So I was looking into getting risa for myself, my boss owns it but only risa 3d and foundation and old versions, and really have a problem with just "renting" the software. I've read many threads regarding the pros and cons, but I just cant spend the money and in the end have nothing. So I'd like to know what alternates you would consider to risa 3d. More so regarding that you can design in every material type. I've considered Robot Structural Analysis and was very disappointed it does not have AISI code to use with cold formed members. It uses a eurocode and gives no other option. I don't work on large buildings, no more than 10,000 sq.ft. (schools mostly and sometimes 2 floors), but use a lot the cold formed members, wood and masonry. Of course Steel and Concrete, but these materials most competitor softwares do it.
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