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RE: Tapered Frame Design Software

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I would assume the TX & SD companies are Loeske and MBS, respectively?  You
can purchase the Loeske (Precision Plus) is modular; so you can purchase
only the design portions and not the detailing portions.  I looked into
these programs a year or two ago.  For the cookie cutter box buildings, the
programs produce results in fifteen minutes or less.  As a result, I talked
to several engineers that were charging $350.00 for a 30x40 box.  It takes
alot of building to pay for the software.

Brian K. Smith, P.E.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gaylord R. Ransom [mailto:se2386(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, April 05, 1999 10:23 PM
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
> Cc: 'se2386(--nospam--at)'
> Subject: Tapered Frame Design Software
> Is anyone aware  of any (reasonably priced) software to assist in the
> design of tapered frame metal buildings. I have found two (Tx & SD) but
> these start at about $50,000 per copy.  We design many of these
> frames per
> year and the "longhand" time required is considerable.  The types
> of frames
> we need to design are of the type offered by companies like Butler, Span,
> Ceco etcetera. We have software by Risa, Pframe, and several others but
> they will not correctly design the frames with thin webs that are usually
> associated with typical metal buildings.  Any suggestions ?