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- From: rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org (Richard Lewis)
- Date: 05 Aug 1997 15:29:03 GMT
Sorry, the last email was sent prematurely, this one is complete. 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. Design sketches 2. Draftsperson redraws them 3. Engineer "models" structure in analysis package. 4. Detailer redraws erection drawings 5. Quantity take-offs are produced manually. 6. Interferences are visually checked but rarely 100% solved. 7. Sometimes (albeit rarely anymore) 3d drawings are produced FrameWorks Plus addresses the entire structural workflow, quite an undertaking, but we've been somewhat successful. It runs one Windows 95 or Windows NT, and the most recent version began shipping in February, 1997. We have an active SIG (Special Interest Group) of our customers who use and direct the development of FrameWorks Plus. The SIG even has a home page, you can email the members who use FWP. Go to http://www.intergraph.com/iss/products/struct/sig/ Our main home page is http://www.intergraph.com/struct Although I have much more to say, I'd better stop. If anyone is interested, please email, call, or respond to this post. I fully respect the rules of this newsgroup and don't intend to violate any. Jim Barr Intergraph Corporation (205) 730-8209 jebarr(--nospam--at)ingr.com --- Internet Message Header Follows --- Received: from server1.seaoc.org (bqe.com [22.214.171.124]) by host1.texramp.net (8.8.5/8.8.5) with SMTP id IAA29007 for <rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org>; Sun, 23 Mar 1997 08:03:14 -0600 (CST) Received: from emout19.mx.aol.com by server1.seaoc.org (NTList 3.02.10) id ba010505; Sun, 23 Mar 1997 06:02:05 -0800 Received: (from root@localhost) by emout19.mail.aol.com (8.7.6/8.7.3/AOL-2.0.0) id IAA02107 for seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org; Sun, 23 Mar 1997 08:59:26 -0500 (EST) Date: Sun, 23 Mar 1997 08:59:26 -0500 (EST) From: SWJanitor(--nospam--at)aol.com Message-ID: <970323085924_1815586290(--nospam--at)emout19.mail.aol.com> To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Subject: Re: GOOD STRUC. 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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