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The YMF visited Widener University on October 21 to discuss common design and structural analysis software. YMF board member Colette Montague, PE and Christopher Bieter, PE, both of whom work for Urban Engineers, discussed the different design and analysis programs they use the most in their careers.
Colette talked about Bentley product Microstation and how it differentiates from AutoCAD. The presentation consisted of a tutorial of how to do the basic of tasks to importing contours using data points. Colette also introduced other programs that she uses such as AutoTurn and PondPack.
Christopher's presentation was based on design software RISA 3D. He discussed how he uses this software as a structural engineer in the rail division at Urban. Chris explained how you input connections and supports, how to set up load combinations, run the program and analyze the output. In addition, he pointed out which aspects of the program works best when used graphically and which portion is more efficient when used in tabular form.
Colette and Chris stayed around to answer any questions the students had and the students were given the opportunity to take some scholarship information with them.
Below are a few pictures from the event: