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I had been using RISA2D and no other 2D software is faster and easier to
use. I also checked RISA3D it is also fast, easy to learn and the graphics
are great and revising your structure after a analysis is a snap.

You should also consider Eaglepoints 2D/3D analysis including their
structural seriess softwares like Wind Analysis(ASCE7-95), QUICKWALL,Masonry
Design,and many more.
The Wind Analysis is really good in getting the wind loading given the
different types of structures, terrain conditions,etc.
Eaglepoint's 2D/3D Structural analysis program is actually a 2D and 3D
program in one package. If you know AUTOCAD then you already know how to
start using the software. It has  a built-in QUICK MODELER that quicky
create many different 3D structural frames like rectangular multistory,all
truss types,Dome,Tower,etc. It is not as fast in solution mode as the RISA3D
but its graphics input and editing is better.

I hope this helps

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steven P. Osborn [mailto:sposborn(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 1999 4:29 AM
> Subject: Question regarding best analysis/design software
> -------------Forwarded Message-----------------
> From:   Steven P. Osborn, 105422,501
> To:     SEAINT, INTERNET:admin(--nospam--at)
> Date:   1/26/1999 11:42 AM
> RE:     Question regarding best analysis/design software
> I am looking for recommendations on the best structural analysis
> and design
> software to purchase.  Ease of use, detailed output, fast processing, and
> good support. are obvious criteria.  I am currently evaluating Risa
> Technologies, Research Engineers, CSI and Enercalc, RAM International
> products.  I am interested in 3D as well as 2D analysis capabilities and
> smooth integration with design modules and AutoCAD release 14.  Typical
> projects might include complex single story, long span steel framed
> structures or multistory office buildings (steel or concrete), combined
> lateral load resisting systems (e.g. braced frames and shear walls in same
> structure), steel or wood trusses, tilt-up concrete panels, tall masonry
> walls, single and combined spread footings, continuous wall footings, pile
> cap foundations, cantilever retaining walls, supported concrete floor
> slabs/beams (one-way and two-way), concrete columns (square, round,
> rectangular), steel beams (continuous and simple span, non-composite and
> composite), steel columns and beam/columns, steel connections (moment,
> shear-tab, simple), etc.  There doesn't appear to be one vendor
> that offers
> a universal package to cover all types of structural systems.
> Any thoughts
> would be greatly appreciated!
> Thanks,
> Steve Osborn, P.E.

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