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  • Spreadsheet software -- an unappreciated engineering tool
    Like many engineers, I'm often busy and need to get answers fast. My program of choice to flesh-out calculations is . Windows and the Office Suite are ubiquitous, so Excel is always available and everyone can use and read it. That said, with so many software utilities available, it would be easy
  • Software Review: Software speeds engineering calculations
    case, there are often lots of numbers to crunch. In the past, the sheer volume of calculations often meant resorting to approximations and best guesses. When spreadsheet software came along, the technical community quickly realized it could be used for engineering calculations. But spreadsheets
  • Software Review: Software For Free-Flowing Designs
    As a bottle designer, I create everything from simple round containers to complex handleware (bottles with built-in handles). For this, I rely extensively on NX 5 design software. The software is powerful, yet intuitive, especially for sketching and building surfaces. It has a variety of commands
  • Math software solves equations, and more
    providing plenty of calculation power. As such, the software combines mathematical capabilities beyond spreadsheets, a considerable suite of data-analysis and statistical routines, 2D and 3D graphing, and a word processor that records computations. If you're in a hurry, Version 3 provides a brief
  • Orr on Engineering: The engineering life: Trust -- or trussed?
    update our trust. Each new experience adds to or detracts from it. When someone we trust lets us down, we are hurt and disappointed and quickly recalibrate our opinion of their ability to keep a commitment. It 's not too different with software. Whether it 's an O/S, FEA program, or spreadsheet
  • Fluid Flow Software vs. Spreadsheets for Piping System Design & Analysis
    The traditional approach for sizing pipelines in fluid piping systems is done using spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft (R) Excel (R). Spreadsheets provide a platform for organizing data and performing the single pipeline calculations for pipeline friction loss. If done correctly, spreadsheets
  • Non-FEA companies assist with simulations
    You expect analysis news from FEA software developers, but how about from Microsoft? A user has analyzed three versions of a bracket by typing different sizes into a spreadsheet that feeds SimOffice. The software, based on the MSC.Software's MD Nastran, is capable of linear static, buckling
  • Visual System White Paper (.pdf)
    Architectural tools used by designers of RF and microwave communications systems include budget simulators, spur searching utilities, and frequency planning tools, all of which are often based on spreadsheets or hard-coded algorithms with a non-commercial user interface. Having served designers

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