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Does anybody know how to enter a "text string" in Mathcad to export to excel
to  perform database functions like vlookup and then transmit the results
back to Mathcad?.

I have a system set up in excel where I can enter in a steel shape and I can
get all of the section properties instantly. I would like to use this in
Mathcad as well. 

Basically, what I want to happen is, if I enter SHAPE:="W16x40" in Mathcad,
it will output the section properties in Mathcad, using the excel as the

Hope this is clear. Comments welcomed.


Gerard Madden, P.E.
Civil Engineer/Structural Designer

The Bentley Company,
A Division of Enron Energy Services North America, Inc.
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