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One of my favorites is Visual Analysis.  It is a 32-bit Windows-based application that will analyze in 2D or 3D and design in most materials (concrete, steel, wood, light gauge, etc.) and many codes.  Updates are provided frequently over the Internet with an "Automatic Update" feature.  Also, compared to most other programs, it's a real bargain.  If nothing else, it's the best software to ever come out of Montana!
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Happy New Year!
Stan Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas
-----Original Message-----
From: mark francois [mailto:marfra(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2001 9:36 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: General Purpose Strutural Software

I know we have discussed this before but programs kepp developing. I am looking to purchase new general purpose software.At present we use ETAB7 for buildings and STAADpro2000 as the general purpose software. While STAADpro has its problems once you understand engineering and the problems of the program you can use it effectively. Can anyone give their views on STAADpro2001/2 versus SAP2000, Robot Millenium, RISA etc.
Mark Francois