Bentley STAAD.Tower

Structural Modeling, Analysis, and Design for Communication Towers


Product Overview


STAAD.Tower helps engineers generate self-supporting towers, guyed towers, and monopoles using its parametric setup wizards. It constructs the physical model and categorizes the panels, legs, horizontals and bracing members with orientations without manual intervention. The structure can easily be edited to achieve the desired shape and configuration.

With STAAD.Tower, external components like antennas, appurtenances, and platforms can easily be attached and can generate wind, ice, and seismic loads following the TIA codes along with other standard reference loads. The robust analysis and design engine (as per TIA-222-F and TIA-222-G codes) helps to minimize efforts to obtain the analysis and design results. It also offers a vast range of post-processing graphs and diagrams.

Additionally, STAAD.Tower provides a customizable and user-friendly report generation facility and also ensures bi-directional interoperability with other STAAD products.

Who Uses


  • Structural engineering firms
  • Tower manufacturing firms
  • Communication tower consultants

Firm Size

  • Sole proprietor structural engineers
  • Small and medium enterprises
  • Large multinational firms



Faster Physical Model Generation

STAAD(X).Tower offers faster physical model generation utilities through parametric wizards. This includes automatic and intuitive formation of physical members with appropriate orientations. It also handles the insertion and editing of bracing systems in a smarter way. Through easy parametric changes the overall tower geometry including slope changes can be achieved. This enhances productivity through faster model generation wizards and saves time on overall parametric editing of the physical model.

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Built In Library of Bracing Patterns

STAAD(X).Tower provides a built in library of standard bracing patterns with an extended facility to create and store user defined bracing patterns for future use. It also you treat a set of analytical members as a group. It automatically considers the set of individual analytical members of the tower legs and bracings as single physical members based on certain criteria. This provides smooth automatic generation of an analytical structure for any user-defined physical model and increases productivity by providing a library of reusable bracing patterns.

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Handle External Components Efficiently

STAAD(X).Tower provides easy drag and drop features for inserting non-structural components like dish antennas, appurtenances, and platform mounts for monopoles. It also lets you browse and maintain the catalogs for such components. Additionally, you can adjust the mounting patterns and reorient tilt and azimuth angles for these components as required. This enhances overall profitability by letting you use and maintain component catalogs.

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Faster Calculation of Wind, Ice, and Seismic Loads

STAAD(X).Tower includes a group of features that automatically generates wind, ice, and seismic loads, following the TIA-222-F and TIA-222-G standards. Based on user specified state and county information, it extracts wind speed, ice thickness, and spectral acceleration values and automatically calculates height dependant gust factors, velocity pressures, effective projected areas, and distributes the forces on the overall structure. STAAD(X).Tower automatically readjusts loads in the event of changes in overall geometry, assigned sections, and external attachments. This saves time and allows investigation of “what–if” scenarios as well as reduces errors due to complex calculations.

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Exhaustive Post-processing Features

STAAD(X).Tower provides an exhaustive set of post-processing features that includes results and diagrams. It renders leg compression curves, deflection, tilts, twists, axial forces, moments, torsion, and stress diagrams along with a dynamic browsing facility for member forces and member stresses at any point of the cross-section on any member at any location for any analysis load case. It also displays tables for member end forces, joint displacements, and support reactions. This nables you to have detailed insight of the analysis results and helps to plot multiple post-processing diagrams for a selective set of physical members for complex structures.

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Design of Physical Members

STAAD(X).Tower allows engineers to design physical members as per TIA-222-F and TIA-222-G codes. The design capability includes both trusses as well as frame member types. For each physical member you can explicitly define the design parameters following the desired standard and can browse the detail design calculation with all allowable and actual values. This offers confidence in the accuracy of the design and avoids manual intervention in preparing the design calculation sheets.

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Customizable, User-friendly Report Generation

STAAD(X).Tower offers a comprehensive user-friendly report generation utility in which you customize not only the contents and their positioning but also the standard formatting utilities. You can also set filters on data tables and add diagrams, graphs, and snap-shots as per your requirement. It allows engineers to import rich text files and the report can be saved in different file formats like MS-Word, PDF, and others. This lets you create an exhaustive complete report straight from the software and avoid manual report compilation activities and establish dynamic update links and save time in regenerating the desired report.

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Interoperability with Other Products

STAAD(X).Tower ensures bi-directional interoperability with other STAAD products like STAAD(X) and STAAD.foundation. Its unique capability to detect the changes made outside the STAAD(X).Tower environment will help resolve the conflicts efficiently. STAAD(X).Tower will also communicate with other Bentley products in the near future like Structural Modeler for automated drafting. This will let you avoid duplication of efforts in case you need to transfer the model to other products and saves time in generating a composite structure that involves both STAAD(X) and STAAD(X).Tower.

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