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I used TEDDS several years ago probably when it first was available.  It is a very powerful and useful tool.  It had templates already established that could be used for generating calculations.  For example it had a retaining wall and it would prompt you to input height, soil parameters, etc and then proceed to design the wall for you.  It would generate about 15 pages of calculation and a sketch of the wall.  The problem that I had was every 2 years we were upgrading computers.  To re-install the program on a new computer you had to call and request a code.  By then they had come out with update that they wanted to sell you.  We are a small company and could not afford to upgrade every couple of years.  Another disadvantage was the amount of paper it used.  However, the calculations were very complete.
I would recommend this software.
Another option would be take a manual drafting class (if they even offer that today).  It is amazing that for the last ten years graduate engineers can not print legible or even generate a readable sketch.
Gary Loomis, PE 


From: Terangue Gillham [mailto:tiger(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wed 5/17/2006 7:15 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: TEDDS

I'm in the market for a program or an add on for Word that will allow me to "do" hand calculations quickly and easily using my PC.  The only product that I have found is TEDDS, does anyone on the list use this program?  If so, can you give me your thoughts on it?
My handwriting is pretty horrible, and slow as well, so I am much faster using my keyboard.  The program would need to allow me to enter equations easily, so greek characters would be a must.  I have gotten into the habit of using PDF files to store all of my project calculations so that I can submit electronic files to my clients as well as archive using my computer (I tend to lose paper) - using a program instead of handwriting would cut the scannning step out of the process and hopefully save me more time.
I am a one man show, so I don't want to throw away a pot of money - that said, if something really does the trick then I would be willing to fork out some cash.
Any comments or especially opinions regarding software that you all use would be greatly appreciated.

Terangue *Tiger* Gillham, PE
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