Frequently Asked Questions:

Calculation & Code:

All levels of Vitruvius run on a proprietary finite element method (FEM) calculation engine built from the ground up and stringently tested against industry standards. It supports full LRFD and ASD design as well as many custom features. We believe it to be the fastest and most accurate calculation engine in the industry.

Vitruvius currently supports the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), 2015 IBC, 2012 IBC, 2016 California Building Code (CBC), and 6th Ed. (2017) Florida Building Code (FBC). Codes that will soon be added include: 2019 CBC, 2018 International Residential Code (IRC), 2015 IRC, and 2012 IRC.

Yes! Please submit a request to We do not charge for this service, however, we cannot guarantee lead times for adding new codes. It is dependent on the complexity of the differences between your local code and the international codes.

Yes! Vitruvius Engineer’s are currently researching and testing the Canadian, Australian, British, and European codes with our calculation engine.

Vitruvius supports a number of specialty codes including the ASCE 7-16, ASCE 7-10, 2018 NDS, 2015 NDS, 2012 NDS, AISC 360-16 and AISC 360-10 for steel design, ACI 318-14 and ACI 318-11 for Concrete, and TMS 402/602-16, TMS 402/602-13, and TMS 402/602-11 for Masonry.

Monthly memberships will be available for each platform once that platform goes live. StruCalc and Base platforms will be available for monthly subscriptions in the first quarter of 2019. Make sure you’re on our mailing list to get notified when each platform goes live!

Licensing & Registration:

Vitruvius has flexible licensing options. Every license of Vitruvius is the same price–there are no upfront or hidden fees or expensive main licenses. You can buy as many licenses as you wish and soon you will be able to deploy them as either stand-alone or cloud licenses. Currently, stand-alone licenses are unavailable.

Stand-alone licenses will be registered to a single computer through an easy process. Computers with their own stand-alone license will be able to be used in offline mode. Currently, stand-alone licenses are unavailable.

Currently, yes. In the future, initial registration will require an internet connection but you will have the option to register your license in “standalone mode”. After registering a license on a device in standalone mode, you will be able to use Vitruvius on that device without an internet connection until it’s time to renew your registration. If you opt for cloud licensing, an internet connection will be required for continued use.

Users may experience intermittent outages during Beta. Once the platform is live, the Vitruvius Cloud will feature industry-leading security and redundancy in an effort to achieve 99.9% uptime. We can guarantee 99% uptime outside of any planned maintenance breaks.

Yes. We understand that users’ needs fluctuate. As such, we will strive to keep all of our memberships as flexible as possible. Monthly memberships can be upgraded or downgraded each month. Annual memberships can also be upgraded and will be pro-rated, but cannot be downgraded. Please contact us at 1-800-279-1353 or email if you need to make a change to your membership.

All levels of Vitruvius are available with significant discounts for government agencies. Volume licensing is also available. Please email us at with any questions or to receive a call from a sales associate.

Nope! Even better–we’re proud to offer all levels of Vitruvius for free to all current teachers and professors. Please email us at with your request.

No. We understand the need to work from home, on site, at the office, or while traveling. All Vitruvius cloud licenses can be used anywhere you need to use them. If you need to move a registered standalone license it is a simple process to deactivate on one machine and move to another location.

Cloud licenses are limited by concurrent use–not total installations. For this reason, they require an internet connection at all times. You can have as many user installations as you need, as long as there is not more than one concurrent user per cloud license. If you wish to use Vitruvius on different computers or you have a few users who need access but not at the same time, then one cloud license could suffice for your situation. However, if you have a larger company with many user who need constant access, then you may want to look into multiple cloud licenses. Please contact us at 1-800-279-1353 or email if you need to make a change to your membership.

Yes. Vitruvius has an intuitive interface for managing your licenses and users. Each company will be able to decide if they would like a standalone or cloud server installation on their initial installation. If Cloud is chosen, there is an option to give lockable access to individual users to mimic a standalone license that is not shared in the concurrent use pool.

All Vitruvius platforms require either a monthly or annual membership. The annual memberships reflect 10% savings over monthly memberships. The Vitruvius team is passionate about modernizing the software industry for engineers. A low monthly fee for all users means that Vitruvius is more accessibility to those who otherwise couldn’t afford a full-featured solution while also allowing us to continue to unveil new features and provide unparalleled support. 

Yes. Any Vitruvius project file can be opened in any version of the platform. However, if a project file contains features that are not included in the version that it is opened with, those features and designs will be read-only.

Nope! Even better–we’re proud to offer all levels of Vitruvius to current students–from undergraduate through PhD coursework–for free! Please email us at with your request.

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