Much as architects and interior designers are finding useful, accessible technology at their fingertips through their smart phones and tablets, engineers too are benefiting from developers capitalising on this ever growing market.
Here is a selection of the top applications for engineers:
The Engineering Unit Converter
This is comprehensive engineering unit converter with an intuitive spinning wheel interface that comes with no advertisements – the bane of many applications – no hidden code, no need for a network connection and that requires just a touch over half a megabyte of space. It is exceptionally easy to use.
Choose a category such as length, energy, entropy, electric charge and others from a list. The available units appear in two spinning wheels. Spin the wheels to select ‘From Unit’ and ‘To Unit’ and that is it. You can change the input value in the yellow field, sort units, or use the swap button. Additional info about a measurement is displayed when the help button is pressed.
This application is an invaluable tool for those responsible for managing and maintaining the internal systems of commercial buildings and the operations and functions of data centres. The major building systems require a specialized knowledge of electrical, mechanical, heating and air conditioning and the ability to calculate formulas needed to ensure the proper function of these operational systems.
This app puts the methods and solutions necessary to properly calculate formulas at the fingertips of the user. Also included in this application are reference tables for critical electrical and mechanical systems.
AISC Structural Steel Shapes
Created by the American Institute of Steel Construction, this app contains all the latest and historic shapes databases used for beams, columns and other structural members in a fast, easy to use interface. The geometrical and mechanical properties for every section/profile are included and can be converted between unit systems. With over 16,000 steel shapes entries, AISC Structural Steel Shapes is comprehensive to say the least.
Primarily designed for the pre-dimensioning of reinforced concrete beams, this tool allows users to evaluate beam sections on site or during the modelling of the structure. After calculating the bending moments, you can calculate the cross section of the reinforced concrete beam and the required reinforcement. Users enter the values characteristic of concrete and steel, safety factors, and they’re done.
The developer has also created similar apps for Pillars, Stairs and Balconies.
Of course, all work and no play make the engineer no fun at all to hang around! So if users are after some downtime that still fits within the scope of their careers, they can check out this fun app.
The goal of Bridge Architect is to build resistant structures able of sustaining crossing vehicles using a set amount of building elements to create and test the bridge until vehicles reach their destination.
It’s a guilt-free engineering pleasure!
All the above mentioned apps can be found on the Google Store by searching each heading.