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Maybe it was an anomaly, but my experience with engineers from TX designing
tilt walls is that they do not see a need to provide a positive connection
between the tilt-wall and foundation. I doubt if this method of design would
be very popular in seismic zone 4. I recommend Hugh Brooks' book on
tilt-wall design and then choose the software of his/her choice or merely
write a MathCAD template.

Bill Allen

-----Original Message-----
From: Caldwell, Stan [mailto:scaldwell(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 1998 2:22 PM
To: 'seaoc(--nospam--at)'
Subject: RE: Retaining Wall program


Also, someone recently asked about tiltwall design software.  I strongly
recommend the program published by SEAoT.  See my post last week for
complete details.

Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas

The goal of every engineer is to retire without
getting blamed for a major catastrophe!

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Wish [mailto:wish(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 1998 3:54 PM
To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Retaining Wall program

I understand that Eagle Point Software is giving away their Quick Wall
retaining wall program as a special to SEAOC members (and I would think
of the list members).I heard through rumor that this was an offer which
to be advertised in our SEAOSC Online, but have not seen it.
If any of you have information or have seen it online, let me know. I'll
and reach Joe Deppe about it as well (if he isn't lurking somewhere out

>From what I know of the program, it will design a cantilever wall as
well as
a basement wall. Although Free is hard to compete against, I am
in running the program through its paces and comparing it against the

On the same note, I have seen a pre-release of Retain-Pro 5.0 and am
impressed with the interface. It has shed its conservative appearance
something friendlier that I can relate to. Again, I have not played with
too much and know that the features have expanded significantly for this
program. I will report on both programs as I get my hands upon them and
run them through my software course.

Also, if any of you know of other commercial retaining wall programs, I
would be interested in hearing from you or simply send me the link so
that I
can check it out myself. I do know about the program that is part of the
Enercalc library which is not as robust as RetainPro but of the same
of products. BTW, Retainpro 5 will now design basement walls as well.

Maybe Joe Deppe can fill us in a bit more about EP's unique offer!

Dennis Wish PE