MasterBeam: Steel Continuous Beam Designer

Interactive analysis and design of simple, cantilever and continuous steel beams and sub frames. Design to Eurocode, British Standard, and SABS.


MasterKey: Steel Continuous Beam Designer is specialist structural software providing rapid analysis and design of steel beams.

The degree of integration, simplicity of input and speed of design make MasterBeam Steel Continuous Beam Designer the ideal software tool for the infrequent user.

The truly interactive nature of MasterBeam Steel Continuous Beam Designer also makes it the ideal software tool for teaching structural engineering.

MasterBeam Steel Continuous Beam Designer is designed as a complementary, alternative, software tool to using the full power of MasterFrame and MasterKey: Steel to design simple, continuous beams and sub frames.

Section Types
  • British, European, American, Chinese, & South African Steel Section Data Bases
  • Generate I-Section Plate Girders, both symmetrical and asymmetrical
  • Angles, Channels & Tees, eg Ang, L, PFC & RSC
  • Compound I-Sections with secondary Channels 
  • Compound I-Sections with Plates on Flanges
  • Hollow-Sections eg SHS, RHS, CHS, LCHS...
  • I-Sections eg UB, UC, W, IPE, IPN...
  • Add sections to the Database
  • Double Sections
Analysis Features
  • Uniformly Distributed, Partial Distributed, Varying & Point Loads
  • Design to EC 3, BS 5950 & South African SABS 0162/SANS 1016-1
  • Fully Interactive Analysis with results updating as you edit
  • Continuous beams with up to 16 Spans 
  • Subframes with up to 16 Spans
  • Automatic Load patterns
  • Simply supported beams
  • Cantilevers
Design Features
  • Switch between Eurocode and British Standard to compare results
  • Automatic design, optimisation by weight or depth of steel
  • Specialist checks such as Appendix-G/Annex-BB stability
  • Fully Restrained or restrained at user defined points 
  • Generate and re-size one-off sections at design time 
  • Design of commonly used compound steel sections  
  • Design of steel Flats, and Round & Square Bars
  • Design concrete encased I sections as beams
  • Set Depth Limits for auto design
Advanced Features
  • Interactively move supports and see reactions and moments updated, for optimum support location. 
  • Apply varying loads over multiple spans with automatic splitting for load patterning
  • Interactively move loads and see the effect, for optimum load location.
  • Split spans with no re-inputting of loads 
Stand Alone Product

Operates Fully Standalone

Part of Building Design Suite

Not Part of the Building Design Suite

Included in PowerPad

3-Span Version Included in PowerPad

Integrated Product

Operates Fully Standalone Only

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