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RE: COMP:Design Programs

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Our office uses Visual Concrete and Visual Steel (add-ons to the Visual
Analysis program) which do steel and concrete beams and columns,
composite steel beams, and concrete wall/slab panels.  Vendor is
Integrated Engineering Software, their website is www.iesweb.com

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> From: 	lsmith(--nospam--at)ursgreiner.com[SMTP:lsmith(--nospam--at)ursgreiner.com]
> Sent: 	Monday, February 16, 1998 8:08 AM
> To: 	seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org
> Cc: 	skramer(--nospam--at)ursgreiner.com
> Subject: 	COMP:Design Programs
> 
> 
> Our structures group at my office is currently re-evaluating our
> design
> program choices.  One of our biggest needs is an
> "all-encompassing" program which does design of certain element types
> such
> as concrete beams, steel beams/columns,
> base plates, retaining walls, footings, composite beams, etc. to name
> a
> few.
> 
> Currently we have been using Enercalc but are disappointed in the
> latest
> release we have (5.0).  Although it has an attractive layout, we
> feel that the applications are somewhat difficult to enter data in and
> use
> as effeciently as we'd like.  There are also printing problems
>  as well as questionable design operations.  We are looking into
> alternatives.
> 
> Has anyone tried a program like the one I've mentioned?  What about
> STAAD
> PRO?  Please let me know your pros and cons
> and thanks in advance for your assistance.
> 
> 
> Lorenzo
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