Building a Structural (Engineering) Design eWorkbook – Part 1

Introduction Actually from my viewpoint not engineering because: Engineering takes place at the frontiers of science and technology. It is a high risk activity, based on highly deficient knowledge, with uncertain outcomes. The thing we are concerned with here are established technologies, with an established body of technical knowledge, making planning, design and management based […]

Comparing Calculation Tools

As indicated in previous post I’ve been considering whether to move away from spreadsheets for my calculations. I have previously discussed the use of MathCAD and similar software versus the use of spreadsheets on my personal blog in the post: Electronic Calculations (eCalc’s) . In the previous article my focus was protesting against those who consider […]

Using AutoCAD LT as a simple Geographical Information System

For a simple geographical information system (GIS) not concerned with complex projections of the surface of a sphere onto a 2D surface, nor concerned with features of the landscape such as rivers, lakes, coast lines, mountains, nor with technological features of the built environment such as roads and bridges. The primary requirement is being able to locate a […]