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- To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: STAADPro, STAAD etc
- From: Nicholas Blackburn <nblackburn(--nospam--at)fdgoak.com>
- Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 15:58:17 -0800
I used the old DOS based STAAD up until a year ago or so and found it to be pretty usable for most structure design but it did have its quirks and did not design concrete moment frames (at least not easily). For most of my design work I use RISA 3D which I have used for 6 years and have no complaints, very user friendly and good support. I also use ETABS for concrete frame analysis. The old DOS based Version 6 can be hard to use at first but isn't too bad and the results make sense. It is unfortunately based on the 1994 UBC so you have to trick it for 1997 design. The current ETABS release, Version 7, is all Windows based (1997 UBC) and is not user friendly and is really still in the development phase. I would not recommend ETABS V7.0 to anyone, yet. I had one tech support person ask me if I had the "BETA" version to which I replied, No I have the disk you mailed me last week as the release version. The response was that this WAS the beta version, VERY PROFESSIONAL. There have been at least 8 service patches on their web site in the month or so since then. Since the patches are large, anyone without the benefit of a DSL line or better will be very unhappy. To cap it off, the first group of patches required that you install them to an original installation of ETABS, i.e. if you had installed patch #2 and wanted to upgrade to patch #3 you had to uninstall ETABS entirely, reinstall from the original disks and then install the patch!!! The user interface is not intuitive at all and many functions that were pretty easy to get to in Version 6 are hopelessly lost on some strange menu and not referenced at all in the joke of a manual. The final flaw is that the input file cannot be altered except through the GUI (although you can print a text based image of the input file that looks similar to the old version 6 input file format). The worst is that the output does not make sense so either the input is wrong somehow or the analysis and design routines aren't all working right (several of the patches fix some of these analysis routine problems!!?) I would like to note that I don't dislike Windows programs or programmer's love of GUI interfaces but when the final product is harder to use than a DOS based program, well.... Sorry to run on so, but I am very unhappy with CSI. Good luck on your search Nick Blackburn p.s. If you need to do steel design go RISA 3D. RISA is working on a concrete post processor which I hope will be as great as their steel module. A great product with a reasonable price and a helpful attitude.
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