Civil Engineering Software Review continued…

In my last blogpost on this topic I discussed the five software packages we were evaluating and had promised to post the evaluation method and findings for each for our civil engineering firm. What I failed to take into account was that I was so busy evaluating software that I just didn’t have time to write a blogpost about each package we reviewed – my apologies if anyone was looking for this!

However, I can tell you that we selected a software package: Easy Projects and we are working toward implementing it into our office environment.

Why did we select Easy Projects? Several reasons:

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New Civil Engineer Hired

Girard Engineering is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. George Adom as Junior Civil Engineer. A recipient of a Masters of george pic for local paperApplied Science in Civil Engineering from Carleton University, George has had international experience in project management, consulting, design and development in various engineering projects. Teaching at Carleton University, George comes to Girard Engineering with an extraordinary skill set that he will be able to draw upon immediately to assist clients with their various projects.

Among his skills are:

  • Reviewing and interpreting project designs, layouts and shop drawings and write engineering reports/proposals
  • Administering project functions (scheduling, managing subcontractors, document control, etc.)
  • Performing calculations and designing infrastructure using software such as Civil3D, AutoCAD, Micro Station, etc.
  • Proficiency in design software (AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit, GIS systems, Micro Station, In Roads)
  • Modelling and analysis of structures using GeoStudio, Slope W, Abaqus, LSDyna, LPiles and Help
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.), Primavera P6 and SPSS
  • Monitoring construction inspections and analyzing results and data
  • Understanding the use of instruments (i.e. surveying – Total Station, GPS and level instruments)
  • Conducting laboratory and field investigations on materials used in construction projects
  • Preparing estimates (taking-off), labor and cost reports for tendering

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Structural Engineers Must Do’s

The structural integrity of a building is the most crucial element where safety is concerned so it is essential for structural engineers to get all of the details right. There are many intricacies to the process and it requires a dedicated, meticulous mind to attain perfection.

1) Basics

Structural engineers require a meticulous approach and special kind of mind and it starts with a commitment to the basics. Basic what? The basics include remaining up to par with mathematical nuances, drafting abilities, and overall precision.

2) Computer Skills

Structural engineers need to be computer literate and be willing to keep their computer skills upgraded. Not only does one have to be sound with computers, but be able to

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Civil Engineering Software Review

Engineering Software Review

Engineering software has come a long way. But, why do we need it? And how do you select the software package that’s right for your firm? First, a disclaimer. Girard Engineering is not a software development firm and we do not have relationships with software companies in any way. Simply put, we recognize the need to continually strive to ensure we have the best software solutions to support our clients and we understand that software specific to our industry is extremely important. We do not recommend one software package over another – we are simply posting the results of our evaluations as they occur to assist other engineering firms who may be looking at the same issues we are experiencing.

My first consideration was

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