Structural analysis is an incredibly important thing in many different areas of science and business, however, nowhere is it as important as in construction. Why? Well, first of all, mistakes in construction are incredibly dangerous and can put both lives and property in danger. Second, because mistakes in construction are expensive and hard to fix later on but easy to avoid when spotted in time. Finally, with the help of sophisticated software (or just software that’s specific enough), you get an easy way out of this problem. Therefore, there are several tools that might come in handy in this regard.
1. MS Excel
First of all, you need to understand that while there are some tools out there that are more sophisticated, it’s usually for the best to keep things simple, when at all possible. So, what you need to do is start out with MS Excel which is a simple tool, which virtually anyone can and knows how to use. Here, you can make tables that you can later transform into graphs and pie charts. In other words, other than its usual function, you also get to use it in order to see the graphical representation of the scenario in question.
The next amazing tool is, as we promised, a tad more specific and it’s created to developed by Cad Group to help with the analysis of 2D and 3D structures. Drafting, drawing and keeping documentation has never been easier and, seeing as how this software requires a monthly fee instead of a purchase, it’s also fairly cost-effective and flexible. This means that you can keep the subscription for as long as the project last and then cancel it during the downtime (if there is a downtime). Those with even more specific needs, like 3D modeling for steel detailing, might look for a tad more specialized (advanced) tool within the same category.
Those concerned with safety, probably want a tool like a STAAD.Pro on their hands. Why? Well, because it gives one a, more or less, lifelike representation of what different structural elements and materials will do when brought to life. We’re talking about concrete, steel and timber, materials that you usually see in all sorts of constructions. Most importantly, this can be used to analyze the effect on time of these materials. For instance, the shrinkage of concrete is a phenomenon that is affected by a series of factors (drying, water movement and different chemical reactions).
4. MX Road
Some contractors specialize in the construction of roads. For them, getting equipment like tower cranes and scaffolds may seem like a redundant idea, however, this same logic can be applied to the idea of getting a holistic/universal software, as well. Why not get something specific instead and, for the above-mentioned companies, MX Road is just that. Here, you get a tool that’s built with a single purpose in mind, nonetheless, seeing as how this is the exact thing you need, the restrictions of this specialized tool shouldn’t be a serious concern of yours. All in all, this is just one example of how a specialized company can benefit from the use of specialized software.
The very last thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that having a tool for analyzing and designing structures shouldn’t be optional but mandatory instead. No matter the cost of the tool, you need to understand that consequences of a potential mistake might end up being much worse and more expensive. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and this is probably the best way to pull this off.