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

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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 and CSA A23.3 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."



Cantilever Retaining Wall Design Module Features:

The cantilever retaining wall design involves two major steps: the first one is the evaluation of the stability of the whole structure under the service loads, which includes the overturning, bearing, and sliding failure modes, and the second one is the design of the different components, such as the stem, heel, toe and key, for bending and shear, under the combined factored loads.

The stem can be either concrete or masonry. The software performs the concrete retaining wall design based upon Ultimate Strength Design Method per ACI 318, and the masonry design per TMS. The lateral pressures are calculated either per Rankine, Coulomb, or Equivalent Fluid theories. Seismic design based upon Mononobe-Okabe approach. Load combinations per latest IBC / ASCE 7 and AASHTO.


The input data required includes the geometry of the backfill, stem, toe, heel, and key. In addition, the program accepts a number of load cases, such as surcharge (strap, uniform and/or concentrated), wind, and seismic. The reinforcing steel may be specified and customized using multiple options. In addition, ASDIP RETAIN finds the steel reinforcement to satisfy the strength requirements of all the controlling load combinations. Multiple options to customize the design.

The wall may be supported on piles. The software calculates the pile reactions and compares them versus the pile capacity in compression, tension, and lateral. Up to three rows of piles may be modeled, and piles may be vertical or batter. The software designs the pile cap.

retaining wall stem types


The program checks the wall stability for the service combined loads and performs the concrete design of the stem, toe, heel and key for the factored combined loads. In each particular case the controlling load combination is identified and reported.

The retaining wall design is performed by analyzing the stem, toe, and heel as cantilever beams. ASDIP RETAIN generates a graphical view of the designed retaining wall and the resulting pressures and forces, as shown. The program also generates the moment and shear diagrams for every load combination, as well as a view of the construction section and elevation with the reinforcement information. Note that the rebars can be easily optimized this way.

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
    • CSA A23.3-19
  • 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