EXAMPLES OF COMPUTER USAGE IN BRIDGE DESIGN

Design procedures supported on an office based mini-computer with a display are described and illustrated by examples for concrete bridge design. To retain the engineer's sense of involvement in design and to maintain his flexibility of approach a data-based system is developed. Files are accessed by independent programs and graphical communication is used extensively to ensure fluid and meaningful man-machine interaction in real time. The techniques are illustrated by application to the overall design of multispan varying section prestressed-concrete bridge and to design of structural elements. The approach provides an economic, efficient, and accurate method of performing complex operations which are not suited to fully automatic treatment. By condensing the time span of a design cycle more possible solutions can be investigated and thus the engineer's chances of producing the most appropriate design are increased.

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  • Accession Number: 00095828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASCE #11230 Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1975 12:00AM