STAAD.Pro V8i SELECTseries 5, build

I am excited to announce the latest new release of the STAAD.Pro V8i SELECTseries 5* has been published on the Bentley SELECT server and is now available for download.

This version has undergone extensive QA testing and this version will be delivered shortly to accounts that entered the QA&R programme with the required supporting documentation so that it can be used on nuclear projects.

Build builds on the enhancements delivered in the earlier release of STAAD.Pro V8i SS5 (details of which can be found here) with a number of significant enhancements that I would like to draw your attention to that should excite you and provide a good reason to update your current version of STAAD.Pro to this one.

AISC 360-10 Steel Design Performance Boost

The current AISC 360-10 steel design module in STAAD.Pro has been turbo charged by restructuring the design processes to use multi-threading which can deliver a major performance boost that results in designs being performed quicker and making designers more productive.

Canadian Concrete Design in Concrete Mode

A new beam and column design module, to the Canadian concrete design standard, has been added to the Concrete Mode giving designers a clear design with detailed supporting calculations.

SP 16.13330.2011 Steel Design

A new steel design module has been added to the main analysis and design engine to the current Russian steel design specification.


SP 20.13330.2011 Wind Loading

An additional new wind load pre-processing module has been added that can quickly create wind loading on frames to the current Russian specification.

SP 14.13330.2011 Seismic Loading

A new response spectra routine has been added to support the seismic definitions as defined in the current Russian design code.

User Reports

The popular method to create custom user reports has been updated so that it is now possible to include more detail of the analysis functions that have been introduced into STAAD.Pro over recent times such as Reference and Notional load cases.

Finite element Analysis

Improved analysis routines for models incorporating quad-plates means that the analysis can now be performed on models with slightly warped elements which previously would have not been possible.

Cloud Analysis

An updated UI improves project interoperability with Bentley CONNECT Scenario Services giving the opportunity to explore the effects of alternative scenarios and determine a best solution for given criteria.


Over 180 documented updates are listed in the Revision History document (view details here) with over 90 updates specifically in the analysis and design engine ranging from small enhancements in the output to corrections affecting a number of the design routines.