Great Engineers Program – VBA tutorial for Excel 600 374 Eric Roulo

Great Engineers Program – VBA tutorial for Excel

Introduction Programming is one of the few skills that separates great engineers from merely good ones. Programming is also the best tool I’m aware of for teaching one of the three most important traits of great engineers, curiosity (the other two are being hungry and having enough talent). The value of programming is indisputable however, the…

Design of Aerospace Mechanisms 548 416 Eric Roulo

Design of Aerospace Mechanisms

Download 43 Volumes Now I have recently had the opportunity to work with some clients who are developing space mechanisms. This is a very specialized field with 60 years of tribal knowledge. When working at NASA I was exposed to the Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium which is the semi-annual gathering for all things space mechanism. It…

Book Review – Material Selection in Mechanical Design, Fourth Edition 1024 782 Eric Roulo

Book Review – Material Selection in Mechanical Design, Fourth Edition

Material Selection in Mechanical  Design, Fourth Edition, Michael F. Ashby. This book was introduced to me by a materials engineer I’ve been working with recently. It opened my mind on how to select materials based on different performance metrics. After introducing the concepts of material indices and presenting many families of property selection charts, worked…

Engineering Guidance for New/Expecting Parents 649 506 Eric Roulo

Engineering Guidance for New/Expecting Parents

Initial Thoughts The details of your personal life choices are not mine to judge. I have my life experiences and opinions and they were shaped by many external and internal factors that we may or may not share. That being said, if you’re about to have a child, I have three recommendations that will make…

Earned Value Management System = Get Paid! 600 374 Eric Roulo

Earned Value Management System = Get Paid!

Earned Value Management System = Get Paid! Bottom line: you don’t get paid, if you don’t show earned value. Usually earned value is done during key milestone such as: preliminary design review (PDR), critical design review (CDR), test readiness review (TRR), first article inspection. In the real world, you will see management pushing on holding…

Presenting FEA Results Properly 600 374 Eric Roulo

Presenting FEA Results Properly

Example of Detailed Contour Plot (click to enlarge) Anytime you present data, it should be done with the intent of providing as much information as possible with the goal of preemptively answering questions the viewer might have.Margins should be reported in tables and then supported with imagery. An expected image is the fringe plot of…

Prepare for Your Technical Future with Dr. Richard Hamming 549 526 Eric Roulo

Prepare for Your Technical Future with Dr. Richard Hamming

“FEA is for insight, not numbers” was the quote on the inside cover of the student guide for I-DEAS. I found out 15 years later that it was a misquote from Dr. Hamming, but that research led me to one of the great finds of my professional development. Learning to Learn is a 31 part…

Book Review – Practical Finite Element Analysis 300 250 Eric Roulo

Book Review – Practical Finite Element Analysis

Practical Finite Element Analysis, Finite to Infinite, 2008   I had always planned on writing a textbook on this subject because I hadn’t found one that was any good, but then I found someone had already done it in India. This book is hard to find, I found my copy while browsing the Tata Bookshop…

RCI’s YouTube Channel – Direct Training Material 900 900 Eric Roulo

RCI’s YouTube Channel – Direct Training Material

Watch free HD Training provided through our RCI YouTube channel. Subscribe today to get notifications of all new material. We are proud to announce the launch of our YouTube channel where HD content will be available 24 hr/day. Subscribe Here The channel will provide original content across a spectrum of engineering topics and serve as…

Production Finite Element Webinar Series (Industry Best Practices) 529 406 Eric Roulo

Production Finite Element Webinar Series (Industry Best Practices)

RCI will be conducting a four-part Webinar on Best Practices for FEA modeling starting in February 2014. The series will include separate 45-minute lectures on the following topics critical to producing reliable models in a production environment. Introduction to engineering modeling Building the model you want Model Checks Pre/Post Presenting Modeling Results Agendas for the…

Welcome to the RCI Blog 1409 565 Eric Roulo

Welcome to the RCI Blog

Welcome to the Roulo Consulting, Inc. weB LoG. This blog is intended to provide an informal, direct communication path to interested engineers and managers. I intend to use it as a petri dish for ideas that will develop into longer articles, training, and software products as well as a place to post comments that may…

Real Engineers Program 451 376 Eric Roulo

Real Engineers Program

Real engineers program The best engineers I have ever worked with are software hackers. The code is usually not elegant, can hardly be used by others, and is so single-minded in purpose as to be *almost* useless. But it allows the author to get an almost impossible job done, and usually about 10x faster. And…