March 8, 2018


ASDIP RETAIN is a structural engineering software for design of retaining walls. The new version 4 of this software will be release shortly. This document is a brief overview of some of the most important new features included in ASDIP RETAIN 4.

Click here to download ASDIP RETAIN free 15-day trial.

Retaining walls supported on piles

Now ASDIP RETAIN 4 includes the design of retaining walls supported on piles. The piles information can be entered seamlessly, such as pile type and spacing, pile capacity, batter angle, etc. And you can switch between piles and no-piles literally with one click of the mouse.

The program internally calculates the loads on each pile, vertical or batter, and designs the pile cap generating the shear and moment diagram of the footing.


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Two-story basement walls

Now ASDIP RETAIN 4 includes the design of top-restrained walls with an intermediate support. This is useful for deep retaining walls covering two levels of the structure. The location of the intermediate support can be specified easily, and the software will generate the shear and moment diagrams of the stem as a continuous vertical beam, either pinned or fixed at the bottom.

The intermediate support can be added or removed with a click of the mouse and the program will refresh automatically. Multiple load types can be specified, as well as options in the design criteria.


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Counterfort retaining walls

Now ASDIP RETAIN 4 includes the design of counterfort retaining walls, where the stem is supported by a series of stiffeners at the backfill side. You can fully customize the geometry of this system, such as the counterfort length, thickness, spacing, etc.

The software will design the stem and the stem and the heel as continuous slabs. The counterforts are then designed for the bending and tension forces calculated internally.


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ASDIP RETAIN 4 includes the design of retaining walls supported on piles, two-story basement walls, and counterfort retaining walls, among dozens of improvements. The design of such systems may be completed and optimized within minutes, which otherwise would be very cumbersome and time-consuming.

Detailed information is available about this structural engineering software by visiting ASDIP RETAIN. For engineering background, please see my blog post Cantilever Retaining Walls: An Overview of the Design Process. For our collection of blog posts about retaining walls please visit Structural Retaining Wall Design.

You are invited to download a Free 15-Day Software Trial or go ahead and Place Your Order.

Best regards,

Javier Encinas, PE
ASDIP Structural Software

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