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Design software tools for civil engineers

Updated: Feb 2, 2021

At the dawn of technology the planning and construction of buildings was quite slow. But the accelerated technological upheaval has straightaway permitted the civil engineering companies to rush up the construction process while assuring quality and strength of the buildings.

After the complete growth of technology, there are diverse software available out there to design, analyze and build huge projects in no time. 3D conformed structural design and analysis software are generally common among structural designers. This kind of structural analysis and design software helps in higher productivity. They make structural modeling and load analyzing more smooth and skillful, thus dwindling the time and effort obligated for fixed element analysis.

Elements like analysis of varied profile of structural elements, modeling structure of different materials, outputting analysis and graphical files, and verifying for geometrical errors are incorporated in many of these design/analysis software. In this article we will see some of these softwares.

Major structural design and analysis software tools

STAAD Pro for Analysis and Design

This is a structural design and analysis tool realized by Research Engineers which was afterward gathered by Bentley Systems, a CAD/CAM software company based in Pennsylvania. STAAD Pro is believed as the ablest structural analysis software and ratified by over a million structural engineers around the world. It features ease of use and an array of fundamental tools desired for accomplishing an analytical process on varied structures.

STAAD Pro further unifies with a number of other Bentley products. The models constituted adopting STAAD Pro can be imported to OpenSTAAD so as to generate the models transferrable to other third-party tools.

AutoCAD (Automatic Computer Aided Design) for Drafting

Most popular software in the world of civil engineering. Created by Autodesk, it helps in setting up 2D and 3D designs, drafting, modeling workflows, architectural drawing, and more. It obliges you to calculate and understand the project completion, reacts quickly to changes, and maintains data and processes frequently. The features of this application include:


This software is regularly utilized in designing foundation slab systems and concrete floors. SAFE is a all-inclusive package that merges all the facets of engineering design process – from creating layout to portray drawing production in a specific, innate environment. It permits highly progressive local judgment of foundation systems within larger structures and imports files from CAD, ETABS, and SAP2000. Some of the other gains it cites are:


This is another popular 3D analysis and design tool for setting up normal structures such as buildings, bridges, arenas, industrial structures, crane rails, and so on. It is rapid, beneficial and authoritative. It has an perceptive interface that unifies with many other products like RISAFloor and RISA Foundation. It shows up stuffed with the latest steel, cold-formed steel, concrete, aluminum, masonry and timber design codes. This,also provides the tools you require to manage the multi-material projects with comfort.

3D Environment:


This is a all-inclusive project revision solution mainly pre-owned by design, engineering and construction management professionals to attain detailed vision into the project and upgrade yield and quality. It is established and advertised by Autodesk and allows users to open, merge, review and share Detailed 3D Design Models in varied file formats. It lets you import all file formats and combine all the files to devise a model.

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