Yorba Linda, California -- Research Engineers International, a division of netGuru, Inc. (NASDAQ: NGRU), has released STAAD.etc 4.0, a component analysis and design software tool for structural engineers to use as a standalone application or an integrated module of the just-released STAAD.Pro 2002 structural engineering program.
REI developed STAAD.etc 4.0 for individual component designs, including base plates, columns, footings, retaining walls, slabs and other structural element details. The software has three new analysis and design modules, including the combined rectangular, trapezoidal and strap footing design module, base plate analysis and design module using FEM, and an exhaustive wind load generator module as per the ASCE 7-95 code. STAAD.etc 4.0 is fully interoperable with STAAD.Pro 2002, and its footing, base plate and moment connection modules integrate seamlessly with the overall structural analysis and design program.
“Together, STAAD.etc 4.0 and STAAD.Pro 2002 offer the most comprehensive toolkit for the structural engineer,” said Santanu Das, Vice President, Technology Strategy for netGuru, Inc. “Everything from analysis and design of the overall structure to individual component details such as shear walls, connections and footings for its foundation can be done without having to leave the STAAD environment.”
All design and analysis modules of STAAD.etc 4.0 share the same Wizard format, minimizing the learning curve and allowing anyone to use the software easily and efficiently. The software’s step-by-step hand calculations provide all intermediate calculations, formulas, code or text references and procedures for every component design so all final results can be verified. STAAD.etc 4.0 also provides scaled, interactive graphics for validation and verification for each step during the design process. In addition, the software supports U.S. and multiple international design codes.
STAAD.etc 4.0 interfaces seamlessly with STAAD.Pro 2002. For example, a concrete structure can be analyzed and designed using STAAD.Pro 2002. The integrated group footing component from STAAD.etc can be subsequently used to analyze, design and sketch the proper group footings, including pressure bulb distributions for the structure based on criteria such as concrete volume or area of steel. STAAD.Pro automatically provides all loads, reactions and column information.

The modules within STAAD.etc are also linked together so that the user is able to connect the entire design project together. For example, the program makes it possible to drop a column design into a rectangular footing and have the footing module take in all relevant data. After completing the design, any changes in the original column design automatically change all modules that are linked to it. A user can easily create a customized set of integrated modules, for example: Structural Analysis> Steel Design> Base Plate or Moment Connection Design. This feature eliminates the need for additional data input or redundant changes, saving time and eliminating errors.

“A project requiring several different types of modules is extremely simple to create and manage,” Das explained. “A Wizard interface guides the user in picking the appropriate module to create and the country code to design for. A simple but powerful tree control can be used to surf through all the jobs in a project and establish templates for customized default data and manage the linked components.”

The program provides more than 20 modules for multiple engineering facets of the individual component design process. Modules include analysis and design for steel, concrete, timber, masonry and foundation accessories such as masonry wall design, timber beams and column design, shear wall analysis for seismic loads and other structural components.

In addition, STAAD.etc 4.0 offers customizable units, which allows users to specify standard global units or individual units for each data item. For example, a component’s length can be specified in feet while the thickness is specified in millimeters. The software itself performs the conversion.

STAAD.etc 4.0 uses a common Wizard interface to standardize the input and output mechanisms, eliminating learning curves for new modules. The Wizard input has “Next” and “Back” buttons to guide the user through inputting all necessary data. Context-sensitive HTML help, multimedia tutorials and “help tips” for each data input item clarify any uncertainties during the input stage. Dynamic and interactive graphics visually validate the input.

All of the modules produce the same kind of output so that “data-mining” is standardized. All output contains three parts: results grid, design calculations and a detailed “to scale” graphical drawing that can be exported to AutoCAD. Some of the modules also contain a fourth part containing force or stress distribution diagrams.

“STAAD.etc 4.0 is a powerful tool that is easy to use, versatile and offers the structural engineer the tools necessary for analysis and design,” Das said. “Integrated with STAAD.Pro 2002, it is the only analysis and design software that structural engineers need to have to work faster and smarter in a competitive environment.”
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

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