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Thanks a lot for your suggestions.

Nat Mohanram

--- Todd Blake <todd(--nospam--at)willettengineering.com> wrote:
> 1.  For both steel and concrete, STAAD is the way to
> go.  However, Ramsteel
> is a much better program than STAAD (but it only
> does steel)
> 2.  PCA puts out a number of programs that are easy
> to use and reliable.
> 3.  Rambaseplate is absolutely the BEST baseplate
> program available (that I
> know of).  It does biaxial analysis, any bolt
> pattern, and can include
> gussett plates if you wish.
> 4.  Enercalc:  Easy to use but must be mindfull of
> the results.
> 5.  Enercalc:  Same as above.
> 6.  At this point, I would recommend Woodworks. 
> Enercalc also does timber
> design but I have not had time to verify the new
> 5.1.2 version that just
> came out.  It is SUPPOSED to include the new 1997
> NDS but if you choose to
> use Enercalc, check your results.
> 
> Hope this helps!
> 
> Todd Blake
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nattamai mohanram [mailto:nattamaim(--nospam--at)yahoo.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 3:26 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: lee_templeton(--nospam--at)parsons.com
> 
> 
> 
> Our structural department is trying to quickly
> evaluate structural
> analysis and design software to recommend for
> purchase.  It is
> difficult to fully assess software thru demo
> versions and would like
> actual users input.
> Specifically, we are looking for:
> 1.3D Frame Analysis and Design (such as STAAD3) for
> both steel and
> concrete.
> 2. General Reinforced Concrete Analysis and Design.
> 3. Base Plate analysis/design including biaxial
> bending.
> 4. Spread Footing analysis/design including biaxial
> bending.
> 5. Masonry Wall w/shear wall analysis.
> 6. General Timber Analysis and Design.
> Does anyone know of magazine articles/web sites that
> address user
> evaluations of like software?
> Thanks.
> 
> Nat Mohanram
> 
> 
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