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I use MathCAD exclusively for my computations, not because I choose too but 
 our customers expect "typed" equations. The pro is that once you have your 
 formula set up using alphanumeric variables you can easily change the 
variable value and quickly run a re-evaluation. The con is the time it 
takes to set up the equations. (There also is the learning curve, MathCAD 
provides various help including definitions, explanations and examples 
which you can copy, modify and use for your own.

If you have standard type problems to deal with then the best thing to do 
would be to set up a library of evaluations/computations, such as a 
standard configuration for either weld evaluation (wide flange welded all 
around, box section with two sided weld, etc) or bolted connection 
evaluation, or whatever you are in need of. Then when a similar evaluation 
is needed you can cut and paste and change your variables.

Best regards,

Paul M. Kavsak, P.E.

-----Original Message-----
From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Nick Fanger Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 1:52 PM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Poll: Software

Excel (Visual Basic)
Auto CAD

Everything else:

Currently do a lot of calculations by hand.  Someday I want to try MathCAD
or some equivalent, to see if that is a better solution than hand
calculations.  Does anyone have any experience using a math / word
processing program for "hand" calcs?  If so what do you use and what are
the added benefits?

Nick Fanger, SE

Kish Rigging, Inc.
5400 Commerce Ave.

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