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Re: SAP2000 and STAAD III softwares

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Are the flaws you are aware of restricted to the design sections or were any
of them in the analysis part of the program?  I don't use the design
capabilities but I do use the analysis extensively.

David Finley, P.E.

-----Original Message-----
From: William Keil <WJK(--nospam--at)>
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)' <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Friday, September 03, 1999 7:53 AM
Subject: RE: SAP2000 and STAAD III softwares

>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)
>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.