Consulting Engineers' Experience with CAD

by Harry B. Thomas, Alden E. Stilson & Associates, Structural Dep, Columbus, OH, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Aided Design in Civil Engineering


A general, brief history of the role of computers in design in consulting engineering practice is presented. Their changing role from their initial early use to today's involvement with analysis, design and document preparation is examined. Current state-of-the-art practice in using computers in a design environment is described, and the needs of consulting engineers for increasing sophistication and help in design problem-solving is discussed. A description of the present development of an in-house system joining together individual structural analysis and design programs in a data accumulation/retrieval system which is subsequently linked to counterpart programs generating graphics presentation and final document preparation is presented.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Computer aided design | Structural design | History and Heritage | Engineering profession | Structural analysis | Computer aided operations | Graphic methods

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