I would like to pose a question relating to the comparison between the RAM suite of software and those included with STAAD. Traditionally, my firm has used STAAD to complete all our structural analysis and design, however, considering as the RAM option is also present I believe it is necessary to know the clear difference between these two programs to ensure the optimality in our future building designs. Also, if there are other programs provided by Bentley which would result in a more accurate design result, please feel free to place that suggestion: My queries have been listen below:
1.What is the key difference between the STAAD suite and the RAM suite of software?
2. Which program is best suited to modelling, analysing and designing structural concrete buildings and elements?
3. Which program is best suited to modelling, analysing and designing steel buildings and elements?
4. Which program is best suited to designing shear walls?
Any assistance with this query would be greatly appreciated.
I will answer your questions 1 2 and 3 together. Whereas both STAAD and RAM products can handle modeling analysis and design of steel and concrete structures, when it comes to building, RAM Structural System is the solution we recommend as it is more catered towards modeling and analysis of buildings and so it can handle many things that are specific to buildings automatically, for example generation of loads and load combinations, live load reduction etc.
Regarding your question 4 on shear wall design, RAM SS in addition to handling a single shear wall in 2D also can design wall groups in 3D like say the core walls for an elevator shaft. So although we have other products like RAM Elements and STAAD.Pro ( Advanced Concrete Design module or RCDC) that can handle shear wall design, RAM SS would be the recommended solution here as well. STAAD.Pro is a more general purpose modeling, analysis and design solution that you can use for any type of structures including industrial type buildings.