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Re[2]: STAADIII vs SAP2000

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     We just completed a fairly detailed review of current analysis 
     software and have concluded that RISA 3D is the best (in our opinion) 
     for most 2D and 3D analysis with SAP 2000 recommended for high end 
     uses (time history, brick elements, steady state dynamics...)
     RISA 3D will handle a fairly large problem (almost 10,000 members for 
     version 3.01) and is quick and easy to use.  We ARE comfortable with 
     the plate elements and the dynamic analysis.  We have run independent 
     checks on the results and they compare well.  RISA has everything you 
     need for normal code dynamic analysis (Response spectrum). 

     STAAD III is still used here mainly because people are used to it.  
     have had significant QA problems in the past and are still struggling 
     GT STRUDL is a good "high end" program but does not have the user 
     interface that SAP 2000 has.
     Ed Haninger
     Fluor Daniel
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Subject: Re: STAADIII vs SAP2000
Author:  lhoward@silcom.com_at_-FDInternet at FDINET
Date:    12/14/1997 3:04 PM

I don't want to upset anyone at RISA, as I think they basically have a 
good product.  However, it is not in the same league as SAP 2000.  RISA 
is very good for steel structures, and that is where we use it the 
most.   Input very easy, and graphical in nature.
It lacks some features of more costly and more powerful 3D Finite 
Element programs.  We are not yet comfortable using their plate 
My basic opinion of Risa 3D is:
Highly recommended for steel structure analysis and design,
Jury is still out on Dynamic analysis and models requiring plate 
I am sure (as always) that people will disagree with me, and I would 
encourage others with differing opinions to post a reply.
Jack J. Ajrab wrote:
> Thanks Bill for your reply and please tell me where I can find more 
> information regarding Risa 3D.
> Best regards
> Jack Ajrab