Best Civil Engineering Softwares

Published On 05/10/2021
Author : Mirali Thankkar

The list of civil engineering software that is exorbitantly used by many civil engineers in India.


AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design and drafting software application. Developed and marketed by Autodesk, AutoCAD was first released in December 1982 as a desktop app running on microcomputers with internal graphics controllers.

A good grasp of AutoCAD is very essential. Good thing is that it is easy. One should also know short tricks to AutoCAD to works quickly.  AUTOCAD Civil 3D software is a design and documentation solution for civil engineering that supports building information modelling (BIM) workflows.

  • STAAD Pro

STAAD Pro is a structural analysis and design software application.  It is one of the most widely used structural analysis and design software products worldwide. It supports over 90 international steel, concrete, timber & aluminium design codes.  STAAD can be used for the analysis and design of all types of structural projects from plants, buildings, and bridges to towers, tunnels, metro stations, water/wastewater treatment plants and more.

  •  ETABS

ETABS is an engineering software product that caters to multi-story building analysis and design. Modelling tools and templates, code-based load prescriptions, analysis methods, and solution techniques, all coordinate with the grid-like geometry unique to this class of structure.

  • Revit Structure

Revit Structure is Autodesk’s BIM software solution for structural engineering companies and structural engineers, that provides a feature-rich toolset helping to drive efficient design processes in a

BIM (Building Information Modelling) environment. for architects, landscape architects, structural engineers, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineers, designers and contractors..

  • MS Excel

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft.  It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language.  It is used for all types of billing – client & labour, planning & scheduling, budget and progress analysis, and much more.  Whichever profile you get into, everyone uses MS Excel -  billing engineers, civil site engineers, project managers, construction site storekeepers, or other field office staff. Execution, surveying, planning, contracts, budgeting, designing, quality control, quantity estimation, you name it.

All sort of calculation is done on it. It’s easier to interpret the data or modify it as per need in Excel.

  • Microsoft Project (MS Project)

Microsoft Project is a project management software product, developed and sold by Microsoft. It is designed to assist a project manager in developing a plan, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing the budget, and analysing workloads.  The application creates critical path schedules.

  • Autodesk 3ds Max

Autodesk 3ds Max, formerly 3D Studio and 3D Studio Max is a professional 3D computer graphics program for making 3D animations, models, games, and images. It is developed and produced by Autodesk

  • Geo-Technical work - GeoStudio

It is an integrated software suite for modelling slope stability, ground deformation, and heat and mass transfer in soil and rock.  It is used for Excavation design, Shallow foundation and deep foundation design, stability analysis, settlement analysis.

  • For Project Accounting

Multiple ERP is available in the market. Tally Solutions Pvt. Ltd., provides enterprise resource planning software. The systems track resources, labour & client running bills (RA), materials movements, purchase orders, construction craft labour attendances, payroll, labour contractor work orders, and much more.

  • For Project Management

ProCost Systems, a construction project management software organizes the planning, scheduling, building, resources and reporting associated with construction projects. It streamlines the process and improves productivity—all while keeping to a tight schedule and budget.   The construction and building industry software is designed to help managers control every phase of their construction projects by organizing its disparate parts and automating routines to add efficiencies. A construction project management tool also keeps stakeholders – architects, civil engineers, structural consultants, updated by sharing data-rich reports.