May 22, 2017


ASDIP RETAIN is a structural engineering software for design of retaining walls. ASDIP RETAIN software includes the design of either concrete or masonry top-restrained retaining walls based on the latest ACI 318 and MSJC provisions. Following is an overview of the steps required for a basement wall design using ASDIP RETAIN.

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Basement wall design steps


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Select the stem material, either concrete or masonry. ASDIP RETAIN will adjust the input fields.

Enter the wall and footing dimensions in the Geometry tab.

Wall can be modeled as either pinned or fixed at base.

ASDIP RETAIN includes a Condensed presentation of results, organized by topic.


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Enter the backfill properties and the earth pressure theory in the Loads tab.

Specify surcharge and concentrated loads, if any.

Enter the wind pressure and the seismic coefficients.

ASDIP RETAIN includes a Detailed presentation of results, with exposed formulas and code references.


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Specify the stem and footing material properties in the Materials tab.

Enter the allowable soil bearing pressure.

ASDIP RETAIN shows graphically the stability pressures.

This structural software shows the overall forces of the stability analysis per load combination.


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Use the Reinforcement tab to enter the stem rebar size and spacing.

Specify the cut-off length for the backfill-side stem rebars.

Specify the rebar size and spacing of the toe, heel, and key.

ASDIP RETAIN generates a cross section and elevation views with rebars in the Construction tab.


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Use the General tab to enter project information and notes.

ASDIP RETAIN shows graphically the pressures involved in the stem design, and generates the stem shear and bending diagrams.

Thoroughly review the results to make sure that all checks pass. Change dimensions and rebars as necessary.


ASDIP RETAIN has a module for basement wall design quick and easily. It includes great features such as different stem materials, multiple types of loads, shear and moment diagrams, and granular checking per load combination.

Detailed information is available about this structural engineering software by visiting ASDIP RETAIN. For engineering background, see my blog post Restrained Retaining Walls: A Design Overview. For our collection of blog posts about retaining walls please visit Structural Retaining Wall Design.

You are invited to download a Free 15-Day Software Trial or go ahead and Place Your Order.

Best regards,

Javier Encinas, PE
ASDIP Structural Software

    • That’s a good question. ASDIP RETAIN lets you specify a restraining lateral support at the bottom. In that case, the software doesn’t check the sliding failure mode.

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