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  • Analyze just about anything
  • Design-check most materials
  • You will learn VA in an hour
  • It helps prevent costly errors
  • Custom reports keep you focused
  • No feature bloat
  • Licensing is flexible and simple

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Engineers Enjoy VisualAnalysis


Create frame, truss or FEA models of just about any structure. Sketch, generate, import CAD, or BIM (Revit).
  • 2D or 3D modeling
  • Members and plate elements
  • Fixed or elastic supports
  • Custom shapes & materials
  • Automatic plate meshing


Easily apply loads. Distribute area loads to members. Gravity and lateral loading in the same project.
  • Nodal, member or plate loads
  • Automated code combinations
  • Custom load combinations
  • ASCE 7 wind loads
  • Dynamic loading


Fast static, P-delta, AISC Direct, dynamic, and nonlinear. Proven and validated results.
  • Sparse formulation
  • Multiple-threaded engine
  • One-way element iterations
  • Forces, displacements, reactions
  • Clear graphical display


Check steel, concrete, wood, cold-formed and aluminum per relevant material specifications.
  • Optimize/search members
  • You control process
  • Your bracing and details
  • Intermediate values reported
  • Clear pass/fail unity checks


Flexible and professional output with filters, sorting, and a page-preview viewer.
  • Customize content and order
  • Copy graphics into reports
  • Save reports in your project file
  • Make templates for future use
  • Print or export


We keep VisualAnalysis lean so you learn it quickly and get your projects out the door.
  • Standard UI (like MS Office)
  • Tooltips & error checking
  • Online user's guide, search & indexed
  • 40+ short training videos
  • Free, efficient email support
photo steel construction

Purchase Levels

Buy only the capabilities you want. If your needs change, upgrade later for the difference in price.

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Simple Level

$ Static and dynamic analysis for just about any structure.

  • 2D or 3D modeling
  • Frames, trusses, tanks
  • Members and plates
  • Elastic spring supports

Design Level

$$ Adds material specification checks and member optimization.

  • AISC, CISC steel
  • ACI concrete
  • NDS wood
  • NAS/AISI cold-formed
  • ADM aluminum
  • Deflection checks

Advanced Level

$$$ Adds nonlinear and productivity benefits.

  • Auto-meshed plates
  • Time history
  • Result superposition
  • Moving loads
  • Cable elements

VisualAnalysis Specifications

Major benefits and capabilities. See the User's Guide for complete details and training videos.

Common Benefits & Features Simple Design Advanced
Model 2D or 3D Frames & Trusses, Tanks, etc. + + +
Any Materials: Database or Custom + + +
Members Elements, extensive Shape Database + + +
Plate/Shell Elements + + +
Elastic Spring Supports + + +
Parametric Model Generation + + +
Sketch Models, DXF Import, Spreadsheets + + +
Node, Member, Plate & Area Loads + + +
Copy & Paste Model & Loads + + +
Custom Load Combinations + + +
Automatic Building Code Combinations + + +
Static Analysis
(1st order, P-delta, AISC Direct)
+ + +
Element Forces, Stresses, Displacements; Nodal Reactions + + +
Dynamic Analysis: Modal & Response + + +
Result Graphics and Plots + + +
Reporting: Easy, Flexible, Professional + + +
Model Validation, Reasonable Results Checks + + +
Design Check Features Simple Design Advanced
AISC 360-16, 10, 05 ASD and LRFD, CISC S16-14 Steel   + +
NDS 2018 Wood   + +
ACI 318-14 Concrete   + +
ADM 2015 Aluminum   + +
NAS/AISI 2016, 2012, 2010 Cold-Formed Steel   + +
Optimal Member Search (database or parametric)   + +
Advanced Productivity Features Simple Design Advanced
Auto-Meshed Plates in Areas     +
Rigid-Link Members     +
Scissor Joints     +
Custom 'Blob' Shapes (raw A, I, S, J)     +
Stress & Deflection Checks for
Custom Members & Materials
Design Parameter Overrides     +
Catenary Cable Elements     +
Semi-Rigid Member Connections     +
Time-History Analysis with Forcing Function     +
Moving Loads (truck & lane, influence lines)     +
Result Superposition     +

Customer Projects

These customer-created projects illustrate the versatility VisualAnalysis offers.

wood roof trusses

What Will You Design in VisualAnalysis?

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With VisualAnalysis, your possibilities are endless. IES customers have designed all of the following:

  • Stadiums
  • Derrick Cranes
  • Sliding Skids
  • Storage Racks
  • Buried Culverts
  • Starter Castles
  • Airport Terminals
  • Scaffolding
  • Barns
  • Boat Frames
  • Guyed Towers
  • Dolphins
  • Docks
  • Crane Stays
  • Circular Tank Walls
  • Roller Coasters
  • Multi-Level Foundations
  • Octagonal Monopoles
  • That Secret Defense Thing
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Crane Girder Systems
  • Concrete Tunnel Shells
  • Temporary Shoring
  • Stage Lighting Supports
  • Mining Conveyor Supports
  • Column Transfer Girder
  • Schools & Hospitals
  • Elaborate Tree Houses
  • Highway Signs
  • Bridge Piers
  • Dam Gates
  • Boiler Tanks
  • Paint Booths
  • Artistic Sculptures
  • Church Restorations
  • Swimming Pools
  • Agricultural Bins
  • Lifting Jigs
  • Mobile tank to carry a killer whale in a 727 jet (AECOM)

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Work more efficiently by integrating other tools with VisualAnalysis: The free trials are completely functional. Trials come with training videos and email support.

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