Multiframe Structural Engineering Software (And see to rent or purchase Multiframe standalone ie without Maxsurf)

Multiframe Structural Engineering Software provides linear and non-linear analysis, static and dynamic options and buckling calculations.

These analysis options are complemented by a full range of analysis-related modeling tools like master-slave, prescribed displacements, springs, thermal effects, offset members, additional masses and much more.

Other modules allow you to draw section shapes and install them in the sections library and perform design checks for a range of design codes.

Multiframe Automation allows you to prepare design calculations in Excel and link them directly with your Multiframe model. An ever expanding range of design add-ons also allows you to simplify steel code checking and optimization.

  • Multiframe
    • 3D frame, truss and plate analysis
    • Linear and Second Order analysis
    • Section properties calculation
    • Design check and optimization for steel frames
  • Multiframe Advanced
    • Adds Modal and Time History dynamic analysis
    • Includes all design codes
    • ASD, AIJ, LRFD, BS5950, AS4100, NZS3404, AS4600, AISI, EC/3 & User defined code

Multiframe Overview

  • Fast, low cost, frame analysis
  • Modelling
    • Generate, Duplicate, Mirror, Rotate etc
  • Loading
    • Point, Moment, Uniform, Variable, Thermal
  • Analysis
    • Linear
  • Results
    • Actions, Deflections, Stresses
    • Tables, Diagrams


  • Modelling
    • 3D clipping and masking
    • Extrude
    • Advanced member orientation
    • OpenGL Rendering
  • Analysis
    • Linear, 2nd Order, Buckling
  • Results
    • OpenGL rendering
    • Animation
    • Colour overlay of any action or stress

Multiframe Advanced

  • All features of 3D plus –
  • Modal analysis
    • Subspace iteration or Jacobi method
    • Automatic self weight
    • Additional lumped masses
    • Lumped or distributed mass model
    • Participation factors
  • Time History Analysis
    • Force or acceleration input
    • Library of spectra
    • Can be combined with master-slave
    • Graphs of nodal results
    • Animation of global response

Multiframe Plate Elements

  • Plate/shell elements to be included in any Multiframe model using arbitrarily shaped patches
  • With or without openings
  • Plate formulation  compatible with the beam elements
  • Stress and action results can be displayed as contours on the 3D model.

Shape Editor

  • Section properties calculation
  • Completely graphical interface
  • Steel, concrete or Composite sections
  • Insert standard sections or shapes
  • Import DXF shapes
  • Integrated with Multiframe sections library
  • Advanced Finite Element calculations of torsional properties

Steel Design

  • Specify design properties
  • Check to a range of codes
    • ASD, AIJ Allowable Stress Codes
    • EC/3, LRFD, BS5950, AS4100, NZS3404 Limit State Codes
    • AS4600, AISI Cold Formed codes
    • User Defined code
  • Optimize for least weight with constraints
  • Full report with details of design calcs
  • Optional reporting to Word

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Multiframe is used by over 2000 engineers and architects around the world for all types of structural design. Structures designed using Multiframe include offshore structures, sports stadiums, high rise buildings, complex mining structures, incrementally launched bridges and more…

Kajima Corporation GHD MIT
Kumagai Gumi Halpern Glick Maunsell Harvard School of Design
Taisei Corporation Kaiser Engineers Standford University
Takenaka Komuten Australian Defense Industries University of Michigan
Lend Lease Lawrence Berkeley Labs University of Sydney
Bechtel MTS Systems Tokyo University
Clough Engineering Caltrans Design Cornell University
Leighton Contractors Flour Daniel University of Auckland
Hydroquebec NASA Ames Research UC Berkeley

Multiframe Designs

  • Industrial buildings
    • Multi-span curved roof created by Jaime R. Gonzales Blanco for the Lucky Star  factory in Aguascalientes, Mexico using Multiframe.
  • Bridges
    • Horizontally curved, incrementally launched reinforced concrete bridge, designed by J.R Spronken & Associates using Multiframe

Spronken Engineering

Spronken Engineering are an innovative design consultancy who use software tools extensively to maximise their design productivity. Multiframe forms the cornerstone of their structural work and was used for a wide range of analyses for the design and construction of this doubly curved, incrementally launched highway bridge in Calgary, Canada.

  • Kajima Corporation – Tokyo
    • Leading vertically integrated construction company. Numerous design and construction projects including Japan TV headquarters in Tokyo
  • One of the largest design and construction companies in Japan, Kajima Corporation used Multiframe for the design of an innovative spherical viewing platform for a Tokyo highrise building. The 32 metre diameter, 1200 tonne steel structure was designed and analysed using Multiframe before being jacked into its final position on the 25th floor of the Japan TV headquarters.
  • High rise
    • 50 story Century Tower in Sydney, designed by Taylor & Herbert Consultants using Multiframe.

Taylor & Herbert Consulting and Structural Engineers

Taylor & Herbert Consulting and Structural Engineers, now part of Barnson, used Multiframe to design the 50 story Century Tower Skyscraper in Sydney. With a roof height of 183 meters it was Australia’s tallest residential building 1997-2002. And there are another 4 stories underground in this concrete structure.

  • Multiframe was used to design the $5 billion (Australian) expansion of Australia’s North West Shelf liquefied natural gas project. This is Australia’s largest resource development project.
  • NorthWest Shelf LNG Expansion
    • Major steel structures for LNG processing
    • Primary structure, 1000 tonnes steel, 4100 members
    • 125 load cases, 750,000 loads
    • Automatic load generation using VBA macros
    • Saved 2 weeks of structural design team’s time

And See to rent or purchase Multiframe standalone ie without Maxsurf