The Advantages of Shared Data in a 3-D Structural CAE Environment

by H. Lynn Rogers, Calma Co, Milpitas, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


An integrated three-dimensional CAD/CAE data base helps solve problems of maintaining current data, sharing data with the several phases in the structural process and with other disciplines. Beginning with the general layout, information can be used directly for design. The design information is in turn, or simultaneously, used for analysis and automatic member sizing. Detail drafting begins with all geometry automatically created for plans and elevations. Other engineering disciplines can view and compare in 3-D the structural data superimposed upon their work. Space interferences are automatically found and reported. The integrated application provides a basis for tremendous savings in productivity. The overall implementation is generally applicable to other engineering disciplines.

Subject Headings: Automation | Computer aided design | Computer analysis | Structural analysis | Databases | Three-dimensional analysis | Structural engineering | Structural design

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