SuperBeam, ProSteel and EuroBeam compared

SuperBeam

SuperBeam's options include design and checking of simply supported steel and timber beams, steel and timber column design and checking, all to BS449/BS5268

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ProSteel

ProSteel's options include design and checking of simply supported beams, column design and checking, analysis of openings in beam webs and simple connection design, all to BS5950:2000-1.

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EuroBeam

EuroBeam includes nearly everything in SuperBeam and ProSteel, but, as the name suggests, design and checking is to Eurocode 3 (steel) and Eurocode 5 (timber). The steel design options are a little more restricted than ProSteel's - see chart below. EuroBeam 3 adds RC beam design and checking.

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Which one should I buy?

There is some overlap between SuperBeam and ProSteel. For some people one or other will do everything you need. If you need both, you can buy them together at a discounted price. EuroBeam contains nearly everything in these two but for now you may prefer to sticking with tried and tested BSs for actual designs, whilst using EuroBeam to gain familiarity with Eurocodes.

The key differences between the programs are shown here:


SuperBeam ProSteel EuroBeam
Simply supported
steel beam design
Yes: to BS449 Yes: to BS5950 Yes: to EC3
Channel section beams Yes Yes Yes
Cold-formed hollow section beams No Yes Yes
Class 4 (slender section) beams N/A Yes No
Analysis of steel beams with intermediate restraints between supports No Yes - up to five intermediate restraints Yes - up to five intermediate restraints
Automatic determination of effective length from entered restraint conditions and/or intermediate restraint positions No Yes Yes
Analysis of openings in steel beam webs No Yes Yes
Simply supported
timber beam design
Yes: to BS5268 No Yes: to EC5
Steel column design Yes: to BS449 Yes: to BS5950 Yes: to EC3
Channel section columns Yes Yes No
Cold-formed hollow section columns No Yes Yes
Class 4 (slender section) columns N/A Yes No
Timber post and stud design Yes: to BS5268 No Yes: to EC5
Flitch beam design Yes No Yes
Reinforced concrete beam design No No Yes
Connection design and checking
(simple (non-moment) angle cleat, end plate and fin plate connections with a single row of bolts)
No Yes Yes
Steel beam splices No Yes Yes
Text and OLE pages Yes Yes Yes
User script option (TJI floor joist and IG/Catnic box lintel examples included) Yes (for beams) Yes (for beams) Yes (for beams)
Interactive script generated page option No No Yes (stair rise and going calculator example included)
Copy calculation output in RTF format Yes Yes Yes
Online beam checking
No No Yes: EuroBeam.net - (while update cover current)




 

Price and ordering information

For new users SuperBeam and ProSteel single user licences cost £200 respectively or £300 if you want both. EuroBeam single user licences cost £250. Multiple licence discounts, additional product discounts and reduced upgrade prices for registered users of earlier versions are also available. For full details see our ordering page

Prices are for single user licences and exclude VAT

All our programs run on Windows XP, Vista,
and Windows 7/8/10 (32-bit or 64-bit) systems

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