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I used to use Visual Analysis at a previous office and found it to be extremely
user friendly. In my opinion, it is an excellent choice for analysis of smaller
structures. I wouldn't try to use it to do a dynamic analysis of a complicated
20 story building. I believe ETABS or SAP90 are more appropriate for that use.
Currently I am using the RISA3D windows version and have found it to be good
for the same uses as Visual Analysis. (smaller less complicated structures)
RISA3D is slightly more difficult to learn that Visual Analysis. But it is
still relatively easy to use and learn. For larger, more complex structures I
now use ETABS. Both Visual Analysis and RISA3D are easy to learn and very
productive. However, from my experience, they both have limitations in regards
to model complexity and size.

"Lutz,James" wrote:

> 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)>