Quick * Easy * Versatile
Serving Since 1994
The software offers basic frame and finite element analysis with members, plates, spring supports, static 1st order and P-Delta analysis, dynamic mode shape and response and time-history are also available. Structural models may be pure-trusses, mixed truss-frames in 2D or 3D. Models may be sketched graphically or generated through a variety of mechanisms.
Multiple models may be created side-by-side with different configurations to demonstrate different behaviors. For example, you could have a simply supported beam and a fixed-end beam in the same project to show how the moment diagrams and deflections differ.
A wide variety of static loading is available including distributed or concentrated forces and moments, settlements, and thermal loading. Dynamic loads and mass may also be specified. Load combinations are flexible and support major building code requirements.
Analysis & Results
Analysis results include displacements, reactions, member internal forces and end reactions, plate forces and stresses. Results are available graphically on-frame, or in member or plate graphs, as well as in tabled reports that are filterable and flexible to create. Project files may be saved and sent between students and teachers with ease. (Files saved without analysis results are fairly small.)
To introduce students to code-checking features of the commercial product, the educational version has AISC 2005 steel design "unity" checks for beams, columns, braces, etc. These are checks-only, no automatic member resizing or searching, with fast preliminary calculations primarily for demonstration purposes.
License & Permission
Schools and instructors may install VisualAnalysis on any school owned machines, including lab machines at school, faculty office machines, research areas. Instructors may install this on personal machines used for teaching or research. Students may use the software on-campus or on their own personal machines.
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|License Lmitations||For educational use only||For consulting or
|Size Limits||< 1000 members
< 5000 plates
< 5500 nodes
|Limited only by
|Frames & Trusses & Tanks & Buildings & Bridges|
|Beams & Columns|
|Sketch Graphically and Copy & Paste Models|
|DXF/STAAD Import & Export|
|Building Code Load Combinations|
|Static Analysis (1st order)|
|P-delta, AISC Direct Analysis|
|Result Graphics and Reports|
|Elastic Spring Supports|
|Parametric Model Generation|
|Member 'Format Painter'|
|Area Pressure Loads
(tributary areas, independent from model elements)
|Force, Moment, Displacement & Thermal Loads|
|Plate Pressure Loads|
|Dynamic Mode Shape Analysis|
|Dynamic Response Spectrum Analysis|
|Quick Saved Views|
|Find Tool / Zoom on Select|
ASD / LRFD
"Limited, for Demonstration"
ASD / LRFD
|ACI Concrete Beam / Column|
|ACI Wall / Slab in Bending|
|NAS Cold-Formed Steel|
|Member Sizing for Design|
|Advanced / Nonlinear Features|
|Auto-Meshed Plate Areas|
|Import Load Combinations|
|Custom 'Blob' Shapes|
|Catenary Cable Elements|
|Semi-Rigid Member Connections|
|Time History Analysis|
|Dynamic Forcing Function
(e.g. machinery vibration)
|Moving Loads (truck & lane)|
|Envelope Result Cases (Graphical)|
|Result Superposition Combinations|
|Spreadsheet Report Tool|
|Save Reports to Excel (.xls)|
The current academic version of VisualAnalysis runs on just about any Windows machine (XP newer; 32-bit or 64-bit). There are few machine requirements, but the product takes about 25MB to install on your hard-drive. An updated video-card driver, with 256MB RAM and OpenGL 2.1+ required. The more high-powered your machine, the larger problems you can solve (in reasonable time).