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I've had limited experience with IES Visual Analysis during my sole prop/grad work days.  Good for the money, but I agree with others; you con't beat RISA 3-D.  Use it at my current gig now, and it is very straight forward with your input and the output you'd want.  Best of luck.

On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 4:19 PM, Raymond Shreenan <rshreenan1(--nospam--at)> wrote:
Risa 3D is hard to beat. 

Ray Shreenan  SE

--- On Mon, 1/17/11, Keith Erick Fix <keith.fix(--nospam--at)> wrote:

From: Keith Erick Fix <keith.fix(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Structural Analysis Software for New One-Man Firm
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Date: Monday, January 17, 2011, 2:51 PM



I’ve delayed as long as I can and still can’t decide where to spend my hard-earned money for SE software, so I’m soliciting comments from the list regarding their experience with various software platforms.


My personal experience includes GTSTRUDL, STAAD, RAM (various products), a defunct DOS product by ECOM (à Eagle Point à Digital Canal “STRAAD” engine). I’ve also used IES’ Visual Analysis for some Master of Science work, and just  a touch of RISA.


I’ve got 15+ years with most typical materials (wood, masonry, concrete, str’l steel, lg steel), and expect my new practice to see the same breadth of work. Almost all my work is buildings projects, so bridges aren’t a concern. Same for towers, tanks, etc.


I’ve looked at some of the demos: they all seem to suffer from the same basic “flaws” of the usual hard work to get everything modeled, so I’m not finding any stand-outs with user interfaces.


I’m using Autodesk Revit to coordinate with my largest (by revenue) client. The others are on AutoCAD – so I can dumb-down my modeling for coordination with those firms.


Comments? What’s been your experience, and what would you recommend for an engineer working alone?


Keith Erick Fix

Principal Engineer

Red Pepper Consulting, Inc.


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Suite 215

Little Rock, AR 72205


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David Topete, SE