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After talking with someone at RISA earlier this week, I found out that
they are currently contiplating creating and sending out a "reference
manual".  This manual would be simialr to what they had issued in the past
with the DOS versions of RISA.  It appears that you are not the only one
who doesn't really like the online help.  So they are aware, and
potentially producing a solution.

Hope this helps.


Scott E. Maxwell, SE, PE
Structural Engineer

SmithGroup Inc.
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Detroit, MI  48226

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On Wed, 8 Mar 2000, Madden, Gerard wrote:

> This is from memory & is not a criticism of the program...
> In my previous employment, we received the new version of Enercalc. I found
> two bugs in the program that I rarely used (only because I didn't have the
> time to learn all the features). They were in the Joist & Beam design
> program and in the base plate program.
> Problems.
> Joist & beam program: The demand forces did not match the diagrams.
> Baseplate: The stresses were not being calculated properly.
> I called up tech support and they immediately gave me a website to go to
> where I could download the patch file. They also pointed out a problem with
> one of the concrete programs. That was in November of last year and they may
> have the patch on their general website by now. It fixed the baseplate
> problem, I didn't try the joist program however. It is a 6 MB patch and
> takes a long time to download.
> A couple of improvements I would like to see is LRFD for steel design (For
> all of us Rogue Engineers) and better input options. I found that a lot of
> times (mainly in the cantilevered beam program) that if I entered a value in
> a field, then switch to a different span, upon returning to the first span,
> all of the entries were either gone or switched from the last revised span.
> (Is that a run on sentence or what) A better manual is also necessary, I
> hate using help files and would rather have a text along side when I try
> something new than to keep flip flopping between windows (SAME TO YOU GUYS
> AT RISA !). The manual provided mainly deals with file saving structure.
> Other than those complaints, I really liked using Enercalc and would
> recommend it.
> Gerard Madden, P.E.
> Civil Engineer/Structural Designer
> The Bentley Company,
> A Subsidiary of Enron Energy Services North America, Inc.
> Ph: 925.543.3810
> Fx: 925.543.3551
> Email: gerard_madden(--nospam--at)