RAM Structural System’s Productivity Tool for Gravity Analysis and Design of Steel Structures
RAM Steel is powerful and versatile special-purpose software to analyze and design steel building structures, including commercial, institutional, residential, and industrial buildings. As part of the RAM Structural System, RAM Steel accurately computes tributary loads, reduces live loads in accordance with applicable building codes, and designs steel and steel composite beams and girders, steel joists and joist girders, steel columns, and base plates for each level of a structure.


RAM Steel is developed, tested, and supported by structural and professional engineers with extensive industry experience. That expertise in building codes, construction techniques, materials, and the design process is embodied in the program. Careful consideration has been given to the user’s needs to design steel structures and to execute design project. In addition, an extensive set of design criteria is available that allows the user to customize the designs in accordance with office standards and local practices. RAM Steel is unmatched in the industry for accuracy, completeness, and design quality.


The RAM Modeler provides for the creation of a 3D model of the entire structure, including roof and floor loads; beam, column, brace and walls; and slab properties, openings, and edges. Powerful yet easy-to-use graphical model generation features are provided. These tools allow complex floor and building systems to be modeled in a short time, while quickly accommodating changes.

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RAM Steel Capabilities

Design and analyze structural models
  • Quickly model your entire structure, including decks, slabs, slab edges and openings, beams, columns, walls, braces, spread and continuous footings, and pile caps. Efficiently automate many of your time-consuming design and analysis tasks and produce practical system and component designs that are document ready.
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.