Are your finite-element analysis skills up to date? Genexis Design Inc., a design, training, and consulting firm in Markham, Ont., has placed a 10-item test online to gauge the skill level of FEA users. "In-depth understanding of FEA is critical in successful implementation of this powerful yet often quirky method of design analysis," says Paul Kurowski, an instructor and designer with the company. "The technology's traps, misconceptions, and limitations are seldom addressed in software-specific training commonly provided by software vendors. It takes method-oriented training to turn FEA into a productivity tool rather than a liability," he adds.
Test questions range from simple to difficult. "If users miss more than three, they should consider refresher classes," he adds. Download the test in a 2.6-Mbyte PowerPoint file from www.genexisdesign.com (follow links to the test area)