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RAPT is 2D. SCS FLOOR is 3D/FEM based, and we typically only use it for more
complex structures, or unusual/non-typical loadings.

For prestressed slabs and girders we would use RAPT, and I do not see the
point in doing a 3D analysis for a simple structure. RAPT has capabilities
of multiple tendon configurations including short tendons, partial RC spans,
true partial prestress design, cracked section analysis, long-term
deflection analysis, etc.

I have used probably most of the other 2D programs and they are not much
chop, in my opinion. But then again, I am pretty picky because I use it
every day as a production tool for PT design.

For other opinions you may also wish to check the list archives - this topic
tends to get posted about every 6 months or so.

Mark Geoghegan
Honolulu, HI

-----Original Message-----
From: Jake Watson [mailto:jwatson(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 5:57 AM
To: Structural Engineering Association International
Subject: Post-Tension Software

I can't tell if this went through the first time, so I am trying it again.

Opinion poll time.

    We currently are using Posten to design prestressed concrete.  In the
near future we will be doing two parking garages.  While Posten works, it is
a little painful to use.  What is your favorite software for designing
prestressed slabs and girders?


Jake Watson, P.E.
Salt Lake City, UT

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