engineer
    Melbourne FL

  • 9.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 06-19-2017 01:43 PM

    I'd say SAP2000, STAAD.Pro, PROKON, ETABS are all good softwares.

    Rajmohan Rajragavan S.M.ASCE

  • 10.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 06-21-2017 05:53 PM
    ​Here is a real political answer.  There are a number of good software packages.  I suspect that the best program for you is the one you are use to. AISC in their deign guides 25, & 28 give methods of evaluating analysis programs for non linear analysis.
    In the AISC night course Stability of Structures they have one lecture of different approaches in computer analysis  programs.  My suggestion is to work out what you need and what your ability is  and select a program for you .  There is a danger of getting in over your head.

    David Thompson P.E., M.ASCE
    KTA Structural Engineers Ltd.
    Calgary AB

  • 11.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 08-07-2017 01:06 PM
    Sap2000 and nothing else.
    Hell of a software... that's it.

    Esmaeil Asadian S.M.ASCE

  • 12.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 10-16-2017 03:30 PM
    It depends on the structure type, for instance:
    For building structures, ETABS, Bentley ram structure system.
    For General structures SAP2000, StaadPro.
    For Steel structures: StaadPro.
    For Steel Connection Design: RAM Connection, LimCon and Tekla Tedds.
    For Slab analysis & Design : CSI SAFEBentley RAM Concept.
    For Post-tension design: Bentley RAM Concept.
    For bridges : Bentley, CSIBridge.

    Mohamed Abushady M.ASCE
    Senior Structural Engineer
    ABV Rock Group Co. Ltd

  • 13.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 03-02-2018 11:54 AM
    I agree with Mohamed Abushady
    However, there is some comments on his respond. For instance, in my opinion the best software for Post-tension design is ADAPT Builder and ADAPT RC/PT.

    Khaled Ghaedi S.M.ASCE
    Senior Engineer
    Kuala Lumpur

  • 14.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 10-23-2017 09:52 AM
    I think ANSYS is better.

    Binay Shah S.M.ASCE
    Ramnagar Mirchaiya

  • 15.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 10-30-2017 12:44 PM

    Doredla Nagaraju S.M.ASCE
    Guntur District AP

  • 16.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 11-13-2017 09:38 AM
    What about for the design of Utility Pole Structures?

    Stephen Cumminger P.Eng, C.Eng, M.ASCE
    Principle Engineer
    Middle Sackville NS

  • 17.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 11-14-2017 09:53 AM

    PLS-POLE (i.e. PLS-CADD) is the Industry Standard when it comes to Utility Pole Structure design and analysis for all overhead Transmission and Distribution Lines.  It meets NESC, GO95, CSA, many other international codes and standards, and most importantly for this forum, ASCE Standards and MoPs.  See http://www.powline.com/products/pls_pole.html

    Otto Lynch, P.E.,P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE
    Vice President
    Power Line Systems, Inc.

  • 18.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 11-14-2017 09:53 AM
    How about a utility pole? Depends on your yield point....enercal would in your case. 

  • 19.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 11-14-2017 09:54 AM
    I think it's STADD PRO

  • 20.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 11-14-2017 09:57 AM
    what is the most appropriate proportion for making fly ash based geopolymer concrete .
       thank you

    Shaswat Das S.M.ASCE
    Govt. College of Engineering , Keonjhar , Odisha
    Keonjhar OR

  • 21.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 11-14-2017 09:57 AM
    ​For Utility Pole Structures, the market leader is PLS-POLE from Power Line Systems. If you do T-Line design, PLS-CADD has about 90% of the USA market. The pole vendors use their own proprietary software developed in-house to design pole shafts.

    George Watson P.E., M.ASCE
    CenterPoint Energy
    Houston TX

  • 22.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 11-14-2017 09:57 AM
    For design of utility pole structures, I prefer PLS Pole. It integrates with PLS CADD for design of transmission lines, and while not simple to learn, is very powerful. 

    If you're designing stand alone towers (radio/cell phone/etc) then tnxTower is the best I've found.

    Jeanne Rice P.E., M.ASCE
    Project Engineer

  • 23.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 11-14-2017 12:51 PM
    For Utility Poles you could try: O-CalcPro a special purpose structural analysis software, specifically for Utility Poles,

    http://www.osmose.com/o-calcpro, After you are done with the Pole Design, then you will have to take the reaction forces and bending moment at the base of the pole and put that as Input Data for the design of the supports of the pole. This will require another special type of software that handles soil-structure interaction, meaning you will need to have the geotechnical information of the soil layers to be able to determine the proper type, depth, and size of the bases to support the poles within the acceptable soil parameters.   The Florida DOT has a library of software for Design of Structures that can be found at:http://www.fdot.gov/structures/proglib.shtm

    Look for the FB-Multipier program which is a free download. If you are looking for a hand calculation, try the titled How to Design Pole-type Buildings unknown publication date and Pole Building Design 6th edition (1969) which references the Outdoor Advertising Association of America Engineering Design Manual - 4th edition (1955) and Prof. P.C. Rutledge from Purdue and Northwestern Universities, that can be found as "Pole Building Design" at: http://www.slideruleera.net/miscellaneous.html

    Pedro Munoz Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
    PRM Engineering, LLC
    Methuen MA

  • 24.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 11-16-2017 11:27 AM
    STRUCTURE Magazine a Joint Publication of NCSEA/CASE/SEI every month publishes a section titled Software Updates where you can find the latest news and information from software vendors for Structural Engineering. Take a look of the link below, not all the most commonly used programs and long timers software is listed but this will give you a flavor for the latest trends of several interesting options and new programs in the block.

    Pedro Munoz Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
    PRM Engineering, LLC
    Methuen MA

  • 25.  RE: Structural software

    Posted 02-21-2018 05:14 PM
    For residential structural and simple beams, I use StruCalc. It's simple, inexpensive, and quick when you buy "pro" it will automatically track the loads and apply them. So if you change something, you can re-calculate for the entire design and make sure everything still works fine.


    Jeffrey Bishop P.E., M.ASCE
    Z6 Commissioning
    Galveston TX