Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has acquired four engineering softwares from MIDAS Information Technology Co. Ltd (MIDAS IT) for teaching and design purposes. MIDAS IT, a South Korean Company, specialises in civil, structural and mechanical engineering software and also provides professional engineering consulting.
These softwares include Midas Gen for integrated design system for building and general structures; Midas Civil for integrated solution system for bridge and civil structures; Midas GTS for 2D/3D geotechnical and tunnel analysis system; and Midas NFX for true analysis driven design in Mechanical engineering.
During a presentation to College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC) staff, John Elinami, MIDAS IT Structural Engineer, said MIDAS technology reflects the state of the art engineering and knowledge that is respected globally.
“Our software has been used in major projects across the world including the world’s tallest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa in Dubai,” said Elinami.
Elinami said MIDAS IT ensures the day to day work of engineers are efficient and effective, adding that their products do not only give optimal results that are accurate but also saves time.
The Dean, School of Civil Engineering and Geomatic Engineering (SCEGE), Prof. Eng. Geoffrey Mang’uriu said the acquisition comes at opportune time especially in the engineering sector in the country and will make JKUAT programmes and students stand out from the crowd.
“Interacting with the MIDAS softwares, I realized that they have features and tools that the other softwares we are currently using don’t have,” attested Prof. Mang’uriu.
The MIDAS softwares will be applied in areas such as structural safety checks; fatigue check and seismic performance evaluation; unconventional tunnel intersection; vibration analysis for earthquake and blasting; and electronics and electrical engineering.
The uptake of this softwares by Kenya could easily solve the problem of unsafe building in our country.
MIDAS IT has also availed 160 licenses, 40 each for every software and will also avail one semester fee sponsorship for a COETEC student.
Elinami was accompanied by Regional Branch Manager, India and Middle East Asia Regions, Adrian Kang and were received by the Ag. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Principal, COETEC, Prof. Bernard Ikua and Dean, SCEGE, Prof. Eng. Geoffrey Mang’uriu.