RAM® Frame™

RAM Structural System’s Productivity Tool for Lateral Analysis and Design


RAM® Frame™ is a three-dimensional static and dynamic analysis and design program for designers, and structural and civil engineers. It automates the most time-consuming tasks and is completely integrated to help the engineer deliver projects on time and within budget. It is specifically developed for lateral frame analysis and design of building systems subjected to lateral, dynamic, and gravity loads.
RAM® Frame™ is fully integrated with other modules in the RAM Structural System such as RAM Concrete and RAM Foundation. Gravity loads created in the modeler are automatically calculated and distributed into RAM Frame.


Loads and analysis results obtained from RAM Frame are automatically transferred into RAM Concrete to design concrete members and into RAM Foundation to design pilecaps, spread footings, and continuous footings.


Modeling data, analysis and design results between programs are automatically and continuously synchronized. RAM Frame is also integrated with RAM Concept to design reinforced and post-tensioned concrete floor systems and mats.

RAM® Frame™ Capabilities

Analyze gravity and lateral load
  • Design and analyze simple or complex structures for a wide range of loading conditions, including those induced by gravity such as dead and live loads, including skip conditions, in combination with lateral loads including wind and seismic.
Comply with seismic requirements
  • Design and detail seismic force-resisting systems, generating seismic loads according to the relevant building code. Consider these forces in the design of elements and, where applicable, the design of frames and the larger structural system. Enforce the ductility requirements of the selected design code in element proportioning and detailing.
Design and analyze with finite elements
  • Complete building analysis, design, and drafting for the entire structure accurately and efficiently using our state-of-the-art finite element analysis. Reduce or eliminate the time spent waiting for results using our fast solvers.
Design lateral resisting frames
  • Perform extensive building-code checks for seismic and wind forces on braced frames and moment frames. Quickly obtain safe and reliable designs for all of your structural projects.
Design to international standards
  • Extend the reach of your business practice and take advantage of global design opportunities by using a wide range of international standards and specifications in our design products. Complete your designs with confidence thanks to extensive support of international standards.
Generate design loads and load combinations
  • Apply code-prescribed wind and seismic loads to the structure using built-in load generators. Calculate relevant loading parameters automatically based on the structural geometry, mass, and selected building code provisions without the need for separate hand calculations. Combine these lateral load cases with gravity and other types of loads using load combination generators.
Produce structural design documentation
  • Generate structural design documents including necessary plans and elevations that are used to convey the design intent. Changes made to the 3D model are automatically updated in the documentation.
Share structural models
  • Transfer structural model geometry and design results from one application to another and synchronize changes over time. Quickly share the structural model, drawings, and information with the entire team for review.