RISA-3D v12

What’s New

RISA-3D v12 includes new customizable reports with graphics and detail reports as well as the ability to view batch and envelope results simultaneously.

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The Most Popular Structural Engineering Software in the U.S.

Fast, Accurate, Productive — just a few ways engineers describe RISA-3D. Easily the most popular general 3D analysis/design software available, our intuitive interface and familiar spreadsheets help you solve your next problem in minutes, not hours.

Packed with the most current steel, concrete, cold-formed steel, masonry, aluminum and timber design codes, RISA-3D gives you the tools to tackle multi-material projects with confidence.

RISA-3D also integrates seamlessly with RISAFloor and RISAFoundation, including links to top detailing, drafting, and BIM packages for a complete building design solution.

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RISA-3D Features

RISA-3D is popular among structural engineers for many reasons, but one in particular stands out: ease of use. We designed our premier product with the daily use of structural engineering professionals in mind.

User friendliness combined with advanced analysis capabilities make this industry standard software a very powerful tool for the analysis and optimization of all types of structures and all common structural materials, including steel, concrete, wood, aluminum and masonry. It’s a tool no structural engineer should be without!

No. 1 Software in the U.S.

A 2011 survey showed that RISA-3D was once again the most widely used software by engineers in the U.S.

State-of-the-Art Modeling Interface

Our multiple view interface, advanced selection and drawing tools, and spreadsheet features continue to be the best in the business.

Powerful Analysis and Design

With RISA-3D you can rapidly design buildings, bridges, racks, tanks, crane rails, stadiums, arenas, culverts, all types of industrial and commercial structures and everything in between.

Seamless Integration with RISAFloor, RISAFoundation & RISAConnection

RISA-3D's full integration within the RISA Building System enables you to manage all aspects of your project within the same environment.

Top-notch Presentation of Results

Both graphical and numerical visualization capabilities let you get presentation quality results quickly and easily.

Quality & Support

The support you receive from our staff of professional engineers is second-to-none. Our clients know they can rely on RISA for the dependable software and quality support they deserve.

RISA-3D v12 Specifications

Modeling Features

  • Comprehensive CAD-like drawing/editing environment: draw, generate, modify and load elements as well as snap, move, rotate, copy, mirror, scale, split, merge, mesh, delete, apply, etc.
  • Versatile drawing grids (orthogonal, radial, skewed)
  • Universal snaps and object snaps allow drawing without grids
  • Powerful graphic select/unselect tools including box, line, polygon, invert, criteria, spreadsheet based, save/recall selections with locking
  • True spreadsheet editing with cut, paste, fill, math, sort, find, etc.
  • Dynamic synchronization between spreadsheets and graphics
  • Open multiple spreadsheets simultaneously
  • Constant in-stream error checking and data validation
  • Unlimited undo/redo capability, automatic timed backup
  • Generation templates for grids, disks, cylinders, cones, arcs, trusses, tanks, hydrostatic loads, etc.
  • Support for all units systems & conversions at any time
  • Automatic interaction with RISASection custom shape libraries
  • Steel Shapes: AISC, HSS, CAN, ARBED & numerous foreign databases
  • Light Gage Shapes: AISI, SSMA, Dale/Incor, Dietrich, Marino\WARE
  • Import DXF, RISA-2D, STAAD, ProSteel3D and CIS/2 files
  • Export DXF, SDNF, DesconWin, ProSteel3D and CIS/2 files
  • Robust two-way link with Revit Structure 2014 and 2015

Analysis Features

  • Accelerated true sparse solver for static analysis
  • Flexible modeling of P-Delta effects
  • Accelerated Sparse Lanczos dynamics solver, very fast and robust
  • Multiple simultaneous dynamic and response spectra analysis using Gupta, CQC or SRSS with automatic calc of scaling factors
  • Automatic inclusion of mass offset (5% or user defined) for dynamics
  • True physical member modeling (members are aware of interior joints)
  • State-of-the-art plate/shell elements with plane stress  only option
  • 8 node solid elements with automatic meshing
  • High end mesh generation — draw a polygon with any number of sides to create a mesh of well formed quadrilateral (NO triangular) elements.
  • Automatic rigid diaphragm modeling with detachable joints
  • Area loads with one-way or two-way distributions with optional “blow through” distribution for loading open structures
  • Plate thermal loads
  • Simultaneous moving loads, AASHTO/custom for bridges, cranes…
  • Torsional warping calculations for stiffness, stress and design
  • Member end releases, rigid end offsets, top of member offsets
  • Joint master-slave assignments
  • Enforced joint displacements
  • One Way members, for tension only bracing, slipping, etc.
  • One Way springs, for modeling soils and other effects
  • Euler members: Compression up to buckling load, then turn off
  • Stress calculations on any arbitrary shape
  • Inactivate members, plates, solids and diaphragms without deleting them
  • Story drift calculations provide relative drift and ratio to height
  • Automatic self-weight calculations for members, plates and solids

Graphics Features

  • Unlimited simultaneous model view windows
  • “True to scale” rendering with translucency, even when drawing
  • High-speed redraw algorithm for instant refreshing
  • Dynamically zoom, pan, rotate, scroll, snap views
  • Font and color control
  • Saved views to quickly restore frequent or desired views
  • Rendered or wire-frame animations of deflected model and mode shapes
  • Animation of moving loads with speed control
  • Distance tool for measuring between points
  • Force/moment summation about any arbitrary cut line
  • High quality customizable graphics printing

Design Codes

  • Steel Design Codes: AISC 360-10/05: ASD & LRFD, AISC 2nd & 3rd: LRFD, AISC 9th: ASD, CSA-S16-09/05/01/CSA-S16.1-94, BS 5950-1: 2000, ENV 1993-1-1: 2005/1992, IS 800: 2007/1998, AS 4100-1998, NZS 3404: 1997 including local shape databases
  • Seismic design per AISC 341-10/05, including 358 prequalified connections
  • Concrete Design Codes: ACI 318-11/08/05/02/99, CSA A23.3-04/94, NTC-DF 2004, BS 8110-1: 1997, BS EN 1992-1-1: 2004, EN 1992-1-1:1992, IS 456: 2000, AS 3600-2001, NZS 3101: 1995, SBC 304-2007
  • Cold Formed Steel Design Codes: AISI NAS-10/07/04/01/99: ASD & LRFD, CSA S136-07/04/01: LSD, CANACERO 07/04/01: ASD & LRFD
  • Aluminum Design Codes: AA ADM1-10/05: ASD
  • Wood Design Codes: AF&PA NDS-12/08/05/01/97: ASD wood design, Structural composite lumber, multi-ply, full sawn, Glulam
  • Masonry Design Codes: ACI 530-11/08/05/02/99: ASD & STRENGTH, UBC 1997: ASD & STRENGTH
  • Wind loads are generated automatically (ASCE 7- 10/05/02/98/95, NBC 10/05, NTC 2004, & IS 875: 1987) including partial wind cases
  • Seismic loads are generated automatically (ASCE 7-10/05/02, CBC 2001, IBC 2000, UBC 1997, NBC 10/05, NTC 2004, & IS 1893: 2002) including accidental torsion

Design Features

  • Designs/optimizes concrete, hot rolled & cold formed steel, masonry, wood and aluminum
  • Program selected or user-defined rebar layouts for flexure and shear
  • Concrete beam detailing (Rectangular, T and L).
  • Concrete column interaction diagrams
  • Concrete wall design including in-plane, out-of-plane & bearing loads
  • Automatic spectra generation for ASCE 2005, IBC 06/03/00, NBC 2005
  • Extensive user controlled generation of load combinations: ASCE, UBC, IBC, BOCA, SBC, ACI & International
  • Intelligent unbraced length calculations for physical members
  • Tapered wide flange design with either ASD or LRFD codes
  • Masonry wall design for in-plane, out-of-plane & bearing loads
  • Wood Shapes: Complete NDS species/grade and Glulam database
  • Complete wood wall design for bearing & shear walls: Segmented, Perforated & Force Transfer Around Openings design methods
  • Seamless integration with RISAFoot (Ver 4) for advanced footing design

Results Features

  • Graphic presentation of color-coded results and plotted designs
  • Color contours of plate, solid stresses/forces with smoothing
    and animation
  • Spreadsheet results with sorting and filtering of: deflections, forces, stresses, optimized sizes, code designs, concrete reinforcing, material takeoffs, etc.
  • Standard and user-defined reports
  • Graphic member detail reports with force/stress/deflection diagrams and detailed design calculations and expanded diagrams

Integrated Building Design

RISA-3D, RISAFloor, RISAFoundation and RISAConnection are so tightly integrated that they operate as one program on the same building model. Optimize the gravity system in RISAFloor, the lateral system in RISA-3D, the connection design in RISAConnection and the foundation system in RISAFoundation, with a complete flow of information both ways.

General Features

  • Optimized for Windows XP (32-bit) and Windows Vista/7/8/8.1 (32 & 64-bit)
  • Extensive customization options & user defaults
  • Program technical support provided by Professional Engineers
  • Initial software purchase includes six months free maintenance.
  • Maintenance program includes technical support and program upgrades.

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RISA-3D Specifications

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