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You should look seriously at GT Strudl. Their price is very comparable and the
program is excellent.
Georgia Tech - CASE Center 
790 Atlantic Drive 
Atlanta, GA   30332-0355 
Phone: 404-894-2260 
Fax:   404-894-8014 
Internet:        <>://www.gtstrudl.gatech. edu

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	E.B.Davison, P.Eng. [SMTP:rndeng(--nospam--at)]
> Sent:	Monday, November 13, 2000 4:52 PM
> Subject:	STAAD
> I used STAAD from 1997 until three months ago when I needed some product
> support.  Even though the program was not user friendly nor entirely reliable
> (design), I persisted because of its SPSTRESS based analysis engine.  I
> received NO support and was basically ignored.  The best they could do was
> offer me upgrades from 22W to 2000 or Pro for $$$$. Then they expressed
> wilingness to help after the purchase.  End result, I went exploring and
> found RISA 3D and Enercalc have used them for a number of projects and would
> recommend RISA to anyone looking for a solid easy to use structural
> analysis/design program.
> B.Davison, P.Eng.  
> RND Engineering (1997) Ltd.
> Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2M9
> 1(780) 465-8995