An Object-Oriented Approach for Reinforced Concrete Design

by Ajay B. Kulkarni, Georgia Pacific, Ocala, United States,
Kamal B. Rojiani, Georgia Pacific, Ocala, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


The use of the object-oriented programming approach in developing applications for the analysis and design of reinforced concrete members is discussed. Two object oriented programming languages, Actor and C++, were used to develop several applications. Actor is a pure object oriented programming language while C++ is a hybrid object oriented programming language. The procedures and techniques used in the development of these applications can easily be applied to the development of other structural engineering applications. The advantages and disadvantages of object oriented programming for structural engineering application development are discussed. It was found that object oriented programming has significant benefits. However, these benefits can only be realized if careful thought is given during the initial planning and program development stage. A comparative study of the two programming languages, Actor and C++, was also performed.

Subject Headings: Computer languages | Computer aided design | Computer analysis | Comparative studies | Structural design | Hybrid methods | Engineering education | Reinforced concrete

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