Nowadays, business models, constantly disrupted by the new thecnologies from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, are in permanent debate. Last January the World Economic Forum published the document «The Future of Jobs» that aims to draw a landscape of this transformative moment in order to anticipate and proactively manage the current transition in labour markets.
It seems very clear that creativity and «human touch» will be essential components of those jobs that are not to be replaced by robots, artificial intelligence or machine learning. In this regard, we think that Open Software is the best ally for the structural engineer.
Open Software provides the designer with unlimited freedom to take the control of the design process and to customize procedures. In propietary software, only its original authors are allowed to copy or modify the code, which limites the freedom of designing with user-defined algotithms. It is quite normal today to use programs for structural design that steer the engineer to much, leading to solutions purely formalistic, in opposition to the challenging to design creatively, without following predefined procedures.
To the extent that we accept this reality as part of the natural order of things, we are part of the problem, so we ought to be part of the solution.