Applications of Microcomputers for Bridge Design

by R. A. Love, Univ of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA,
F. W. Barton, Univ of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA,
W. T. McKeel, Univ of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications Within the Urban Transportation Environment


This paper examines the role of microcomputers in the design divisions of state departments of transportation, specifically in bridge design applications. Consideration is given primarily to the use of the 16-bit IBM-compatible machines which constitute the majority of current machines and for which the majority of software is available. The current status of microcomputer usage in bridge divisions is evaluated based on an informal telephone survey and the prospects for future use identified. In the context of the computer environment within the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation, the procedure for software development and acquisition is examined with emphasis on the downloading and conversion of mainframe FORTRAN programs.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Computers | Computer software | Equipment and machinery | Highway and road design | Highway bridges | Bridge tests | Geomatic surveys

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