FAQ

As an engineer, I can design trusses with structural software that cost less than Truss D&E?

Let’s compare the cost to design an "L" style residential house using standard structural software and Truss D&E.

WHY TRUSS D&E?

Costs and Time. 

Let’s compare the cost to design an "L" style residential house using standard structural software and Truss D&E.

Total number of trusses in projectTotal number of trusses = 22 each
Gable truss @ main area 1 each
Hip roof trusses @ main area 9 each
Gable truss @ "L" area 1 each
Hip roof trusses @ "L" area 11 each

Standard Structural Software Design Costs

Engineer cost per hour - $150

Time to design one truss - 3.5 to 6.0 hours

Time to prepare simple shop drawing - 0.5 hours per truss

Time to prepare cost estimate for project - 2.0 hours

Total cost for project:

Design - 22 * 3.5 hours = 77.0 hours

Shop Drawings 22 * .5 hours = 11.0 hours

Cost estimate = 2.0 hours

Total Cost = 90.0 hours * $150 = $13,500

Truss D&E software

Gather design information, input and design first gable truss - 1.5 hours

Design Complete hip roof - 2 minutes

Review and summarize all truss designs - 1 hour

Total cost for project:

Design, estimate, summarize = 2.5hours * $150 = $375.00

Cost difference = $13,500 -  $375.00 = $13,125.00

Time difference = 90 hours – 2.5 hours  = 87.5 hours

Total Saved $13,125.00 and 87.5 hours!!!!!!

You could pay for the Truss D&E software in the design of the first house! Also, Truss D&E designed all the truss to truss connections, truss to support connections and truss to truss lateral bracing. The real question here is why wouldn’t you use Truss D&E?

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