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I have used Visual Analysis and Visual Design for the past 7 years, primarily for 2d modeling, and have been very pleased with it.  It is a younger program than others like RISA and ETABS so it is still working through some kinks.  I would probably not use it for a full 3D model, but then again I am currently using version 4 and have not evaluated version 5.  For simple 2d models it is very easy to build, analyze, and design the models.  It also has the feature of one-way springs (ie compression only) which make grade beam modeling very easy.  Other programs probably have this feature as well.  My office is currenty getting ready to upgrade our analysis software and are debating between the RISA and Visual Analysis programs. 
 
Stephen Fisher, SE
Sacramento, California
-----Original Message-----
From: ARVIND BISARYA [mailto:arvindkbisarya(--nospam--at)yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2004 9:05 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Software Comparison

Mark,

I have used SAP2000 & ETABS  since 1985 and I have been very happy with them.  SAP2000 is a general purpose software and very user friendly and technical support is excellant. 

Thanks,

Best Regards

Arvind Bisarya
mark francois <marfra(--nospam--at)tstt.net.tt> wrote:

 
 
We are looking at upgrading our general purpose structural software. We have not had much discussion on this list recently on software.
We are lookin at RAM, SAP and STAADpro can I get some views from users of the software and any other recommendation.
At present we use STAADpro2000 which I have never been happy with and ETABS which I like.
 
 
Mark Francois


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