Architects want to be creative. Build up shapes from parametric templates. Use our large database of manufactured structural shapes (AISC, NDS, etc.). Combine parts quickly. Start with an imported DXF set of outlines.
Powerful Shape Editor
Flitch beams in steel and wood. Composite beams with concrete slab, rebar and wide flange. They have multiple components. Drag & drop. Click-to-modify. Snap, align, rotate, flip or mirror parts. Generate copies in rectangular or polar fashion.
Holes, Notches, Cutouts
Get forensic properties of ancient construction. Often times members are corroded or cut-up in the field. Find out what's left of your structure.
Round Shapes, Polar Coordinates
Easily construct round shapes using polar coordinates or the polar editing grid. Layout circular patterns.
Add Dimensions and Notes
Annotation the graphics with dimension lines of your chosing. Add notes that may be positioned anywhere to fully document your work.
Arrays of Shapes
Work with complex rectangular or polar arrays of identical parts. 'Explode' array to remove parts for an asymmetric layout.
Print or capture any graphical view for your own reports, or use the built-in WYSIWYG reporting system for a clear and professional PDF or printed page. Copy and paste numerical results to a spreadsheet for further processing or analysis.
Detailed ShapeBuilder Features
Calculates Geometric Properties
Width & height
Moments of inertia
Radius of gyration
Principal axes and orientation
Principal moments of inertia
Product of inertia
Polar radius of gyration
Polar moment of inertia
Static moments Qx, Qy for parts
Calculates Structural Properties
Polar radius of gyration about shear center
AISC flexural constants (H, C, etc.)
Composite properties "transformed" with modular
Yield-stress weighted plastic modulus
Normal stresses (bending + axial)
Stress Analysis under Loads
Warping normal function
Rapid Shape Creation
Drag & drop over 30 different parametric shape components
Drag & drop from library of US and foreign manufactured
Shape arrays (rectangular & polar)
Explode arrays (to remove or position parts separately)
Wizards for typical reinforced concrete sections
Import DXF outlines
Export DXF shape parts
Copy graphics to clipboard (paste special in Word/Excel)
Any part may be a hole
Copy and paste
Mirror & flip
Import CFS (cold-formed) shape libraries; CFS is from
www.rsgsoftware.com and is used by
VisualAnalysis for cold-formed design checks.
Easy to Learn and Use
Graphical, full-color report
Easy shape dimensioning
Flexible unit systems with styles
Mouse-wheel zoom and pan
Filter settings on views
Imports complex shapes from DXF/IGES/STEP
Clear and Concise Reporting
One-page summary report (graphics and properties)
Export properties to Excel for
Annotate the shape with labels and
Print full-color stress plots
Print reinforced concrete interaction diagrams
If you need one or more of the following, please request the feature!
Does not perform effective-stress calculations
Does not calculate effects along the length of a member
Does not calculate actual warping stress, just warping function
Does not perform buckling calculations
Does not allow point forces on section, just body forces