|Posted on November 30, 2009 at 9:40 AM|
The WASP program is finally available for sale! The last 2 to 3 weeks have been taken up with learning or trying to learn how to make the purchase work on the web. There have been a number of obstacles thrown up, which I think we have finally overcome. Its not elegant, but hopefully it works. With this task completed, I intend to focus on writing up the online help. I will have screen shots of the program up in the "About WASP" page in a day or two.
The odyssey started about 4 years ago, when I first prepared WASP on a spreadsheet. I wrote WASP towards the end of a specific project (more later) because I could not find a wedge analysis in online sources or in literature that was reasonably cost effective to check the seismic active pressure (I did see a Culmann Analysis module available for $3000!). While I have continued to search and not find anything particularly applicable, there may be some codes out there that do the same thing. We hope that with the added bells and whistles (being able to observe on screen the predicted failure wedge, incorporating displacement-based design into the analysis) we have made this program a useful tool for design that you will find cost-effective to purchase. When we started Geo-Struct Sparks 8 months ago, essentially to license this software, we determined that we would develop the spreadsheet into a standalone program. Thanks to Chris Cortopassi provided excellent programming services.