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COMSOL Multiphysics is a modeling package for the simulation of any physical process you can describe with partial differential equations (PDEs). It features state-of-the-art solvers that address complex problems quickly and accurately, while its intuitive structure is designed to provide ease of use and flexibility.


Developed by Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Water Supply and Water Resources Division, EPANET is software that models water distribution piping systems. It is a Windows program that performs extended-period simulation of the hydraulic and water quality behavior within pressurized pipe networks.


GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.


HEEDS (Hierarchical Evolutionary Engineering Design System) is an optimization software package that allows designers to automatically and concurrently explore hundreds of design parameters and their relationships in product and process design scenarios, and intelligently seeks optimal values for parameters that affect performance and cost. HEEDS can be used to improve any engineering system (structural, thermal, fluid, electrical, etc.), including multi-disciplinary problems. In structural design applications, for example, HEEDS can evolve designs that simultaneously satisfy objectives and targets for stiffness, durability, crash-worthiness, noise and vibration, mass, cost, manufacturability, and reliability.

HEEDS applies several optimization methods simultaneously, allowing each method to take advantage of the best attributes and solutions found from other parallel searches. The multiple semi-independent search processes exchange information about the solution space with each other, helping them jointly to satisfy multiple constraints and objectives. This search method is called a heterogeneous multi-agent approach. It quickly identifies design attributes with good potential and uses them to focus, improve and accelerate the search for an optimum solution.

Where is HEEDS?

HEEDS is available in engineering computer labs.


HEEDS Technical Tips can be found at this link.

Hydromantis GPS-X

GPS-X is a wastewater treatment plant simulator program developed and published by Hydromantis Inc. GPS-X is a modular, multi-purpose computer program for the modeling and simulation of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants. Whether you are designing a new facility, or simulating an existing plant, GPS-X will help you improve your design and operating efficiency. GPS-X Version 6.0 is the State-of-the-Art in wastewater process simulation. Featuring the industry's easiest-to-use interface and most comprehensive suite of wastewater models, GPS-X provides engineers with a proven tool for process analysis.

Interactive Groundwater

A sophisticated combined research and educational software environment for unified deterministic and stochastic groundwater modeling. Based on a set of new efficient and robust computational algorithms, the software allows simulating complex flow and transport in aquifers subject to both systematic and "randomly" varying stresses and geological and chemical heterogeneity. Interactive Groundwater was developed at Portland State University. The program was modified and extended at Michigan State University and can be found in all of the DECS public PC labs.


LabVIEW, developed and published by National Instruments, is a graphical programming environment used by millions of engineers and scientists to develop sophisticated measurement, test, and control systems using intuitive graphical icons and wires that resemble a flowchart. The LabVIEW platform is scalable across multiple targets and Operationg Systems. This software is installed on all of the DECS Lab PCs and can be installed on office and lab computers by DECS.


Loop-Pro is performance optimization software created and distributed by Control Station. The Loop-Pro software can help reduce production costs and waste while increasing productivity. Loop-Pro has many features that include precise tuning of PID controllers, monitoring and analysis of controller performance, and customizable control loops.


LS-DYNA is a general purpose transient dynamic finite element program capable of simulating complex real world problems. It is optimized for shared and distributed memory Unix, Linux, and Windows based platforms.


Marc and Mentat combine to deliver a complete solution (pre-processing solution and post-processing solution) for implicit nonlinear FEA. Marc provides the easiest to use and most robust capabilities for contact, large strain, and multiphysics analysis available today to solve static and quasi-static nonlinear problems.