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I will add my testimony to that of Ghassem. I used STAAD for YEARS, basically
because that was what was used wherever I happened to be working.

However, when I hung up my own shingle, I looked around for an alternative.

I personally recommend VisualAnalysis. It is INCREDIBLY easy to use and, while
it doesn't have the bells and whistles of the really heavy-lifting programs like
SAP (and it has a FAR lower price-point, besides), it does 99% of anything I'd
ever want to do with it.

STAAD is an attempt to shoe-horn ANCIENT analysis technology onto new hardware
and software systems, and the seams show dreadfully.

You'd do better to look elsewhere.

I can vouch for the fact that the folks at IES (VisualAnalysis' creators) have
been FABULOUS in the area of product support. In two instances, I found
legitimate bugs, and they sent out a fix to ALL users within a day or so!

Contrast that with REI (STAAD), whose answer to "bugs" is for you to upgrade to
the newest version (which often has the SAME BUG!)

"Khosrownia, Ghassem SPK" wrote:
> To put it plainly, since converting to SAP2000 I seem to be able to do much
> more work and enjoy modeling and engineering at the same time. I have used
> STAAD since release whatever back hen it was shipped on one 5 1/4 floppy
> disk up until about two years ago.