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We use the Adapt suite and are very happy with the results.  There are a couple of areas where some refinement would be good, but overall the package is easy to use and very flexible. 


The full suite from Adapt includes the traditional equivalent frame method, and also their Floor pro module is full FEA.  The other benefit for our office is that Adapt is committed to integration with the CSI suite of software products, which we utilize, so the fit is good.


Bijan and Florian are very helpful with product support and training issues.


From: Stan Caldwell [mailto:stancaldwell(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2007 3:20 PM
To: SEAINT Listserv
Subject: ADAPT or POSTEN ??


For the last few years, my practice has mostly been bridge design.  However, every now and then, a significant building project comes along.  This is one of those times.  By the end of the year, my staff will start designing two building projects with a total of more than 40 floors.  Most of the floors will likely be post-tensioned concrete construction.  Both projects are located in Texas, well away from the Gulf Coast, so seismic and wind are not anticipated to be major issues.


The last time we maintained licenses on P/T software was back in the days of DOS.  I assume that the two leading options today are the same that they were back then, ADAPT and POSTEN. 


From recent hands-on experience, do any of you have recommendations on either of these programs?


Are there any other reasonable options that I am not yet aware of? 


Thank you in advance for sharing your wisdom on this subject.


Best regards,  


Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.

Richardson, Texas