LUSAS Licence Challenger
I think that LUSAS represents one of the most competent FEA packages out there; even when the Eurocodes start to lead you into the more complicated realms of non-linear/dynamic analysis. There’s something admirable about the way it does what it says on the tin, in an uncompromising way; without the false sense of security created by less sophisticated packages, that can so easily lead you astray.
Challenger essentially provides polling support for the LUSAS licence client, giving you a way to see who is logged in, and to constantly challenge for any licences that come available.
The problem with any licensed piece of software, however, is that there is always a disparity between how many licences the company is willing to buy, and how many licences the company really needs. Never a day goes past where someone, somewhere, doesn’t make an impassioned plea to ’email-all’ for that 6:00pm licence to check a last-minute client update; or joins the 7:00am “I might need it later so I’ll get a licence now” club.
Inevitably you have to give up hope that any new licences will be forth-coming and take matters into your own hands…
Challenger essentially provides polling support for the LUSAS licence client, giving you a way to see who is logged in, and to constantly challenge for any licences that come available. It also lets you send the traditional ‘for-the-love-of-god-stop-hogging-all-the-licences’ e-mail to all the current users with a single keypress.
After downloading, check out the read me. It’s short, sweet, and tells you everything you need to get started with Challenger; which despite being portable, needs a bit of configuration to get going.
I am only just beginning to get around to sharing the array of scripts and programs I’ve authored to make my life more bearable, so watch this space.