netGuru makes dent into Asian, Middle East varsites

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 22 November 2002, 08:00 Hrs
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YORBA LINDA: Research Engineers International (REI), a division of netGuru Inc. (Nasdaq:NGRU), providers of world class engineering software for structural design and analysis, Friday announced that more than 300 licenses of its market-leading STAAD.Pro structural design and analysis software has been purchased by leading engineering universities in Asia and the Middle East within the past three months.

"Standardization of STAAD.Pro in some of the premier universities in Taiwan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and other countries is a true testament of STAAD.Pro's global presence not only in the commercial sector but in the educational system as well," said Santanu Das, vice president, Technology Strategy for netGuru.

"Our software is equipped with the latest steel and concrete codes for almost every region of the world," he said. "Future engineers all around the world will now have access and be properly instructed on how to be more efficient with STAAD.Pro as their major tool. With the STAAD.Pro documentation and program written in over seven languages, multinational engineering companies have a much easier time completing design projects overseas with one software."

The universities that have purchased licenses and have designated STAAD.Pro as a standard teaching tool in their departments within the past three months include University of the East and St. Luis College in the Philippines; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Johor), Universiti Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn and Universiti Malaya (Sabah) in Malaysia; King Faisal University (Dammam) in Saudi Arabia; Sharjah University in Dubai; National Pintung University, National Chung Hshing University, Kaohsiung University (NKUAC), China Culture University and Ming Hsin Institute of Technology (MHIT) in Taiwan; and the Vocational Training Council in Hong Kong.

More than 300 licenses of STAAD.Pro were procured by these prestigious universities to help prepare their students for designing structures in the real world. Classes designed around the software will be concurrently developed. Typically, universities in SE Asia take a conservative approach in using commercial software for education purposes.

REI's office in Singapore, which is responsible for the aforementioned sales, has continued to significantly grow the STAAD.Pro user base in Asia in the past two years. Major engineering projects in the region including the Guangdong Olympic Stadium and the water conservancy electric station for the Three Gorges Dam were recently completed using STAAD.Pro.

REI has focused on working closely with universities in the Asian and Middle Eastern markets to ensure they have the latest engineering software to help their students become more marketable. In the United States, universities such as MIT, University of Illinois, Purdue University and Cornell all utilize STAAD.Pro in their classrooms.

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