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Our offices have been using VisualAnalysis for almost four years.  The VA suite of programs are very easy to get from input to output quickly and accurately and, as a object oriented system from the ground up, it not a rehash of DOS routines plugged into a windows environment.  The support is second to none - when you have a question you will speak directly to the engineers that designed and authored the program, not a staff of hired answer people.  In addition, IES is constantly adding new features that will aid the analysis and design processes - in my opinion you can't go wrong with a software this good that is hundreds of dollars less than the competitors.  Check it out.
 
Ken J. McClure
avanti technologies, Inc
-----Original Message-----
From: Bobby Jenkins [mailto:jei(--nospam--at)netbci.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 1999 4:42 PM
To: Reply-To:seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
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)netbci.com