Computational and Audio-Visual Infrastructure
Besides providing access to the main computing facilities of the Institute, the laboratory provides computing facilities to the faculty and undergraduate and graduate students of Structural Engineering for their educational and research use.
I.I.T. Kanpur has traditionally provided the best mainframe computational facilities to its students and faculty members. Since the professional design practice in the country is mostly PC based, the structural engineering has placed particular emphasis on exposing its students to the latest PC based tools and techniques in Structural design and analysis. For example, the windows based SAP-2000 is one commonly used analysis package that is heavily used in the analysis and design courses.
Other state-of-the-art analysis and design software packages are also under use as part of the ongoing student/sponsored research.
The technical documentation and publishing is ably supported by the available public domain word processing and desktop publishing software. The laboratory provides unlimited access of Internet to all its students, faculty members and staff.
There are over fifteen Pentium PCs in use for analytical and experimental research in the offices of the faculty members. For the convenience of the students, a general pool of Pentium PCs are additionally provided with laser printing and CD writer facilities as a general facility. All the PCs of the Structural Engineering group are on the Local Area Network to facilitate easy lateral flow of information between the students and the faculty members.
Through the various sponsored research projects, the Structural Engineering group has acquired audio-visual facilities, like multi-system TV and VCR, Camcorder and still cameras. These have been used extensively in the past during the post-earthquake reconnaissance surveys, the field investigations of prototype structures and the experimental research projects conducted in the laboratory. For documentation of the above findings on the digital medium, the laboratory has an A3 colour digital scanner and multimedia kits attached to the most Pentium PCs.