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I really enjoy using Visual Analysis with the Visual Design and Design Tools add-ons. 
-----Original Message-----
From: Bobby Jenkins [mailto:jei(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 1999 4:42 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)