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We use RISA3D and SAP2000NL here. Our other offices use STAAD. RISA3D is an
excellent, comprehensive and easy to use choice for most applications. It's
not as expensive as some other things out there, but does most of what you
need to do. Excellent support and documentation, and you don't need a
hardware lock. I've been using it for a couple of years and now have their
Windows version. It's good stuff. SAP is more expensive and not as easy to
learn as RISA, but it includes lots of bells and whistles.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bobby Jenkins [mailto:jei(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 1999 2:42 PM
To: Reply-To:seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Structural Engineering Software

I have been using Staad III for the last 10 years and now I am probably
about to change to a different program.  We do a good deal of architectural
work which inevitably requires 3D analysis/design.  We are looking at the
host of programs available with confusion and apprehension.
I downloaded a copy of IES VisualAnalysis to review.  Anybody using it?
What are the thoughts of real structural engineers on the software
available?  I am not interested in buying the most expensive program as
architects comprise half of my practice - that is to say, l too am
under-paid.  We are very interested in accuracy, reliability, a short
learning curve, and ease of use.
Thanks in advance!
Bobby Jenkins, P.E.
Jenkins Engineering, Inc.
PO Box 2101 / 218 S Thomas St  Suite 209
Tupelo, MS  38803
(662)840.1233 V / (662)840.1103 F
E-mail:  jei(--nospam--at) <mailto:jei(--nospam--at)>