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I saw a interesting project. curuba is Open Source and Open Hardware. It uses WiFi network. Also, you can use it in any platform. (Android, Apple, BlackBerry, etc.).
Also, if you're feeling brave: http://frame3dd.sourceforge.net/ Frame3DD is free open-source software for static and dynamic structural analysis of 2D and 3D frames and trusses.
Check out Canadian Wood Council calculators: http://www.cwc.ca/index.php/en/resources/electronic-tools Hope that helps!
It sounds like what you're looking for is a program like Sketchup where you can build a 3D model of your structure and then press an Analyze! button and have it give you feedback about the general structural integrity. There is no such program. First of all, any software package capable of doing anything more sophisticated than a single beam or so is ...
Other than knowing they are out there, the money no object end of the spectrum is not a place I play much, and you can easily exceed $250,000 for software AFAIK. For practical applications where the right answer is not "hire a structural engineer and let him/her worry about the software" (or become one, if it interests you enough) you need to understand ...
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