Structural Engineering via Interactive Microcomputing

by Terence A. Weigel, Univ of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA,
Thomas E. Fenske, Univ of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


Development of a microcomputer software package which will analyze, design and detail structural systems. The ability to analyze, design and detail will be included in initial development efforts but future enhancements of the package will also include the capability to automatically fabricate, assemble and ship structural components. A job scheduling feature will also be included. The most important feature of the system is that it is totally interactive, giving the engineer complete control over the design process. The complete design of a system, including analysis, design, fabrication and assembly, can be accomplished by a single engineer in a matter of hours. Additionally, the concept of expert systems in structural engineering is discussed.

Subject Headings: Computer analysis | Structural engineering | Fabrication | System analysis | Structural analysis | Computer aided operations | Computer software | Automation

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