Computer-Aided Preliminary Design

by William H. Mooseker, (M.ASCE), Sr. Project Engr.; John Graham and Co., Seattle, Wash.,
Gerard Dixon, Sr. Project Engr.; John Graham and Co., Seattle, Wash.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 1, Pg. 75-95

Document Type: Journal Paper


Reported are details and examples of one architectural/engineering firm's efforts to increase the efficiency of the analysis and design of commercial buildings. Described is the application of software developed in-house by the company to several multistory structures. Details of program use and features are described with case histories of the preliminary design development for two multistory structures—a 59-story hotel and a 34-story office building. Comparisons are made relative to structural economics of the firm's projects with the United States average for 66 other multistory buildings. The economics and benefits of in-house software development are examined.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Building design | Commercial buildings | Mid-rise buildings | Computer software | Case studies | Economic factors | Comparative studies | United States

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