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Important software’s that a civil engineer must know

Software’s are very helpful for our day to day work. They make our life easier and comfortable. Also, the work becomes more efficient. They improve our productivity; makes designing, planning, and analysis of huge projects easier with the use of minimum time and resources.

Although there are so many software’s used in our Construction Industry but the usage depends on the profile we are working. Software used by a design engineer is different than used by a planning engineer. Most of us (Civil Engineers) remain confused when it comes to the software. Since there are so many software’s which we need to learn. How many and what kind of software we should know to grow our professional knowledge? Let’s discuss.

  1. AutoCAD – AutoCAD is the most popular software used by the civil engineers. It is used for making a 2D plan of a building, bridge, dam etc. This is the most powerful software to express your imagination. To know more about it in details Click here.
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  2. Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word) There is no need to explain the importance of these software. No professional office career is complete without knowledge of these software. If you want to be a good engineer these are the most important software. They are used for making reports, presentations and for billing purposes.

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  3. Autodesk Revit Autodesk Revit is building information modeling(BIM) software for architects, landscape architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers, designers and contractors developed by Autodesk.

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  4. STAAD Pro – It is a 3D structural analysis and engineering design software. It is very easy to learn. If you are a fresher, I recommend you to first learn this software. Most of the companies use STAAD Pro only for analyzing and designing a different kind of structures. STAAD.Pro comes with flexible modeling environment, advanced features, and fluent data collaboration. It is the world’s number one structural analysis and design software that supports Indian and all international codes. STAAD.Pro allows structural engineers to analyze and design virtually any type of structure.

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  5. SAP 2000 It’s a most popular structural analysis and design software in the civil engineering industry. Ideal for design and analysis for all types of general structures like stadiums, water retaining tanks, airport hangers, chimneys etc., It has predefined templates for the ease of modeling such complicated structures.

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  6. ETABS It is used for Structural drawing and analysis. From the start of design conception through the production of schematic drawings, Etabs integrate every aspect of the engineering design process. Nowadays it is extensively being used in Analysis and Design of buildings. It is mostly used for Multi-Storey/ High Rise buildings. High-end analysis applications for such structures: Time-dependent material properties like creep and shrinkage, construction stage analysis, Column shortening Analysis can be performed.

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  7. 3ds Max  This is one of the best software for 3D rendering in the architecture industries. In this, you can design the model of the whole city.

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  8. V-ray  V-ray is a one of the most popular rendering plugin, which means that it adds functionality to an existing program. Vray’s features mainly aim at creating photorealistic images, together with improving rendering speed. Currently, V-ray exists for 3D Studio Max, Maya, Rhinoceros 3D, Sketchup. First learn 3D Studio Max, then start with Vray. It is an extension to 3DS Max, not a replacement! For example, you should all be familiar with things like the material editor, creating and manipulating objects, modifiers etc before trying to learn Vray.

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  9. Sketchups – SketchUp, formerly Google Sketchup, is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. This is similar to AutoCAD but way too different in functions or inputs it’s like mixed up of AutoCAD and Photoshop.

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  10. Tekla  Tekla is a software product family that consists of programs for analysis and design, detailing and project communication. A lot of interesting specialized software, good interoperability, BIM.

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  11. CCS Candy Software  CCS Candy is an integrated software solution for estimators, planners and project managers in construction and related sectors.

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  12. PLAXIS  PLAXIS is a program that has been developed specifically for the analysis of deformation, stability, and flows in geotechnical engineering.

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  13. Geo studio  used for analyzing slope stability, groundwater seepage, stress deformations

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  14. Geo5 It is used for Excavation design, Shallow foundation and deep foundation design, stability analysis, settlement analysis.

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  15. FLAC3D  Advanced geotechnical analysis of soil, rock, and structural support in three dimensions.

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  16. ProShake Educational Version, previously called EduShake, is a user-friendly, free computer program for one-dimensional, equivalent linear ground response analysis. Widely used for earthquake and Geo Technical analysis.

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  17. Primavera and Microsoft Project It is used as a Project Management tool for Planning and Scheduling of the projects. Effectively manage time, costs, resources, contracts, and changes in a single solution.

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  18. Tally ERP  Tally ERP is an accounting software used to record the financial transactions and events. This is a multi function software which includes inventory management, accounting, payroll preparations, cost centre management, multiple godowns management, multiple currency function etc. It is simple accounting software which is user friendly and can be configure according to your business requirements.

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  19. Microsoft Access  Microsoft Access is a database management system (DBMS) from Microsoft that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software-development tools. It is used for records management and project reviewing.

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  20. MATLAB and PTC MathCAD – It is used for numerical analysis and mathematical operations.

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You don’t need to learn every software, as it depends upon the filed you choose. So, for now, you can learn AutoCAD and Excel. Rest depends upon your filed interest.

 

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