ENERCALC

Structural Engineering Library

4 / 5 10 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Structural Engineering Library provides structural & civil engineers quick, accurate modules to accelerate the process of design, model and "What-if" for low-rise and mid-rise structures / remodels.


Average Ratings

10 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

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  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • ENERCALC
  • enercalc.com
  • United States

About Structural Engineering Library

Structural modules that help engineers calculate what-if loads/stresses while keeping project files and data organized.


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Structural Engineering Library Features

  • 2 1/2-Axis Milling
  • 3-Axis Milling
  • 4-Axis Milling
  • 5-Axis Milling
  • Database Connectivity
  • Hole Making
  • Simulate Cycles
  • Spiral Output
  • Toolpath Simulation
  • User Defined Cycles

Structural Engineering Library Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Software is good.

Nov 17, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Very easy to use on this software. All codes updated. Many codes can be use. Very best for the money. Very good technical support. very quick technical support with Enercalc. Many features to use. concrete beams, concrete columns, concrete slab, CMU wall designs, steel beams, steel columns, base plates, anchor bolts. Also have wood design, many type of wood.

Cons: Sometimes the software is too simple. The software might be too expensive if for home use, for instance not for commercial use. The printing sometimes cause problem because sometimes cannot print. Cannot print is not because of the user printer but the Enercal software. Certain part of the software is not fix or because it is not fully developed for printing. The sketch could be better illustrate or in color. The label on the sketch could use improvements. The file name could not fully printed. Could not see the full file name on the printout. The file name should should be shown on the printer clearly.

Overall: Ease of use

I am an engineer for residential projects.I don't use wind/seismic modules

Oct 24, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It is very user friendly. Easy to change design using different materials like from wood to steel or vice-versa without having to re-input the data.

Cons: I can't think of anything right now. Maybe there could be a feature that allowed us to get exact info for moments and shear at different locations along the spans in a more precise way then just the diagrams.

Overall: My calculations are clear and look great

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Enercalc fills a unique and needed niche, but still has a lot of room for improvement.

Oct 23, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Enercalc handles many of the simple piecemeal calcs that come up on a typical project. Many times it's just not worth the time to build a true "model" in other software just to check the capacity of one member. Other times, you just need a quick ballpark verification of another piece of software. It handles enough different calc situations that you could use it to check the worst-case footings, columns, beams, and walls, and cover most of a simple building, or check specific areas of more typical structures. It's nice in that it covers several situations each in steel, concrete, wood, and masonry. Not exhaustive, but enough of the basics that it fills a good niche. The multiple material capabilities is nice in that you can compare a wood header vs. a steel beam in the same software, or a wood vs. CMU vs. RC shear wall. Pole footings and point loads on slabs are nice calcs often not addressed in other software. Input is fairly intuitive. Selection for wood members is thorough. Development seems to be improving after a long time of negligible improvements, which is encouraging.

Cons: 1) Customer support was always friendly & helpful, but there seemed to be almost zero program development for several years. Bug fixes took multiple years in some cases, enough so that we often forgot we'd submitted a bug report when notified that our issue had been resolved much, much later. That does seem to be improving lately (2017) with better emphasis on releasing patches/updates.
2) The licensing is still in need of some work. Still one of the most painful of the 30 pieces of software in our office. Not being able to communicate with their license server is a longstanding problem. Licenses in a pool not being released upon program exit is another.
3) Project printing & the need to refresh all reports before being able to print something.
4) One common question from tech support when reporting problems is if we are using network storage. I believe every job I've worked at the last 20+ years has used network storage for project files. That really shouldn't be an issue for any modern software.
5) It's like a spreadsheet w/ the formula bar hidden, in that it's not transparent to the user what is happening inside the "black box". You just see input & output, & with the various bugs over the years, I still need to maintain my own spreadsheets or worksheets (i.e. MathCAD, SMath) to check Enercalc output when it's fishy.
6) Entering user-defined cross-sections is time consuming as it doesn't calculate section properties based on input dimensions like other software.

Overall: It fills a niche that there just aren't a lot of other options for; we've looked.

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This is a must-have structural engineering software for residential building design.

Oct 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I mostly use beam and foundation analysis to design residential building. In addition, the program also support ASCE7-10 Third printing, C12.3.3.3 ( elements supporting discontinuous walls or frames), so when you design a wood/steel member supporting a discontinuous sherwall, it will not use 2.5 factor all the way down to foundation level.

Cons: retaining wall(retainpro) design is an extra cost, and I personally think this should be included into the whole Enercalc package., so I don't know why the company wants to charge extra money on this program.

Overall: fast customer service and response when you have a problem on the program.

Quick, easy structural application that help with basic calculations

Oct 23, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: quick input and output. decent output files for calculation packages. Graphics help to make sense of calculations

Cons: Too much of a black box. Output needs to have a breakdown of equations used. No way to really know what the application is doing to solve the problem.

Enercalc is a good program for simple low rise building. It is frequently used in my firm's project.

Oct 21, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Simple to use, affordable, easy to check and use, quick technical support via e-mails. Good printouts and and helpful load generations. Reliable calculations. There are few calcs however that need improvement.

Cons: It is possible to organize but it will be helpful if you can move more than one calculation in the browser, select more than one and erase more than one at a time. Browser organization is cumbersome and should be given functionality like a regular file manager programs. Few issues on reports when long company names won't fully show up. This however is a minor issue. Should eventually add equal and un-equal single angle design when they are not braced for both principal and geometrical axes design. Unequal angle LLV unbraced is one of the most common shelf angles used with brick veneer. Should be part of Enercalc as manual calculation is quite lengthy. Also for wood design add bearing stress check for beams and stud wall design. I personally had issues with automatic activation when program will not deactivate upon closing. This has happened on both Windows 7 and Windows 10 and it keeps happening quite often. Also auto-update seems to frequently conflict with Windows 10 and won't work. According to my IT engineer it is not a matter of Windows 10 which is my operation system but rather the way Enercalc pushes updates.

Overall: Quick simple calculations.

Very capable software that does almost everything we need.

Oct 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Relatively simple interface with logical sequences of tabs within calculation modules. Good flexibility within modules for unique and custom situations. Customer support is top notch, Chris is awesome.

Cons: The activation process often fails; usually takes multiple attempts to activate. No cold-formed steel modules. Many calculation printouts spill onto a second page by one or two lines, increasing the number of sheets in calculation package dramatically. Lacking a few scenarios in calculation modules which I can't think of at the moment but come up from time to time.

Overall: Speed of generating calculation packages.

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Long Time User and have watched the software grow to a good product with still more area for growth.

Oct 20, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I like how you can set up a project and have all the different components in one files and print it all at once. I like the variety of different building components that can be designed with this program. I am a visual person so the pictures (although a little weak) help with the understanding of the member or structure I am dealing with. In general I like the way the tabs are set up for entering data. I like the option to calculate members under several different Code or Design Standards. The shape values calculator is handy for a number of retrofit designs but still has room for improvement. after all I know about the program I would still purchase it if I were new to looking at it.
Tech support is very knowledgeable in all aspects. If you find an issue with the program, they are very responsive to fix the issue. They truly put out upgrades regularly unlike some of the other ones who wait for the next years release to fix an issue.

Cons: Would really like to see the program Link Data from one member to another, which I have heard is coming but for me not soon enough. It would be nice to design a beam and link the load to the column and then the column load to the footing type of thing. Would like to see wood beams especially calculated and take into account bearing lengths. The wind calculator could be improved but it works.

Overall: Efficient Engineering calculations to be more cost effective in a tighter market. One stop shop for a good part of all our engineering calculations.

I have used Enercalc for over 21 years, as a very satisfied customer

Oct 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The ability to design a wide variety of elements using different materials, and Codes.
Keeps calculations well organized into folders
The software is continuously being improved.
Excellent and prompt technical support.

Cons: Bugs and crashes
Licensing system nuisances such as repeated activations being required
Post-disaster loss of software use without Internet connection (ie Hurricane Irma)
Lack of masonry shear wall module since version 6

Overall: More efficient engineering of projects

Love the software. Love working with Customer reps. It's been a pleasure for many years.

Oct 20, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It computes most of the basic calcs we use on a daily basis very easily and quickly. I also like ability to import from other projects. The calc manager is very useful as well, for organization.

Cons: Probably number 1 problem is dating back to 5.8 and through the life of 6 and now 10, new versions nearly always bring a new or old bug back into the software. I love new software and updates, but I fear them more and more due to the nature of the errors and the problems we encounter so repeatedly. They are not the same mistakes, but there seem to be many.

Overall: Quick analysis of the most basic calcs we do on daily basis.