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> 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 ?

It's a two player game in North America if you want to buy. Butler, at
the least, uses their own proprietary software which is not commercially

Paul Ransom, P. Eng.
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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