Virginia Tech has naturally received a lot of media attention since the terror of April 16, 2007. Tomorrow (Saturday) happens to be Homecoming for tech where they will play North Carolina. As Enter Sandman finishes playing, and the clock ticks down, the Virginia Tech Hokies will hopefully be 4-1 for the season. But why am I talking about collegiate sports and activities on this my CAD blog?
Well there is a CAD topic in all of this. In a recent visit to the Civil 3D portion of the Autodesk website, I came across a feature story highlighting Virginia Tech. The Civil Engineering program at Virginia Tech has long been seen as one of the best in the region. Like many engineering programs across the country, the academic coursework generally focuses on engineering concepts and principles.
Such an academic program has more than proven itself to produce talented young engineers. Although incredibly talented, graduates oftentimes have a limited AutoCAD knowledge. The reason for this is because AutoCAD really more a drafting tool rather than design tool. Enter Civil 3D.
The Virginia Tech Civil Engineering program has adopted Civil 3D into their curriculum. Civil 3D was chosen for its ability to truly support engineering design Now professors are able to teach the concepts behind a topic such as road design, and the software reinforce such a lecture in a hands on environment.
Adopting software such as Civil 3D does a couple of things. First, it allows students to better understand the concepts being presented to them. Furthermore, possessing Civil 3D skills will make graduates more attractive to potential employers. No less, if you have a few minutes, jump over to the Autodesk website and read the article "Virginia Tech Prepares Civil Engineering Graduates"