from the Participants:
24 28 February 2003
Very comprehensive with a variety of good practical examples.
(S. Achilleoudes, Johannesburg)
in F.E. that can have serious consequences.
(E.P. Montwedi, Johannesburg)
I found the course
very interesting and practical. Examples are very applicable to
daily design problems.
(Johan La Grange, Johannesburg)
The course has
broadened my insight and understanding of F.E.
I have great respect for your experience in the subject.
(Vishnu Ulassi, Verulam)
Die kursus was
bo verwagting leersaam, ook by verre die beste waarop ek al gegaan
Meeste kursusse is produk georienteerd, maar hierdie kursus is vak
georienteerd. Tesame met die waardevolle praktiese ervaring wat
weergegee word deur probleemstellings maak hierdie kursus n
suskses en kan beslis aanbeveel word.
(Theo Venter, Pretoria)
The course was
eye-opening; I really learned a lot from Roland and from the students
and engineers who attended the course. I would advise people to
attend such courses from time to time. It would be nice if it can
be given at universities as an engineering subject.
(Khelane Ndwanpwe, Johannesburg)
The course is extremely
helpful and a must for new FEA users. There are many mistakes made
by new users that could lead to 100% wrong results.
(Johan Moes, Johannesburg)
I found your tips,
information and real life cases invaluable. I dont know where
else I would be able to get such data.
(Johan Lexow, Pretoria)
It is a pity that
these courses are not held in other centres, such as Durban.
(Linda Ness, Durban)
The course was
presented by a true expert in FEM.
(Jan Bijkersma, Johannesburg)
Johannesburg 07 11 July 2003
This is the best
course with practical application that I have ever experienced.
I am very interested in the technical field of FEM. I have learned
a lot about practical issues and danger areas. The course helped
me to understand the FE method better than ever before. The course
improved my skills and way of thinking FE. I have much more confidence
in my ability to do FE designs.
The practical examples are very good.
(Anton van Dyk, Secunda)
"The course is very
informative on the fundamentals of FEA. I also found the practical
(Ajith Gopal, Pretoria)
"This course has
been a refresher in many respects, and an eye-opener.
Although most of the examples and discussions are pitched at civil
engineering problems, the principles, pitfalls and mistakes made
with FEA are universally applicable to all fields using this method.
(Adrian Niken, Pretoria)
Mr. R. Prukl is to be
commended on his efforts to teach the Application of the Finite
Element Method in Practice. The course deals not so much with
the theory, the software or the structural behaviour, but more with
the things that can go wrong both for the novice and the expert
in finite element analysis. The designer who has attended this course
will approach finite element analysis far more critically. This
course will improve the reliability of finite element analysis and
(Mdake Mfanoxolo, Johannesburg)
Die kursus is
baie insiggewend. Baie dankie vir die moeite wat u ingesit het in
die notas en CD, en veral vir al die rooi ligte waarvoor
ons moet oplet.
(Edgar Faber, Lecturer, Vaal Triangle Technikon, Vanderbijlpark)
I find the course
very practical and have gained a better understanding of FEA. However,
I am still not convinced that I will implement it in full bridge
design, but definitely for certain elements in detail design like
for instance transverse reinforcement design of a box girder.
(Stephen Humphries, Pretoria)
This FEA course
has been an eye-opener especially when we talked about errors caused
by meshing if not done correctly. I would prefer if continuous coaching
could take place.
(Aimon Mncwabe, Durban)
This course is
definitely an eye-opener with regard to the level of caution that
has to be taken when designing concrete / structural steel works.
Thank you very much.
(Sidumo Dlamini, Swaziland)
Very good detailed
explanation of theory.
(Hans Rossocha, Johannesburg)
R. Prukl provides
vital insight into FEA; both to the practitioner as well as to the
user of FEA results (manager/client). He uses his long experience
at the cutting edge of FEA technology to highlight best practice
as well as seemingly innocuous errors that may cause a total failure.
I have been privileged to be exposed to R. Prukls insight,
and appreciate his infinite care in teaching Finite Element Analysis.
(Jan Jooste, Lecturer, Vaal Triangle Technikon, Vanderbijlpark)
27 31 October 2003
This was an excellent
The real life applications were also very interesting.
(Stefanus van der Vyver, Lecturer, Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg)
I will definitely
interest more Malawian engineers in this field and encourage them
to take part in such courses, workshops and seminars both here (in
Johannesburg), in Malawi and other countries.
(Winston Gwada Mwamlima, Lilongwe, Malawi)
By attending this
course I have attained a new insight on how to carry out a FEA intelligently
and more accurately. The lecturers emphasis on the importance
of accurately interpreting the results and checking same has also
impressed me tremendously.
(José M. de Carvalho Munro, Maputo, Mozambique)
The finite element
method course was very interesting. It has improved my understanding
on the analysis of structures using this method. The instructions
given were clear and understandable.
(Hilali Ally Mohamed, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania)
The approach used
in this course, being an emphasis on the application of FEA to practical
problems has been for me a good kick-start and the reference material
and pointers given shall inevitably be a worthwhile tool.
(Albert Fidel Omiat, Gaborone, Botswana)
The course brought
out important fundamental issues related to Finite Element Modelling
and analysis. It also served as a platform for showing real life
design experiences and failures.
(Dr. Michael N. Mulenga, Lecturer, University of Lusaka, Zambia)
The course was
very informative and interesting. Rolands knowledge of the
subject is extensive, and he explains and teaches the course very
well. It is easy to follow and understand. Examples are well chosen
for emphasising common mistakes made in FEA.
(Jonathan van Gool, Johannesburg)
Die kursus was
(Theo Venter, Pretoria)
The course should
at least have been for two weeks.
(Pankaj Bhulla, Pretoria)
Overall, I really
appreciate the meaningful examples and the lessons practically learnt
excellent. I also appreciate the accuracy comparisons given
between the various packages. The hardcopy material given is also
(Allan J. Muir, Johannesburg)
I have learnt a
lot about restraint conditions and designing the mesh. Further I
have learnt about buckling and natural frequency.
(Deon van Rensburg, Johannesburg)
The course covered
a wide field and sufficient practical application was afforded through
doing the examples.
(Pia Beukes, Pretoria)
The course presented
is extremely useful and comprehensive. Not only are the attendees
given a sound grounding in the proper use of Finite Element Analysis,
but just as importantly FEA users are warned of the many pitfalls
that await the unwary.
A five-day intensive
course can be somewhat daunting, but the interest is kept high by
presentation of a series of very practical problems, many of which
incorporate a subtle twist that provides an excellent teaching aid.
(Adrian C. Peirson, Johannesburg)
19 - 23 January 2004
Most of the time was
spent working on examples and it was generally felt that this was
the best way to learn.
The most important lesson learnt at the course was the danger of
using computers to analyse forces, stresses and deflections in structures.
A colourful contour diagram of stresses does not guarantee that
the results are correct. All results of any analysis should be scrutinized
(Christo Croeser, Hatch)
The course was extremely
interesting and at times extremely challenging. It established to
the students that thinking and learning is not a forgotten cause
once he/she graduates from any tertiary institution.
(Meroeh Shaker, UWP)
Town 28 June - 2 July 2004
- Important basic concepts
- We were made aware of typical pitfalls - where serious mistakes
can be made.
- We were taught the different approaches for solving different
types of problems.
- I liked the fact that the course was very practically orientated
- it will really help us in practice.
- The course was stimulating and enjoyable.
- It was well structured and comprehensive, bearing in mind the
- I would like each of my design engineers to attend the course
(Henry Fagan, Henry Fagan & Partners)
Overall I think it is
a good course and well presented. It made me aware of a lot of potential
pitfalls in using FEA. I think also that the course had taught me
to use FEA more responsibly and with a better understanding of what
to look for in the results.
(Johan de Boer, Kantey & Templer)
A enjoyable, useful,
but intense course.
- The course has been
very practical and differs from the academic approach in that it
focuses on real life applications.
- It demonstrated the power of FEA in solving problems.
- It highlighted a lot of common errors that one would really not
be careful of.
- It opened my mind and I will now approach a Finite Element Analysis
- The course is highly recommended to junior and practicing engineers.
- I have never seen a similar course in terms of practical approach.
- The presenter has presented the course in a superb manner.
5 - 9 July 2004
Before the course I felt
that FEM was something that was out of reach for a young engineer.
However, Roland has been able to simplify FEM. I always thought
that FEM results would be very accurate. Roland has been able to
"open our eyes- and see the good and bad of FEM. I believe
the course was very well presented. I have learned a lot from the
course especially with respect to the manner in which an engineer
The course on Finite
Element Analysis in Practice presented by Mr. R. Prukl during the
week of 5-9 July 2004 was excellent. The fact that the subject was
explained using practical and real life problems made it much more
understandable. The presenter is an expert in this field and I think
we can learn a lot more from him.
Roland Prukl knows the
subject and speaks with authority.
Course material is well documented and will serve as a useful reference
The examples covered during the course were practical and leading
towards a better understanding of the subject.
This course is highly recommended for anybody who intends to use
the finite element method and wishes to learn about the results
obtained from the method.
Of all the post-graduate
courses I have attended in the past two years this has been the
most valueable. The information was presented in a clear and systematic
fashion with little or no ambiguity. This, together with the presenter's
30 year experience has provided me with a clearer understanding
of applications, implications and discipline of and required by
FEA. The course has taken my Qualitative use of FEA to produce exciting
pictures to a point where Quantitative, objective results can be
produced for use in strict engineering analysis and decision making.
27 September - 1 October 2004
- The course was very
- The power of Finite Elements ...
- The limits of Finite Elements ...
- Very well presented and enjoyable.
Roland presents the course
with the confidence andknowledge of the expert that he is.
I leave this course with a renewed interest in FEA andinspired by
Roland's passion for the subject.
I understand now how
important it is to do simple test runs to assure that model created
would be good. Also understand that it is important to check deflection
in results and check applied loads. It is not just acceptable to
Roland's experience and interest in FEA inspires great interest
in this field.
A very informative course
which unravels the complexity of FE in a very clear and practical
I would definitely recommend the course.
I have found this course
very beneficial, and enjoyable. Before coming on the course I had
hardly any experience with Finite Elements, now I feel like I have
a better idea of when and how to apply Finite Element. I enjoyed
learning from Roland's experience, and hearing of real examples!
Roland definitely has an excellent knowledge of this topic.
I have found the course
to be extremely informative.
Roland's invaluable experience and insight certainly comes to the
fore in his presentation.
(Yunus Vawda, Senior Lecturer)
1 - 5 November 2004
This was an excellent
technical course. I would recommend it to anybody interested in
Die Kursus was baie sinvol
en het my bewus gemaak van die gevare daaraan verbonde om onvoorwaardelik
antwoorde as absoluut te aanvaar.
The course gave a good
mixture of the background as well as the application of FEA. Numerous
pitfalls were highlighted which the designer must be aware of.
With a better understanding of FEA, I can approach design challenges
with much more confidence.
(Gerard du Plessis)
14 18 November 2005
- The style of the course
with lectures in the morning and examples in the afternoon was very
practical and I learnt a lot.
- Doing so many examples has made me a lot more confident to tackle
FEA in production.
- I am now much more aware of FEA pitfalls, just how careful one
must be using the method.
- In general an excellent course. Thanks very much and I feel I
have learnt a lot.
(Collin Morris, Fluor)
- Ten spyte
van die kursusganger se verskil in agtergrond binne die veld van
siviele ingenieurswese was die inligting waardevol. Universele aspekte
oor die toepassing van die metode sal handig te pas kom in die veld
waarin die kursusganger betrokke is.
- Die kursusmateriaal wat beskikbaar gestel is, met voorbeelde waarvoor
geleentheid gegee is om dit self uit te werk onder toesig van die
aanbieder, was baie sinvol en sal ook in die toekoms handig wees.
- Die kursus is op 'n höe standaard aangebied en effektief
sodat persone van verskillende agtergronde dit kan verstaan. Dit
is moontlik gemaak deur persoonlike tydspandering van die aanbieder
saam met elke kursusganger. Die detailverduideliking van terme is
- Die aanbieder, Roland Prukl, se ondervinding en doeltreffende
wyse van oordra van kennis vergelyk met wêreldleiers* en hoogaangeskrewe
akademici* aan wie die kursusganger bekend gestel is tydens studies
aan plaaslike en Amerikaanse universiteite asook tydens bywoning
van internasionale konferensies. (* in die kursusganger se eie beperkte
veld van ondervinding).
- Waarde kan toegevoeg word tot die kursus deur beginsels en enkele
voorbeelde van geotegniese opstellings in te sluit.
- Dit was aangenaam, interessant, en 'n voorreg om hierdie kursus
by te woon.
(Dr. Arno Hefer, Africon)
17 - 23 February 2007
Very good course relevant
to projects conducted in our works area and applicable to further
projects. Course was stimulating and made me aware of certain criteria
and very important design procedures.
(Francois Greeff, NKP Consultants (Pty) Ltd)
16 - 22 June 2007
A brilliantly presented
course, which unfortunately had to come to an end. One of those
moments when the exposure of ideas opens up a whole world of possibility.
Thank you Roland.
(Asogan Moonsamy, Transnet Projects )
7 - 13 July 2007
I found the course interesting
and informative and became reasonably proficient in Strand7 at the
same time. Individual attention and assistance with problems by
the presenter was most valuable and appreciated.
(Andrew Parkman, Henry Fagan & Partners)
Great course for anyone
involved with FE.
(Neil Wilsnach, Euro Technology)
Excellent content, just
what a young engineer needs to bridge the gap between University
and the "working world- .
(Stephen Agar , Vela VKE)
Australia 4 - 10 August 2007
I am very glad to take
such an opportunity to have a systematic course of FEA. In this
way I can revise the theoretical knowledge about mechanical which
is very important to a qualified engineer.
The presenter gave us excellent instructions with great patience
ad pointed out every mistake occurring in our practice which is
very helpful for us to make progress.
(David Du, Hatch PDG Pressure Vessel Group)
Very informative and
Much required for anyone involved with finite elements.
(Jerry Guo, Hatch (Pty) Ltd)
Best FEA lessons ever
(Kwan Chi Ng, Hatch Structural)
This has been one of
the best courses I have been on.
(Melanie Crouche, Hatch )
A very good course on
FEA and Strand7.
The course allows me to learn much more than using Strand7.
(Tim Wai Nang Yau, Hatch)
15 - 21 September 2007
Roland Prukl did an excellent
job. The course was interesting enough to keep a 58 year old awake
90% of the time, firstly. Secondly, the tests were so universal
as to catch anybody's interest. I did not know I was so inadequate
with FE methods. I know now, but I also know I learned something
(Carlos Da Silva, SINTEC)
Oor algemeen was kursus
goed aangebied, met baie goeie en deeglike studiemateriaal. (Kon
sien daar was baie tyd aan spandeer).
(Dawie Louw, ARQ)
A very enlighting course,
presented by a world renown and experienced presenter.
Not only experienced in structural analysis & finite element
analysis but also in computer modelling/simulation. Gained a lot
of experience and knowledge throughout the course. I would recommend
this course to any engineer practising in Structural Analysis or
(Lawrance Bopape, Anglo Operations - ATD)
The training is excellent
& I have really exposed to lot of areas in FEM. The lecture
& the impression of speaker is excellent. I am really thankful
to be a part of the team in the training.
(Nilmadhab Bhattacharjee, Hatch India)
Course was well structured
and presented. Various pitfalls were highlighted very well with
a good emphasis on practical application.
Riccardo Leita, Hatch
Roland Prukl has put
together an excellent course. It is a vast amount of knowledge that
is presented extremely well. I see no way for improvement within
the given time constraints.
(Wulf Toussaint, WT Consulting cc)
This is an excellent
I would not recommend anyone to start FEA without attending this
Valuable lessons are learnt and various pitfalls identified.
(Wykie Etsebeth, Hatch)
10 - 16 November 2007
An exceptional course
which covers a multitude of aspects of the practical aspects of
Finite Element Analysis, many of which are sadly not addressed in
textbooks and user guides. The course presenter is enormously experienced
and is able to impart his expertise in a way that keeps the course
attendees both interested and involved.
the second time that I have attended the course - the first was
some years ago. To be able to attend this course with prior knowledge
and experience in the use of FEA has been invaluable in fitting
in some of the areas in which I had discovered my ability to be
(Adrian Peirson, KP Energy cc)
toepassing van die voorbeelde,
die geleentheid om te leer deur jou eie foute
en die oordrag van kennis en ervaring van 'n leeftyd
is van onskatbare waarde.
(Jean Louw, Ninham Shand)
Excellent eye opener
to potential errors in Engineering.
The skills learned will be very useful for my career.
(Lloyd Clark, Hatch)
For me the course achieved
a better understanding of FEM and I learned to be more careful with
making certain assumptions and approximations.
(Paul van Hulssen, PMR Consulting Engineers(Pty) Ltd)
A very interesting course
that will bear fruit for many years.
Contained content unavailable from other sources.
(R. Blow, Hatch)
Covered my needs.
Speaker is extremely knowledgeable.
(Silvana Lo Drago, Hatch)
1 - 7 December 2007
The most important aspect
of this course was that it took me from zero knowledge to a degree
of personal satisfaction that I could comfortably negotiate my way
around the application of the course. From a point of being afraid
to attempt the application, to being confident that I am not a novice
(Allan Brits, Matomo Projects (Pty) Ltd.)
- Reinforced my confidence
in what I've done already and has given me added confidence with
all the new things I've learned.
- Generally a good course due mainly Roland's experience with and
knowledge of FEA and his approach to teaching it.
(Chris Greensmith, Arup)
The examples and one-to-one
attention very good - gives you a better understanding.
It helps that a specific example is to explain certain principles.
I now have a better understanding of the complexity of FEA.
All engineers must complete this course before attempting to use
(Edgar Faber Murray & Roberts Engineering Solutions)
- I really enjoyed most
of the practical examples - very good!
- The possibility working in groups is even a better way to exchange
knowledge in a short time.
- Checking results through equilibrium calculations - brilliant
!! If it works out !!
(Michael Steinhofer, BKS)
23 - 29 February 2008
I found the course stimulating
and full of interest. Roland Prukl is a World class expert in this
field and presents his material with lively enthusiasm.
(Chris Seddon, Ninham Shand)
12 - 18 April 2008
The course was very helpful
in many ways. Not only did I get a good knowledge of the pros and
cons of various types of elements used for analysis but other subtle
points that have been mystery for a long time were revealed. For
example, it has taken me five years to understand fully the meaning
of eigenvalues and what an eigenvector is. I studied vibration analysis
in my Bachelors degree but this principle was never explained in
such clarity. I can say, it took Roland Prukl one (1) minute to
explain something I have struggled with for five years.
(Chibila Frances Ulaya, Element Six Production Ltd.)
This course has been
something of a revelation to me, I have realised that what I once
knew was criminally insufficient with regard to FEA. After this
mega-week, I find that I have learned just enough to feel encouraged
by FEA and more than enough to be cautious and diligent. Roland
has been a fantastic facilitator who has had the patience and understanding
required to make FEA relevant and accessible to every delegate at
every level of learning. I cannot be grateful enough for the opportunity
to learn from a collection of others' mistakes and successes.
(Lauren Drake, Hatch Africa)
I like the fact that
the course was presented by someone as experienced as Roland who
could actually carry his message across very clearly. I would recommend
that everyone who does FEA whether they just started working with
it or whether they've been working with it for years. I can walk
away from this course not just with knowledge to run a FEA module,
but also with the understanding of how the software interprets the
input and how to read the output. This course is not just about
FEA but it also reinforces basic structural analysis, which we as
engineers seem to put behind us as soon as we start using software
to analyse structures.
(Natalie De Morney, Goba (Pty) Ltd.)
Overall, a brilliant
and very well presented course.
(Stephan Jansen van Rensburg, Hatch Africa)
The speaker is to be
commended on his vast knowledge, experience and "after sales
service of support- . Also for making complicated concepts understandable.
Definitely highly recommended for anyone associated/in touch with
(Waleed Palmer, Thyssen Krupp UHDE)
Town 19 - 25 July 2008
it is an excellent course.
(F.J. Retief, Henry Fagan & Partners)
- Very interesting
material and information. Well constructed, useful examples.
(Sebastian Rosochacki, Euro-Technology)
6 - 12 September 2008
content and coverage of the finite element basics was extremely
relevant and a must for anyone using finite elements.
(Mbizi Bright, Arcus Gibb)
The presenter's experience and knowledge on the subject as demonstrated
by technical papers he has presented worldwide over the period of
his practice are an asset to the engineering profession.
*) It is ideal that all his technical papers are compiled in a book
to be used in universities.
*) SAICE should keep in stock copies of all of Roland's (the presenter)
technical papers and encourage members to buy and read; and make
reference to them in their designs of structures using FEM.
*) I encourage all practising structural engineers to use FEM.
*) It is my view that Roland's very valuable experience be shared
by all practicing structural engineers. This can only be made possible
by ECSA/SAICE advising members of the engineering profession in
South Africa and the world at large of his authority in the subject.
*) It is very important that we make use of him and in turn reward
*) It should be realised that people of his calibre are rare to
(Victor Amaro Pr.Eng., Mokala Engineers International)
8 - 14 November 2008
was running in a excellent manner. I got a great pleasure attending
it along with plenty of useful and vital information on FEA that
would definitely improve the quality of my future designs!
(Dzianis Yahorau, Hatch)
1. I found
the course to be extremely interesting.
2. The course highlighted the critical issues of day-to-day 3D modelling
issues and relevance of fundamental academic knowledge.
3. The speaker conveyed the message that software is not a substitution
of knowledge and experience but merely an expression of expected
results and enhancement of the engineering solution.
(Jerzy Kaleta, Hatch)
was Great. Thanks Roland for sharing with us your valuable knowledge
and experience. No value can resemble what I have learnt at the
course. It is true that the ability to think as an Engineer is critical
especially during these days where software is available to everyone
and where it is always assumed that what the system gives is true
without basic checks.
(Julian Raphasha, Eskom Hendrina Power Station)
helps to make one aware of the Application of FEA. For me it highlighted
how carefully critical one must be of the results of an analysis
and have an understanding of how the results were determined.
(Stephen Keen, Hatch Africa)
6 - 12 December 2008
and relevant material covered. Insight gained on the strength of
Application of Finite Element Analysis. However, the dangers of
Finite Element Analysis due to incorrect modelling is an eye-opener
and one should not utilize FEM without an understanding of the basic
Practicals were very relevant and assist greatly with the understanding
of FEM concepts. Presenter is very knowledgeable and adopts a concept
of interaction between all (participants) during the course.
Overall impression: Excellent course that is well worth it. Recommended
for all structural and mechanical engineers who utilize FEM.
(Gengan Govender, Nyeleti Consulting)
I rate this
course as one of the best I have ever been on.
(Gerrit Venter, TWP Matomo Process Plant)
useful. Much better than any of our in-house training on Structural
- Thank you Roland for introducing me to a new world of FEM.
(Katia Taylor, Arup)
should be attended by any analyst/engineer prior to getting involved
with FEA. The course was a real eye opener which shows the young/inexperienced
engineer's possible pitfalls when setting up an FEA model and interpreting
the results thereof.
I feel more confident now when analyzing a model with FE.
(Cobus McCabe, Coilmech)
the fact that we did not only focus on the computer program, but
also drew bending moment diagrams and tried to understand the behavior
of the structures in general. The course material was fantastic.
(Mhairi Riddet, Arup)
undoubtedly one of the best technical courses that I have ever attended.
Roland has been there, he has done it all and has got the T-Shirt.
He is speaking from a base of complete mastery and understanding
of his subject, and has delivered it in a way which was understandable.
The course is invaluable to those who plan to work with F.Es.
(S G Nothard, S.G. Nothard & Associates.)
28 February - 6 March 2009
The Finite Element Method
in Practice course is a must for any one using FEA software without
the knowledge of element behaviour. Concepts highlighted during
the course will equip the designer with the tools to built and design
FEA models in a proper and realistic way.
(Andrew Singosho, Arup)
Roland himself leaves
one with a positive outlook on the benefits of proper modelling,
and deposes his wealth of experience. For the highly specialised
field of F.E.M., having a point of contact is invaluable.
(Jason Birelo, TWP)
Overall the course was
informative and interesting covering a vast amount of information,
from a practical and theoretical perspective. The knowledge and
information which I have obtained will certainly be valuable when
I apply it in practice.
(Spiros Sdralis, PDS civil Engineers)
6 - 12 June 2009
Highly interesting, educational,
refreshing, applicable, practical, alive, covering all fields of
application. Worth our time, money and effort to attend in the extremely
busy program we do find ourselves in. Highly recommendable for design
engineers who have not attended this course before. Many things
not 100% clear became extremely clear after this course.
(J.D. Bisschoff, Vela VKE)
This course has made
a major contribution to my understanding of the FEA method and has
enhanced my ability to solve practical problems efficiently and
correctly using the Strand7 software. My overall experience on the
course was very positive and rewarding - mainly through the expertise,
patience and dedication of the presenter, Mr. Roland Prukl.
(K. Georgala, Pr.Eng., Knight Piésold (Pty) Ltd)
1. The Presenter maintained
a structured and disciplined lecture & tutorial programme, but
kept a relaxed & informal attitude, which assisted transfer
of knowledge. I appreciated this.
2. The "Hands-on- advice during tutorials (examples) allowed
me to understand my mistakes & correct them. This was excellent
(Neville Green, Greensult Associates)
Mr Prukl's depth of experience
on actual projects is appreciated. I am impressed with Mr Prukl's
levels of energy.
(PL Reyneke Rand Water)
Town 4 - 10 July 2009
A good encompassing course
on the application of the FEM in practice. The presenter was pleasant
and ready to help and answer any query or problem related to the
application of FEM. Well done.
(Bruce Bintley, Vela VKE)
Very good course for
all young engineers - the course presenter has great knowledge of
the subject matter.
(Claire Kleynhans, BKS)
The readiness of the
presenter to answer any practical question was much appreciated.
I should hope to be in contact with him in the future to be advised
on challenges I encounter in the future.
(Elsje Fraser, BKS)
Course was well constructed.
Enjoyed going through all the different sections.
(Jade Walker, Vela VKE Engineers)
The speaker has a great
knowledge of the material and one can learn a lot from him.
(Lize Rossouw, Bergstan SA)
A very comprehensive
course. It covers all areas of FEM (e.g. dynamic analysis and buckling
analysis). Definitely recommended for engineers who will be modelling
using a FE package.
(Mark Riddick WSP Structures)
I am grateful for having
had the opportunity of attending !
Lots of information and knowledge gained.
(Matt Louw, Euro Technology)
Incredible insights gained
into the inner workings of finite element analysis.
A thorough explanation of each type of element (nodes, beams, shells,
3D solids etc.) and its application.
It is my opinion that no engineer should be allowed to use a FEA
before attending a course like this.
(Pieter Visser, Bergstan)
17 - 21 August 2009
An excellent course !
I would definitely like to repeat the course in a few years time.
(Clint van Heerden, Ethekwini Municipality)
The course is practical,
with little theory, real-life examples are evaluated and dealt with.
An excellent guide to using F.E.A. in practice, with clear guidance
on pitfalls, mistakes and things to look out for.
(Marek Karcz, Aurecon Group)
The course was extremely
informative and interesting. Very applicable to any structural design
engineer (A MUST).
One of the best courses I have ever been on.
(Anthony Cave, Iliso)
The course was very rewarding
I learned a lot about finite elements as well as general structural
(Adhir Imrith, Arup)
An excellent course presented
by a very knowledgeable lecturer. The context was extensive and
covered a wide range of FEM issues, from basic to fairly complex.
I have definitely benefited from this course. It was well worth
the time and effort of attending.
Mr. Prukl's knowledge is extensive and well conveyed to the audience.
(Mark Howard, Goba)
13 - 19 November 2009
summary: "Great course !!! (Che
Smit, PBA Projects)
course was well presented and I have learned a great deal more about
FEM that I didn't know before. I'am confident that I will be able
to apply it when I return to work.
(Juan-Emil Saayman, Projects and Industrial Engineering)
course went a long way in teaching me new techniques to improve
my ability to do structural analysis. It was well worth it.
(Jetame Poonan, Arup)
course was very good and covered more than just finite elements.
The speaker was very good and had a lot of experience to answer
(Emmanuel Makhele, Arup)
5 - 11 December 2009
is a must for someone using software employing finite element analysis.
Johan van der Walt, I.J. van der Walt Consulting Engineers
the practical aspect of the course thoroughly enjoyable. It was
a very powerful tool to demonstrate the large volume of theory attached
to the course. An overall impression was that the course was very
well organised, logical in structure and mentally stimulating.
Mark Midgley, Ritchie Midgley
from the bosses who sent people to the courses
" An excellent
course for understanding the fundamentals of FEA - essential for
every user of FEA in structural and mechanical engineering. Also
very useful in gaining a better understanding of structural dynamics.-
(Willem van Schalkwyk, Manager Structural Engineering, Anglo Technical
who attended the course has reported as follows:
The course has built my confidence regarding the use of finite
element modelling, taught me the importance of modelling correctly
and, VERY IMPORTANTLY, taught me to question, question and question
May I add that it gives me some comfort that the staff we have sent
on the course have gained an insight into the power and pitfalls
of finite elements more effectively than we could have done in-house.
(Henry de Wet, Chief Design Engineer, Protekon, Johannesburg)