Quikport – Design and Optimise Steel portal frames with the most versatile portal frame software in the market.


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Steel portal frame design in accordance with EN 1993-1-1 and BS5950. Now with extensions for Eurocode design with BS 5502-22 for class 2 for agricultural buildings.

Quikport is the most versatile portal frame design program on the market. In addition to elastic and elastic-plastic methods, it incorporates a unique optimising routine based on linear programming techniques. With no restrictions on frame geometry, Quikport will deliver the goods where other programs fail. Intelligent wizard technology for automatic design and checking. Includes second order analysis and automatic load generation including wind-loading. Designs to Eurocode-3 and BS5950.

Quikport has just about every feature you could ever want in a portal program. Uniquely, it has elastic, elastic-plastic and rigorous minimum weight plastic design – all in the one program. It also has advanced 2nd order and stability methods. So whatever your preference, whatever the frame geometry, Quikport will deliver the goods where other programs fail.

Because it imposes no restrictions on frame geometry and has no built-in limits, Quikport handles a much wider variety of frames than any other plastic design program. In addition to single-span, multi-span, propped or tied portals, it can be used for any 2D frame. Its wide range of loading types further adds to its considerable versatility.




Quikport construction

Like all Quiksoft programs, Quikport is outstandingly easy to use. Just sketch the frame, sketch the loading, choose your analysis/design method and view the results. Helpful advice is just a keyclick away. To make things even easier, we’ve included a unique ‘input wizard’ which even generates the geometry and loading (including wind/snow) for a range of standard frames.


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Haunch properties in Quikport


Quikport allows you to simply drag ‘n drop, edit or copy any structural element faster and easier than ever before. Save your alternative designs in Quikport’s own project-based filing system. Compare prices using its built-in price calculator.

This really is the most advanced portal frame design program. Using the same up-to-date and innovative interface as Quikframe, the program is faster, even more user-friendly and incorporates all the latest elastic, plastic and second-order methods.

Quikport speed buttons

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Switch instantly between display modes. Analysis is automatically run when necessary so your results are always valid for the current frame model.

The popular Input Wizard is retained so that data entry for standard frames is extremely simple with frame loadings, including wind and snow loadings, being automatically calculated for all frames in a building. Purlin and sheeting layout tools complete the picture.

The Design and Check wizards have substantially increased speed. Unlike other programs, Quikport automatically considers all aspects of a frame including capacity, stability, in-plane stability, second-order effects and the addition of stays. Elastic, elastic-plastic, rigorous minimum weight, advanced second-order refined hinge analysis, elastic critical load (for any geometry) are just some of the methods in use. However, the Engineer always has control over the final design.

There are no built-in limits in Quikport, only the limits of your computer.


Why you should buy Quikport?

Quikport portal frame diagram

  1. The most flexible and capable steel portal frame design program available.
  2. New generation software, fully Eurocode compliant.
  3. Comprehensive portal frame analysis and design program with no built-in limits.
  4. Elastic, rigorous minimum weight and elastic-plastic design methods including 2nd order effects.
  5. Input Wizard for fast input of geometry and loading for standard portals.
  6. Automatic wind and snow load generation.
  7. Unique CAD-like input, just sketch your frame or use the intelligent input wizard, or both!
  8. Wide range of loading types, just sketch the loading or use the wizard.
  9. Design Wizard considers all loading combinations sizing sections and automatically adding the optimum purlin/rail stays.
  10. Check Wizard automates all out of plane and in-plane (second order) stability checks.
  11. Automatic frame and member stability checks, including in-plane stability to BS5950:Part 1:2000, EN 1993-1.
  12. Amplified moment method and advanced 2nd order elastic/plastic analysis.
  13. Links to Quikjoint for near automatic eaves, apex and base design.
  14. Comprehensive on-screen and printed output with links to CAD via DXF and CIS/2


Quikjoint – Steel connection design software in accordance with Eurocode (EN 1993-1-8) and the green books (P212, P207, P358 and P398)

he most comprehensive connections package available. Select a joint type, enter member sizes and loads. That’s all you have to do! Quikjoint’s connect wizard will produce a connection design to Eurocode 3 or BS5950 based on the fabricator experience stored in its unique knowledge base. Working with an automatically drawn fully dimensioned and annotated drawing, you can click any any item to change it. That’s if you don’t like the Wizard’s design. Links to Quikframe, Quikport and CAD make Quikjoint the No. 1 connections program.

Quikjoint offers wizard-based near-automatic design of a very wide range of structural steel connections with detailed calculations, annotated drawings and 3D visualisation. If the Wizard’s design does not suit, simply click on an item in the annotated drawing.

Why you should buy Quikjoint?

Unrivalled range of connection types:


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Wizard-based design

Near automatic efficient and safe design using the innovative Connection Wizard.  Find out more…

Unbeatable flexibility

Modify the wizard’s design as much as you like.  Find out more…

Wide range of sections

UK, Euro, American and Japanese + custom via Merlin or QuikEC3.  Find out more…

Wide range of steel grades

S235, S275, S355, S420, S450, S460 for both main sections and fittings. Note that calculations for BS5950 are available for S275, S355 and S460 with S275 fittings only.

Wide range of bolt types

EN 1993-1-8 – Dowel connections – 4.6, 4.8, 5.6, 5.8, 6.8, 8.8 and 10.9; Friction connections – 8.8 and 10.9 preload; Connections to hollow sections Holo-bolts and Flowdrill holes. (Where appropriate slotted holes are also covered)

BS5950-1 – Dowel connections – 4.6 and 8.8; Friction connections – 8.8 preload and HSFG; Connections to hollow sections Holo-bolts and Flowdrill holes. (Where appropriate slotted holes are also covered)

Clear calculation output

Easy-to-follow summary or detailed calculations to EN1993-1 or BS5950-1.  Find out more…

Structural integrity check

For simple connections, Quikjoint performs additional tension capacity calculations. For simple column splices (non-bearing and bearing) Quikjoint performs the minimum resistance checks required by EN 1993-1-8 clause and (14) as outlined in P358.

3D Visualisation

View each connection in 3D, rotate, pan and zoom.  Find out more…

Links to design and CAD

Import connection details and loadings from Quikport, Quikframe or Quikbeam. Use sections created in Merlin or QuikEC3. Export to CAD via DXF.


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