If you are in the field of Civil Engineering, it is very difficult to believe that you have never heard about STAAD Pro in your student life or in the profession. There are also so many people who heard about this software, although does not know much about that. Therefore, we will discuss in short about STAAD Pro, its features, advantages and also some limitations.
Staad Pro stands for Structural Analysis and Designing Program. This Software is most used Software for Civil Engineering Designing. It is not like AutoCAD. We work in only 2 dimensions in AutoCAD and that is not detailed. In this Software you work 3 dimensionally. Mainly the Software reduces your manual calculation and time.
STAAD Pro is capable of analyzing and designing civil engineering structures such as buildings, bridges, and plane and space trusses.
This software can generate loads (wind and earthquake) as per building codes of selected countries.
Design of steel and reinforced concrete buildings as per the codes of selected countries can also be carried out with STAAD Pro.
It can carry out linear elastic (static and dynamic) and nonlinear dynamic analysis .
The user interface is simple and easy to learn. This software is currently developed by Bentley Systems Inc. It was originally developed by Research Engineers Inc. in California.
Advantage of using Staad Pro Software in Civil Engineering:
Faster method of designing the structure.
Does not involve any manual calculation.
Suitable for almost all type of materials for designing i.e. Concrete, Steel, Aluminum etc.
Shows accuracy in results i.e. Shear Force, Bending moment diagram for each and every beam and column of the structure. That you were doing manually.
Shows result for Number of reinforcement used longitudinally, Shear reinforcement.
Helps you to make improvement in structure, section, dimensions.
You can design structure for any type of load i. e. Dead load, Live load, wind load, snow load, area load, floor load etc.
You can design simple beam to sky scraper and analyze whether it will fail at applied load or pass.
You can import designs from auto CAD to Staad.
Easy to learn.
Not for brick masonry work.
Does not show the amount of material used.
Not for costing and estimating.
Require proper skill for typical designs.
And few other.