Wood Design Software: Beams, Columns and Walls

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Structural Design Software

Easily Design Your Wood Members in Minutes


ASDIP WOOD is a structural engineering software utilized by engineers for the design of wood members, such as biaxial columns, continuous beams, wood shear walls, and out-of-plane bearing walls.

This structural design software is based on the latest NDS provisions. Load combinations as per ASCE 7 and CSA A23.3. ASDIP WOOD substantially simplifies time-consuming calculations for structural engineering design.

ASDIP WOOD 3 has been released, including great new features such as analysis & design of multistory shear walls and expanded databases for a variety of cases. 

Key Benefits of ASDIP WOOD

  • Quickly model your wood 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 Design Features:

  • Wood Columns - rectangular or round column cross sections.
  • Wood Beams - rectangular, T-beam, spandrel, inverted-T, or L-beam cross sections.
  • Wood Bearing Walls - Equally spaced studs with vertical loads and out-of-plane wind.
  • Wood Shear Walls - Up to 5 stories and 5 stacked shear walls.
  • Dead, Live, Roof live, Snow, Wind and Seismic Loads
  • Graphic display of 2D and 3D interaction diagrams in columns and walls.
  • Full set of built-in databases for section and material properties from NDS code.
  • Easily select either Sawn lumber, Glued Laminated, or Composite Lumber sections.


jim sawyer, pe

js engineering, LLC


I am thoroughly pleased with your software, as it has saved me a lot of engineering time; not only with final design work but the opportunity to quickly look at many alternatives for cost effectiveness. One of the best investments I've made in engineering software."



  • wood beam design

  • bearing wall design

  • shear wall design

Wood Column Design Module Features:

Columns are one of the most important elements in concrete structures, since they transfer the loads from the upper levels down to the foundation. ASDIP WOOD includes the design of biaxial columns. Now structural engineers can work cost-effectively to design wood columns based upon a combination of biaxial bending moments and axial loading.

All software calculations are based upon NDS design provisions for ASD and LRFD design methods. This structural wood design software calculates magnified moments due to slenderness and generates the axial-moment interaction diagram.


The required input data is organized on tabbed pages. The column type may be either Sawn Lumber, Glued Laminated, or Composite Lumber. The slenderness condition is considered by specifying the effective member length.

This structural engineering software includes built-in databases for section and material properties from NDS. Alternatively, user-defined properties can be specified. The loads may be modeled as dead, live, roof live, snow, wind, and seismic load cases. If necessary, the moments are internally magnified and the program combines the loads per specified load combinations.



The output results are organized on tabbed pages. The 3D capacity interaction diagram is accurately calculated based on the geometry and material properties for biaxial columns. This structural engineering software calculates magnified moments and axial loads for all the specified load combinations. The values that fail the design criteria are highlighted in red for easier identification.


Key Features of ASDIP WOOD


  • Any Windows® Operating System. No additional software required.
  • Full compliance with NDS 2018 provisions.
  • Versatility to model a full set of load combinations, or just a single pre-combined load.
  • 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, and loads.
  • Multiple loading for dead, live, roof live, snow, wind and seismic.
  • Model either Sawn Lumber, Glued Laminated, or Composite Lumber sections.
  • You may copy loads to other spans in a continuous beam.
  • Model beams with up to 5 spans and 2 cantilevers. End supports either fixed or pinned.
  • Custom load combinations.
  • Built-in set of databases for section and material properties from NDS.
  • Option for user-defined section and material properties.
  • Easily specify lateral bracing in beams.

          Calculation results:

  • Sort results per span number and load combination for granular design check.
  • Graphic display of 2D and 3D interaction diagrams in columns and walls.
  • Graphic display of shear and moment diagrams in beams.
  • Software finds the controlling combination for each condition to optimize design.
  • Detailed step-by-step reports with exposed formulas and Code references.
  • Combined text-with-values output message updated with each change.
  • Outstanding high-quality output with Print Preview.
  • Three ways to show the calculations with increasing level of information: At-a-Glance, Condensed, and Detailed.
  • Generate the 2D interaction diagram for the rotation angle of the cross section.
  • Show graphically any span, or the full continuous beam.


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


I found ASDIP Retain several years ago. I needed it for a specific project. It was so user friendly and easy to use. I've used it many, many times since. I then tried the Foundation version and again it was perfect for my needs. I've now purchased the entire suite. Customer service is excellent and the software is up to date and very thorough. There are tutorial type emails sent out periodically which show exactly how to get the most out of the software. These are particularly helpful. It's not often I'm this pleased with a product but I'm a customer for life!"

Chad Elliot, PE

Muscle Shoals