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Re: Visual Analysis/Visual Design + ENERCALC vs. STRUCT.etc.

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I have used Visual Analysis for three years or so and I think it is a very
good program. It has many well thought out features, such as
customizability, good graphics, and the design modules. The support has been
excellent. It does require quite a bit of computer horsepower. I haven't
tried all the design modules, (wood,  LRFD, Cold Form steel), but I've done
several projects using the program and am completely pleased.

Jerry Middaugh, P.E.


-----Original Message--

From: Steven P. Osborn <sposborn(--nospam--at)>
To: SEAINTML <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 1999 10:02 PM
Subject: Visual Analysis/Visual Design + ENERCALC vs. STRUCT.etc.

I am giving serious thought to purchasing Visual Analysis/Design software
package.  I would appreciate feedback from anyone with experience with this
software.  If you had it to do over again, would you still buy it?  How
does it compare to say Risa, STAAD/Pro, SAP2000, etc.

Also, I am looking at ENERCALC's 44 program Structural Engineering Library
vs. Research Engineer's STRUCT.etc 66 program Structural Engineering Tool
Case.  Any thoughts?


Steve Osborn, P.E.
CE Solutions, Inc.
Carmel, IN

P.S.    Thanks to all who responded to my earlier inquiry.