Current Version: 4.0

What’s New in Version 4

RISAFoot Version 4 includes ACI 318-11 as well as optimization of footings for uplift and overturning. Learn More

Optimum Designs for One Footing or Your Entire Structure

RISAFoot provides stand-alone and integrated analysis, plus design and drawing of spread footings and pedestals. RISAFoot is the best because it automates every step from analysis to design to drawing and it goes beyond simple issues to handle complex situations, such as biaxial bending, uplift and property boundaries.

Automatically check bearing pressure, sliding, overturning, and uplift. Designs both footing reinforcement (bottom and top) and pedestal steel and exports DXF details. View detailed reports for each footing, including bearing pressure plots and reinforcement sketches. RISAFoot will create DXF plans, sections, and details of your footing for export to your favorite CAD package.

RISAFoot integrates directly with RISA-3D and RISA-2D, allowing you to design all of your footings at once.

RISAFoot Features

RISAFoot modelRISAFoot is the complete solution for individual spread footings. RISAFoot allows you to define your own load combinations, including bi-axial loads and bearing increase factors. When architectural constraints require a shift, you can directly specify the required eccentricities. Even handle lot lines and utilities by specifying a fixed distance from a column – in both directions.

RISAFoot handles all the standard serviceability checks: bearing pressure, sliding, overturning, and uplift. RISAFoot automatically sizes each footing, and then designs both the footing and pedestal using the latest ACI codes. You get layouts for both top and bottom footing reinforcement, as well as main steel and ties in the pedestal.

Load Application

Apply vertical loads, shears, and moments, in both directions simultaneously. Self weight and overburden are calculated automatically.

RISAFloot dialogSoil Analysis

Calculate exact biaxial soil bearing distributions using advanced computational methods.

Footing Optimization

Determine the optimum footing length, width and thickness to satisfy soil bearing, bending, shear, uplift, and boundary criteria.

RISAFootPedestal Design

Create a full pedestal design for axial loads, biaxial bending and shear with specific results for longitudinal bars, development and ties.

Overturning & Sliding Checks

Separate load contributions for overturning and stabilizing forces satisfy the desired safety factor. Sliding checks verify that the applied forces can be resisted by the calculated soil friction force and user-defined passive soil resistance.


RISAFoot detail reportFull integration with RISA-2D, RISA-3D and the RISA Building System brings productivity to a higher level. Manage all project footings in one model, in one file, and within the same environment as your structure.

All loads are automatically applied and all footings are optimized at once. Changes can literally be handled in minutes rather than hours or days, letting you investigate more design options and helping you adjust on fast-track projects. Detailed foundation plans are automatically generated in seconds.


RISAFoot v4 Specifications

RISAFoot sets the standard for analysis and design of spread footings and pedestals. All combinations of axial load, uniaxial moment or biaxial moment are handled accurately, bettering the approximate results found in other applications. It’s the perfect choice for optimal designs for your spread footings, eccentric pedestals and bounding property lines.

  • As stand-alone software RISAFoot quickly gives you accurate designs and details for single footings. The stand-alone interface makes it easy to get the results you need.
  • Real spreadsheets with cut, paste, fill, math, sort, find, etc., assist with input and results.
  • Footings are optimized for geometry limits and many other criteria that you define.
  • All loading combinations of axial, shear and moment are solved with exact solutions, including biaxial bending with or without uplift.
  • Eccentric pedestal locations may be defined offset in one or both directions.
  • Property boundaries may be defined for RISAFoot to determine optimum footing-pedestal layouts.
  • Net or Gross allowable soil bearing may be specified.
  • RISAFoot calculates the exact soil bearing distribution under the most complex loading and determines the optimal footprint.
  • Automatic calculation of overburden and self weight of footing and pedestal.
  • Sliding checks are performed with user defined friction coefficients and passive resistance.
  • The footing is fully designed for bending, one-way shear and punching shear.
  • Optimatization of footings for uplift, overturning & sliding
  • Pedestals are designed for axial, shear and bending, including biaxial bending.
  • Concrete Design Codes: ACI 11/08/05/02/99/95, CSA A23.3-04, SBC 304-2007
  • Designs, including reinforcing and stirrup requirements, are fully detailed and may be exported for incorporation into CAD drawings.
  • Overturning safety factors are maintained and may also be customized by the user. Moments and restoring forces are also reported.
  • High quality graphic detail reports, with stress diagrams and detailed calculations, print what you see on screen and are easily customized.
  • Constant in-stream error checking and data validation prevent user errors.
  • Support for all units systems and conversions at any time let you freely change between any systems.
  • Supports unlimited loads and combinations
  • Optimized for Windows XP (32-bit) and Windows Vista/7/8 (32 & 64-bit)
  • Extensive customization options and user defaults
  • Comprehensive printed reference manual
  • Import and Export footing designs to Autodesk Revit Structure 2012 as part of the integrated RISA-3D model

Multiple Footing Solutions

As with most RISA software, RISAFoot is more useful in different scenarios because it excels as a stand alone application and it fully integrates with RISA-2D, RISA-3D and the RISA Building System to fully manage structural models from the top down to the foundation. No other software provides this much flexibility. Whether you need to solve a single footing or all footings on the project, RISAFoot automates as much as possible.

  • Full integration provides fantastic automation and productivity through one common interface.
  • Footing loads, criteria and column information are automatically determined from structural models built with RISA-2D, RISA-3D or RISAFloor.
  • Multiple footing results are tabulated in powerful spreadsheets with sorting and filtering.
  • Detailed foundation plans are automatically generated in seconds.

RISAFoot does not leave you hanging when your footings aren’t typical. Advanced solvers included with RISAFoot accurately provide solutions to biaxial bending, eccentric pedestals, limiting property boundary conditions, overturning and biaxial pedestal design.

RISAFoot Features

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RISAFoot Specifications

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RISA Integration

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