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- From: rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org (Richard Lewis)
- Date: 05 Aug 1997 15:29:07 GMT
Bill, Thanks for the comments about Rand-Micas (Micas-Plus was the name in 1992). However, before you read on, I should identify myself as the development manager for Intergraph's latest structural package, FrameWorks Plus. I hope I don't get flamed for replying to this, but I'm a structural engineer who learned how to program, not a programmer who learned structural engineering (I'm convinced the latter cannot be done ;). Your comment about Intergraph "pretty much bail[ing] out of the CAD/CAM systems market" bothers me alot, although it is a common misconception because of many reasons. The decision not to "port" Micas-Plus to the PC was reached mainly because of the stiff competition in the analytical world, and the view that discussions like this would ALWAYS include newcomers who would be the next best thing since... you know the story. The appearance of stable, do-it-all programs for under $500 seem to justify this decision. Instead of porting the analysis and design engines of Micas-Plus, we semi-ported all of the modeling and drawing features, then teamed with popular analysis and design engines, GTStrudl (NT version out later this month), and STAADIII. We would gladly discuss adding others (any vendors please email me). The concept is very similar to the strengths of Micas-Plus, mainly a physical member concept. This allows designers to model structure by placing a girder as one member, and then as intermediate framing members are placed, the member is "split" when the analysis input file is generated. This allows MANY benefits, including accurate, yet customizable drawings, which FrameWorks Plus also produces. Think about it... when you "complete a project", how many times do you re-enter basically the same data to complete the drawings? It might be something like this: 1. Prelimnary sketches. > Subj: Re: GOOD STRUCTURAL PROGRAMS > Date: 97-03-22 21:28:10 EST > From: poly(--nospam--at)flash.net (Bill Polhemus) > Reply-to: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org > To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org > A few years ago, I had occasion to use, for a little bit, anyway, > RAND-MICAS, which was a version of the venerable MICAS software that was > adapted to run under Intergraph's Microstation CAD/CAM package, which > at the time ran under the Intergraph flavor of UNIX (called "CLIX" I > believe). This software, even eight years ago, was awesome in its > power. I saw a demonstration in 1992 of the package, still more > wonderful. > Since Intergraph has pretty much bailed out of the CAD/CAM systems > market (well, at least to my knowledge), I wonder if they ever made > RAND-MICAS available on the P.C. platform? Does anyone know? > If the price were acceptable, that'd be an INCREDIBLE option. --- Internet Message Header Follows --- Received: from server1.seaoc.org (bqe.com [188.8.131.52]) by host1.texramp.net (8.8.5/8.8.5) with SMTP id HAA28954 for <rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org>; Sun, 23 Mar 1997 07:53:10 -0600 (CST) Received: from emout12.mx.aol.com by server1.seaoc.org (NTList 3.02.10) id va010499; Sun, 23 Mar 1997 05:49:40 -0800 Received: (from root@localhost) by emout12.mail.aol.com (8.7.6/8.7.3/AOL-2.0.0) id IAA29742 for seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org; Sun, 23 Mar 1997 08:47:01 -0500 (EST) Date: Sun, 23 Mar 1997 08:47:01 -0500 (EST) From: SWJanitor(--nospam--at)aol.com Message-ID: <970323084700_-1571593236(--nospam--at)emout12.mail.aol.com> To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Subject: Re: GOOD STRUCT. S/W : Intergraph Reply-To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Error-To: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Loop: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Info: [SEAOC] Owner: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-POP3-Rcpt: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Sender: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Precedence: list X-ListMember: rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org [seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org] __________________________________________________ Richard Lewis, P.E. Missionary TECH Team rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org The service mission like-minded Christian organizations may turn to for technical assistance and know-how.
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