Tabular Decision Logic for Structural Design

by Steven J. Fenves,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1966, Vol. 92, Issue 6, Pg. 473-490

Document Type: Journal Paper


As computer applications shift from analysis to design, increased attention must be given to algorithms which are primarily logical in character. The common approach to the programming through involved flow-charts has been generally found unsatisfactory. The technique of tabular decision logic provides one means of formulating complex logical decisions. The technique is described and illustrated. It is shown that the technique eliminated most of the shortcomings of conventional flow-charting. The application of the technique is contingent on the availability of clear, precise rules defining engineering decisions. The paper concludes with a brief description of the conversion of decision tables into conventional flow diagrams and of some processors which convert decision tables directly into execution programs.

Subject Headings: Wood structures | Structural design | Computer analysis | Computer software | Algorithms

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