IES, Inc. Software for Structural Engineering

Quick * Easy * Versatile


Connection design just got easier! VAConnect is a set of connection-design utilities that integrates within VisualAnalysis. Save the time and hassle of copying loads and geometry from one program to another. This feature is free within the Advanced level of VisualAnalysis (access it from within the Design View).

The tools also run stand-alone for the situations where you just have a quick check to make or a question to answer. You must purchase a license for VAConnect to get this ability.

With IES Transparent Reporting™ you get either summary reports or details that look and feel like you wrote them out by hand with sketches, equations, code references.

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Base Plate Design w/Anchorage

Check your base plates against AISC Design Guide #1 as well as anchorage for ACI 318 Appendix D. Both of these, independently, are difficult by hand! With all of this in one tool you won't be flipping back and forth between disjoint pieces of software to get the job done.

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VAConnect: Base Plate design made easy.

Beam Shear Tab

Following the AISC manual there are about 20 limit-states to check for a simple beam connection with a bolted shear tab! Beyond that, the AISC tables are very limited and you might spend a lot of time checking dozens of load combinations and interpreting between the tables. We also handle axial loads and the very latest design procedures.

VAConnect: Shear Tab - clear and quick

Purchasing & Using VAConnect