My company is based in Australia. We design and manufacture large branding signs, score boards, and other types of signage. For the past year we have been using SolidWorks, especially for the large, complicated signs.
We need to obtain engineering approval for many of our signs. Right now our engineer uses a spreadsheet to calculate wind loads, stresses on columns etc. That works well for simple signs, but not so well for more complex signs. Ideally we would like to work with an engineer who could take the models we have created, run FEA on them, and give us approval based on results.
I'd be interested to know if there are any structural engineers in Australia (or anywhere else) who use solidworks. Obviously solidworks is primarily MCAD software, but' I've seen plenty of plug ins for designing steel structures.
Has anyone had experience:
1. Doing structural design with solidworks
2. Running simulations on structural designs
Any feedback would be appreciated..