Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design using AISIWINTM Software

Course Outline

stud framing This 4-hour course is designed to introduce practicing structural engineers to the design of cold-formed steel while using a commercially available software called AISIWINTM. AISIWINTM was developed by Devco Software, Inc.. AISIWINTM is available for free distribution at ClarkDietrich Building Systems' website This course requires the student to download and study both the AISIWIN software and its user's manual.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Introduction

Cold-formed steel framing, which is also referred to as light gauge steel framing, is being used more frequently in commercial construction. Few universities offer courses in cold-formed steel design. This course will help the practicing structural engineer to become better acquainted with design and specification requirements for cold-formed steel framing.

Course Content

The AISIWINTM software includes the ability to instantly generate member section properties. AISIWINTM includes design modules for properly sizing wall studs, floor joists, ceiling joists, sloped rafters, post and braces (pure columns) and headers or beams. The software includes member databases per sections defined by the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association (SSMA). Member databases include both 33 and 50 ksi grade materials.

In this lesson, you need to

  1. Download and study the User's Manual of AISIWINTM (a PDF file, 28 pages), which provides detailed guidance on how to analyse and design cold-formed steel framing using AISIWINTM software.

  2. Download AISIWINTM and get familar with the software.

Course Summary

The successful student is now more familiar with cold-formed steel design. In addition, the AISIWINTM software will provide the practicing engineer with a design tool that exceeds the capabilities or information that is typically included in a manufacturer's product catalog.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites:

ClarkDietrich Building Systems -
Devco Software Inc. -
American Iron and Steel Institute -
Steel Stud Manufacturers Association -
Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute -


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.