Development of Computer-Based Models of Standards and Attendant Knowledge-Base and Procedural Systems

by Emil Simiu, Natl Inst of Standards and, Technology, Gaithersburg, United States,
James H. Garrett, Natl Inst of Standards and, Technology, Gaithersburg, United States,
Kent A. Reed, Natl Inst of Standards and, Technology, Gaithersburg, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation

Abstract: Existing and new technology can be used to develop a new generation of standards that would allow designers to use complex standards efficiently, help standard-writing bodies to detect and eliminate errors and inconsistencies in standard provisions, facilitate interaction between standard-writing bodies and design professionals, and make effective use of available knowledge, including large data bases. We propose the development of computer-based models of standards, and of knowledge-based and procedural systems to be incorporated in or used in conjunction with such models. Pilot projects should demonstrate the significant potential for improvement in design and construction productivity inherent in such a new generation of standards. Wind loading examples are used for illustration.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Wind loads | Knowledge-based systems | Computer aided design | Mathematical models | Databases | Building codes

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