We do not need to preach to P.E.s how critical calculations are to their designs. It also goes without saying that bad data leads to bad decisions. Whether we’re computing Load and Factor Resistance Design for expansion bridges or computing Allowable Stress Design for residential A-frames, you’ve got some math to do.
The Architectural, Engineering, Constructions and Operations industry (AECO) has many tools to select from for Building Information Modeling, 2D and 3D Architectural and Engineering Design, Project Management/Collaboration and Structural Analysis Tools. Throughout all the commercial and government agencies doing AECO application a common thread exists… Mathcad.
For nearly 30 years now, Mathcad has been providing a document for engineers to scratch out their calculations, view them in natural math notation, share them with other engineers and create a customer facing report from their calculations.
Mathcad was purposely designed for engineers who work on projects. Engineers need to easily read data, do analysis and perhaps some optimization. They are doing algebra, stats, calculus, and solving systems of equations. Additionally, all input variables have units on their terms, plus they are dealing with force and pressure, mass and distance, Fahrenheit and Celsius. It’s easy to see why Engineers choose Mathcad over Excel.
Mathcad also provides a repository of pre-built worksheets addressing the following application areas:
- Highway design
- Bridge & tower construction
- Retaining wall structural analysis
- Waste disposal systems
- Environmental: water and air pollution control
- Transit: railroads, airports
These worksheets are like mini applications. Ready for you to download and use. Please visit: http://communities.ptc.com/docs/DOC-3782
Here is a quick look at the intro to one worksheet chosen at random from the hundreds available.
Mathcad is perfect for AECO applications. We hope you will try it.