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Here is the point of contact:

http://www.fnr.purdue.edu/woodresearch/ppsa4/ppsa.html

The information dated August, 1998 indicates that it is a DOS based program
and still more cumbersome than you would like. But, who knows maybe it has
been upgraded to suit your needs. 

> ----------
> From: 	Armijo, John J (PWCSD 184)
> Sent: 	Thursday, July 13, 2000 5:50 PM
> To: 	'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
> Subject: 	RE: Truss computer program
> 
> About 15 years ago there was a program put out by someone at Purdue whose
> name escapes me at the moment. The nomenclature PPSA (I think) was
> associated with the program. Contact the Truss Plate Institute and they
> may be able to put you in touch with the program or author. The program
> was a Basic program at the time, but perhaps it has evolved into the
> program you need. If you would like to persue this let me know and I will
> find the program in my archives.
> 
> 	----------
> 	From: 	Philip T. Hodge[SMTP:phil(--nospam--at)joistdesign.com]
> 	Reply To: 	seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> 	Sent: 	Thursday, July 13, 2000 4:06 PM
> 	To: 	seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> 	Cc: 	Goodson, Harry
> 	Subject: 	Re: Truss computer program
> 
> 	Scott:
> 
> 	Each of the steel joist manufacturers has a specialized design
> program.
> 	Some companies have written their own, some use software that I have
> 	developed, some use a program that Harry Goodson (see address list
> for his
> 	contact info) markets.  I doubt either Harry's or mine is what
> you're
> 	looking for, but feel free to contact either of us if I'm wrong.
> Don't
> 	know, but I suspect the wood truss industry is similar.
> 
> 	Phil Hodge
> 
> 	Scott E Maxwell wrote:
> 
> 	> Greetings!
> 	>
> 	> Is anyone out there aware of a truss program (i.e. only does
> trusses)?
> 	> Obviously, trusses can be designed and analyzed in a standard
> structural
> 	> program like RISA or STAAD.  However, we would like a program that
> just
> 	> does trusses that would have pre-made templates for various truss
> types
> 	> and that does not require having "manually" define nodes, members,
> 	> boundary conditions, loads, AISC design check criteria (i.e.
> unbraced
> 	> lengths).  Bascially, we would like something that requires easier
> input
> 	> than a standard structural analysis/design package.
> 	>
> 	> Thanks,
> 	>
> 	> Scott Maxwell, PE, SE
> 
> 
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