Computer-Aided Structural Engineering Software: The Status of Concurrent Engineering

by Thomas E. Fenske, (M.ASCE), Univ of Louisville, Louisville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Analysis and Computation


Concurrent engineering encompasses computer-aided engineering (CAE), multidisciplinary CAE (MCAE), computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer instructed manufacturing (CIM), and so on. In other words, concurrent engineering is simply `buzz word' terminology for a completely computer-integrated design, fabrication, and erection process. This process, in addition to the traditional design phase, includes evaluation of raw material needs and possible plant sourcing, overlay graphics from a variety of disciplines, and necessary fabrication and erection control. The underlying reason for implementation of concurrent engineering is for cost reduction with simultaneous increase in quality control. This paper details the current status and the future developments necessary to fully integrate concurrent engineering practice into civil engineering structures applications.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Structural engineering | Computer software | Structural design | Manufacturing | Materials processing | Graphic methods

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