The process of structural design has received very little attention from the research community despite its centralness in day to day structural engineering. Much of the research which has been done has been carried out in Australia over a number of years and with the cooperation of many structural engineers. The present paper reviews the reasons for being engaged in this relatively unusual research activity and provides an overview of the work to date. A review is given of the incidence and type of errors made in basic design tasks such as calculations, table look up and table interpolation, and how these errors relate to results obtained for more comprehensive tasks such as loading determination and member design. One of the outcomes of the work has been to suggest areas in certain current design codes which are prone to misinterpretation by practitioners. Preliminary results related to design computation checking and inspection are also reviewed. This work potentially has major implications for quality assurance programmes. (Author/TRRL)

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    Institution of Engineers

    11 National Circuit
    Barton, A.C.T.,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Stewart, M G
    • Melchers, R E
  • Publication Date: 1989-5

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  • Accession Number: 00491531
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1990 12:00AM