Computer-Integrated Construction

by Bruce C. Coles, (F.ASCE), Pres./CEO; Stone & Webster, Inc., New York,
Kenneth F. Reinschmidt, (M.ASCE), Pres./CEO; Stone & Webster Advanced Systems Development Services, Inc., Boston, MA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 6, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


Computers have been used quite successfully as replacements for manual drafting, but to stop there seriously underuses the potential of computer aided design. By using the computer's rendering capabilities to design in three-dimensions, engineers get a more accurate idea of how the parts they are designing fit into the scheme for the overall structure. Interferences, difficulties in placement and construction, and the materials required are all more apparent when the entire object is viewed. Recently, Stone & Webster, Inc., New York, used its Construction Management Display System (COMANDS) to help design the retrofitting of the pollution control system on a Tebbessee Valley Authority powerplant. By designing in three-dimensions, we were able to simulate the construction ahead of time, showing the construction managers what we had planned, sequence the work properly and minimize outage time. With these advantages, we were able to come in on-time and under budget.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Computer aided design | Systems management | Control systems | Construction materials | Three-dimensional models | Rocks

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