I think one of the most interesting topics for the users of any software is to hear how their peers are using a product, what their day-to-day challenges are and how they overcome them. It’s likely that this is also one of the reasons why social media has become so popular in the software industry.
So as we have this blog running and our readership is building up, it is time we not only let you read, listen and watch, but also speak:
How does your work day or study routine look like with Mathcad? Are you using Mathcad in your spare time, too? Do you have any tips or best practices you’d like to share with the other users?
I can tell you a bit about my daily work: I do a lot of Internet research, talk to customers, talk to my colleagues and am constantly on the hunt for new stories.
Earlier this week, I stumbled upon Eva’s blog where she protocols her work on her Ph.D. thesis at Delft University of Technology and one of Eva’s recent blog posts also mentioned Mathcad.
So I emailed her and I am happy to say she responded in warp speed and answered my handful of questions – so here we go:
Bettina: Eva, you are currently working on your Ph.D. thesis – what is your focus of study?
Eva: I am a structural engineer with an engineering degree from the University of Brussels and an MS from Georgia Tech. Within the field of structural engineering, my focus is on concrete structures.
I have started my blog to document the research itself as well as my workflow processes and the entire process of doing a Ph.D. Blogging has turned into a hobby, so my “work” has actually taken over a good portion of my spare time, too 😉
Bettina: From your blog I learned you are using Mathcad – when did you start using it?
Eva: I started using Mathcad during my studies at Georgia Tech in 2009 and am now using it about 3-4 days a week.
Bettina: What do you like most about using Mathcad?
Eva: I mostly value the look of the worksheets. I can organize calculations and material in such a way that I can immediately implement them into a report.
Bettina: Do you have a tip for using Mathcad that you’d like to share with our readers here?
Eva: Yes!… If you repeatedly run the same calculations, like I do to compare my test results to values calculated according to the building codes, it is useful to highlight the fields of several parameters that need to be altered every time.
Then you can see at a glance what needs to be altered before rerunning the calculation.
Also, I’ve polished one of my worksheets that I use regularly. I’ve added a few extra lines of text and translated random Dutch headings in the file, but other than that it comes right off my desktop…
It was created in Mathcad 14.0 and shows a calculation of beam shear and punching shear strength of a concrete slab according to Eurocode 2 (EN 1992-1-1:2005).
Bettina: Thank you, Eva, for taking the time to give us a little bit of insight into your life with Mathcad.