Many decades ago, when computers and software were unheard-of, the process of planning and constructing buildings was rather slow. However, the current rapid technological advancement has made it possible for civil engineering companies to hasten the construction process while making sure that buildings are strong and of high quality.

Today, there is a wide range of software available in the market that can be used in structural engineering. These user-friendly software boost productivity by designing and analyzing large projects in a short time making the construction process more efficient and seamless. This greatly reduces the effort and time required to complete the projects.

Here are some of the best structural design and engineering software in 2018.

1. Automatic Computer Aided Design (AutoCAD)

This software designed by Autodesk is the most popular in the civil engineering industry which helps in drafting, creation of 2D and 3D designs, architectural drawing as well as modeling workflows. It allows engineers to evaluate and understand the project performance by responding to changes quickly and consistently maintaining data and processes. Some of its notable features include:

  • Powerful documentation and intuitive design tools for visualizing 3D concepts.
  • User-friendly interface compatible with several integrated devices such as desktop and mobile.
  • Boosts accuracy by eliminating manual drafting.
  • Allows you to share your work through other trusted technology.

2. STAAD Pro

Developed by Research Engineers, STAAD Pro is a structural design and analysis tool that is adopted by several structural engineers around the world and is considered as the best. It’s an easy to use software that features many essential tools required in the structural analytical process.


This comprehensive package combines all the important engineering design aspects and is mostly used in designing concrete floors and foundation slab systems. It allows you to locally assess foundation systems within large projects and imports files from SAP2000, CAD and ETABS.


This 3D analysis and structural design tool creates general structures such as crane rails, bridges, buildings, arenas, industrial structures, among many more. This software is productive, accurate and fast with an intuitive interface that allows integration with other products such as RISA Foundation and RISAFloor.

This analysis and design tool also comes with some of the latest design codes such as timber, aluminum, masonry, concrete, steel as well as cold-formed steel. This provides the required tools to manage multi-material projects easily.

5. Navisworks

This project review tool is mainly used by engineers, design and construction management professionals to enhance quality and productivity by gaining detailed insight into a project. It is developed by Autodesk and enables users to either share, open or review 3D designs across several file formats as well as letting you import or merge different file formats into a model.

Long gone are the days when constructing a building took ages to complete. Thanks to advanced software, engineers and construction firms can now speed up their construction processes through accurate design and analysis.