3 Popular Design Software Programs for the Civil Engineer

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From: http://www.civilengineersandlandsurveyors.com/

What is a civil engineer?

Isn’t it the same thing as an architect?

This is a more than common misconception, and the truth is that they are different sides to the same coin. An architect’s focus is on the building’s layout and overall design, whereas a civil engineer is more focused on the structure’s integrity and material makeup. In shorthand, the architect is the “art major” while the engineer is the “physics major.” The two work simultaneously on a project, and each requires something different from the other in order to do their job. You can plainly see some perfect examples where art meets functionality in some of today’s modern buildings. In fact, the first institution to have civil engineering as a separate line of study was Norwich University in 1819. Before that there was no real established difference.

So, with a job as important as making sure that a building doesn’t collapse in on itself, its important to have the right tools at your disposal. Civil engineers of every kind use software programs for building models, perfecting designs and testing structural integrity. When it comes to the software to choose from, there is a huge assortment of options. Often times, instructors will recommend programs they choose, and in the field people will recommend others, but it will all come down to personal preference. What works best for you? What do you need it to do? Is what you’re currently using accurate enough? Of all the options out there, sometimes it is worth taking a look at the most popular choices.

Below is a list of 3 of the most popular programs used by civil engineers, and the results they produce are a testament to their popularity.

1.  AutoCAD

Arguably the most powerful tool in the design world, AutoCAD allows you to render ideas and designs in either 2D or 3D. It’s definitely not free, but it goes way more in depth. It has the capability to support a project from beginning to end, from the drafting of a new idea, to the documentation all along the way. It has made productivity it’s most distinguished factor by providing tools that allow for fast and easy resizing, quickly populate repetitive elements by saving custom blocks, and add a full range of visually appealing aspects to breath life into your project. No to mention that you can do a walk through of your project with their 3D navigation tool.

It’s power and efficiency has made it a globally renowned product, used by millions of engineers, architects and designers from around the world. The popularity and widespread usage of AutoCAD had in fact reached a point where they updated their systems to be compatible between mac and Windows users.
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4 Ways Technology is Advancing Business in 2014

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Technology is advancing all around us. From our TV’s that we use in our homes to the smart phones we ever so mindlessly use on a day to day basis, and they’re all starting to be connected to each other too. This advancement and connectivity are a driving force in businesses large and small, minimizing costs and effort, and maximizing productivity.  These advancements are being made several ways, here are just a few.

The Availability of Information

Information is the new frontier and those that stay on top of this ever-growing Everest will be the leaders in business. More than ever, businesses and employees need to stay up-to-date on new emerging technologies and practices to stay competitive.

The term “Google it” has become a regular everyday practice for most and arguably for good reason. What better reference material can you have that is updated automatically for you and available 24/7 at the drop of a hat? Using this resource effectively has led to many people rising above and staying on top of the learning curve thereby becoming more successful in their respective fields.

A solid education has always been a strong asset to advancing businessman. In the past, one would have to focus completely on school and be in the local vicinity of a university to get the best possible education. Technology is bringing traditional higher education to our doorsteps through the internet. This allows the normal working businessman to remain in his current employ while furthering his talents through education by obtaining an online master’s degree.
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Side by Side: Stuff for Your Toys

Outdoors enthusiasts appreciate the stress they put their vehicles under; whether you ride an ATV, a dune buggy, or another kind of four-wheel drive utility vehicle, you know that it suffers a lot of abuse while under your control. Those used for recreational activities see just as much abuse as those used in working conditions.

Windshields are constantly exposed to gravel, dust, mud, and the shock of hitting the ground or small amounts of underbrush. Tires are always in danger of bursting due to roots, nails, and other hidden dangers. Lights, while protected within their enclosures, must constantly be cleaned to prevent layers of dirt from blocking any illumination they may provide.

Side by Side Stuff provides everything an enthusiast needs to keep their vehicles well equipped against damage, and in a variety of categories. Covering vehicles from the Arctic Cat Wildcat to the Polaris RZR 4 800 and more, Stuff by Stuff makes it easy to browse for the parts and equipment you need.

Whether you’re shopping to repair a broken part of improve your existing vehicle, you can find everything from lights and mounts, drive trains, stereos, bumpers, seats, exhaust systems, and much, much more. Filter by parts or by what is approved by the Department of Transportation.

Your privacy is safe. Your address, phone number, and email will never be distributed, and any order over $99.01 qualifies for free shipping. For those with special orders or those who live outside the 48 contiguous states, special arrangements can be set up to make shipping easier. There is also a 100% guarantee on products that are shipped; if it arrives damaged, you’ll be refunded.

When you find yourself in possession of a sport vehicle like an ATV, it can be tempting to push it to its limit and enjoy yourself. While this is fun, keep in mind that these vehicles have to be maintained in order to operate properly. Don’t disregard your vehicle; treat it right, and you’ll get the usage out of it that you expect.

Nomophobia: When a modern smartphone affliction leads to addiction

18688411 Nomophobia: When a modern smartphone affliction leads to addiction(BPT) – Everyday technology consumes everyone’s lives as the phone, computer, tablet and other high tech devices have become not just an object, but also a close companion. And for those who are extremely connected to their devices, going without them, even for only a few minutes, can be an anxiety-filled experience.

A majority of American adults (56 percent) own smartphones, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center. Having the ability to check your mail, play games and browse the Internet right in your pocket is a leap forward for technology and staying connected to the workplace, but it may come at a cost.

Nomophobia, or the pathological fear of remaining out of touch with technology, is a relatively modern affliction. It’s basically a side effect from changes the mobile phone has made to human habits, behaviors and even the way we perceive reality. Entire relationships are becoming defined through mobile texting and colorful little emoticons, from saying “I love you” to “I think we should move on.”

So how did it come to this? Have smart­phones become an exten­sion of Americans or is everyone simply becoming victims of a fast-paced, always connected society? Chances are it’s a little bit of both.
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The Most Trending Halloween Treats in 2014 – Per State [Infographic]


According to our friends at Sumocoupon, and their study of Google Searches, this is what Halloween candy/treats stand out most per State.

While there’s a lot of what we’d expect to see on there, we see some opting for Oranges, Apples, and Pencils (?!)

What is the choice for your state?  do you agree?

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Community Practice for Social Change

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Prevent frozen water pipes from flooding your home this winter

20078700 Prevent frozen water pipes from flooding your home this winter(BPT) – If you think water damage isn’t a real threat for millions of Americans, consider this: water damage caused $9.1 billion in annual homeowner property losses over a three-year period, according to a 2011 ACE Insurance Underwriters study. Despite that, many people don’t worry about protecting their home against water damage because they believe their home is safe so long as it isn’t located on a flood plain.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.

In fact, flooding grabs the headlines, but the majority of water damage home insurance claims actually come from leaky or burst pipes.

The primary cause for concern is your water heater. Approximately 10 million water heaters were sold in 2009 according to The US Department of Energy.  Appliance Magazine estimates that 69 percent of those will develop a slow water leak or a sudden water burst when they reach their life expectancy – anywhere from five to 25 years, depending on the model. An estimated 5 to 7 million water heaters fail ever year, and all failures carry with them the possibility of causing water damage. Experts estimate the average cost for repairs after a water heater fails can exceed $20,000 according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Another common household appliance that has the potential to create significant water damage when it fails is the washing machine. A washing machine’s potential for water spillage does not always come from the machine itself but from the hot and cold-water hoses connected to it. As the machine ages, so too does the risk that a rupture of one of the hoses will cause a major flooding event.
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Social Work and the Ideals of Social Justice

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