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Reinforced Concrete Design Software for SAP2000, ETABS and CSIBRIDGE

Reinforced Concrete Design Software for SAP2000, ETABS and CSIBRIDGE

Reinforced Concrete Design Software for SAP2000, ETABS and CSIBRIDGE

Reinforced Concrete Design Software for SAP2000, ETABS and CSIBRIDGE

Based on Eurocodes

VIS Concrete Design

VIS Concrete Design Software is developed by CSI Italia, with the intent of expanding SAP2000, ETABS and CSiBridge design capabilities to meet specific Eurocode requirements. Development of VIS started in 2004 and continues through these days, striving to make the CSI programs ever more suited for use in the European market. Click the 'Play' button for an introduction to VIS.

State of the Art Software
for Structural Engineers

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New implementations AND Details on the development of the VIS Software program. Click here for the latest software updates information.


Design of Secondary Seismic Elements with SAP2000/ETABS and VIS. Design of secondary seismic elements, according to the provisions of Eurocode 8. Click here to watch the video.

What is VIS?

VIS is a software package for the design of reinforced concrete structures based on the Eurocodes as code of reference.

It works in conjunction with the CSI programs: either SAP2000, ETABS or CSi Bridge. VIS provides a family of plug-in tools fully integrated with these programs and capable of enhancing their design capabilities to a high degree of refinement.

If you are a CSi user and work with Eurocodes for your concrete design, then VIS could be the software you are looking for.

Key Software Features

How does VIS Concrete Design Software work?

VIS provides you with a unique approach that intuitively follows the natural workflow used by structural engineers in their design process.


Initially, you’ll be working on the model. This is done using one of the CSi programs. They are some of the most well-known and appreciated structural engineering packages on the market. You can use many VIS tools to help during the modeling phase. Including; Combinator that will automatically generate load combinations. Section Cutter that aids in the modelling of concrete walls. And, SPF that will let you explore seismic performance.


Everything takes place within a single interface in the main software program (SAP2000, ETABS or CSi Bridge). VIS is fully integrated. This means VIS acts as part of the main program itself. And, permits you to move flawlessly back and forth; interacting with the model and exchanging data with it.


Once satisfied with the model, you can run the analysis and take advantage of the limitless capabilities of the CSi software. You can check results, use design utilities, edit the model on the fly and redo the analysis until satisfied with the size of your concrete members.


You decide which of these members you want to design in detail. You can select a few, or the entire model. Open the “Tool” menu and click VIS to enter the design session.

Once the design parameters are set to your requirements VIS will automatically populate the entire structure with preliminary reinforcing. Not just required areas. But, fully detailed longitudinal and transverse reinforcing. This reinforcing meets all code requirements but will probably be a long way from your desired results.


It is a very helpful starting point, though. From there you can use the powerful editing and design capabilities in VIS to revise the reinforcing to way you want it. And, tailor it exactly to your project needs.


Once finished, you can take advantage of the many output features and then transfer the results to calculation reports and working drawings.


You are done. Relax and enjoy the time saved.

Latest Video Tutorial

Design of Secondary Seismic Elements with SAP2000/ETABS and VIS.

In this video, we will see how to perform the design of secondary seismic elements, according to the provisions of Eurocode 8. 


The code recognizes that a certain number of elements can be considered as not to be part of the seismic-resisting system of the building and be designed as “secondary seismic members”.


Add to your analysis the power of a sophisticated post processing tool based on Eurocode provisions.

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VIS in Numbers

5 families of concrete members: beams, columns, beam/column joints, wall piers, wall spandrels (slabs and footings designed directly by the CSi programs)

4 design areas: strength, capacity, serviceability, detailing provisions

2 procedures for reinforcing assignment: automatic assignment of program generated (preliminary) reinforcing, manual assignment and editing of user defined (final) reinforcing

2 calculation modes: design (minimum area of required reinforcement), check (demand capacity ratios)

4 output formats: calculation report, graphic diagrams, data worksheets, reinforcing drawings

VIS Plugins
  • VIS proper: for the design of concrete members
  • SPF: for seismic performance evaluation
  • Combinator: for the generation of Eurocode load combinations
  • Section Cutter: for modeling of concrete wall components

  • The Family of VIS Tools

    VIS is a family of four plug-in tools designed to interface with SAP2000, ETABS and CSiBridge (the CSi programs). Of these, the main tool is also called VIS, the other are called SPF, Combinator and Section Cutter, respectively.

  • What they Offer

    These tools enhance the concrete design capabilities of the CSi programs when dealing with the Eurocodes as code of reference. The design is very detailed, providing complete information on size, length, location and spacing of all reinforcing.

  • Key Software Features

    Design and check of concrete members based on strength, capacity, serviceability and code detailing provisions. Also, Eurocode based load combinations, modeling of concrete walls and seismic performance evaluation.

  • System Requirements

    Microsoft Windows 10 (32 or 64bit), 8, 7, or Vista. Same hardware requirements as for SAP2000, ETABS or CSiBridge


Software Highlights

The VIS Concrete Design software is full of huge benefits and delivers a unique approach, that adheres intuitively to the natural workflow used by structural engineers in their design process.

VIS DEMOWatch Video