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FEM-Design helps engineers world wide to get full control over their structural analysis.

FEM-Design is an advanced modeling software for finite element analysis and design of load-bearing concrete, steel, timber and foundation structures according to Eurocode with NA. The unique user-friendly working environment is based on the familiar CAD tools what makes the model creation and structure editing simple and intuitive. The quick and easy nature of FEM-Design makes it ideal for all types of construction tasks from single element design to global stability analysis of large structures and makes it the best practical tool for structural engineers.

Benefits of using FEM-Design

  • The structural model is created easily in 3D with intuitive CAD-tools or imported from BIM-software.​
  • The finite element mesh is generated and optimized automatically.
  • The Auto Design feature helps to choose the most efficient cross-section or reinforcement arrangement
  • Resultant and connection forces in shell elements can be easily assessed.
  • Results are shown in a variety of 3D-graphs, contour lines, color palettes or sections.
  • Auto-updated project reports can be created from within the built-in FEM-Design documentation module.​

FEM-Design Applications

FEM-Design can be purchuased as one of a few applications that differer from each other by the scope of design and analysis possibilities.


Scope of design and analysis


FEM-Design 3D Structure

Complete structural analysis and design of complex structures containing a combination of materials and element types, including shell elements, slabs, walls, bars, beams and columns with arbitrary loads. Static-, dynamic- and seismic analysis can be performed as well as solving global stability problems. Buckling phenomena and concrete cracking is accounted for.

FEM-Design Frame

Three-dimensional frame and truss structures are easily modelled, analysed and designed i FEM-Design. Common structures can be generated along with loads in a few simple steps using the parametric input wizard. The section editor allows complex arbitrary section shapes (opened or closed) to be created for bars, beams and columns.

FEM-Design Steel Joint

Total of 51 solutions and 7 types (according to the Swedish Institute of Steel Construction). Use predefined solutions and design the connection using bolt and/or welds. Define the load and steel sections in the stand-alone version, or get automatic import of the geometry and load combination results from FEM-Design 3D model.

FEM-Design Plate

Concrete slabs or other two-dimensional transversely loaded structures can be analysed. Reinforced concrete is designed according to code, accounting for cracked section analysis, shrinkage and creep considering applied reinforcement. Required reinforcement is calculated for ultimate limit state, and applied reinforcement can be used for checking deflections and/or crack width.

FEM-Design Wall

FEM-Design offers design solutions for plane stress problems, such as shear and load bearing walls as well as for other kinds of structural elements such as webs of deep beams or steel plates.

FEM-Design modules

FEM-Design is a program that can be build-up of several different modules, based upon individual preferences and needs. The base of the program is Analysis module, and the design modules can be added to the program one by one, anytime. Here you can find out more about each of the FEM-Design modules.


Learn about the most exceptional features of the Analysis module in FEM-Design

Steel Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Steel Design module in FEM-Design

Concrete Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Concrete Design module in FEM-Design

Timber Design

Learn about the most exceptional features of the Timber Design module in FEM-Design


Learn about the most exceptional features of the Geotechnical Design module in FEM-Design


Learn about the most exceptional features of the Documentation module in FEM-Design

FEM-Design can communicate with two of the most popular modelling programs: Autodesk Revit Structure and Tekla Structures. StruSoft developed a free StruXML Revit Add-In and Tekla StruXML Tools that make the data transfer possible. Find out more about them below.

Revit link to FEM-Design

Learn about the connection between Autodesk Revit and StruSoft FEM-Design.

Tekla link to FEM-Design

Learn about the connection between Tekla and StruSoft FEM-Design.

Contact support   |   Individual support or training   |   FEM-Design documents   |   Learning videos   |   Forum

Contact support

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Area E-mail Phone number
Sweden, Worldwide
United Kingdom
+46 (0)40 530 190
+47 45 40 13 54
+358 (0)50 545 2200
+372 566 22 559
+45 7070 7307
+44 2077 248 302
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Individual support or training

StruSoft offers a number of custom services that can be arranged individually. These are:

  • assistance with project and advise regarding FEM-Design modeling,
  • individual training based upon customer requested topic.
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FEM-Design Documents

Area Download
General documents ⭳  User Manual
⭳  Theory book
⭳  Verification Examples
Feature manuals ⭳  Diaphragm and plastic theory description
⭳  Steel joint manual
⭳  FEM-Design Support Tool
⭳  Save as .docx - FAQ
Geotechnical modul ⭳  Geo Module handbook
⭳  Geo Module examples and sample files (zip file ~437 MB)
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Learning videos

All learning videos can be found on StruSoft Offical YouTube channel.

Playlist Link
FEM-Design 17 - New features ▷ Play
FEM-Design - How to...? ▷ Play
FEM-Design - Webinars ▷ Play
FEM-Design - Basic course ▷ Play
FEM-Design - Steel Joint ▷ Play
FEM-Design - 3D Soil ▷ Play
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StruSoft Forum is a place, where FEM-Design users can ask questions and exchange their experience with each other. Forum is currently temporarily unavailable, due to a technical break.

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How to get FEM-Design?

We aim to make downloading and installation of FEM-Design as easy and fast, as possible, no matter if you are already a customer, a student, or someone interested in testing our program. Check the instructions below for the guidlines.

FEM-Design commercial version

All StruSoft programs can be downloaded through the StruSoft Installer. Using this program, you can can handle all you installation files (including previous version of the program), updates and licenses. If you are a customer with a license that is already setup in the StruSoft Installer, you can also find the latest version of the program from FEM-Design Download Center.

FEM-Design free Trial version

Go to  → Get Started now and apply for a free trial version. It is fast, free and you will be provided with all the help regarding installation, licensing and using the program.

FEM-Design free Educational version

Go to  → Get Started now and apply for a free educational version. It is fast, free and you will be provided with all the help regarding installation.

System requirements

Check the minimal and recommended system configurations when using FEM-Design.

Minimal configuration

Recommended configuration

  • Windows 7 SP1 64bit (with updates) + Microsoft .NET 3.5 + 4 runtime
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 1,86 Ghz (or equivalent)
  • Free disk space: 40 GB
  • Monitor with 1280x800 resolution
  • OpenGL 1.5 or DirectX 9.0 compatible video card


  • Windows 10 (with latest updates)
  • RAM: 32 GB
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 - 8th generation (or equivalent)
  • SSD (Solid-state drive)
  • Free disk space: 500 GB
  • Monitor with 1920x1080 resolution
  • OpenGL 4.5 or DirectX 12.0 (for Windows 10) compatible video card