EFFECT OF COMPUTERS ON ECONOMY OF BRIDGE DESIGN

The paper examines highway bridge costs in relation to the costs of an overall highway system, divides the bridge costs themselves into various categories, and examines the feasibility of reducing the costs in these various categories by adopting computer-based methods of design. The conclusion is drawn that appreciable savings are available in the cost of materials in construction, and these savings greatly outweigh any possible increase in design costs needed to bring them about. The paper also considers the effect of computer-based design on safety margins in the resulting bridges, and examines briefly the roles of the engineering profession and the drafters of code specifications in influencing designers towards adopting computer-based methods. /Author/

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    • The content of this paper was presented at a specialty conference, Computers in Structural Engineering Practice, held under the auspices of CSCE in Montreal, August 6-7, 1977.
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    National Research Council of Canada

    1200 Montreal Road
    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 0R6
  • Authors:
    • Bakht, B
    • Csagoly, P F
    • Jaeger, L G
  • Publication Date: 1979-9

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  • Accession Number: 00308028
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1980 12:00AM