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SAP2000, RISA3D, and STAAD

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Recently, a graduate student at a local University was assigned a project
in their Finite Element Methods in Structural Engineering Class.  The
assignment was to write a FEM program and validate it and analyze
something.  This student write the program in Microsoft EXCEL.  EXCEL has
replaced their old macro language with VISUAL BASIC for APPLICATIONS, a
subset of VISUAL BASIC.

Numerical processing by BASIC and the input/output and most importantly the
Graphics are handled by EXCEL.  Michael Brooks was ahead of his time.

The project completed ahead of time and with a level of sophistication
beyond the vast majority of the case and many of the commerical products.

	Bill Warren, SE
	Newport Beach, CA