Comparison of Practical Testing with Software Output

Structus has employed student interns in the past as part of our commitment to develop young engineers as high performing professionals. We used this opportunity to create physical structural models for testing in our office. The purpose of this testing was to compare the theoretical software modelling with actual structural performance, under various configurations and loading conditions. We used icepop sticks, glue and string to create various bridge structure models and tested these under load. The student first created theoretical bridge models with our software, and then the corresponding physical bridge models, under guidance from our senior engineers. The testing to destruction proved entertaining, informative and in most cases comparable to the theoretical modelling.

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