Spreadsheets: A New Design Tool

by Alberto Casas, (A.M.ASCE), Sr. Structural Engr.; Capacete-Martin & Associates, Architects-Engineers, 1509 F.D. Roosevelt Ave., San Juan, PR,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 12, Pg. 66-67

Document Type: Feature article


New techniques are developing which make computer programming easier. One new technique is spreadsheet programming for microcomputers. Two programs are presented which give a quick overall look at different applications (steel beam design template, and biaxial loading footing design). There are other programs for applications such as retaining walls, reinforced concrete beam design, steel moment connections, etc. All these applications solve common everyday problems. As the trend increases toward the use of spreadsheet programming in lieu of conventional programming languages, more elaborate worksheets will include steps for more involved applications. The author encourages the use of spreadsheet programs because they not only speed up the calculations but also allow the engineer to get a direct feeling for his own design.

Subject Headings: Steel beams | Concrete beams | Spreadsheets | Foundation design | Biaxial loads | Reinforced concrete | Computers | Footings

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