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We started with STAAD a long time ago and switched to "GTSTRUDL" from
Georgia Tech in 1992.  The program is expensive but support is very good and
the program handles must everything that we ask it to do. It is also very
robust and reliable.

I am too amazed that people are still using STAAD.  Too bad that they do not
look for something better.

David Kerins PE
Lively @ Associates, Inc.
318/387-2278
davidkerins(--nospam--at)compuserve.com

----- Original Message -----
From: Rex Donahey <rdonahey(--nospam--at)thermomass.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 1999 3:03 PM
Subject: RE: engineering software


>
> I'm amazed that STAAD still exists.  One would hope that such an
unreliable
> program would be driven from the marketplace.  Structural engineers, of
all
> people, should demand quality tools.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott, William N. [mailto:William.Scott(--nospam--at)veco.com]
> Sent: Thursday, November 11, 1999 2:30 PM
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
> Subject: RE: engineering software
>
>
> We have STADD and agree with the issues raised below.
>
> We are going to get a network license for RISA, which covers most of our
> design issues and are seriously evaluating SAP 2000.
>
> I did get good technical support from STADD, but felt that I spent too
much
> of my client's money debugging programming errors.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Caldwell, Stan [mailto:scaldwell(--nospam--at)halff.com]
> Sent: Thursday, November 11, 1999 9:18 AM
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
> Subject: RE: engineering software
>
>
>
> Dave:
>
> If a company has no intention of ever using a software program again, it
> makes no sense to continue paying for it.  Basically, I encountered a near
> mutiny.  Either we discontinued using STAAD, or all of my engineers were
> going to quit.  Essentially, there were three issues:
>
> 1.  Does the software perform as advertised and give reliable results?
>
> 2.  Is the technical support useful, or merely rude?
>
> 3.  How many times a day should an engineer have to reboot his/her PC due
to
> a crash?
>
> STAAD was sacrificed in favor of keeping the engineers.  That is about as
> specific as I care to be on this forum.  As a group, we are very pleased
> with the software that I recommended earlier today, as well as with a
number
> of other programs.
>
> Regards,
>
> Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
> Dallas, Texas
>
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>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: dave.angelotti(--nospam--at)dowcorning.com
> [ mailto:dave.angelotti(--nospam--at)dowcorning.com
> <mailto:dave.angelotti(--nospam--at)dowcorning.com> ]
> Sent: Thursday, November 11, 1999 11:35 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: engineering software
>
>
> Stan writes:
>
> <<We also have multiple STAAD licenses, but stopped using the software a
> couple of years ago and intentionally let the maintenance agreements
lapse.
> >>
>
> Could you elaborate as to WHY you let them lapse??  inquiring minds want
to
> know......
>
> Dave
>
>
>
>
>