STAAD stands for STructural Analysis And Design. It is one of the first software applications in the world made for the purpose of helping the structural engineers to automate their work, to eliminate the tedious and lengthy procedures of the manual methods. Its history is as follows:
STAAD-III for DOS • STAAD first versions were built for DOS Operating System, and it was non-graphical software. The user should first undergo a lengthy reading to understand the syntax of STAAD language of commands in order to create the input file, then will send this file to the analysis and design engine to execute it. Text output will be produced accordingly. • With time, STAAD progress to create it’s own graphical environment, this was a major change for the STAAD users, as they were able to build their input file without the need to understand the syntax of STAAD language of commands but still the interface was not user friendly.
STAAD-III for WINDOWS Research Engineers, Inc. (REI) worked in two parallel lines to provide STAAD for Windows: • They made not-really-Windows application which works under Windows environment. The new software looked like STAADIII for DOS, so all of what you have to do is to switch to Windows and start working, no need for any new experiences. • The second track was REI & QSE merged. QSE has a very real- Windows interface, but lacks the power of STAAD engines in both analysis and design areas, plus the superiority of STAAD multi-coded design engines, which supports almost all of the famous codes in the world. REI and QSE joined forces to produce STAAD Pro, which was a milestone in both STAAD history and structural analysis and design software industry.
STAAD Pro STAAD Pro was born giant. It was mixture of the expertise of two long experienced companies. • STAAD Pro introduced a really good-looking interface which actually utilized all the exceptional features of Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP (Each STAAD Pro was working respectively under the Windows available at the time of releasing the software to the markets). This new interface empower the user of STAAD Pro to accomplish the most complicated structural problems in short time, without scarifying the accuracy and the comprehensive nature of the results. • STAAD Pro with its new features surpassed its predecessors and compotators with its data sharing capabilities with other major software like AutoCAD, and MS Excel. • The results generation was yet a new feature that you can depend on STAAD Pro to do for you, now, STAAD Pro can generate handsome reports of the inputs and the outputs with the usage of graphical results embedded within, which can be considered as final document presented to the client. • The concrete and steel design were among the things that undergone a face-lift, specially the concrete design, as REI created a new module specially to tackle this issue. This new module is easy, and straightforward procedure making the concrete design and results generation a matter of seconds ahead of the user.