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SPIDAcalc

Pole Design and Analysis Software

Collect, model, & optimize overhead distribution assets

Increase your system integrity, ensure reliable service, reduce safety concerns, and optimize overhead financial investments.

WHAT IS SPIDAcalc?

SPIDAcalc makes it straightforward to collect, model, and optimize overhead telecommunications and distribution assets, giving you transparency, control, and flexibility over collection, material specification, and analysis methods.  

  • Intuitive Modeling & Design
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    Intuitive Modeling and Design

    Superior User Interface

    Intuitive drag-and-drop functionality, configurable workspaces, and interactive 2D and 3D views.

    Assemblies and Connectivity

    Quickly create designs by using preconfigured standards and lead connectivity to dramatically reduce design time.

    Design Advisor

    Optimize your pole class and anchor leads with streamlined routines, eliminating the need to guess and check.

  • Powerful Analysis Capabilities
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    Powerful Analysis Capabilities

    Trusted Calculations

    Backed by a powerful finite element analysis engine, SPIDAcalc offers both traditional linear analysis and advanced geometric nonlinear analysis.

    Interactive Analysis Results

    Display stress, shear, moment, and deflection along the pole with interactive charts, streamlining your reporting needs. Work with an innovative patent-pending 360° radar chart.

     

  • Make Ready Evaluations
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    Make Ready Evaluations

    Design Comparison

    Automatically generate make-ready statements and reports using SPIDAcalc’s exclusive design comparison tool.

    Vertical Clearance Checks

    Evaluate above ground and between clearances anywhere along the span and at the pole using profile view.

    Communication Bundles

    Create a limitless array of communication bundles on the fly or using pre-built configurations.

SPIDAcalc computer software screen display

Intuitive Modeling and Design

Superior User Interface

Intuitive drag-and-drop functionality, configurable workspaces, and interactive 2D and 3D views.

Assemblies and Connectivity

Quickly create designs by using preconfigured standards and lead connectivity to dramatically reduce design time.

Design Advisor

Optimize your pole class and anchor leads with streamlined routines, eliminating the need to guess and check.

SPIDAcalc computer software screen display

Powerful Analysis Capabilities

Trusted Calculations

Backed by a powerful finite element analysis engine, SPIDAcalc offers both traditional linear analysis and advanced geometric nonlinear analysis.

Interactive Analysis Results

Display stress, shear, moment, and deflection along the pole with interactive charts, streamlining your reporting needs. Work with an innovative patent-pending 360° radar chart.

 

SPIDAcalc computer software screen display

Make Ready Evaluations

Design Comparison

Automatically generate make-ready statements and reports using SPIDAcalc’s exclusive design comparison tool.

Vertical Clearance Checks

Evaluate above ground and between clearances anywhere along the span and at the pole using profile view.

Communication Bundles

Create a limitless array of communication bundles on the fly or using pre-built configurations.

SPIDAcalc computer software screen display

SPIDAcalc

  • Configurable, drag-and-drop user interface
  • Model single-pole overhead electric and telecommunication systems
  • Geometric nonlinear analysis of pole loading, clearances, and remaining strength
  • Prebuilt NESC, CSA, GO95 safety code criteria or build custom load cases

*Prices vary per region. For more options, see licensing and subscriptions section.

User QuoteS

"We have been using SPIDAcalc for several years now with much success. It has streamlined our pole analysis and allowed designs that may fall out of normal specifications to be approved or modified, based on the results. SPIDA is continuing to update and add additional features to their software that brings benefit to many users."

— Electrical Engineer, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation

"SPIDAcalc has given REMC more confidence in our pole designs. The user interface is top-notch, easy to use and it saves our stakers time and effort when evaluating the designs. SPIDA has allowed us to 'right-size' the equipment we design for our poles, which in turn saves the co-op money."

— Senior Project Engineer, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation

FEATURED USER STORIES

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Frequently Asked Questions

The price of SPIDAcalc varies per region. While there are several types of licensing available, a common choice is the 12-month practitioner license offered through Bentley’s eStore. When you purchase through the eStore, you get a Virtuoso Subscription. This means you get the software and “Key” (token) to redeem for self-paced training.

Yes, once your order has been fulfilled, you will be granted access to the support site which will allow you to submit help tickets and to access available support articles and videos.

You can learn about SPIDAcalc for free by watching available tutorial videos and articles. Additionally, you will be invited to participate in our free monthly webinars learning series, SPIDA Lunch & Learns, which covers a variety of instructional topics including use of SPIDAcalc. Access all the learning you need here.

We offer a Free 30-Day Trial of SPIDAcalc. To learn more and request a trial, please fill out Start a trial form.

SPIDAcalc contains preconfigured options for the NESC (National Electrical Safety Code), CSA (Canadian Standards Association), and GO95 (General Order 95) Safety Codes. Users can also define their own loading scenarios by specifying their own weather criteria and load factors.

The structures and selections available in SPIDAcalc are configured and stored in your client file (engineering library). You use the SPIDA Client Editor to add, remove, or modify structures in the client file. If you are an engineering practitioner, you can configure as many client files as needed in support of client needs. If you are an owner/operator, Bentley provides client file configuration as an optional service.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR 32-BIT AND 64-BIT INSTALLS
Processor: Dual or Quad-Core Intel or AMD, such as Intel Core i7 Processor

Operating System: 4-bit operating system running Windows 10 or Windows 11

RAM: 8 GB+

Hard Drive Available Capacity: 10 GB (approximately 580 MB used when installed)

Video Card: Dedicated video card with support for OpenGL 2.0

Monitor: 10” monitor for tablet PC, 15” for laptop PC, or 19” for desktop PC

SUGGESTED REQUIREMENTS
Processor: Dual or Quad-Core Intel or AMD, such as Intel Core i7 Processor

Operating System: Any 64-bit operating system running Windows 10

RAM: 8 GB+

Hard Drive Available Capacity: 10 GB (approximately 300 MB used when installed)

Video Card: Dedicated video card with support for OpenGL 2.0

Monitor: 10” monitor for tablet PC, 15” for laptop PC, or 19” for desktop PC

For the most up-to-date system requirements, visit Bentley Communities.

Licensing and Subscription options

Choose What is Right for You

One-year license with training

Virtuoso Subscription – A popular choice for small and medium-sized businesses

Get access to software that comes with training – fast! Bentley’s eStore, Virtuosity, offers a convenient way to lease a 12-month license of Bentley software for a low, upfront cost. Every online purchase through Virtuosity comes as a Virtuoso Subscription that includes training and auto-renewals.

With no contract required, it’s easy to get started quickly.

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One-time purchase with support

Perpetual License with SELECT

A perpetual license of Bentley software is a one-time purchase, with a yearly maintenance subscription, called SELECT. This includes 24/7/365 technical support, learning resources, and the ability to exchange licenses for other software once a year. With SELECT, you will benefit from:

  • License pooling, so you can access your software from multiple computers.
  • Access additional Bentley software with Term Licenses, which allow you to pay for what you use without the upfront cost of purchasing a perpetual license.

Annual renewal quotes are delivered directly to your inbox, and our experienced Renewal Representatives are available to answer your questions and guide you through any changes you’d like to make.

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Enterprise Organizations

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For larger organizations with in-depth requirements, we offer plans to provide global pricing and access to our comprehensive portfolio of solutions and success plan services. Contact us about how to get access to software, global best practices, implementation services, training, and technical support to help your organization realize its full potential while addressing your unique needs.

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