Just started full time at a company and the main thing that we do is exterior aluminum canopies for buildings. Basically I look at architectural drawings and then design the canopy in solidworks according to their dimensions. Then we eventually send our designs to an engineer to recommend things like fasteners and other attachment details. I don't know what software they are using to get their load calculations. But my question is, how would I run a simulation on our product to at leased get a preliminary idea of what will work structurally?
Here's some pictures of a typical canopy that we design.