I'm reviving this thread because I am (this time for sure) giving an hour-long webinar to the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers
in early June.
The working title is "Open Source Software in Engineering". I have an hour to do a presentation, and I think I'm going to have to talk about open source as a general topic to start (licensing, purpose, etc.). I want to talk about engineering-related tools including (but not limited to) FreeCAD. It would be nice to highlight tools that are strong, viable alternatives to commercial software for engineering consultants. For example, QGIS stands as a genuinely viable FOSS alternative to ArcGIS and is really the only case where I can honestly say an open source alternative to a proprietary software solution is genuinely on the same level. Of course, there's LibreOffice / OpenOffice for general productivity, and Blender is another good example, but it tends to fall a little outside the engineering realm.
If there are other good examples, I might appreciate a mention of them here so I can at least mention them in passing. There's already some good references in this thread which showcases FreeCAD, and @yorick's FOSDEM 2018 presentation on FreeCAD and the WikiHouse project
is going to provide me some good material to include as well.
The organization I'm presenting to represents all sorts of engineers (chemical, mechanical, electrical, civil, industrial), but the bulk of the engineers will likely be transportation consultants. It's important I address the breadth of engineering, but I also plan on showcasing whatever limited functions my transportation workbench has. If nothing else, it will highlight the potential that exists in open source for transportation engineering, but I don't anticipate I'll have much to show, given the less-than-stellar speed at which I am developing it.
Anyway, just putting it out there, in case there's been some more recent developments in the last few months that might be useful.