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RE: SAP2000 and STAAD III softwares

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I have used both programs extensively and find both programs relatively
similar.  Both are general 3-dimensional analysis programs and I rate both
programs high.  If it were my decision, I would select the program based on
1) ease of use, 2) output quality, 3) hardware requirements, and 4) price.
I am aware of several technical design flaws in previous versions of
STAADIII.  I discovered a major flaw (was corrected in the next version) and
my company demanded their money back.  If your business designs buildings
more than anything else I would recommend ETABS over SAP2000.

William J. Keil, P.E. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Solutions Research Centre (Malaysia) [mailto:ltb(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, September 03, 1999 7:19 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: SAP2000 and STAAD III softwares

My company is having problem in deciding on whether to get SAP2000 from CSI
or STAAD III from Research Engineer. Would greatly appreciated if anyone of
you who had the opportunity to use both the software can kindly provide
feedback/advice/experience with regards to these two software.
Thanks in advance.