STAAD.Pro Help

GS. System Requirements

The following hardware requirements are suggested minimums. Systems with increased capacity provide enhanced performance.

Processor Intel® Pentium or AMD® processor 3.0 GHz or greater.
Memory 1 GB minimum, 2 GB recommended (4GB for STAAD.Pro Advanced). More memory almost always improves performance, particularly when working with larger models. 4 GB (8 GB for STAAD.Pro Advanced) or more can help speed up solutions for very large complex models with large numbers of load cases.
Video Graphics card supported by OpenGL. See the graphics card manufacturer for latest information on graphics drivers. 256 MB of video RAM or higher is recommended. If insufficient video RAM or no graphics card supported by OpenGL can be found, the application will attempt to use software emulation. For optimal performance, graphics display color depth should be set to 24-bit or higher. When using a color depth setting of 16-bit, some inconsistencies will be noted.
Screen Resolution A minimum screen resolution of 1280x1024 is required, but higher is recommended.
Note: 4k displays are currently not supported.
Hard Disk Requirements will vary depending on the modules you are installing. A typical minimum is 500MB free space.
Supported Operating Systems
  • Windows 10 (64-bit) - Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education
  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit) - Standard, Pro, and Enterprise
Note: You must have the following Microsoft updates installed on your machine:
  • KB4340917 - For Windows 10 Version 1803 Builds prior to 10.0.17134.191. The changes in KB4340917 are built into the August 2018 monthly update of Windows 10.
  • KB2999226 - For Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012
  • KB2999226 - For Windows 8.1 (64bit)
  • KB2919355 - For Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012
Bentley does not support its software running on Microsoft operating systems versions that Microsoft has "retired". For more information on Microsoft's application retirement policy, click here. For similar information on Bentley products, refer to the Bentley Product Support article.
Note: Testing is performed on the latest operating system updates from Microsoft at the time of release.

Additional RAM, disk space, and video memory will enhance the performance of STAAD.Pro.

The minimum amount of physical + virtual memory required by the program is over 600MB. You may need to ensure that adequate amounts of virtual memory are available and that parameters such as paging file sizes should be large enough or span over multiple drives if the free space on any one drive runs low.

Another issue to keep in mind is the location of the TEMP parameter as in the SET TEMP environment variable in Windows. While performing calculations, depending on the structure size, the program may create very large scratch files which are placed in the folder location associated with the TEMP parameter. You may want to point the SET TEMP variable to a folder on a drive that has disk space sufficiently large to accommodate the requirements for large size structures.

You should have a basic familiarity with Microsoft® Windows® systems in order to use the software.