Object Oriented Modeling of Structural Systems

by Dietrich Hartmann, Ruhr-Univ Bochum, Germany,
Arnd Fischer, Ruhr-Univ Bochum, Germany,
Peter Holéwik, Ruhr-Univ Bochum, Germany,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


Computational engineering in structural design is no longer restricted to numerical approaches. Increasingly, also non-numerical, in particular, cognitive problems can be implemented into effective computer systems. In addition, sophisticated data base methodologies can be applied to assist in the solution of complicated real world problems. However, essential difficulties are still encountered if computer systems of the distinct application fields have to be integrated into an overall system in a holistic fashion. In this context, Object Oriented Modeling Concepts and Techniques (OOCT) seem to be extremely suitable to overcome the deficiencies of software technology of the past decades. This contribution is intended to demonstrate the enormous benefits in using OOCT for complicated engineering tasks. To illustrate the object oriented formalization two practical applications are considered.

Subject Headings: Structural systems | Structural models | Computer software | Computer models | Dynamic models | Numerical methods | Databases | Structural design

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