Software Development in Construction
Software driven developments are increasingly being applied to construction industry, leading to perceptible improvement in terms of quality, economy,speed,and delivery. In today's highly competitive and responsive engineering environment, engineers are fully dependent on sophisticated computer software at each stage of the project i.e from concept to completion.
A variety of software tools are available relating to the different specialized disciplines of engineering such as geotechnical, structural, mechanical, transportation, hydraulic, environmental, land surveying, and so on. Some software houses have attempted to provide design software catering for the variety of infrastructure design fields in an integrated manner. These sophisticated softwares developed by the companies engaged in this task, are enabling the construction professionals to construct durable, aesthetic, higher functional and user-friendly structures which are economical and time saving.
Work is on for more innovative solutions and possibilities in the field of structural analysis and designing,which not only improves the quality and life span of the constructs but also provides protection from man-made and natural calamities. A number of expert systems are being deployed in new infrastructure development,civil engineering and management of projects to enable construction sector to perform better as is evident from the better performance of the construction sector over the years. Amidst reports on a number of state-of-the- art constructions,development of highways,airports,ports,bridges and tunneling systems in different parts of the country, breathtaking development and application of these software and sophisticated systems have taken place,raising the technological status of country's construction industry and its image.
Professionals and Readers dealing with design in architecture,engineering designs, detailing, estimation, tendering, procurement of materials and services,construction and project management are today only a click away from a realistic solution which was not possible through traditional methodologies.NBM&CW has made an attempt to present a perspective report on software used in civil construction and therefore invited some of the related companies to share information of their innovative solutions which gives the 'best value' to their customers. Responding to its invitation to contribute information on the subject,some of the companies have unveiled their offerings,products and services for the benefit of industry which are briefed here.