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Getting Started with STAAD

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STAAD (STAAD.Pro) is a design and analysis software for structures like bridges, tunnels, towers, buildings, utility structures, transportation and many more. STAAD. pro supports many materials like Concrete, Timber, Aluminium and Steel. STAAD was first developed by Research Engineers International at Yorba Linda, CA in 1997 and is currently developed by Bentley Systems. It’s worth noting that STAAD stands for Structure Analysis and Design.

Learning STAAD.Pro is a must for civil engineers and civil engineering students as it’s one of the most widely used structure analysis and design software in the industry, so learning it would be  an asset for you even if your current firm doesn’t use it.

The aim of this post is to present and compare between free online sources that beginners can rely on to learn STAAD.Pro, the sources stated here are full-structured courses that beginners can follow along.

If you just want the bottom line (the road map to learn STAAD.Pro) and you don’t wish to read the entire article then go to the “Bottom Line” section at the end of the article.

Getting Started with STAAD.Pro Online from Scratch

Udemy

Udemy is the first free online outlet where beginners can start learning STAAD.Pro through video tutorials, you’ve to register to Udemy in order to have access to the training. At the time of writing this post the course entitled “Bentley STAAD Pro v8i” was the best (only) available free course.

Structure: The training is divided into 14 lectures, each lecture is a video that covers certain tools and techniques in STAAD.Pro

Interface: The interface is very simple, just after registering and adding the course to your list, click on the lesson you’re interested in and the video will start.

1 - Udemy STAAD Pro Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-organized for beginners

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover every tool and technique available in the software, it’s more of a gentle introduction about the software.

Verdict: This is a very good free online outlet where beginners can start learning STAAD.Pro through video tutorials.

Bentley Systems Student Center YouTube Channel

Bentley Systems Student Center YouTube Channel is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning STAAD.Pro through video tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into 6 video lessons, each video lesson covers a certain tool/technique in STAAD.Pro. The training as the above outlet only covers the very basics of the software.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

2 - Bentley Systems Student Center YouTube Channel STAAD Pro Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well structured and organized for complete beginners.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover every tool and technique available, it’s more of a gentle introduction about the software.

Verdict: This is an excellent free online outlet where beginners can start learning STAAD.Pro through video tutorials.

CivilBuddy YouTube Channel

CivilBuddy YouTube Channel is the third free online outlet where beginners can start learning STAAD.Pro through video tutorials.

Structure: The training is divided into 37 video lessons, each video lesson covers a certain tool/technique available in STAAD.Pro. The training covers more topics than the above two outlets.

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

3 - CivilBuddy YouTube Channel STAAD Pro Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners.
  3. The training covers more topics than the above two outlets.

Cons

  1. The audio quality might be a problem for some beginners.

Verdict: This is an excellent free online outlet where beginners can start learning STAAD.Pro through video tutorials.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning STAAD.Pro:

  1. Beginners should start learning STAAD.Pro from Bentley Systems Student Center YouTube Channel  and then continue from CivilBuddy YouTube Channel.

Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in learning STAAD.Pro.