Important Softwares



IMPORTANT SOFTWARE’S FOR THE ENGINEERS :

1) AUTOCAD

AUTOCAD is one of the basic software by Autodesk, which is used for drafting, documentation of the construction projects. One can notice this software usage in almost all structural design consultancies and firms all over the world. AUTOCAD 3D version is also available for 3D use.

CAD design, drafting, modeling, drawing, and engineering software.

Features:-

  1. Work across integrated desktop, cloud, and mobile solutions
  2. AutoCAD is available in both Windows and Mac OS Platforms.
  3. Share your work with TrustedDWG™ technology

2) REVIT

                Revit software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. It includes the functionality of all of the Revit disciplines (architecture, MEP, and structure) in one unified interface.

Parametric modeling:-

Parametric components are the basis for designing building components in Revit. Express design intent for elementary parts as well as detailed assemblies.

Usage and Industry:-

  1. Design and Analysis
  2. Structural Design Consultancies and firms, Project planning and consultants.

3) STAAD PRO

                 STAAD.Pro is the structural engineering professional’s choice for steel, concrete, timber, aluminum, and cold-formed steel design of virtually any structure including culverts, petrochemical plants, tunnels, bridges, piles, and much more through its flexible modeling environment, advanced features, and fluent data collaboration.

Design Codes:-

  1. AISC 360-10 Torsion design.
  2. Canadian Steel S16-09 design including the current published amendments.
  3. Eurocode National Annexes.  Additional country options added to steel and concrete designs.
  4. New Colombian seismic loading.
  5. IS:456 enhanced beam design for column effects.

Post Processing :-

RAM Connection module. Updated to utilize the current engine otherwise available as a standalone application.

Databases :-

Brazilian, updated and now including published plate girder sections Steel joist UPT published by SJI.

Usage and Industry:-

a) Design and Analysis

b) Structural Design Consultancies and firms

4) SAP 2000

SAP2000 is another software available for design and analysis of structures. It is also used in many structural firms.

          SAP2000 has a wide selection of templates for quickly starting a new model. SAP2000 includes parametric templates for the following types of structures: Simple Beams, 3D Trusses, 3D Frames, Storage Vessels, Staircases, Dam Structures, and Pipes.

View and manipulate analytical and physical models with great precision. Easily define custom views and developed elevations to view and manipulate complex geometry with ease.                                                          

            SAP2000 automatically create joints at structural object intersections or internal joints when meshing structural objects. Joint coordinates and information may be displayed on screen in the model window or in tabular format.

Usage and Industry:-

Design and Analysis

Structural Design Consultancies and firms

5) ETABS

              ETABS is the ultimate integrated software package for the structural analysis and design of buildings. Incorporating 40 years of continuous research and development, this latest ETABS offers unmatched 3D object based modeling and visualization tools, blazingly fast linear and nonlinear analytical power, sophisticated and comprehensive design capabilities for a wide-range of materials, and insightful graphic displays, reports, and schematic drawings that allow users to quickly and easily decipher and understand analysis and design results.

Usage and Industry:- 

Design and Analysis

Structural Design Consultancies and firms

6) PRIMAVERA

          Primavera is a construction Planning and Scheduling software. It is opted by almost greater than 70  percent of all Planning and scheduling professionals. MS Office also offering similar software by name MS PROJECT.

Features:-

          Primavera offers best-in-class solutions focused on the mission critical PPM requirements of key vertical industries including engineering and construction, public sector, aerospace and defense, utilities, oil and gas, manufacturing and high tech, and IT and services.

           Primavera PPM products, together with Oracle's project financials, human resources, supply chain management, product lifecycle management, business intelligence, and infrastructure software are expected to provide the first, comprehensive Enterprise Project Portfolio Management solution. This solution is expected to help companies optimize resources and the supply chain, reduce costs, manage changes, meet delivery dates, and ultimately make better decisions, all by using real-time data.

Usage and Industry:-

Design and Analysis

Structural Design Consultancies and firms, Project planning and consultants.

7) MATHCAD

 Mathcad is greatly useful in mathematical calculations, distributions, flow analysis etc.

         Mathcad by PTC®, the product development company, is the industry standard software for engineering calculations. It’s easy-to-use live mathematical notation, powerful capabilities and open architecture allow engineers and organizations to streamline critical design processes.

           Mathcad presents calculations, text and images in an understandable format, enabling knowledge capture, reuse and design verification which results in improved product quality with faster time-to-market.

Mathcad lets you solve, analyze, document and share your calculations easily.

Usage and Industry:-

Calculations

Structural Design Consultancies and firms, Project planning and consultants.

8) MS OFFICE (i.e., Word, Excel, PPT etc.,)

               Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications. It has been a very widely applied spreadsheet for these platforms, especially since version 5 in 1993.It is widely used in Civil Engineering for Data collection, Surveys, Analysis and Design.

Usage and Industry:-

Variety of recipients.

Structural Design Consultancies and firms, Project planning and consultants, geo-tech design, traffic planning and many other industrial uses.

Software Mathcad presents calculations, text and images in an understandable format, enabling knowledge capture, reuse and design verification which results in improved product quality with faster time-to-market. Mathcad lets you solve, analyze, document and share your calculations easily.

9) ARCGIS

                 ArcGIS is a software used in Geographical Information System. It is helpful in creating Thematic Maps. ArcGIS for Desktop is the key to realizing the advantage of location awareness. Collect and manage data, create professional maps, perform traditional and advanced spatial analysis, and solve real problems. Make a difference and add tangible value for your organization, your community, and the world.

Usage and Industry:-

Surveying, Transportation, mapping.

Traffic studies, surveying and Mapping.

10) VISSIM

For Traffic Planning, PTV Vissim is a great simulation software one can opt for.

                PTV Vissim is a software tool which is widely used to analyse the traffic. PTV Vissim is rounded off with comprehensive analysis options, creating a powerful tool for the evaluation and planning of urban and extra-urban transport infrastructure. For example, the simulation software may be used to create detailed computational results or impressive 3D animations for different scenarios. It is the perfect way to present convincing and comprehensible planned infrastructure measures to decision-makers and the public.

Usage and Industry:-

Traffic and Transportation.

Traffic studies and simulations.

11) CYPE

            CYPE is a firm that develops and distributes technical software for Architecture, Engineering and Construction professionals.

           CYPE’s journey began in 1983 with an intense activity in the field of engineering and structural analysis, which motivated the computer development of applications to cover its own needs and those of its clients. The success of these programs led the company to concentrate its activity in the development, commercialisation and distribution of technical software.

           CYPE software covers three fundamental areas in the elaboration of the project:

Structural design and analysis

CYPECAD, CYPE 3D, Box culverts...

Design and analysis of building services

CYPECAD MEP...

Project management and project documents Arquimedes, Arquimedes and job control... Furthermore, different options are available to acquire or access the programs:

            Quality Management System certified with ISO 9001:2008

12) RoboCAD

                    A CAD program with a long history from Robo Systems International, Inc., Newtown, PA (www.robosys.com) that began running under DOS in the mid-1980s and includes a wide variety of features and text functions. It provides up to 256 colors and layers, has two drawing pages and a scratch pad, and can transfer data to its solid modeling program. RoboCAD is noted for its performance and ease of use and is very popular in the education market. Versions of RoboCAD are available for DOS, Windows and Macs that are PC or Windows compatible.

13) SAFE

             SAFE is the ultimate tool for designing concrete floor and foundation systems. From framing layout all the way through to detail drawing production, SAFE integrates every aspect of the engineering design process in one easy and intuitive environment. SAFE provides unmatched benefits to the engineer with its truly unique combination of power, comprehensive capabilities, and ease-of-use.

             Laying out models is quick and efficient with the sophisticated drawing tools, or use one of the import options to bring in data from CAD, spreadsheet, or database programs. Slabs or foundations can be of any shape, and can include edges shaped with circular and spline curves.

                  Post-tensioning may be included in both slabs and beams to balance a percentage of the self-weight. Suspended slabs can include flat, two-way, waffle, and ribbed framing systems. Models can have columns, braces, walls, and ramps connected from the floors above and below. Walls can be modeled as either straight or curved.

              Mats and foundations can include nonlinear uplift from the soil springs, and a nonlinear cracked analysis is available for slabs. Generating pattern surface loads is easily done by SAFE with an automated option. Design strips can be generated by SAFE or drawn in a completely arbitrary manner by the user, with complete control provided for locating and sizing the calculated reinforcement. Finite element design without strips is also available and useful for slabs with complex geometries.

               Comprehensive and customizable reports are available for all analysis and design results. Detailed plans, sections, elevations, schedules, and tables may be generated, viewed, and printed from within SAFE or exported to CAD packages.

              SAFE provides an immensely capable yet easy-to-use program for structural designers, providing the only tool necessary for the modeling, analysis, design, and detailing of concrete slab systems and foundations.

 

14) Tekla :

              Models created with Tekla BIM software carry the accurate, reliable and detailed information needed for successful Building Information Modeling and construction execution. Welcome smoother workflow to your company with Tekla Structures and constructible models.

                   Tekla works with all materials and the most complex structures – you set the limits. Structures to model stadiums, offshore structures, plants and factories, residential buildings, bridges and skyscrapers.

Tekla Structures has 30 localized environments and 14 user interface languages to make using and implementing the software easier around the world.

            Key benefits :

            Collaborate and integrate thanks to open BIM approach.

            Model all materials.

Handle even the largest, most complex structures.

Create accurate, constructable models.

Let information flow from design and detailing to construction site.

               Tekla Structures is a building information modeling software able to model structures that incorporate different kinds of building materials, including steel, concrete, timber and glass. Tekla allows structural drafters and engineers to design a building structure and its components using 3D modeling, generate 2D drawings and access building information. Tekla   Structures was formerly known as Xsteel (X as in X Window System, the foundation of the Unix GUI).

               Tekla Structures is used in the construction industry for steel and concrete detailing, precast and cast in-situ. The software enables users to create and manage 3D structural models in concrete or steel, and guides them through the process from concept to fabrication. The process of shop drawing creation is automated. It is available in different configurations and localized environments.

                    Tekla Structures is known to support large models with multiple simultaneous users, but is regarded as relatively expensive, complex to learn and fully utilize. It competes in the BIM market with AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, DProfiler and Digital Project, Lucas Bridge, PERICad and others. Tekla Structures is Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) compliant, among about 40 other competitive systems.

                   Modeling scopes within Tekla Structures includes Structural Steel, Cast-in-Place (CIP), Concrete, Reinforcing Bar, Miscellaneous Steel and Light Gauge Drywall Framing. The transition of Xsteel to Tekla Structures in 2004 added significant more functionality and interoperability. It is often used in conjunction with Autodesk Revit, where structural framing is designed in Tekla and exported to Revit using the DWG/DXF formats.

            Tekla is a software product family that consists of programs for analysis and design, detailing and project communication. Tekla software is produced by Trimble, the publicly listed US-based[not in citation given] technology company.                   

             In May 2011, California-based business technology specialist Trimble Navigation announced a public tender offer to acquire Tekla for $450 million. The acquisition was completed in February 2012.        

              Tekla Structures is 3D building information modeling (BIM) software used in the building and construction industries for steel and concrete detailing, precast and cast in-situ. The software enables users to create and manage 3D structural models in concrete or steel, and guides them through the process from concept to fabrication. The process of shop drawing creation is automated. Along with the creation of CNC-files, files for controlling reinforcement bending machines, controlling precast concrete manufacturing, importing in PLM-systems etc. Tekla Structures is available in different configurations and localised environments to suit different segment- and culture-specific needs.

                Tekla Structural Designer is a software solution for analysis and design of buildings. It is used[not in citation given] by structural engineers who work on concrete and steel buildings.

              Tekla Tedds is an application for automating repetitive structural and civil calculations. The software is used in engineering for creating output such as calculations, sketches and notes.

             Tekla BIMsight is a software application for building information model-based construction project collaboration. It can import models from other BIM applications using the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) format, also DWG and DGN. With Tekla BIMsight, users can perform spatial co-ordination (clash or conflict checking) to avoid design and constructability issues, and communicate with others in their construction project by sharing models and notes.

15) REVIT

               Building Information Modelling can be termed as one of the 21st century’s greatest innovation helping big infrastructure projects. BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

             Revit software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. It includes the functionality of all of the Revit disciplines (architecture, MEP, and structure) in one unified interface.

Parametric modeling:

Parametric components are the basis for designing building components in Revit. Express design intent for elementary parts as well as detailed assemblies.

Usage and Industry:

            Design and Analysis

Structural Design Consultancies and firms, Project planning and consultants.

16) Ansys       

               Ansys develops and markets finite element analysis software used to simulate engineering problems. The software creates simulated computer models of structures, electronics, or machine components to simulate strength, toughness, elasticity, temperature distribution, electromagnetism, fluid flow, and other attributes. Ansys is used to determine how a product will function with different specifications, without building test products or conducting crash tests. For example, Ansys software may simulate how a bridge will hold up after years of traffic, how to best process salmon in a cannery to reduce waste, or how to design a slide that uses less material without sacrificing safety.

                Most Ansys simulations are performed using the Ansys Workbench software, which is one of the company's main products. Typically Ansys users break down larger structures into small components that are each modeled and tested individually. A user may start by defining the dimensions of an object, and then adding weight, pressure, temperature and other physical properties. Finally, the Ansys software simulates and analyzes movement, fatigue, fractures, fluid flow, temperature distribution, electromagnetic efficiency and other effects over time.

Ansys also develops software for data management and backup, academic research and teaching.

17) COMSOL

            COMSOL is a cross-platform finite element analysis, solver and multiphysics simulation software. It allows conventional physics-based user interfaces and coupled systems of partial differential equations (PDEs). COMSOL provides an IDE and unified workflow for electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical applications. An API for Java and Live Link for MATLAB may be used to control the software externally, and the same API is also used via the Method Editor.

              COMSOL contains an App Builder which can be used to develop independent domain-specific apps with custom user-interface. Users may use drag-and-drop tools (Form Editor) or programming (Method Editor). Specific features may be included from the model or new features may be introduced through programming. It also contains a Physics Builder to create custom physics-interfaces accessible from the COMSOL Desktop with the same look-and-feel as the built-in physics interfaces.

                 COMSOL Server is the software and engine for running simulation apps and the platform for controlling their deployment and distribution. User developed apps can be run in COMSOL Server through web browsers or a Windows-installed client.

 COMSOL was started in July 1986 by Svante Littmarck and Farhad Saeidi at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden.

            Several modules are available for COMSOL categorized according to the applications areas, namely Electrical, Mechanical, Fluid, Chemical, Multipurpose, and Interfacing. Also note that these add-ons are of two types: one with COMSOL, and one with COMSOL Server.

18) ELECTRICAL

AC/DC Module - used for simulating electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields in static and low-frequency applications. This help you solve virtually all models that work under this module.

RF Module - used by designers of RF and microwave devices to design antennas, waveguides, filters, circuits, cavities, dc converter and metamaterials.

Wave Optics Module - provides dedicated tools for electromagnetic wave propagation in linear and nonlinear optical media. The module can be used to model high-frequency electromagnetic wave simulations in either frequency- or time-domain in optical structures.

Ray Optics Module - used to model electromagnetic wave propagation in systems in which the wavelength is much smaller than the smallest geometric detail in the model.

MEMS Module - provides predefined user interfaces with associated modeling tools, referred to as physics interfaces, for a variety of coupled physics, including electromagnetic-structure, thermal-structure, or fluid-structure interactions.

Plasma Module - used to model and simulate low-temperature plasma sources and systems. Engineers and scientists use it to gain insight into the physics of discharges and gauge the performance of existing or potential designs.

Semiconductor Module - allows for detailed analysis of semiconductor device operation at the fundamental physics level. The module is based on the drift-diffusion equations, using isothermal or nonisothermal transport models.

Structural and acoustics:

Structural Mechanics Module - dedicated to the analysis of mechanical structures that are subject to static or dynamic loads. It can be used for a wide range of analysis types, including stationary, transient, eigenmode/modal, parametric, quasi-static, frequency-response, buckling, and prestressed.

Nonlinear Structural Materials Module - an add-on to the mechanical capabilities of the Structural Mechanics Module and the MEMS Module with nonlinear material models, including large strain plastic deformation capabilities.

Geomechanics Module - an add-on to the Structural Mechanics Module and is used to analyze geotechnical applications, such as tunnels, excavations, slope stability, and retaining structures.

Fatigue Module - can be used for fatigue analysis of different structures.

Multibody Dynamics Module - an add-on to the Structural Mechanics Module that provides an advanced set of tools for designing and optimizing multibody structural mechanics systems using finite element analysis (FEA). The module can be used to simulate mixed systems of flexible and rigid bodies, where each body may be subjected to large rotational or translational displacements.

Rotordynamics Module - an add-on to the Structural Mechanics Module and is used to analyze the effects of lateral and torsional vibrations of rotating machinery in order to study rotor vibrations and contain their levels within acceptable design limits.

Acoustics Module - used for simulating devices that produce, measure, and utilize acoustic waves. The application areas include speakers, microphones, hearing aids, and sonar devices, to name a few. Noise control can be addressed in muffler design, sound barriers, and building acoustic applications.

19) Fluid and heat

CFD Module - for simulating devices and systems that involve sophisticated fluid flow models. Provides ready-made physics interfaces that are configured to receive model inputs via the graphical user interface (GUI), and to use these inputs to formulate model equations. The particular physics interfaces that the CFD Module is equipped with enable you to model most aspects of fluid flow, including descriptions of compressible, nonisothermal, non-Newtonian, two-phase, and porous media flows – all in the laminar and turbulent flow regimes. The CFD Module can be used as a standard tool for simulating computational fluid dynamics (CFD), or in collaboration with the other modules in the COMSOL Product Suite for multiphysics simulations where fluid flow is important.

Mixer Module - an add-on to the CFD Module and is used to analyze fluid mixers and stirred reactors. It contains dedicated functionality for simulating fluid flow subjected to rotating machinery.

Microfluidics Module - used for studying microfluidic devices. Some important applications include simulations of lab-on-a-chip devices, digital microfluidics, electrokinetic and magnetokinetic devices, and inkjets.

Subsurface Flow Module - used to simulate fluid flow below ground or in other porous media and also connect this flow with other phenomena, such as poroelasticity, heat transfer, chemistry, and electromagnetic fields. It can be used for modeling groundwater flow, the spread of waste and pollution through soil, the flow of oil and gas to wells, and land subsidence due to groundwater extraction.

Pipe Flow Module - used for simulations of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, hydraulic transients, and acoustics in pipe and channel networks. It can be easily integrated with any of the other modules in the COMSOL Product Suite for modeling the effects piping has on larger entities, such as cooling pipes in engine blocks or feeding and product channels connected to vessels.

Molecular Flow Module - used for the simulation of vacuum systems including those used in semiconductor processing, particle accelerators and mass spectrometers. Small channel applications (e.g. shale gas exploration and flow in nanoporous materials) can also be addressed.

Heat Transfer Module - contains simulation tools to study the mechanisms of heat transfer – conduction, convection, and radiation – often in collaboration with other physics, such as structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, electromagnetics, and chemical reactions.

Chemical

Chemical Reaction Engineering Module - contains the tools to simulate material transport and heat transfer together with arbitrary chemical kinetics in all types of environments - gases, liquids, porous media, on surfaces, and within solid phases - or combinations of all of these.

Batteries and Fuel Cells Module - models the underlying electrochemical behavior in the electrodes and electrolytes of batteries and fuel cells.

Electrodeposition Module - used to study the important characteristics of electrodeposition cells.

Corrosion Module - used to investigate the processes leading to corrosion, gain an understanding of the extent to which corrosion could occur over the lifetime of a structure, and implement preventative measures to inhibit electrochemical corrosion, in order to protect the structures.

Electrochemistry Module - includes capabilities such as modeling electrochemical reaction mechanisms, mass transport, and current density distributions enable efficient simulation for applications including electrolysis, electrodialysis, electroanalysis, electrochemical sensors, and bioelectrochemistry.

Multipurpose:

Optimization Module - add-on package that can be used in conjunction with any existing COMSOL Product for optimization purposes. It is a general interface which can be used for defining objective functions, specifying design variables, and setting up the constraints.

Material Library - contains data for 2500 materials, including the elements, minerals, metal alloys, thermal insulators, semiconductors, and piezoelectric materials.

Particle Tracing Module - for computing the trajectory of particles in a fluid or electromagnetic field, including particle-particle, fluid-particle, and particle-field interactions.

Interfacing:

LiveLink for MATLAB - integrates with MATLAB to extend modeling with scripting programming in the MATLAB environment. LiveLink for MATLAB allows for utilization of the full power of MATLAB and its toolboxes in preprocessing, model manipulation, and postprocessing.

CAD Import Module - import a variety of different file formats including the Parasolid and ACIS formats, and standard formats like STEP and IGES.

ECAD Import Module - import ECAD files into COMSOL and convert the 2D layouts into 3D geometry that is suitable for simulation.

LiveLink for Inventor - integrate with the capabilities of COMSOL from within the Inventor modeling environment, and utilize its power for geometry design.

LiveLink for Revit - provides an integration tool and interface for transferring geometry of elements from architectural design projects in Autodesk Revit software to COMSOL software.

            LiveLink for PTC Pro/ENGINEER - integrate 3D CAD design with COMSOL simulation.

            File Import for CATIA V5 - translates CATIA V5 part (.CATPart) or assembly (.CATProduct) files using authentic libraries from CATIA V5.

            LiveLink for Excel - use the capabilities and structured simplicity offered by Excel to extend COMSOL modeling capacity.

Design Module - expands the geometric modeling functionality of COMSOL software by providing additional tools for creating geometries and importing a variety of CAD file formats.

LiveLink for SolidWorks - enhanced connectivity for efficient integration of simulation into design workflow.

LiveLink for AutoCAD - can be used to synchronize CAD models with COMSOL to create model geometries for simulation.

LiveLink for PTC Creo Parametric - links 3D designs in the PTC Creo Parametric CAD system to COMSOL model geometries for simulation.

 LiveLink for Solid Edge - is part of a robust platform that enables to integrate multiphysics simulation into 3D product design workflow.

LiveLink for SolidWorks - enhanced connectivity for efficient integration of simulation into design workflow.

LiveLink for AutoCAD - can be used to synchronize CAD models with COMSOL to create model geometries for simulation.

LiveLink for PTC Creo Parametric - links 3D designs in the PTC Creo Parametric CAD system to COMSOL model geometries for simulation.

LiveLink for Solid Edge - is part of a robust platform that enables to integrate multiphysics simulation into 3D product design workflow.

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