Computer Assisted Conceptual Structural Design of Steel Buildings

by Hiroyuki Fuyama, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Tokyo, Japan,
Kincho H. Law, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Tokyo, Japan,
Helmut Krawinkler, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Tokyo, Japan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


The design quality of a building is mostly determined during the conceptual design stage. Computers, however, have not been used effectively to handle the conceptual design of building structures. In this study an interactive design system, BERT. (Building Engineering and Reasoning Tool), has been developed for designing moment resisting steel frame structures. Given the loading conditions and building configuration, BERT has the capability to design and optimize member sizes through reasoning about the behavior of the: structure. Different configurations can be evaluated by means of a cost estimating scheme that incorporates steel material, fabrication, and erection costs.

Subject Headings: Steel structures | Computer aided design | Steel | Building systems | Steel frames | Structural behavior | Structural design | Human factors

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