Why We Offer Free Documents, Software and Other Items for Download
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Today the buzzword for websites is “monetisation.” Everyone wants to make money off of the web. Sometimes it’s tricky; the “dot-com” crash at the turn of the millennium was partly a result of that.
We’re not totally immune from that either; you see the Google and Amazon ad boxes throughout our sites. We also have an array of published books as well. We appreciate your support through these avenues; it helps us keep expanding our offerings without burdening you financially.
Our ability in offering downloads–both documentary and software–is aided by the following:
- The U.S. government puts its work product in the public domain, so we can pass these along to you without copyright worries.
- Much of this output is core to geotechnical and coastal engineering and related fields. Some of these documents and programs (such as NAVFAC DM 7.02, NAVFAC P-990, and WEAP87) are no longer available from the government, and the government’s sites aren’t the most “user-friendly” either. Also, most government sites only carry the latest version of a given document when in some cases there is useful information in the earlier version that has been dropped.
- Open source software and freeware can generally be passed along as well.
In the civil engineering field, we’re as aware as anyone that our information can be used to generate revenue. But there are constituencies in that field that still need the free information such as:
- Students, who now turn to the web first and not their library.
- Engineers who are trying to develop their careers and don’t have a lot of money to invest.
- Third-world students, engineers and governments, blessed with intelligence and desire but short of resources. It’s one thing to send computers out there but what can they afford to get access to when they get them?
It may not seem much to some people, but the downloads of engineering and other software that grace our sites is one way we put our faith in Jesus Christ into action. We hope you can benefit from these offerings.
The downloads we offer on this site
Program and Documents Available
We have four sites in this “online family,” all of which offer downloads of one kind or another:
- vulcanhammer.net, which has extensive documents and software for geotechnical and marine engineering and construction;
- vulcanhammer.info, the website about Vulcan Iron Works Inc. and the pile driving equipment it made (also with many documents on pile driving and driven piles);
- vulcanhammer.org, (this site) which includes the Anglican and Episcopal prayer books; and
- chet-aero.com, whose downloads specialise in airfield and airport design and construction.
If you have any questions, contact us. Happy searching!