ecotect is a very robust software that can analyze so many aspects of a building. i love that it can analyze wind, weather, energy, water, etc. I love every aspect of it. if only everyone in the ae industry were using it, we would have more efficient infrastructures and buildings. It needs to be updated to 2019 but i love it either way. i believe a lot of the features are now built in other programs such as revit.
the lack of updates. as far as i know they havent updated it in a while. but i understand other implementations are important. so i do like that its getting rolled out in the autodesk platform.
get familiar with the processes and youll be able to understand workflows better.
having a great deal of knowledge prior to going to the engineers is key. having a good sense of what the design impacts are as you build a model are also extreemely important.