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The key sentence below is "I am comfortable with it."  Although I still use STAAD "I" am not comfortable with it.  It has given strange results in the past and I don't trust it.  I am gravitating to Ram Advanse.  I feel comfortable with the people at Ram and am always able to get a quick answer to questions. They always attempt to modify their programs based on user input.  We also have Risa but the one time I tried it there was something confusing about the load combinations as I remember.

A. Michael Sloey
314.335.5108 fax

Jacobs Engineering
501 North Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102

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From: glrafter(--nospam--at) [mailto:glrafter(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002 1:56 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE:STAAD or RISA?

These discussions are pointless. Each engineer should decide what is best for them by going through the examples, tutorials, etc. Just because I like a Nissan Xterra doesn't mean everyone should. I like it because of its price, its trunk space, etc. There are things that I put more value on than other features. I use STAAD.Pro for cold-formed steel design and heavy-duty dynamic analysis. Not for its concrete, or its solid elements or because someone told me to. I am comfortable with it. Also, anybody who says they can learn a structural software package in 2hours and know everything inside and out is either working for the marketing dept of the software company or is building 5 member portal frames for a living. 

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