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I'll second that.  Ram Steel has probably done more for our office
productivity than any other analysis program for steel and composite design.
Plus its easy to learn and use.  STADD III--I have updates in my drawer that
never were installed on anyones machine because its too much trouble to
learn and use.  RISA products are also good.
Bruce C. Trobridge
Assistant Building Structural Engineer
NYS - Office of General Services

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> From: 	Michael Sloey[SMTP:SLOEYAM(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: 	Wednesday, January 27, 1999 12:49 PM
> To: 	seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: 	Re: Question regarding best analysis/design software
> You will not find a software package that will do all the things in your
> wish list.  For steel frame building design I would recommend Ram
> International.  My company has been using the Ram packages for over 6
> years with great success.  When we first purchased the program it did only
> beam design (which I thought was great).  They have since added column and
> baseplate design and now lateral analysis and code check.  The support is
> excellent and they are always receptive to changing the program if users
> say "I want it do this ...".  Another big plus for me is that it is
> written by engineers.
> Mike Sloey, PE
> Sverdrup Facilities
> St. Louis, MO
> sloeyam(--nospam--at)
> >>> "Steven P. Osborn" <sposborn(--nospam--at)> 01/26 2:28 PM >>>
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> 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.