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I have found some bugs related to code load factors as well as phi factors. In addition, the program doesn't always refresh itself when you enter a new value, but sometimes you need to change to another window and come back to see the new result. The program is very confusing when you read the messages of the reinforcing bars. The backfill slope terminology is at least confusing as well. There are some inconsistencies with the vertical and horizontal components of the soil pressures.

Jorge Jimenez, PE


----- Original Message ----- From: "Bill Allen" <T.W.Allen(--nospam--at)cox.net>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 10:43 PM
Subject: RE: Retaining Wall software survey


I didn't ask at the time, but I was (and still am) curious as to what
specific "bugs" Mr. Encinas was referring to. Maybe they were differences of
interpretation of the problem. I've seen retaining walls analyzed many
different ways.

Regards,

T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.
ALLEN DESIGNS
Consulting Structural Engineers

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Hannah [mailto:jvhannah(--nospam--at)insightbb.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 7:26 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Retaining Wall software survey

The last time this issue came up about 10 people replied. Eight of them said
they used and liked "Retain Pro" (or Enercalc's older version of it), 1 said
the choose IES's "QuickRWall", and one said it had to many uncorrected
error's but didn't go into any detail.  Unless Javier Encinas wants to
expand on his error statement the numbers favor Retain Pro.  I have only
used it once so I haven't included myself in the totals, but with the manual
and handbook it compared well my textbooks.

Jim Hannah
----- Original Message ----- From: <kevinpolin(--nospam--at)mail.cyberonic.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:36 PM
Subject: Re: Retaining Wall software survey



I thought Retain Pro was full of Bugs?

Kev


On 4/21/2006, "David Smith" <smith1129(--nospam--at)charter.net> wrote:

RetainPro.
I have found it to be thorough and easy to use.

Dave Smith
Smith Associates
Gainesville, Ga
----- Original Message ----- From: Honles, Thomas
 To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
 Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:36 PM
 Subject: Retaining Wall software survey


 Hello list,

 I would like to know what software you are using (if any) to perform
retaining wall design in your offices. I'm interested in software that can
handle both concrete masonry and cast concrete designs. What comments can
you make about how well the software performs (hopefully without starting a
flame war here...)

 Thanks

 Best regards,

 Thomas Honles, SE, PE
 Los Angeles, CA



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