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ALHOSN Center for Research & Consultancy organizes advanced building design software seminar


ALHOSN University’s Center for Research and Consultancy has today (Monday, March 28, 2011) held a seminar on advanced building design software at the university’s Male Campus under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Techiesoft FZ LLC, one of the most integrated IT, CAD/Engineering and Project Management solutions providers in the Middle East, showcased the features and capabilities of four of its top structural design tools during the event.        
Titled ‘The New Generation of Building Design Softwares,’ the seminar kicked off with opening remarks by Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO of ALHOSN University, who inaugurated a new initiative called the “Clean Engineering Pledge,” advocating the boycott or utilization of pirated programs by signees among attending Engineers and Engineering students. A presentation on ‘The Importance of Simulation for Engineers’ was also delivered by Prof. Basem Alzahabi, from Kettering University, USA.

“We are very pleased with Professor Sabouni’s initiative of the Clean Engineering Pledge. The message sent to Engineers and Engineering students joining the workplace is that integrity comes first, and commitment to such a pledge by  steering clear of pirated software and disengaging from any team that does not abide by it is the best way to display a strong work ethic. This will create a healthy environment for the benefit and safety of engineers, clients, and the community at large,” said Mr. Ajaya Kumar, Techiesoft CEO.

Among the Techiesoft products presented were ETABS, the industry standard for building analysis and design software for almost 30 years; SAFE, a design tool for concrete floor and foundation systems; CSiCOL, a comprehensive software package used for the analysis and design of columns; and SAP2000, a highly-integrated general-purpose structural program. Techiesoft pledged to provide USD 1 million worth of free software to advance ALHOSN University’s building design programs.

“We are most grateful to Techiesoft for enlightening us on the advanced capabilities of its design tools and how they can support the progress of building design throughout the region. The company’s generous donation of design software will be of great help in enhancing the skills of our students, the future builders of the Arab World. Our partnership with Techiesoft reflects the need for productive partnerships between industry and academe to accelerate national growth and human resource development,” said Dr. Hany El Naggar, Vice President for Engineering at the CRC, ALHOSN University.

Since its establishment in 1987, Techiesoft has grown from a reseller to a technology-driven solutions and consultancy company offering high-end business solutions under its four major divisions of IT Solutions, CAD/Engineering, Project Management, and Office Business Solutions. The company is currently diversifying towards Information Security to beef up its industry-leading services, support and training portfolio.

ALHOSN University was founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company and is open to students of all nationalities. Its City Campus includes the Men’s Campus, the Women’s Campus, a Library Building, Lectures Building, Studio Building, and the Engineering Labs Building. The university offers 11 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Business, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


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