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I have to agree with Gerard,  RISA is more user friendly thus it is easier to learn. I also learned RISA in less than 2 hours.  We bought STAAD almost a year ago and I found it harder to learn.  We only bought it because STAAD was offered for only about 25% of its original price as a promotion.  But the catch is you need to pay a maintenance agreement for them to support you technically.  I'm convinced that if a vendor believe in their product they don't need to ask their customer to pay for asking technical questions.

ASQuilala, P.E.

In a message dated 9/5/02 1:25:52 PM Pacific Daylight Time, gmadden(--nospam--at) writes:

I learned it in two hours - never said I knew it inside and out in two
hours, but I could build a model, load it, and analyze it, and quickly
interpret the result. Of course I got faster and faster the more I used
it - the point is RISA is simple to learn and use, but still powerful.
You can definitely be up and going in less than a day if you do the RISA
tutorial - maybe not your type of work since it is too sophisticated for
someone like me.

Santa Clara, CA