The use of software in EE
Back in the early days, engineers weren’t able to use software tools for the purpose of drawing, calculation, and design. So, how did they do it? Prior to the software era, drawings were made manually, using ink and paper, while calculations were made also by hand, using pocket calculators, or some early computers for more complex operations.
Ok, someone will say, but engineers and engineering existed long before any kind of computer have been made, what about that time? Well, yes, of course. At the end of the day, electronic calculation devices, as well as software engineering tools after them, were also created by engineers.
Nowadays, the use of software packages is so widely spread, that it is hard to imagine almost any engineering task to be completed without it. Software tools enable easy modifications and fast production of various types of technical documents.
Thanks to them, technical documentation can be created in the way we know it today. Before software (r)evolution, it was simply not possible.
- The use of software in LV electrical engineering
- Examples of software tools
2. Examples of software tools
Within this article, some most important and most common software packages, used in the field of LV electrical engineering, will be mentioned and described.
Some comments related to their nature and use will be given as well.
2.1 MS Office and similar open-source tools
These are basic software tools, which are used not only for engineering purposes but for many other applications besides. MS Word is used for the creation of textual documents, which is useful for the textual part of design documentation, technical reports, etc.
A tool called “Equation” may be especially interesting for engineers since it allows mathematical formulas to be written in the same way we would do it by hand.
MS Project serves as a tool for project planning, so it can be particularly interesting for engineers which are dealing with managing tasks. This tool allows different project stages to be conditionally connected one to another, and critical project tasks, as well as critical deadlines, to be defined.
MS PowerPoint is created for slide show presentations. For example, it can be used for project goals, effects of some technical solution, feasibility study, or case study presentation to investors or some wider audience.