Structural Computing in Engineering Practice

by Christian Meyer, Columbia Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering

Abstract: Since its emergence some thirty years ago, finite element technology has penetrated a significant part of the structural engineering profession. It serves as a most graphic illustration of a new technology, with unprecedented power and potential, that is always a step or two ahead of the capabilities of practicing engineers to keep up with the new developments and to make optimum use of them. This paper highlights some aspects of education and training that have to be addressed, if analysts are to make proper use of finite element technology in engineering practice. There are questions of modeling real structures, interpretation and verification of analysis results, tasks which require considerable skills and experience. The more general subjects of quality control and code verification are briefly touched as well.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Engineering profession | Structural analysis | Engineering education | Verification | Graphic methods | Training

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