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While I have not used the two DESCON programs extensively (i.e. done hand
checks to verify results), I have "played" around with them both.  They
are the best steel connection programs that I have seen to date.  They are
both Windoze based which helps make them user friendly.

DESCON Win does standard beam-to-column web, beam-to-column flange,
beam-to-girder, and beam splice connections.  It lists the ability to do
column splices to be included in a future version.  The connections can be
either welded, bolted, or mixed.  It can do gravity and/or moment
connections.  The program can be used to either design the connection or
"check" a connection (i.e. you specify all the dimensions and items).  As
you enter the information, a graphical display automatically updates
showing a detail of the connection.  The detail of the connection can be
exported to DXF, but everything will be on the same layers and have the
same line weight.

DESCON Brace is a connection program for brace connections.  It functions
similarly to DESCON Win.  The original version only would do WF braces,
but version 2 allows for tube and 2L braces.

Hope this helps,

Scott Maxwell

On Sun, 7 May 2000, Dennis S. Wish wrote:

> Joseph,
> There is the DESCON software which designs welded steel connections. There
> are two products: DesconWin for beam-to-column connections, beam splices and
> beam to girder connections. You can purchase either the ASD or LRFD version.
> Advertised price $250.00.
> Descon Brace is a steel connection design software for braced frame type
> structures using ASD procedure. Price $350.00.  Both are available from
> The company advertises that they have been around
> for 15 years.
> I am not personally knowledgeable about their products but a close friend
> has been using both of these and speaks very highly of programs. The results
> are written in RTF format, which is easily read by most word processors so
> the output can be easily embellished. My friend indicated that each uses a
> Windows based graphical processor and that when you change a connection the
> model presented on screen changes at the same time. I'm not sure about
> DesconWin, but when you are finished designing the braced frame connections,
> you can export the design by DXF into Autocad and do not need to redraw it.
> I would say it is worth looking at. You can call them at 888-8-DESCON which
> is an Oakland CA. based company or you can e-mail them at
> omnitech(--nospam--at)
> Dennis S. Wish, PE
> PS: They have examples on their Webpage where I have gathered much of this
> information for you.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joseph Harouni [mailto:yosi_h(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Sunday, May 07, 2000 12:13 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Steel Connection Software
> Hi,
> As I understand JJK and Associates has a good product called Quick Connect.
> any one
> knows how I can contact them?
> Thanks,
> Joseph Harouni
> p.s. Are there other steel connection software's around?