Focus on: Software

May 2008 » Feature Article
This index provides a useful reference of articles and learning events to assist your focus on software.
Structural Engineer Staff

Software is used every day by structural engineers at all levels. Analysis, design, modeling, business, project management, and other data and word processing tools have evolved to become critical in firms’ daily operations. Structural Engineer provides articles and resources to help structural engineers remain informed on trends of software use and technology, as well as specific product information. This index provides a useful reference of articles and learning events to assist your focus on software.

Reference index

Following is a partial list of articles previously published in Structural Engineer relating to software.

BIM is changing the way we deliver stadiums: successes with the Washington Nationals, Yankees, and Meadowlands projects, Mike Squarzini, Mark Tamaro, Anjana Kadakia, Erleen Hatfield, and Tom Scarangello, August 2008

Infrastructure firm CIOs and CEOs look for more from information technology: Survey reveals key trends and missed opportunities, Christopher S. Frangione, August 2008

Structural synergy: Integrated design and analysis tools earn an A+ on a fast-track high school project, Melanie Lawson, P.E., March 2008

Specifiers’ Guide: Project and business management software, March 2008

To train or not to train, Myths often obscure facts for software success, Randy Collins, Feb. 2008

Specifiers’ Guide: Software, Oct. 2007

Where do we go from here? The evolution of structural design software, James C. Parker, P.E., Aug. 2007

Specifiers’ Guide: Bridge design software, June 2007

From paper to digital: Real returns from automating project team collaboration, Patrick M. Aragon, March 2007

Building information modeling: How the promise of new technology challenges the existing order, Howard Ashcraft, Feb. 2007

Project management software put to use: Architecture/engineering firm improves data visibility firm-wide, Nicholas T. Bettis, Nov. 2006

Building Information Modeling: The state of practice within structural engineering, Jennifer Goupil, P.E., Sept. 2006

Structural Engineer’s Roundtable: Building Information Modeling: Status and concerns, Jennifer Goupil, P.E., Aug. 2006

The BIM revolution: A multitude of advantages for an industry, H. Michael Hill, AIA, CSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP, Aug. 2006

3-D project delivery: BIM success on the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Samir Emdanat, Aug. 2006


In addition to the following annual conferences, there are many online and regional training sessions offered by most software companies; check company websites for details.

The Meridian Systems User Conference, April 29-May 1, Scottsdale, Ariz.,

Deltek Insight ’08, May 19-22, Nashville,

BE Conference, May 28-30, Baltimore,

Intergraph 2008, June 2-5, Las Vegas,

AEC Technology Strategies 2008 Conference, June 12-13, Las Vegas,

GT STRUDL 20th Annual Users Group Meeting &Training Seminar, June 23-26, Las Vegas,

Primavera’s 25th Annual Conference, Nov. 16-19, Las Vegas,

Autodesk University, Dec. 2-5, Las Vegas,

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