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I would recommend RAMsteel, RISA-3D (new 32-bit Windows version), and Visual Analysis for steel frame analysis and design.  For steel detailing, you might try DESCON Beam-Column and DESCON Brace. 

We also have multiple STAAD licenses, but stopped using the software a couple of years ago and intentionally let the maintenance agreements lapse.  If anyone out there has any creative ideas for the re-use for those hardware locks (dominoes, for example), I would be interested in knowing them!

We do not have any Eaglepoint products, but I can tell you that they are certainly the most persistent marketers that we have yet encountered!

Very recently, RAM started marketing a general-purpose FEA program which looks like a clone of Avansse's AVwin98 (freeware) program.  Does anyone have any thoughts on this?   


Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas


-----Original Message-----
From: LYUDMILA GURTOVAYA [mailto:lyudmila1(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 1999 10:05 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: engineering software

We are thinking about buying software for steel
analysis,design and detailing (preferably that are
linked to each other). Right now we are looking at
STAAD/PRO and Eagle Point. If you'd used any of this
software please let me know about your experience with
it. May be you have other suggestions?