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You might be right, but at A/E/C Sytems 199? (forget which one - I've been
to so many), I talked to my old MicasPlus instructor on the floor.  After
some prodding, he admitted what I recanted in my note.  I also met someone
who worked for Intergraph and was training with me (he now works elsewhere)
and he admitted as much also.  
As for comparing the two, I think I readily admitted that they were
distinctly different.  When I stated that it reminded me of MicasPlus I
meant the interface and the concept.
As for implants, sorry, but I work for Dow Corning not Dow.  You and about
150,000 women need to learn that we are not one and the same :)
-----Original Message-----
From: Caldwell, Stan [mailto:scaldwell(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, June 11, 1999 12:19 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: RE: A/E/C Show & Structural Microstation Triforma

Dave in Detroit wrote: 
When Intergraph decided to move their products from UNIX to the PC (Windows
NT), they decided not to port MicasPlus.  They only brought the
drafting/drawing production pieces over.  This included the ability to
create a 3d analysis model with geometry and loads.  They gave plenty of
reasons for why they didn't bring the entire package over, none of which I

Stan Responds: 

I think that the decision to drop MicasPlus was tied mostly to personnel.
Micas was developed in the early 1980s by Leonard Rand, first as a student
at RPI, and then as President of the Rand Group in Dallas, Texas.  I bought
Micas for $25,000 in 1984, and when it ran on a Wang 2200.  Later, while the
conversion of Micas to PC computers was underway, the Rand Group was
acquired by Intergraph and relocated to their headquarters.  Leonard Rand
became a Vice President of Intergraph.  It is my understanding that he
subsequently left to join AutoDesk.  I think that MicasPlus died shortly

I don't think that Bentley TriForma can be compared to Intergraph MicasPlus,
because it is my understanding that the former does not have any internal
structural analysis or design engines.  Dave, perhaps you can implant one
(Dow joke)!;^>


Stan R. Caldwell, P.E., F.ASCE 
Dallas, Texas (Hockeytown South)    

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