Saturday, June 26, 2004
Reporting From The Job Front
Now a typical schedule for me is to get up at 6:30 AM, take a bath & shave (yeah daily… can you believe it!), take a breakfast, talk to grand parents for a while & finally leave for work at exactly 7:45 AM and reach office by 8:30 AM. I leave the office at about 5:45 PM and reach home by 6:30 PM. Then talk to grandparents again for a while about how they day went by and then play with the kids and finally have dinner at around 8:30 PM. Then I talk to uncle about the work at office and learn some new tactics from him. Finally I go to my room at about 11 PM and read some book for about an hour and go to sleep.
Once in the office I change hats and work on my job. I had been fortunate enough to get a hands-on experience on many different softwares and real life structures. It's been a little over a month now and I have used quite a few softwares to design different structures, with different building design codes.
I had the opportunity to design 4 roof trusses & Masonry walls around the stairs for a Casino, a water storage tank (size about 10'x10'x10') and a concrete tank (Manhole) 6' below the ground (size about 8'x13'x10') for connecting two pipes of different shape & sizes that carry storm water drain. Also I think I had the rare opportunity of designing a church in the city of Las Vegas. The church is a masonry & wood structure and the chapel has a capacity of about 100 people. I thought I mighty miss the Composite Structures course by Dr. Fry offered at TAMU this summer, but fortunately I managed to learn at least some aspects of the composite design. Also I designed about 6 table & chair sets (Duh… what's the big deal eh!) - Well actually they are to be used for an Acrobatic Show at Le Reve Casino by Steve Wynn and will be suspended in midair. Unless I design them to sustain the design loads they won't get a permit to fabricate them and have the performance at the show that they plan to organize in the Casino. Finally I hope to get a chance to work on some high rise towers (Condos & Casinos).
The first day I was really excited and nervous. It seemed like this summer is going to be long. I came to this place that they call office at about 8:15 AM (I managed it). Then the secretary showed me the place and introduced to the other engineers and draftsmen. There I met the only Indian - He is from COEP and is going to Pune for marriage between 30 May and 30 June and his bride is from Ulhasnagar :)
I had the opportunity to learn RAMsteel, RISA (truss design), Retain Pro (Retain walls) & ADOSS (concrete design). After 10 hours I finally completed a tutorial in RAM Modeler and then I learnt other softwares as the projects came by. They also use ETABS a lot for the design, but I didn't get a chance to use it on any of the tasks assigned to me yet. Sometimes I feel that I am taking a little more time than the others, on the tasks assigned to me, but I hope its ok as long as I can design it without errors.