CADD for the Structural Engineer

by Mehrdad Soltani, Univ of Miami, United States,
Michael K. Phang, Univ of Miami, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering


There is a need for educating structural engineers on Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) programs. Many structural engineering firms use a combination of in-house and commercially available Computer Aided Structural Analysis and/or Design (CASAD) programs that are often incompatible. These incompatibilities result in inefficient use of computers as engineering tools and often lead to errors that may prove to be costly. These programs lack a model or a standard applicable to all existing software and to software developed in the future. Structural engineers must be better prepared to use computer software, and the software industry must agree on a global or standard format.

Subject Headings: Computer analysis | Computer aided design | Structural analysis | Structural design | Engineering education | Industrial facilities

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