CAD/CAE in a Complex Structural Reinforced Concrete Design

The main issues that significantly contribute to problems and delays on construction sites are changing client's requirements, incomplete design information, and poor site monitoring and control. Although experienced designers and construction managers control or minimize such problems during the design stage, the complexity and amount of the information in construction project make such a task very difficult to accomplish effectively. This paper presents an actual case study model for an integrated system which aims at presenting CAD/CAE in 3D using virtual reality. Firstly, the technology enables the designer to walk-through the proposed building perhaps at different construction time intervals-giving a vivid appreciation of the whole situation. Secondly, its enables the users to interrogate the building structural elements to present its details progress thus giving total virtual structural view of the project. Thirdly, the design effect of any changes in the building configuration can be modeled, visualized, and even the cost effect could be calculated. Finally the system enables virtual models to be shared and thus facilitates collaborative global design and construction. A case study involving the design of a 1600 m2 Cathedral with a roof height of 13m and a span of 33m is explored.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 178-187
  • Monograph Title: Computing in Civil Engineering (2012)

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  • Accession Number: 01501758
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784412343
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2013 2:23PM