Integration of CAD and Structural Engineering for Building Design

by Randall D. Tardy, Intergraph Corp, Huntsville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation


Many design/build contractors have publicized successes using three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided-design (CAD) models. Structural engineers contribute equipment support structures as part of a highly integrated, multi-discipline project. The 3D CAD model enables better project management through visual reference and automated interference checking as design progresses from conceptual to final design. Since physical modeling techniques are used, drawings can be extracted from the model. These structural engineers have pioneered state-of-the-art integration of CAD and structural engineering. This paper describes why these techniques should also apply to building design.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Building design | Physical models | Architectural engineering | Structural engineering | Project management | Conceptual design | Computer models

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