The Effective Use of Commercial Computer Software for the Structural Design and Buildings

September 29, 2006
Publication: Civil Engineering Practice (BSCES) v 21 n 1 p 23-44
Author(s): James Parker Pedro Sifre Michael Bolduc

Abstract: The development and effective use of commercial design software by engineers for the structural design of buildings, is discussed. General computing tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, office networks, web data, and electronic mail have increased productivity and changed the way building design has been conducted. Three major parts such as gravity design of columns, gravity design of floor framing, and design of the lateral load resisting system play an important role for a building design with a structural frame. Experience and aptitude of the structural designer put impact on the time and quality of the design, which has been significantly improved by the use of computers. The first and second generations of structural software gained modest productivity as the analysis tool has nominal impact on the overall design process. The structural software now has moved to the forth generation and needs to be improved and redefined.


Services: Structural Design
Keywords: Analytical Studies