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Hello Tom: I want to welcome you to the fascinating engineering world. I think that trapezoidal loads can be input in the program depending on the time you have to perform your analysis. Depending of the kind of precision you need and if time is enough, you, of course, can do it this way but usually time is short and uniform loading seems to be good enough.
Best regards,
Oswaldo Aiffil
Structural Engineer
Caracas, Venezuela
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De: Tomás Matta [mailto:tmatta(--nospam--at)]
Enviado el: Tuesday, October 03, 2000 2:09 AM
Para: seaint
Asunto: static loads

I'm a young engineer who just recently started to work, so I have a lot of questions, one of which is: how do most of you experienced guys input static loads to the analysis software you use?  When you have to assign loads to a beam, do you use trapezoidal shaped distributed loads?  Do you input uniform distributed loads?  In SAP2000 the time you save inputing uniform instead of trapezoidal loads is considerable.  Is the extra work worth it?
Thanks in advance
Tomas Matta