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STAAD.Pro is a structural analysis and design software application originally developed by Research Engineers International in 1997. In late 2005, Research Engineers International was bought by Bentley Systems.

STAAD.Pro is one of the most widely used structural analysis and design software products worldwide. It supports over 90 international steel, concrete, timber & aluminium design codes.

It can make use of various forms of analysis from the traditional static analysis to more recent analysis methods like p-delta analysis, geometric non-linear analysis, Pushover analysis (Static-Non Linear Analysis) or a buckling analysis. It can also make use of various forms of dynamic analysis methods from time history analysis to response spectrum analysis. The response spectrum analysis feature is supported for both user defined spectra as well as a number of international code specified spectra.

Additionally, STAAD.Pro is interoperable with applications such as RAM Connection, AutoPIPE, SACS and many more engineering design and analysis applications to further improve collaboration between the different disciplines involved in a project. STAAD can be used for analysis and design of all types of structural projects from plants, buildings, and bridges to towers, tunnels, metro stations, water/wastewater treatment plants and more.

Course Objective:

The course will cover all the steps involved in structural analysis & designing of concrete & steel. This course will introduce one to STAAD.Pro’s state of the art user interface, prevailing analysis and design engines with a sophisticated finite element (FEM), visualization tools, and dynamic analysis capabilities. 

Some of the features that we focus in training include: 

Model Generation: Generation of an interactive menu-driven model with concurrent 3D display 2D & 3D graphics generation using rectangular or polar coordinate systems Segments of repetitive geometry used to generate complex structural models. 

Model Verification: 2D/3D drawings on screen and printer/plotter full 3D shapes for frames, elements Isometric or any rotations for full 3D viewing.

Static Analysis: 2D/3D analysis on the basis of state-of-the-art Matrix method to handle extremely large work. Linear, non-linear, p-delta analysis with automatic load & stiffness correction. 

Dynamic/Seismic Analysis: Mass modelling, frequency, and mode shape Response spectrum extraction, analysis of time history Modal damping ratio for individual models.

Secondary Analysis: Finite element capabilities, concrete design, steel design, and timber design. Forces & displacements at sections between nodes. 

Learning Outcome: 

Student will be able to complete object-oriented instinctive 2D/3D graphic model generation. 

Student will learn to use pull-down menus, tool-tip help, and floating toolbars. • Student will be able for carrying out flexible zooms and multiple views. 

Student will know to make isometric & perspective views and 3D shapes. 

Student will know the use of simple command language and built-in command file editor.

Student will learn how to generate graphics/text input. 

Student will be able to do efficient algorithm that will minimize disk space requirements.

Student will learn to take presentation quality printer plots of geometry and results as part of the run output.

Student will be able to perform accurate and numerically efficient plate/shell element incorporating out-of-plane shear & in-plane rotation; automatic element mesh generation; comprehensive element stress output including in-plane stresses, out-of-plane shear, bending & principal stresses at nodal, as well as, user-specified points.

Student will learn how to achieve user-specified design parameters to customize a design. Student will know to perform code check, member selection and optimized member selection consisting of analysis/design cycles.

Student will be able to design concrete beams/columns/slabs/footings as per all major

Latest Updates in STAAD.Pro:

New Release - STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition V22. As part of Bentley System’s commitment to deliver new builds more frequently, this version adds great new functionality to improve efficiency for engineers around the world and has resolved numerous issues that have been reported and thus highly recommend that you look to adopt this version and improve your working experience.

The principal developments and enhancements that are delivered in this new version of STAAD.Pro are:

Seed Files: Creating new models has become easier with the introduction of ‘Seed Files’. Essentially allowing the starting point of a new model to be that provided by an existing model. This could easily be a baseline data file that contains commonly used profiles and materials, load cases and combinations, grid files or more. Or simply taking an existing model as the starting point for creating an alternative without fear of modifying the original data.

Automatic Combination Generator: As models become larger with a greater collections of separate load cases, determining the collection of load combinations can be daunting. However by categorising the primary load cases, the new Automatic Load Combination Generator can follow the rules given in a design specification. Similar to the method that is currently available in the Analytical Workflow, a new tool has now been provided for creating combinations in the Physical Workflow. With the ability to create your own rules including how collections of a given load category should be considered either separately, combined together, or using a complex matrix of when they exist together, then you realise that you have a powerful tool at the click of a button that can create dozens of considered combinations with ease.   

Notional Loading: The loading in Physical Models has been expanded to include the automatic generation of Notional Load effects from the primary load cases when the combination method has been specified as REPEAT loading. This ensures that the lateral effect of the vertical loads in the combination be accounted for automatically.

Control/Dependant nodal relationships: There are many occasions when the structural effects of components cannot easily be modelled, but their stiffening effects need to be accounted for. This can be achieved by selecting the node points on the model that are connected though a stiffness relationship and setting the node relationship and determining which the Control node is. The relationship can limit the degrees of freedom that are combined so that effects such as wall panels and slabs can be modelled on a frame without having to model the features directly.

Consolidation of databases: Since its release, STAAD.Pro CE has supported different types of profile database which has led in the past to some models not resolving into the ideal analytical data model. Thus with this release, the Physical Model workflow has been revised to use the same profile database as the analytical Model. This has been addressed by consolidating the two modelling environments to operate using the same single database platform to provide a more robust analytical decomposition of the physical model. Additionally, when identifying the profiles for the catalog now, the geometric details can be viewed for the selected shape.

New Wind Loading to ASCE 2016: Added to the collection of wind loading generators is the ASCE 7 2016. This routine can be used in creating wind loading on both the analytical and physical models.

New Workflow for Chinese Steel Design: With the increase in analysis and design of models with STAAD.Pro in China using the SSDD application, a new workflow has been added to the program to provide a more efficient way to initiate this regional design application.

User Tables with Steel AutoDrafter: The scope of models that can be detailed using Steel AutoDrafter has been extended beyond profiles picked from standard tables, but now include those defined in User Tables.

Updated Steel Connection Design: The recently published v13.3 version of RAM Connection has now been implemented in STAAD.Pro which includes supports the use of channel sections as beams with the AISC/CSA/AS/NZS/EN and IS codes.

Russian Steel Design: The Russian steel design SP16 13300:2017 is now provided as a design option for a wide range of steel profiles and improves the method for accounting for the slenderness for members under compression and tension over that provided in earlier implementations of the Russian steel code.

Indian Steel Design Update: The Indian steel design code IS 800:2007 has been updated to provide an option to account for the seismic effects on members as outlined in section 12 of the code.

Career opportunities:

STAAD.Pro is a structural analysis and designing software that works on a finite element method. This software can examine and design the engineering shapes of a place like buildings, bridges, automobiles etc. It provides a realistic view to the temporary structures by generating the various loads like wind and earthquake and the way they affect the building. It can carry out the designing of metals, static and dynamic elastics and also non-linear dynamic elastics to analyze them and to create proper structures. The user- friendly GUI interface used in it is very simple and easy to understand. This structural analysis & design engineering software has become the most preferred choice of every civil engineer. STAAD.Pro programming is broadly utilized as a part of the structural analysis and designing structures – towers, buildings, bridges, transportation facilities, utility and industrial structures. Designs can include building structures incorporating culverts, petrochemical plants, bridges, tunnels, piles; and construction materials such as timber, steel, concrete, aluminium and cold-formed steel.

Frequently Asked Questions on Staad pro:

1. I can't decide if STAAD.Pro suits me? What do I do now?

Simple! Just call your nearest CANTER CADD outlet or send us an online inquiry through our website. Our counsellor will get in touch with you and offer technical advice and guidance on choosing the right course/s for your needs.

2. Is there any job related to Civil Engineering software, like AutoCAD or STAAD.Pro?

STAAD.Pro is widely used by civil engineers and is a pre-requisite in almost all civil engineering related industries. Knowing STAAD.Pro is definitely an advantage if you are looking for such jobs. Almost all jobs require knowledge of STAAD.Pro

3. Is STAAD.Pro popular in the Structural Engineering industry? 

STAAD.Pro is extremely versatile and ideal for any kind of Industrial Structures (both for steel and R.C). The modelling can take care of any structural profile (conventional and non-conventional), end conditions and loading. In case of composite structures and for cold-formed steel structures.

4. What should we know before learning STAAD.Pro?

As the name says, this tool is for structural analysis and design. So before learning STAAD.Pro, the fundamentals of structural analysis & design should be clear. This is only helping tool which makes your life easier with analysis & design. For that, one has to model a structure in STAAD.Pro, and has to give input to the program. 

5. What is the best way to learn STAAD.Pro?

Canter CADD provides comprehensive and industry specific training for many Civil CAD software including STAAD.Pro. Visit or call your nearest Canter CADD outlet and speak with our counsellor who will be able to guide you properly. Our trainers are all experienced in using the software and also imparting quality training to students.