Steel Structural Design: Beams, Columns, Base Plates, Lugs, Connections

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ASDIP STEEL Structural Design Software

Design Your Steel Members and Connections in Minutes


ASDIP STEEL structural design software is utilized by engineers for design of steel base plates, steel and composite beams, steel columns, and shear connections. ASDIP STEEL is based upon the latest AISC specifications (AISC 360 and AISC 341 Seismic) and CSA S16-19.

ASDIP STEEL structural design software is also capable of designing anchor rods and shear lugs per the latest ACI provisions.

ASDIP STEEL 6 now includes Circular Base Plates, HSS Shear Connections, HSS Moment Connections, and Web Openings, among dozens of other features and improvements.

Key Benefits of ASDIP STEEL

  • Quickly model your steel members 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.  

Full compliance with:

  • AISC 360-16 ASD/LRFD (15th Ed. Manual)
  • ACI 318-19 Chapter 17
  • ASCE 7-05 or 10/16
  • CSA S16-19

Key Features:

  • Base Plates and Anchorage - axial and biaxial bending loading including uplift.
  • Steel Columns
  • Steel or Composite Beams
  • Shear Connections - single or double angle, single plate, or tees; bolted or welded; HSS.
  • Moment Connections - flange-plated and welded-flange; bolted or welded; HSS. 
  • Web Openings
  • Customizable design criteria to specify camber, deflections, and shear studs.
  • Design Manager will find all steel sections that meet the design criteria.


  • Import Loads via Excel


David R. Cassara, PE

DRC Associates


I have been using ASDIP software for some 3 years and consider the software to be most detailed, efficient, accurate and easy to use design software available for concrete and steel design and detailing." 



Steel and Composite Beam Design Module Features:

Beams are structural members that mostly work in bending and shear as a result of transverse loading. Other terms such as girders, joists, purlins, stringers, girts and lintels are often used. The compression flange, which is attached to the web in the plane of the beam, may or may not be laterally braced, thus the buckling concepts of compression members apply to beams as well.

Composite action is developed when two load-carrying structural elements, such as a concrete floor slab and its supporting steel beams, are integrally connected and deflect as a single unit. Since the concrete slab exists anyway and the shear connectors are inexpensive and easy to install, it is structurally advisable to use composite construction whenever possible.

ASDIP STEEL performs the steel or composite design for multi-span  continuous beams, either interior or border, subjected to distributed and concentrated loads, as well as moments. Two overhangs may be modeled. The program computes the bending moments, shear forces, and vertical deflections per load combination, and compares them against the beam strength. The program computes the number and spacing of the shear studs or connectors required to develop either partial or full composite action, as well as the required camber.

This steel structural design software is based on the AISC ASD/LRFD methodology and calculates the shear and flexure strengths according to the AISC 360-16 Specifications (15th Ed. Manual). Load combinations per ASCE 7-05 or 10/16 or user-defined.


The required input data consists of steel yield strength, member span lengths, and lateral bracing. In addition, for composite beams it is required the slab thickness and beam spacing. as well as metal deck and shear studs information. 

Either service or factored loads may be specified. Load cases are internally combined, or you may enter a set of pre-combined loads. Construction loads and final loads are specified and treated separately in the software.



The design process is simple with ASDIP STEEL. First, enter your input data using the rich set of controls. Second, specify the design criteria, such as the allowable deflection and camber, shear connectors, etc. Then use the Design Manager to find all the steel sections that meet this design criteria. Sort the table if you wish, either by weight or by design ratio. Finally, when you select one of these winner sections, the corresponding properties are transferred automatically to your calculations.

For a quick check of the overall design, click on the “At a Glance” tab. For a more detailed set of step-by-step design calculations click on the “Condensed” or “Detailed” tab.


Key Features of ASDIP STEEL


  • Any Windows® Operating System. No additional software required.
  • Full compliance with:
    • AISC 360-16 ASD/LRFD (15th Ed. Manual)
    • ACI 318-19 Chapter 17
    • ASCE 7-05 or 10/16
    • CSA S16-19
  • Base plate design for axial and biaxial bending loading including uplift.
  • Base plates may be either rectangular or circular.
  • Either anchor rods, shear lugs, and friction to resist shear loads. 
  • Steel column may be eccentric in the concrete support.
  • Specify either ASD or LRFD design methodology.
  • Customizable design criteria to specify camber, deflections, and shear studs.
  • Three different unit systems available:
    • US (in, ft, Kip, ksi)
    • SI (cm, m, n, mpa)
    • MKS (cm, m, Tn, Kg/cm2)
  • AISC built-in steel database including W, M, S, HP, C, MC, HSS, OHSS, Pipe, WT, MT, ST, L and 2L.
  • Rich user interface to model the geometry, materials, loads and rebars.
  • Uniform and variable distributed and concentrated loads, and moments in beams.
  • Either steel or composite beam design. Software considers the construction stage in the design.
  • Either sway or non-sway steel column.
  • Shear and moment connections to HSS included. 
  • Single or double angle, single plate, and tee shear connections.
  • Multiple options to specify support, beam, and connector.
  • Either bolted or welded connections at both beam and support.
  • Flange-Plated and Welded-Flange moment connections.

          Calculation results:

  • Anchor bolts design per ACI anchorage provisions.
  • Graphic display of forces, moments, and pressures.
  • Automatic calculation of lateral bracing parameters.
  • Display limit states for every failure mode.
  • Design Manager will find all steel sections that meet the design criteria.
  • Detailed calculation of first-order amplified moments.
  • Detailed step-by-step reports with exposed formulas and Code references.
  • Graphic plot of moment and shear diagrams to optimize design.
  • 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.
  • Graphic generated for tension and shear breakout areas.
  • Detailed calculation of limit states and design checks for connections.
  • Implementation of the ACI and AISC seismic provisions.


  • Project Manager handles calculations and files for you.
  • You are in control of every single aspect of the design.
  • Design your steel members and connections 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 STEEL handle all the mathematical complexity.
  • Multiple calculations stored in a single project file.
  • Safely create, organize, manage, and store your electronic calculations.

I’ve used Mr Encinas’ software for designing composite steel beams, and found it easy to use, surprisingly flexible, and best of all, largely self documenting. I’m an engineer who always struggles with documenting calculations owing to time constraints. Being able to print out a nicely-formatted output that reflects a classic hand-calculation approach is a boon. I highly recommend this product."

William L. Polhemus, PE

Polhemus Engineering Company, PLLC

Houston, Texas