I have spent the day looking at SAP2000 tutorials on the internet. Of course that is a huge deal if you are trying to learn how to become a civil engineer. You really can not do any really modern work as a civil engineer unless you are really able to use modern software tools like the SAP2000 structural analysis and design program. It is pretty much that simple, since all of the other civil engineers are going to be using these tools and they are going to leave you in a cloud of dust if you are not up to speed with them. I have been working as hard as I am able to learn all of the things that I need to learn and in fact this seems to be one of the most critical concepts that you can have. All of this work is incredibly exacting and it is very difficult, so any little thing that you can do to make it less of a burden is going to be absolutely essential.
In theory the software is going to be able to eliminate a lot of mistakes and obviously it is going to help to streamline the process of designing structures and then analyzing them for faults. It is a vital thing for you to be able to figure out how your designs will be able to stand up to the forces that are going to be working against them in the real world. You really have to think about weather no matter where you are and obviously there are different threats in different places. If the are you are working in has hurricanes, then you have to design structures that can stand up to the biggest hurricane on record. If you have earthquakes or tornadoes, then the same thing goes for them.