Computers in Structural Engineering Practice The Issue of Quality

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by Leroy Z. Emkin, Georgia Inst of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering

Abstract: The dilemma of affordable and easy access to computing versus uncertain and dangerous pitfalls will be a continuing one for the profession. Since the pitfalls include problems associate with quality and reliability of engineering, and with liability of engineers, and since the numbers of engineers involved with computers appear now to be growing uncontrollably, it is necessary to establish regular dialogue between professionals which address these issues, which expose the pitfalls, and which provide guidelines for practice that can be used to avoid serious problems. The paper emphasizes the issues of quality assurance, quality control, and verification of structural engineering software.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Quality control | Verification | Liability | Structural control | Engineering profession |

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