Representation of Strategic Choices in Structural Modeling

by Clive L. Dym, Univ of Massachusetts, United States,
Steven E. Salata, Univ of Massachusetts, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering


A major concern in structural modeling is the proper choice of tools to achieve stated objectives. Problem statements in structural analysis and design are usually made in fairly abstract ways, for example, in terms of high level descriptions of the object being studied and of the calculations being planned. It is up to the modeler to: refine this high level description to appropriate levels of detail; choose and exercise one or more modeling tools; and interpret and assess the results produced. This paper describes an environment within which these strategic choices for structural modeling can be represented and made.

Subject Headings: Decision support systems | Structural models | Computer models | Structural analysis | Mathematical models | Computer analysis | Computer languages | Structural members

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