Why on earth would one like to do structural and other construction related designs using Excel? Are not there lot of software already? And most tend to get user friendly and simplistic after a few repetitions.
The answers to above are, that is why and more so! The software in use are black boxes and don’t really connect with your conceptual engineering (first principles) knowledge. And that is why you can’t be creative or audit it.
The questions that must be asked are.
  1. Can one relate the process with basics?
  2. Can you be creative and generate alternatives?
  3.  How does it handle integrated cost optimization and quantitative risk management?

In any case, you require the designs to be cross checked with another software application. And the knowledge worker within you would definitely like to connect it with subject basics.

It is fun to use advanced Excel skills to address the above. Building Green demands creativity and innovation. Sustainability requires energy and material to be used efficiently. Subsequent blogs shall make the elaboration of the above.  


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