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We're having a big brouhaha currently regarding the appropriate software modeling tools for onshore industrial/petrochem/refinery projects (say $30 million-$250 million range).

We have someone advocating TEKLA for structural modeling. However, it appears that TEKLA is strictly for structural steel detailing. Others are saying that we ought to use the venerable PDS package, and still others are touting Autoplant.

When customer/client mandate is not a consideration, what are your opinions regarding the relative merits of these packages? Are there any others you would consider?

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