MasterSeries: PowerPad (Student Edition)

MasterSeries: PowerPad (Student Edition) is a FREE version of our commercial PowerPad Plus structural analysis and design software suite.


MasterSeries PowerPad is a complete structural analysis and design suite. It is the ideal software choice for Engineers who require a wide range of design capabilities.

We offer students and lecturers, a free student license of PowerPad Plus for 1 year.

At the heart of PowerPad is our powerful MasterFrame analysis module. This integrates directly with our steel, concrete, composite and timber design modules to give you a seamless, fully integrated, 3D analysis and design environment.

PowerPad included modules

The PowerPad - Student Edition has additional features to the commercial PowerPad Plus licence. As a Student You also get Full BIM integration and a taster of FEA analysis.

To download your your MasterSeries: PowerPad Plus (Student Edition), click on the Download Here tab above.


PowerPad is a Lite version of MasterSeries, incorporating limited versions of core MasterSeries programs. A summary of the features can be found below. You can also view a more comprehensive list here.

  • Frame Analysis - Analysis of beams, trusses, plane frames, grillages and space frames. With options for tension-only analysis, P-delta, the inclusion of haunches etc.
  • Frame Analysis Pro - Gravity Area loading, Member Design Groups, Report generation. New for 2018
  • Portal Frame Analysis - Create 1 to 3 bay portal frames and analyse them as elastic, or plastic. You can also account for sway stability, and use P-delta analysis
  • Wind Analysis - Accurate wind loading for GB & Irish sites using the BS & EuroCode New for 2018
Member Design
  • Steel Design - Integrated design of steel members for axial, moment, strut, tie, Annex-BB(G)
  • Concrete Design - Integrated design of concrete beams, columns, and pad foundations
  • Timber Design - Integrated design of axial with moment members, joists, rafters, and flitch beams
  • Composite Design - Integrated design of primary and secondary composite beams
Connection Design
  • Simple Connections - Carry out the design of flexible end plates, fin-plates, angle cleats and more
  • Moment Connections - Design connections for the eaves, apex, baseplates, splices etc
Concrete and Masonry Design
Other Features
  • BIM Integration - Integrate with other popular software products like Revit® Available only in PowerPad Student Edition!
  • FE Analysis - Finite element analysis for up to 300 quad elements Available only in PowerPad Student Edition!
  • Office Tools - Customisable calculation templates, exporting to MS Word and Excel
  • Beam Designers - Simple steel, concrete, and timber beam designers
  • Multiple Codes - Design to both Eurocode and British Standard

The PowerPad - Student Edition has the following restrictions:

  • Data files are not compatible with normal commercial versions of MasterSeries and PowerPad
  • Data files can be read by other student versions or your university's commercial version
  • You will not have access to the Calc Wizard part of PowerPad as it requires MS Word
  • “For Educational Use Only” statements on screen and all output
  • You will not be able to export to MS Word or Excel
  • It is not permitted to use the software for commercial purposes
  • A valid educational institution email address is required to activate the licence
  • The licence is valid for 1 year, but you can re-apply
Download Here

Use the following links to directly download your student version.

1. Download the installation package

2. Optional Revit ad-on


Once downloaded and installed, when you run the software you will be prompted for your university name and your university email address. Please note a valid educational email is required. Once this is submitted you will be prompted for an activation code, which you will receive by email. If you receive an email stating that your email address was not a recognised educational email address, you can reply to request for your educational email domain to be included in our whitelist.


  1. 64 bit only
  2. Windows 7, 8, 10 & 11
  3. The educational version is NOT available for Apple Mac
  4. Educational version data files, are NOT compatible with the commercial version

PowerPad (Student Edition) outputs to PDF and any Windows printer, as well as DXF drawings of all the details.

Stand Alone Product

Operates Fully Standalone

Part of Building Design Suite

Not applicable

Included in PowerPad

This is PowerPad

Integrated Product

Integrated analysis & design in steel, concrete, timber and connections

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