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- From: MDear885(--nospam--at)aol.com
- Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 13:18:30 -0500
In a message dated 96-02-10 20:57:54 EST, you write: > I would like to get some input from some of the practicing engineers >what kind of structural engineering software we should look at in order to >prepare our students for the future. Sorry to say this, but, axe those Mac's! They are largely useless in the practicing structural engineering community. We use PC's and HP 9000 based UNIX stations exclusively. In addition there is little or no new technical software being developed for the Mac other than upgrades to existing packages that have an established Mac base. That being said, if you have no options but to stick with your current machines, simply upgrade your existing base and stay current. As to PC software, the highest rated stuff in the last issue of Steel Construction was RISA-2D, SAP90 and RamSteel. They are, in order, 2D, 3D and steel design packeages. I happen to use all three. RISA-3D was also highly rated. I would stay away from any of the others (except ETABS which is very widely used) because of useability issues, user friendliness issues or technical correctness issuew. Another point to make is that your students should be well versed in programming in either Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and/or Visual Basic (VB) to allow them to implement quick automation solutions for daily repeat tasks. VBA is found in Excel and other MS Office apps. VB, of course, is the stand-alone precursor to VBA. General facility in Excel would also be highly useful. I recommend against Lotus 123, now, because they are playing catch up with the superior Excel product and fall further and further behind. Another useful product is MathCad. It is great for generating general solutions and working out design algorithms and verification of results. But Excel is the real work horse at our office. Good Luck, Mark E. Deardorff, SE President, Deardorff & Deardorff, Inc. ...
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