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If you're short of bucks, try STAAD-III on-line.  For a $50 sign-up fee, you
get the pre- and post-processing
software and the complete manuals.  You then e-mail your files and they are
run and mailed back yo you, for a few dollars, of course.

The program is Windows-based, 3D, with full static and dynamic analysis
capabilities, and
decent output.  The complete version costs about US$5000.  The on-line
version is quite affordable
for those of us earning de-valuated South American money.  However, perhaps
it may turn out frustrating or expensive,
in the long run, for someone who doesn't know the program at all and wants
to learn on the job.  There is a limited demo
version included with the package.

Maria I. Falconi
Guayaquil, Ecuador
-----Original Message-----
From: Fountain Conner <fconner(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Monday, October 12, 1998 7:39 PM
Subject: Structural Software

>I'm shopping for the best bang for the buck for structural software.  I'm a
>one-man-show and have to make the coupons count.
>I need 3-D capability, both analysis and design, plus seismic analysis and
>design capability.  I also need to be able to DXF in and out between both
>Autocad and Microsoft.
>I've played with a demo of  Visual Analysis, seen RISA 3-D in a client's
>office, downloaded and briefly looked at AVwin Plus, and received, but not
>tested, a demo  of Multiframe 4D from Daystar software.
>I'd be interested in experiences, and recommendations (both good and bad)
>to help me choose.
>Rather than clutter this forum, you may want to reply direct.
>Thank you-all,
>Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
>Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561
>   Phone 850-932-5547
>   Fax      850-934-1916