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).

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

ASDIP STEEL 5 now includes biaxial base plates, continuous beams, and moment connections, 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.  

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.
  • Moment Connections - flange-plated and welded-flange; bolted or welded. 
  • Customizable design criteria to specify camber, deflections, and shear studs.
  • Design Manager will find all steel sections that meet the design criteria.


  • Coming Soon: ASDIP for ETABS, ASDIP for CAD and Revit


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." 



Shear Connections Design Module Features:

Shear connections are typically used to connect beams to other beams or columns. Such connections transfer shear, with minimum rotational restraint, as opposed to moment connections.

ASDIP STEEL structural design software performs the shear connection design subjected to vertical loads, based on the AISC ASD / LRFD methodology. It checks the limit states and design limitations according to the AISC 360-16 specifications (15th Ed. Manual). Either service or factored loads may be specified.

A typical shear connection is composed of three parts: support, connector, and beam. The support may be another beam or girder, a column flange, or a column web. The connector may be either bolted or welded to the support and to the beam. Typical connectors are single or double clip angles, single shear plates, or Tees.


The required input data consists of the geometry of support, beam, and connector. Beam can be coped at either flange. Connector can be either bolted or welded. Material properties of all components are required. Load cases are combined internally per ASCE 7-05 or 10/16. Custom combinations or a single set of pre-combined loads may be specified.



This steel structural design software calculates the capacity ratio of all applicable limit states. The effect of the load eccentricity on the bolt group is calculated per the Instantaneous Center of Rotation Method (ICR). In addition, the software performs the design checks required by the AISC per each connection type, and checks the geometric constraints.

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” tabs.


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
  • Base plate design for axial and biaxial bending loading including uplift.
  • 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.
  • 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