Retaining Wall Design Software: Cantilever, Basement, Counterfort, Sheet Pile

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ASDIP RETAIN Retaining Wall Design Software

Complete Your Retaining Wall Design Easily in Minutes



ASDIP RETAIN is a structural engineering software utilized by engineers for retaining wall design. ASDIP RETAIN is based upon the latest IBC / ACI 318 specifications and AASHTO LRFD.

ASDIP RETAIN software is also able to design block retaining walls per the latest TMS 402 provisions. This software substantially simplifies time-consuming calculations for structural engineering design. 

ASDIP RETAIN 5 has been released with new features: AASHTO and user-defined load combinations, Improved detailed graphic tabs, and Sheet Pile retaining walls. 

Key Benefits of ASDIP RETAIN

  • Quickly model your retaining walls with the simple and efficient graphical user interface.
  • Confidently optimize your design and comply with design Code provisions.
  • Impress clients and plan-checkers with professional condensed or detailed reports.
  • Extensive documentation, solved examples, and blog posts to guide you throughout the software.
  • Create, organize, manage, and store your electronic calculations safely

Key Features:

  • Cantilever Retaining Walls
  • Basement Retaining Walls
  • Counterfort Retaining Walls
  • Sheet Piling
  • Compliance with AASHTO LRFD
  • Multiple loading including concentrated, hydrostatic, surcharge, wind, and seismic.
  • Check stability forces, shear, and moment diagrams.


  • Coming Soon: ASDIP for CAD and Revit


Will Braswell, PE, SE

Aquatic Design & Engineering

-Orlando, fl-

Love your retaining wall program and its ability to switch between US and metric units so easily. I returned my Retain Pro software after realizing that ASDIP is much better. Love your GUI."



Sheet Piling Design Module Features:

Sheet pile retaining walls are mostly used when an excavation is required, and the remaining soil has to be retained safely in place. There are two types of sheet pile walls: Cantilever and Anchored. Cantilever shoring systems rely on the structural properties of the wall partially embedded in the foundation material to mobilize passive resistance to lateral loads. On the other hand, in the Anchored shoring systems the wall is restrained by tension or compression elements at the top and, additionally, by the partial embedment into the foundation material.

Typically the sheet piling material is steel, but other materials are also available in the market. Sheet piles consist of interlocking sheets manufactured by either a hot-rolled or cold-formed process. The lateral pressures are calculated either per Rankine, Coulomb, or At-rest theories. Seismic design based upon Mononobe-Okabe approach. Load combinations per latest IBC / ASCE 7 or AASHTO.


The input data required includes the excavation depth, slope of back soil surface, and the location of the water table. For anchored wall, the location of the tie-backs is required. In addition, the program allows to model up to four layers of soil properties, and a number of load cases, such as surcharge and seismic. Multiple options to customize the design.



The program calculates the pressures on the wall due to the active and passive state of the soil at the front and the back, as well as the pressures due to the water table, surcharges, and other loads. The pressures are then combined to generate the loading diagram. ASDIP RETAIN checks the wall stability for the combined loads and calculates the required embedment depth. In each particular case the controlling load combination is identified and reported.

ASDIP RETAIN generates a graphical view of the designed sheet pile retaining wall and the resulting pressures and forces, as shown. The program also generates the shear and moment diagrams, as well as the deflected shape.

A detailed step-by-step report is available to the touch of a tab, which is updated with every new change. In addition, ASDIP RETAIN uses a pre-formatted colorful text-with-values output for easier identification of the problem areas. 

Sheet Pile 2
Sheet Pile 3
Sheet Pile 4

Key Features of ASDIP RETAIN


  • Any Windows® Operating System. No additional software required
  • Full compliance with:
    • IBC 2012 or 2018
    • ACI 318-11 / 14 / 19
    • ASCE 7-05 or 10/16
    • AASHTO LRFD-20
    • TMS 402-16
  • Stem material can be concrete, masonry, or a combination of both.
  • Customizable design criteria, options, and special conditions.
  • Three different unit systems available:
    • US (in, ft, Kip, ksi)
    • SI (cm, m, N, MPa)
    • MKS (cm, m, Tn, Kg/cm2)
  • Rich user interface to model the geometry, materials, loads and rebars.
  • The restrained walls can be either fixed or pinned at base, and the program performs the analysis accordingly.
  • Full set of design load combinations.
  • Specify the location of the water table at backfill.
  • Tapered stem (either at toe or heel side).
  • Specify either Rankine, Coulomb, or Equivalent Fluid soil pressure theories.
  • Multiple loading including concentrated, hydrostatic, surcharge, wind, and seismic.
  • Multiple visual controls to model the reinforcing steel sizes, lengths, and spacing.
  • A strip surcharge load can be modeled and wall pressures are calculated.
  • Specify pile type, spacing, batter angle, and number of rows quick and easily.
  • Enter pile capacity in compression, tension, and lateral, as provided in the soils report.

          Calculation results:

  • Check stability forces, shear, and moment diagrams per load combination.
  • Graphic plot moment and shear diagrams to optimize reinforcing bars.
  • Complete stability analysis for overturning, sliding, and bearing.
  • Graphic plot of moment and shear capacity.
  • Graphic display of forces and pressures acting upon the wall.
  • Concrete design of stem, toe, heel, and key.
  • Software finds controlling load combination for each component in bending and in shear.
  • Granular checking of stability and strength by load combination.
  • Water buoyancy effect included.
  • Detailed step-by-step reports with exposed formulas and Code references.
  • Combined text-with-values output message updated with each design change.
  • Outstanding output with Print Preview.
  • Three ways to show the calculations: At-a-Glance, Condensed, and Detailed.
  • Construction sketch generation of retaining wall updated with each change.
  • Pile loads per load combination and pile cap design.


  • Project Manager handles calculations and files for you.
  • You are in control of every single aspect of the design.
  • Design your concrete members in minutes (not hours).
  • Verify every design step quickly. Not a “black box”.
  • No silly assumptions or math shortcuts. Confident, accurate, and reliable results.
  • Focus your attention on engineering, and let ASDIP RETAIN handle all the mathematical complexity.
  • Multiple calculations stored in a single project file.
  • Safely create, organize, manage, and store your electronic calculations.

 I was using Enercalc’s retaining wall module for wall design. It was cumbersome and glitchy. I needed a change and found ASDIP retaining wall software and was immediately impressed. The interface is clean and easy to use. The input options are located in logical tabs and provide me with all of the options that I need. I had one issue using the program due to my computer missing a windows install file, and Javier quickly helped me solve this. The install file was not related to the ASDIP software. Great software and even better support!!"

Travis Rodriguez, PE

Simi Valley, California