Computer Slashes Time and Cost of Structural Design

by John J. Brisbane, Jr., Mechanical Engineer; Rohm and Haas Co., Bristol, Pa.,
T. Burr Fisher, Principal Engineer; Rohm and Haas Co., Bristol, Pa.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 9, Pg. 57-59

Document Type: Feature article


An existing computer program for designing floor framing was modified to simplify usage. A preprocessor program was written to reduce the amount and complexity of the input data. A description of the preprocessor development is used to illustrate how the communication gap between user and programmer can be narrowed. Engineers are urged to insist on simplified, user oriented input. The modified program has resulted in reduced design time and has been readily accepted by its users. An example is included which illustrates the ease with which the program can be used to design a floor framing system.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Structural design | Floors | Frames | Computer software

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