April 3, 2018


ASDIP RETAIN is a structural engineering software for design of retaining walls. It includes the design of counterfort retaining walls based on the latest ACI provisions. Following is a graphical overview of the required design steps, with annotated screenshots of the software.

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Counterfort retaining walls design steps


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Enter the dimensions of the stem, counterforts, footing, and shear key in the Geometry tab.

Specify the backfill height and slope angle. ASDIP RETAIN shows a tab for each element.

Three ways to show results: At-a-Glance, Condensed, and Detailed.

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 dead or live 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, footing, and bearing 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 main rebars and stirrups in the counterforts.

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

The Footing tab shows the toe and heel design ratios in shear and flexure per load combination.


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ASDIP RETAIN allows the design of walls supported on piles.

Up to three rows of vertical or batter piles may be modeled.

It shows the stem design pressures, and generates the stem shear and bending diagrams.

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


ASDIP RETAIN has a module to design Counterfort Retaining Walls quick and easily. It includes great features such as multiple types of loads, walls supported on piles, generation of the 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 our blog post Cantilever Retaining Walls: Overview of the Design Process.

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

  • Very nice Javier! Does the stem reinforcing design allow for variation in the lateral pressure between the footing and the top of the wall, or does it provide only one reinforcing design based on the highest pressures?

    • The software uses the maximum pressure, but you can see the variation of the moment along the stem height if you want to vary the reinforcement.

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