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I have used Ramsteel for both gravity and lateral frame analysis and in
general it has worked very well.  I have also used STAAD, RISA and
GTStrudl.  For ease of use and user friendliness I believe that Ramsteel
is the best program.  It has some limitations however, but Ram appears
to be dedicated to improving their product.  Of the other three programs
I would rate them in the following order: GTStrudl, RISA and STAAD
substantially farther down the list.

As far as Ram Advanse is concerned, it is has just been released so I
haven't used it yet. I do know that it was developed in conjunction with
the producers of  Avansse's AVwin98 and is a modification to their
existing program.

"Caldwell, Stan" wrote:

> Lyudmila:
> 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?
> Regards,
> 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?
> Thanks.
> Lyudmila.