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Simple connections are nominally pinned connections that are assumed to transmit end shear only and to have negligible resistance to rotation and therefore, do not transfer significant moments.

CADS Steel Simple Connection Designer is a software for checking of simple connections based on BS EN 1993:2005 – Design of Steel structures – Part 1-8 Design of joints and SCI P358 – Joints in steel construction: Simple joints to Eurocode 3.


  • BS EN 1993:2005 – Design of Steel structures – Part 1-8 Design of joints
  • SCI P358 – Joints in steel construction
  • Simple joints to Eurocode 3
  • Checks for the resistance of each component of connection element and shows the critical component
  • The following types of connections are covered by the software:
    • Beam-to-beam connection (end plate or fin plate)
    • Beam-to-column connection (end plate or fin plate)
    • Column splice (bearing or non-bearing)
  • The calculations are outputted as reports in the form of a brief summary or a more detailed report, which may be displayed on screen, printed or exported to Word or PDF to suit your requirements
  • Output contains 3D and 2D preview of the steel connections
  • Numerical and/or formulae output for easy checking and presentation
  • Clear output summary with Pass/Fail limit for each individual check performed
  • Easy sharing option by printing, exporting to file in MS Word or PDF format
  • Possible to export as Dxf format
Sample Summary Report

Sample Summary Report

Detailed Steel Simple Connections Report

Sample Detailed Report

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