RAM Elements

3D Structural Analysis And Design Software

One Affordable Software

Perform analysis and design of virtually any structure in one affordable application

Perform analysis and design – including 3D finite element analysis – of almost any type of structure or structural component, in one affordable application. RAM Elements is a 3D structural analysis and design software that allows you to quickly perform 3D finite element analysis – of almost any type of structure or structural component. Complete your steel, concrete, cold-formed steel, timber, and masonry projects, regardless of complexity, on time and on budget. It is commonly used to design trusses, continuous beams, and frames of all types, as well as retaining walls, masonry walls, tilt-up walls, shear walls, and footings.

For analysis and design of almost any type of structure or structural component complete with sophisticated design capabilities to help you with your everyday analysis and design needs, RAM Elements delivers a productive and easy-to-use engineering analysis and design toolkit.


RAM Elements offers full 3D finite element analysis and design plus standalone or integrated design modules all in an easy-to-use package. RAM Elements offers features such as designing beams and columns, concrete or masonry shear walls, retaining walls, tilt-up walls, continuous beams, footings, and trusses — all with one familiar, easy-to-learn and use graphical interface. Instead of using a stand-alone finite element program for frames, trusses, and other structures, and specialty programs or spreadsheets for your everyday design needs, use RAM Elements for all these tasks. It eliminates the need to learn different programs for steel, concrete, masonry, wood, or coldformed steel design and the need to purchase additional special purpose products for retaining walls or tilt-up walls. All the functionality you need is in one package.


RAM Elements offers finite element analysis and design offerings that can tackle most structural analysis problems. Utilized by thousands of engineering f irms, RAM Elements provides unmatched productivity for modeling, analyzing, designing, and optimizing structural elements and systems.

Numerous modeling capabilities are available to make modeling even complex projects quick and easy. For increased flexibility, a user customizable desktop environment is provided so your favorite commands can be a mouse click away. Physical member modeling features allow users to design as engineers, not finite element specialists. The sophisticated design modules for structural elements such as retaining walls or isolated shear walls can be run as integrated with the finite element model or in stand-alone design mode. With our continuous enhancements, RAM Elements stays up-to-date with code revisions.


Effortlessly design a single structural element such as a concrete wall, or utilize its integrated analysis and design capabilities to design these components as part of your 2D or 3D finite element model, which brings all the information into the design module automatically from the model. Current design modules include: trusses, concrete, masonry, and tilt-up walls with or without openings, spread and combined footings, continuous beams, concrete columns with interaction diagrams, and retaining walls.

All reinforced concrete modules will assist you in designing and detailing rebar requirements, perform all the necessary design checks, and produce complete drawings in CAD format along with detailed reports designed to go directly into your structural calculations.


Model quickly and accurately any way you choose using customizable features. RAM Elements allows you to personalize almost every part of the program to your needs or company standards and rules of thumb. With numerous ways to lay out nodes, several ways to model members, quick shell creation, robust import options, and the ability to manipulate every object, you can quickly and accurately model to the detail and obtain the expected results. Customizable toolbars and personalized model views, display options, and unit systems are also available.

This capability allows for templates to be created easily for everyday design structures allowing you to save even more time on every project.

Multiple materials can be used in your RAM Elements models as shown in this warehouse that combines built-up steel rafters and girders, hot-rolled steel columns, cold-formed purlins and girts, plus a perimeter CMU wall.
RAM Elements performs cold-formed steel design including optimization of these thin-walled sections subjected to bi-axial bending.
“Bentley solutions allowed us to work more efficiently, saving significant resource hours and materials.”
Manuel Robles Romero
Structural Project Manager, Answer Ingenieri­a

RAM Elements At-A-Glance



RAM Elements is a 3D structural analysis and design software. RAM Elements helps engineers and designers perform design tasks for steel, concrete, cold-formed steel, timber, and masonry building projects within a single easy-to-learn and use application.

1.3 GHz or faster processor (x64)

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 and 11

2 GB minimum, 4 GB recommended

Hard Disk
675 MB free disk space for installation
2 GB available for analyzing models

Open GL compatible graphics card with at least 512 MB in video memory, 1024×768 minimum screen resolution.

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Perpetual License

One-time purchase with SELECT (Annual Maintenance) Option

One-Year Subscription​

License rental for 12 months via Virtuosity