Below is a list of software packages commonly used by engineering students and information on where they may be obtained.


The page with ArcGIS Desktop and Pro information is at:

Bentley Software Suite

Bentley offers an entire suite of Engineering applications to students, available through their StudentServer online service. 
Microstation, InRoads, Soilvision, Synchro Pro, and many other titles is available to all engineering students.

Click here for more information

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc...)

Access to MS Office is free for all OSU Students.

Revu BlueBeam

Revu BlueBeam is available to all engineering students


Download the newest version here

To register Revu BlueBeam download the license information here.


Download the newest version here

To register Revu BlueBeam download the license information here.

Note: Revu for Mac is not compatible with OSCatalina at this time. See

MathCad (PTC)

MathCAD 15 is available to be purchased with the PTC MathCAD Prime 3.1 bundle from:

  • Please use your Oregon State email to purchase from the eStore.

For instructions on installing and licensing MathCAD 15 visit:

MATLAB (MathWorks)

Students and faculty can use MATLAB in two different ways.

1. Use our Citrix environment to run MATLAB.  This is quick and easy and requires no local software.  It is recommended for the casual user.

2. OSU has arranged for a site-license for MATLAB that allows students and faculty to install on up to 4 devices.  A network connection is not required (no central license server).  Click here for instructions.

For more information about MATLAB visit:

MathType (DesignScience)

Windows - Version 7
Click here to download - 5.9MB

This version is compatible with Office 2016 and earlier. Download the zip file and extract. Follow instructions in the README.txt

Mac OS X - Version 7
Click  here to download - 8 MB

This version is compatible with Office 2016 for Mac and earlier. Download the zip file and extract pkg. Follow instructions in the README.txt

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools (Access, Project, Visual Studio, etc.)

College of Engineering students and faculty are able to take advantage of the Microsoft Azure Dev Tools program.

This partnership with Microsoft provides the following software packages FREE:

  • Access
  • Project
  • SQL Server
  • Visio
  • Visual Studio
  • Windows Server
  • Windows operating system

You can log in to the Azure Dev Tools website by going here.

Note: If you would like to view available software, click Software (below Overview). Do not use the blue search bar at the top; it will search the entire site, which isn't what you want.

VMware Academic Program

The College of Engineering is a part of the VMware Academic Program (VMAP).

This program provides students to several VMware products for free, including:

  • VMware Fusion
  • VMware Workstation for Windows
  • VMware Workstation for Linux
  • VMware vSphere Advanced

You can log in to the VMAP website by going here.

SolidWorks (SolidWorks)

If you are enrolled in a course that requires the use of SolidWorks, please use the methods below to access the software:

  1. (RECOMMENDED)  Citrix Receiver –  Download the Citrix Workspace app and point to  When off campus, use the campus VPN.
  2. Engineering Labs – Located in Kelley 1130, Batcheller 041 and 045, Dearborn 115, Rogers 336, 338, 340
  3. Personal Laptop Installs – to install, browse to (ONID authentication required)

If you are working in research groups or on research projects that are not course related that require the use of SolidWorks, please email support for more information in obtaining a research license.

Mentor Graphics - PADS

The college has arranged for a site-license for PADS through Mentor Graphics that will allow you to use the software free of charge while connected to any campus wired or wireless network or using the campus VPN.

PADS - Version VX.2 
Click here to download - 3.5G (~6GB required) - Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. 

Once this zip file has been downloaded, extract the .zip file and read the file "README-FIRST.PADS.txt" for install instructions and license server information.

Autocad, Civil3D, etc... Various Titles (Autodesk)

Register to download at

SAP2000 Pro and ETABS (CSI) - demo packages

SAP2000 Pro Version16 Click here to download -626MB

For more info:

The installation comes with a license which is good through January 31, 2015. Please choose Help=>About to see the number of days left. While the demos are limited versions, they will be suitable for most homework problems given in structures classes. It's a great way to familiarize yourself with a tool widely used in industry. The full versions are available in the computer labs in Civil and Construction Engineering.

MINEQL+ (Environmental Research Software)

MINEQL+ is a powerful and easy-to-use chemical equilibrium modeling system that can be used to perform calculations on low temperature (0-50oC), low to moderate ionic strength (<0.5 M) aqueous systems. MINEQL+ is a data driven program, so you do NO programming. In the simplest scenario, you create systems by selecting chemical components from a menu, scan the thermodynamic database and run the calculation. However, MINEQL+ also provides tools to allow you to take control of your reaction data, create a personal thermodynamic database, perform synthetic titrations and automatically process multiple samples (such as field data).

MINEQL+ - Version 4.6
Click here to download


Abaqus is a software suite for finite element analysis and computer-aided engineering. 

Abaqus Student Edition is available for download, free of charge, from the SIMULIA Learning Community:

  • You will need to create an account to access the SIMULIA Learning Community.


Many of the most common questions are answered online at the SIMULIA Learning Community where you will also find:

  • The Complete Abaqus Documentation Collection including the Getting Started Manual and Examples Manual
  • eLearning video and text tutorials
  • iQuestions and Answers
  • Blog Posts with news, announcements, and technical articles from SIMULIA Employees and other members
  • You will need to create an account to access the SIMULIA Learning Community.