The director-general of Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHESTCO), Prof. Paul Onyenekwe, has described software technology as innovative tools that encourage precision in research activities.
In his speech at a workshop on modelling and simulation solutions using Maple and Maplesim software organized by SHESTCO in collaboration with Tangier Int’l Co, the authorized Maple and Maplesim software reseller in Nigeria, he said software such as Maple would go a long way to encourage and develop the critical mass required in modeling and simulation.
“In modern research people no longer just rush into the lab and start mixing chemicals. Now, people sit down and simulate what you intend to do/see, this helps to have a clear picture of what you need to do. This now helps you to design your project so as to achieve the desired result, having the simplest software to do that will be very helpful.
“People run away from some research because the cost of getting some of these software are very high. Using free copies with limited space is not helpful, that is where Maple steps in with its bigger space and storage, which is very affordable,” he said.
According to him, Maple contains very powerful symbolic, numeric computational and Dbase facilities that can effectively handle any mathematical, scientific, engineering task.
The SHESTCO boss expressed the hope that the training workshop would impact meaningfully into the skill sets of participants, thereby increasing their productivity in various areas of academic and industrial application.
In her remarks, the Tangier representative, Bukkie Shodunke, explained that the software helps in carrying out research more effectively and efficiently.
“For instance, there are certain research activities which when done manually takes a longer time but using Maple saves time and the result is accurate. So, instead of going through the rigorous routine of solving problems, researching and modelling Maple is here to take care of that without stress,” she added.
In his goodwill message, the former head of department, Mathematics, University of Ilorin, Prof. Mohammed Ibrahim, explained that modelling covers all areas of life, adding the essence of the workshop was to introduce scientists and researchers to mathematical modelling using Maple.