November 27, 2020


ASDIP Structural Software announces the release of ASDIP STEEL 5 engineering software. Design professionals utilize ASDIP STEEL software for the design of steel members and connections. Following are some of the most important features and benefits included in this version 5.

This new version includes the following five modules:

  • Base Plate / Anchorage Design – Any combination of axial vertical and horizontal loads, and biaxial moments. It includes uplift and partial bearing analysis. Design of anchor rods and shear lugs. Graphical generation of the breakout areas.
  • Steel Column Design – Either sway or non-sway columns. Second order moments analysis to account for slenderness. Multiple load types and load cases. Results sorted by load combination. Graphical generation of the interaction diagram.
  • Steel / Composite Beam Design – Up to five spans and two overhangs. Multiple load types and load cases. Separate Construction and Final loads analysis. Graphical generation of the shear, and moment diagrams.
  • Shear Connection Design – Single angle, double angle, Shear Plate, and Tee connections. Multiple options to specify different conditions of the connection elements. Check of the limit states. Graphical generation of the connection in different views.
  • Moment Connection Design – Flange-Plated, and Welded Flange moment connections. Any combination of vertical loads and moments. Check of the limit states for moment and shear. Graphical generation of the connection in different views.

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In addition to a better layout design and dozens of improvements, the following are the most important new features and benefits in ASDIP STEEL 5:

ASDIP STEEL 5 New Features

Code Compliance

 ASDIP STEEL 5 complies with AISC 360-10 and 16, ACI 318-14 and 19. Load combinations per ASCE 7-05 or 10/16.

Custom Load Combinations

Custom load combinations can now be created from scratch. When you have defined a set of load combinations you can save that set for future use. You can even produce your own library of load combinations and save it for different projects. This is very useful if you need to consider load combinations applicable in another country, or variations of the standard ASCE 7 combinations. 

You can simply select a load combination file previously saved and ASDIP STEEL will use the user-defined combinations to proceed with the design. The software automatically adjusts the user interface to show the number of specified load combinations in the custom set.


Sorted Results by Load Combinations

Now in ASDIP STEEL the graphic results can be sorted by load combination. With this new feature the engineer can do a granular check in great detail and find out the results for any load combination, as opposed to get just the "controlling results". This is a very useful and important checking tool during the design process.

With this new feature it's easier than ever to check your results in a great detail and optimize your design in minutes. Of course this feature applies to the standard ASCE 7 combinations and to the custom load combinations as well.

Biaxial Base Plate / Anchorage Design

Now ASDIP STEEL 5 includes the design of base plates under vertical and horizontal loads, and biaxial bending. This is useful to model base plates for corner columns, or other cases with biaxial moments. Several options to model the location of anchor rods beyond the flanges and between the flanges. Anchorage design per the ACI 318-19, including the seismic anchoring provisions. The new ACI design methodology for shear lugs design has been implemented. Loads can be entered as a series of load cases or as pre-combined loads. Custom load combinations can be specified, in addition to the standard ASCE 7 combinations.

ASDIP STEEL calculates the bearing pressure under the base plate and the tension and shear forces in the anchor rods. The software checks the limit states for the anchor rods in tension and shear, and calculates the required plate thickness. The breakout areas are calculated accurately considering the effective tension or shear anchors. For shear loads, there are several design options. The program checks the limit states for the design of shear lugs.


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Continuous Steel / Composite Beam Design

Now ASDIP STEEL 5 includes the design of steel and composite multi-span continuous beams. The previous version included single-span beams only. Now you can model up to five spans and two overhangs. The end supports can be modeled as pinned or fixed. Several options to specify the lateral bracing along the spans have been implemented. In addition, now the program allows to model more load types, such as uniform, concentrated, variable, and moment loads per span.

Now the construction loads and the final loads are specified and analyzed independently. This is an important feature for the design of composite beams, particularly if they are unshored. The program uses only the final positive moments along the beam for composite design.

The software checks the limit states for steel and composite beams per the AISC 360-16, including partial composite calculations. The user-interface has been completely redesigned. Model non-composite or composite beams easily. Sort the results graphically by load combination. Specify the design criteria for shear studs, deflections, and camber. Use the Design Manager to find quickly the winner sections that comply with the design criteria. The reports are clean and well organized to present the results professionally.


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Moment Connection Design

Now ASDIP STEEL 5 includes the design of beam to column flange moment connections per the AISC provisions. Connection types include Flange-Plated and Welded Flange. The flange plate can be either bolted or welded to the beam. More connection types, such as End Plate, will be added to the software in the near future. The user-interface allows to model different conditions for beam to column connections. 

The software checks the limit states for moment connections per the AISC 360-16, as well as the limit states for the Double-Angle or Single Plate shear connections. The software shows the controlling limit states and the controlling load combinations. Design checks per code are performed as part of the design. In addition, the program checks the geometry to identify clashes or other problems in the connection.


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ASDIP STEEL 5 includes the design of structural steel members and connections, with great new features and improvements, such as biaxial base plates, shear lugs, continuous beams, and moment connections. The design of such systems may be completed and optimized in minutes, and the results can be checked immediately.

For our collection of blog posts about steel design please visit Structural Steel Design.

Detailed information is available about this structural engineering software by visiting ASDIP STEEL. You are invited to download the Free 15-day Software Trial, or go ahead and Place your Order.

Best regards,

Javier Encinas, PE

ASDIP Structural Software

  • Hi, Ing. I don’t see where I can set an additional bottom plate to a composite beam. In past releases I could, and I used it a lot. It allowed me to emulate a three plate beam, instead of only AISC beams, or simply optimize my design. ¿Is there any equivalent way to do this now in this release?

    • Thank you for your comment. This feature has been requested by other users as well. Bottom cover plates in composite beams will be added to this version in the near future. Regards.

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