Mathcad is used to create and reuse most of the standard design elements and its easier for adoption. It also proves easy for any new trainees who would like to understand every step in a calculation. Mathcad presentation is standard and plain and troubleshooting mistakes <g class="gr_ gr_1947 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="1947" data-gr-id="1947">is</g> easier.

Excel sheets are developed to take advantage of macros and VB scripts. This is universally acceptable, but the downside is verification of the calculation steps or revalidation since the calculation steps happen background. The presentation is more appealing to Mathcad.

Though TEDDS is limited to its library and customization, its presentation is more professional and detailed. TEDDS library includes all major international codes and region, yet its <g class="gr_ gr_2154 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="2154" data-gr-id="2154">British</g> and <g class="gr_ gr_2170 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="2170" data-gr-id="2170">eurocode</g> are extensive. The detailed predefined steps are easier for the engineer on record or reviewer to review and understand.

So in brief:

<g class="gr_ gr_2236 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Style multiReplace" id="2236" data-gr-id="2236">MathCad :</g> ease to develop spreadsheets, transparent steps, automated with equation formula/symbol etc.

Excel : Industry standard, easily accessible by almost all with Microsoft office installed, Presentable, use of scripts.

TEDDS : Professional looking calculation notepad. minimum inputs, detailed calculation steps, minimal effort on revalidation required, commercial software.

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Shyam Sundar C.Eng, M.ASCE, MIE,

Principal Structural Engineer

QDC, Doha

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Original Message:

Sent: 06-25-2018 08:54

From: Ethan Maust

Subject: Tedds/Mathcad/Excel - Preferences?

I am curious what programs other structural engineers prefer to use when creating calculation sheets for repeated use. I have used Mathcad extensively for calculations in the past and have thought that it works beautifully to create re-usable, well-documented calculations. However, I realize that many other engineers use and prefer programs such as Tedds or Excel spreadsheets. What are your preferences for creating calculation sheets?

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Ethan Maust EIT, A.M.ASCE

Indianapolis, IN

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