REI Adds OpenSTAAD Feature to Structural Analysis & Design Software

YORBA LINDA, CA. October 24, 2001-- Research Engineers International, a division of netGuru, Inc. (NASDAQ: NGRU), today announced it has introduced OpenSTAAD, a feature that allows users to customize the widely-used STAAD.Pro structural engineering and analysis software to their exact needs.
The new OpenSTAAD is an open architecture tool providing customers with an application programming interface (API) to STAAD.Pros analysis and design engines as well as its graphical user interface (GUI) for personal customization.
"The great advantage of an open architecture is that users of the product can customize or add-on functions to the software to suit their specific requirements," said Santanu Das, Vice President, Technology Strategy for netGuru, Inc. "The new OpenSTAAD feature enhances the versatility and flexibility of STAAD.Pro by allowing our customers to easily access and integrate the structural modeling, analysis and design capabilities of the software to any other application."
The open architecture feature allows users the flexibility to create their own macros using a wide range of programming languages to link the software's results and to run STAAD.Pro engine and design functions in software applications like AutoCAD and Excel or Web-pages using ASP or ActiveX. OpenSTAAD enables users to integrate STAAD.Pro with legacy modeling, analysis and design applications as well as data mine and export the program's results in any manner.
Based on customer feedback and requests, REI developed OpenSTAAD to satisfy the growing demand of its users to add more customizable functionality, Das explained. Engineers are increasingly creating their own design applications because of the simplicity of some of the programming languages available in the market today.

"Every design firm has its own unique way of designing specific items like connections or preparing reports in a certain manner after the overall general analysis and design is completed," he said.

For example, the design of a wood screw or checking the existing capacity of a concrete column can be created using a simple Excel spreadsheet. The only outside information required is the maximum forces on the column. OpenSTAAD can be used to write a macro in Visual Basic, VBA or C++ inside of Excel that can seamlessly link the maximum section forces from STAAD.Pro for a certain member into the Excel spreadsheet.

OpenSTAAD highlights include:
- Open architecture providing users with an application programming interface to STAAD.Pro's analysis and design engines as well as graphical user interface
- Retrieve and link STAAD.Pro results inside of applications like Excel or databases like Access, SQL Server or Oracle 9i
- Create custom macros using simple languages like Visual Basic to link STAAD results and run STAAD.Pro engine and design functions in applications like Visio or Web-pages using ASP or ActiveX
- Integrate in-house applications with STAAD using a variety of programming languages such as C, C++, Java, FORTRAN or Delphi
- Create specific design and/or analysis applications using STAAD.Pro's technology.

REI's core product, STAAD.Pro is one of the most popular structural engineering software products for 3D model generation, analysis and design. It has an intuitive, user-friendly GUI, visualization tools, powerful analysis and design facilities and seamless integration to several other modeling and design software products. The software also is fully compatible with Windows 2000 and Windows ME, and is currently being beta-tested for the new Windows XP.

STAAD.Pro also offers users interoperability with a number of other related products including Sectionwizard, Layout, ForReview.aec and STAAD.etc. The interoperability of these products integrates all the necessary features to increase the engineer's efficiency and minimize the work and time required to take a project from conception to completion. REI uses OpenSTAAD to connect these applications together.

Research Engineers International, a division of netGuru, Inc., is a leading worldwide developer and distributor of high quality desktop and Web-enabled software solutions for the engineering industry. Founded in 1981, the company's core business is the development of cost-effective, Windows-based solutions. REI has nearly 19,000 customers accounting for over 47,000 software installations and 140,000 concurrent users worldwide. For more information, please visit REI's website at

Contacts: Santanu Das, Research Engineers International/netGuru, Inc. 714 974-2500 Email Contact

Michael Rosenfeld, MICROS Communications 310 301-9500
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