What are the must know software programs for any Civil Engineer?
The maximum civil engineers are using ETABS and staad pro for analysis , AutoCAD and Revit for modeling and designing, Primavera P6 for management and execl sheets will be most one used in civil engineering sector. Hope your doubt got clarified. If any queries mail me pmansoor.baba@...
I am providing a background from different regions.
CSi Products; particularly SAP2000 and ETABS, are the main software used in almost the entire Middle East owing to dealing with earthquake events as no other software is that trustable. In Oceania, engineers mostly use Microstran software. ETABS is also widely used.In South East Asia, different solution are being used todays. In the United State, Most of engineers use CSi products too.To conclude, If you are dealing with seismic analysis or lateral analysis, ETABS and following it SAP2000 are the best as they practically used for mega towers like, Borj Dubai, Taipei 101, Petronas Tower, TRX tower, etc.CSi products have been furnished with very high standard features for both research and practical use which I strongly believe no one has.For routing use or daily basis practice, Bentley package is one of the good options like STAAD PRO, RAM Structural Systems, etc.
I would second what many have said here and say that it really depends on your concentration.For Transportation, at least in the US, Bently MicroStation and it's suite of products (GEOPAK, Open Roads, etc.) are the primary modeling software. Most, if not all, Departments of Transportation from the federal to the state level require you to use MicroStation. Since the software is less accessible I didn't use it until I started working. In college I primarily used AutoCAD, which a lot of local municipalities still accept or even prefer.One that's been said before that everyone should know is excel and really all Microsoft Office suite products (Powerpoint, Outlook, Word, etc.). Excel is probably the most important and most in depth of those programs though. Learning how to write equations and scripts to manage your data is an essential skill. Whenever you find yourself repeating a simple task often, you can usually simplify it.You'll also want to be familiar with PDF editing tools, from the more basic like Adobe to the more advanced like BluBeam Revu. Doing mark-ups digitally is the future and being proficient with these tools is going to be essential. In Michigan, we use BluBeam with MDOT projects and use the sessions feature to allow multiple people to comment on the same PDF simultaneously.You'll also likely run into specific software that isn't widely used outside your sector. For MDOT there's a number of software programs they've developed (or Universities in the region have) that you'll need to learn. Listing them wouldn't do you any good, but the point is to work on learning new things quickly and always be on the lookout for new things to learn.On the traffic side there's programs like VISSIM and SYNCHRO and other's I'm sure. I haven't used these in some time, as I don't do much traffic engineering, just Transportation Engineering.TLDRSo in short, it varies greatly depending on what you want to do. Be familiar with at least one type of CAD software and it'll make it easier to learn a different type. Starting with AutoCAD is a good idea as it's widely accessible and translates to other software well. Know excel, Microsoft Office suite products, and PDF review tools. That will serve as a great base for you to learn more industry specific software from there. Happy learning!