New Concepts-Byproducts of Computer Technology

by Fazlur R. Khan, (F.ASCE), General Partner and Chf. Struct. Engr.; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Ill.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 4, Pg. 627-634

Document Type: Journal Paper


The relationship of the growth of computer technology and the creation of new concepts in engineering, particularly structural engineering, is presented in this paper. Three examples of major structural innovations (100-story John Hancock Center; small roof structure for Baxter Laboratories, Deerfield, Ill.; and 110-story Sears Tower) are used to illustrate this continuous relationship. It is noted that the future of new concepts will depend on how fast the computer technology moves foward.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Continuous structures | Innovation | High-rise buildings | Roofs | Engineering profession

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