What will VisualAnalysis do for you?

Structural Analysis and Member Design

Engineers use VisualAnalysis for typical beams, columns, frames, trusses and building models. The program is versatile enough to solve large or unusual structures easily and quickly.

Why Use VisualAnalysis?

  • Model: just about any frame, truss, tank, beam, column, etc...
  • Load: Point, linear, area, thermal, dynamic...
  • Analyze: reactions, displacements, forces and stresses
  • Design: check steel, concrete, wood, cold-formed, and aluminum
  • Report: Excellent graphics and text reporting features
  • Succeed! Easy to learn & use, Fantastic free resources & support.

VisualAnalysis is a Simple Choice

What's New in Version 17?

From the inside-out, we have rewritten VisualAnalysis using the latest technologies, hindsight, and tons of customer feedback. You will spend less time getting work done through blazing performance, easier to understand commands, and more accurate engineering.

Stability, Accuracy, Reliability

The most important changes have been for engineering accuracy, and for software performance. These are all behind-the-scenes changes. This is the most-tested and most-scrutinized piece of software IES has ever created, by far.

Simpler, Easier, Friendlier

Your experience in VisualAnalysis 17.0 will be far better due to hundreds of minor changes from a better menu layout, to helpful popup tips that provide documentation at your fingertips exactly when you need it. The graphics are more informative, the modeling requires fewer decisions, loading is more flexible, and reporting is a breeze.

Features and Benefits

The list of new features in version 17.0 is too numerous to list here, please refer to the upgrade guide in the Help. Each customer seems to have their own favorite features.

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Why Choose VisualAnalysis?

Structural Modeling is Easy

Flexible methods for building models include sketching, DXF import, copy & paste, parametric generation of common components (frames, tanks, walls, bracing, floor systems, etc.), import from spreadsheet or other tools, and BIM. Mix materials in your models: steel, wood, concrete, cold-formed and aluminum. Simple line graphics or fully rendered views help you see exactly what you've got.

Loading is Fast

Apply a variety of loads to nodes, members, plates, or areas graphically. Copy and paste loads to different cases. Quickly scale loads up or down. Automatically calculates ASCE 7 wind pressures on areas or on members. Building code load combinations are automatic AND flexible. Customizable load cases and combinations are simple..

Analysis is Powerful: Linear or Nonlinear

Just enough power for most engineers, choose the methods you want to use: 1st order, P-Delta, Direct Analysis, Dynamic Modal, Response or Time-History. Also supports basic moving loads. Iterative analysis for one-way elements (e.g. tension-only members.)

Design is Not a Black Box

Code checks per material specifications are trivial to set up. With preference settings and override options you remain in full control of design checks. Set bracing, deflection limits, size constraints--only as necessary. Let the software check your existing design or ask it to resize members according to your criteria. Design reports show demand, capacity, load combination, controlling specification, key intermediate values for each type of check: axial, bending, shear, combined, torsion, deflections and more.

Reports Allow Easy Review

Built-in reports with a single-click. Or create your very own set of report templates to organize, sort, filter and display the information you need. Include graphics in reports and save to PDF. Export reports to a spreadsheet for additional post-processing. Impress your clients and satisfy plan checkers or building code officials, effortlessly.

Succeed with IES Quality

VisualAnalysis helps you at every step, checking your input values, performing input-math or unit conversion, offering model-checks and result-validation services. The detailed graphics help you immediately spot mistakes. Documentation is built-in and also online (constantly updated and refined). Technical support is fast, friendly and always free. Downloads are small. Licensing is trivial. Updates (bug fixes) are transparent and installed according to your schedule.

VisualAnalysis Integration

ShapeBuilder Creates Custom Shapes for VisualAnalysis

Use custom member cross-sections in VisualAnalysis that were created or imported through ShapeBuilder.

VA-Revit Link for BIM

BIM support: The free VA-Revit Link provides two-way integration between VisualAnalysis and Autodesk Revit Structure. Free Download.

VAConnect for VisualAnalysis Connection Design

VAConnect offers steel base-plate and shear-tab connection design and works within VisualAnalysis advanced-level at no extra charge. The tools are also sold as stand-alone utilities.

VisualFoundation for VisualAnalysis Foundation Design

VisualFoundation can design a mat foundation with column locations, sizes, and loads exported from VisualAnalysis.

QuickFooting for VisualAnalysis Spread Footing Design

QuickFooting will design a concrete spread footing for columns and loads exported from VisualAnalysis.


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