Benefits for Foundation Engineering

Easy Slab Modeling

Make slab models by sketching or importing from DXF. Click to modify slab thickness or soil properties. Drag column lines to resize footings. Click to create pile supports. Work in 2D or 3D views to instantly verify your work.

Smart Load Application

Apply loads to areas, or through columns, walls, and grade beams. Copy and paste loads from one object to another or one load case to another. Use automatic building-code load combinations, or create your own.

Get Beautiful Results

Sliding and overturning stability are checked continuously. Analysis happens in the background so results are ready when you need them. View bearing pressures, moments, shear and deflections both graphically or in concise text reports.

ACI Concrete Design

Check slabs for flexure, shear, and punching shear. Determine flexural bar requirements by plate-element, column-line or area. Design of grade beams with primary steel requirements.

Detailed VisualFoundation Capabilities

General Modeling

  • Mat foundation analysis and design
  • Pile cap analysis and design
  • Complex mat boundaries, including circular and polygonal templates
  • Generate copies of modeling elements using rectangular or circular patterns
  • Multiple mat thicknesses or soil properties
  • Holes in mats
  • Combined footings
  • Wall footings
  • Concrete walls, grade beams (for loading or stiffness)
  • Columns (for loading, punching shear)
  • Pile supports (steel, wood, or concrete)
  • Pile stiffness control, battered piles
  • Support for codes: IBC, ASCE 7, ACI 318,
  • 64-bit for unlimited size projects
  • Multi-threaded architecture for maximum performance
  • Easily model slabs not finite elements (which are automatic)
  • Sophisticated thick-plate finite element formulation
  • Import & Export DXF files
  • Import & Export with VisualAnalysis
  • New! 3D graphical viewing (along with 2D)
  • Built-in Help file, clear and concise


Loads and Load Combinations

  • IBC 2015, 2012, 2009; ASCE 7-10, 7-05; and NBC 2015
  • Customizable load combinations
  • Easy load combination customizations
  • Streamlined seismic load combinations
  • Uniform or linear area loads, rectangular or circular
  • Circular and rectangular "ring" loads
  • Rotated pressure loads
  • Column loads, axial and moments
  • Linear beam loads
  • Wall loads, axial and moments
  • Overburden loads

Stability Checks

  • Checks for overall horizontal sliding forces
  • Plots and checks bearing pressures
  • Overturning checks on the footing
  • Seismic overturning reduction per ASCE 7 12.13.4

Strength Checks

  • Slab shear plotted and checked
  • Column and column-group punching shear checks
  • Wall punching shear design checks
  • Pile support and group punching shear checks
  • Pile capacity limits are checked for tension or compression
  • Grade beams are checked for shear and moment

Design Features

  • ACI 318-14 or CSA A23.3-14 checks
  • Single or double layer of slab reinforcement
  • Size each layer of slab steel
  • Reinforcing bar pattterns
  • Design of piers (pedestals)
  • Structural design of Piles (wood, concrete or steel)
  • Piles: AISC360-16 ASD or LRFD, CISC 2014, or NDS 2018
  • Grade-beam checks and reinforcement
  • Pile sliding resistance may be specified
  • Override for column or pile punching perimeter
  • Override for minimum mat reinforcement
  • Export to VisualAnalysis for more complicated tasks
  • Import from VisualAnalysis includes project criteria settings and wall reactions


  • Post-analysis statics check reports are now available
  • Average bearing pressure value is calculated for the entire footing
  • Full-color reporting for a professional look and easy reading
  • Slab and Grade-beam moment and shear diagrams
  • Preview the report before printing
  • Customize what items are included in the report
  • Easy export of report to .xls, .docx, or .pdf file
  • Print one-page graphic summaries

Current Limitations

  • Does not provide full detailing of bars: such as diagrams, cut-offs
  • No pretension or post-tension support

Compare with VisualAnalysis and QuickFooting.

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