MasterKey: Concrete Design

Integrated design of Concrete Beams, Columns and Pad Foundations in MasterFrame and MasterPort Structures. Design to Eurocode, British Standard, and South African codes


MasterKey: Concrete Design is a suite of 3 modules for the interactive design of Concrete Beams (and one-way slabs), Columns and Pad Foundations in structures analysed using MasterFrame, or MasterPort. The degree of integration and interaction during design allow the Engineer sculpt their design to their needs.

3D multi material concrete building model

This integration removes input errors, and allows you to check against all the loading cases developed by modern codes of practice in minutes.

MasterKey: Concrete Design performs the concrete design to Eurocode, British Standard and South African codes.

Integrated concrete beam design to Eurocode with MasterKey: Concrete Design

All MasterSeries design programs feature our "Real Time Design", meaning that your full detailed design report is displayed at all times and instantly updated as changes are made to design parameters. No black boxes and no digging around for detailed design results.

Designing a Concrete Framed Building within MasterSeries
Designing a Concrete Framed Building within MasterSeries
Beams & One-Way Slabs

MasterKey: Concrete Design enables the Engineer to detail as part of the design process, thus integrating the analysis, design, detailing and drafting into a single operation.

As the element is detailed the software automatically checks the proposed cage of reinforcement against the structural design requirements of EuroCode 2, BS 8110 or SABS 0100. Non-compliance is graphically highlighted on the screen enabling the structural Engineer to interactively change the reinforcement accordingly.

  • One-way slabs without shear reinforcement
  • Rectangular, Square and T & L-shaped beams
  • Flange loaded inverted T & L-shaped beams
  • Multiple bar layers and curtailment zones
  • Dimensional Checks for code compliance
  • Full Torsional design
  • Up to 7 Shear zones
Integrated concrete beam design to Eurocode

Note: MasterKey: Concrete Design should not be confused with the simpler, MasterBeam: Concrete Continuous Beam Designer for simple continuous beams. MasterKey: Concrete Design designs concrete members in 2D and 3D frames.


MasterKey: Concrete Design performs the concrete column design to EuroCode 2, BS 8110 or SABS 0100.

  • Rectangular, Square and Circular Columns
  • Full Bi-Axial design
  • Different Major, Minor & Corner Bars
  • Braced & Unbraced frames
  • Slender & Short Columns
  • Detailing to include Splice or cranked bars and kickers
  • Stand alone Column designer included
Integrated concrete column design to Eurocode

MasterKey: Concrete Design also performs Concrete Pad Foundation designs to EuroCode 2, BS 8110 or SABS 0100.

MasterSeries 2023 introduces the Eurocode 7 'Direct Method' to the Concrete Pad Foundation's design capabilities.

The 'Direct Method' works out a ULS bearing capacity for the soil taking into account various loading factors, material factors and specific soil properties, to work out a more accurate bearing capacity for the soil. Alternatively the 'Prescriptive Method' may still be used, which takes user defined, presumed bearing resistances for the capacity of the soil in the serviceability limit states, for the controlling of the settlement of the foundation.

Features of the MasterSeries Concrete Pad Foundation include

  • Rectangular & Square Pads with Bi-Axial Loading
  • Bearing Checks using the Eurocode Direct or Prescriptive Method Design Approaches
  • Bi-Axial moment with partial uplift
  • Bi-Axial Eccentric Columns
  • Concrete tension considered in uplift
  • Full Uplift Design
  • Detailed Punching Shear Checks
  • Mass Concrete Bases
  • Column Starter Bars
  • Stand alone Pad designer included
Integrated concrete pad foundation design to Eurocode

MasterKey: Concrete Design outputs to PDF, any windows printer as well as DXF drawings of all the details.
Users of PowerPad, Building Design Suite or Office Tools, can also export results directly to Microsoft Word. (Word not supplied)

  • Scheduling to BS 4466, BS 8666, or SABS 82
  • Full detailing to Printer or DXF file
  • Selectable Printer or DXF file
Example Output

Concrete slab design is NOT part of the core MasterKey: Concrete Design suite.

However, by adding the MasterKey: Concrete Slab Design module, you can specify and design longitudinal and shear reinforcement in slabs. MasterKey: Concrete Slab Design allows you to interactively identify and resolve any slab failure areas.

For more details, please click HERE.


Pile Cap design is NOT part of the core MasterKey: Concrete Design suite.

However, by adding the MasterKey: Pile Cap Design module, you can carry out advanced analysis, design, detailing and scheduling of Pile Caps, with up to 9 piles.

For more details, please click HERE.

Stand Alone Product

Only Column and Pad Design

Part of Building Design Suite

Available as a Building Design Suite Analysis Add-on

Included in PowerPad

Member limited version included in PowerPad

Integrated Product

Integrates with MasterFrame, MasterPort, PowerPad and Building Design Suite

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