Decision Support Systems for the Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures


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Title: Decision Support Systems for the Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Author(s): S. N. Pollalis

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 98


Appears on pages(s): 183-196

Keywords: building codes; computers; reinforced concrete; structural analysis; structural design; Design

Date: 3/3/1987

A model for the design of a computer system to support decision making for the design of reinforced concrete structures is proposed. The process of analysis-design-drafting is transformed into a series of integrated operations performed upon a relational database. The computer tools used in structural engineering today are evaluated, and a model for planning their data integration has been developed. Databases are the backbone for the process of systematically storing and retrieving data to accumulate knowledge and support decisions. The focus of the paper is on identifying the requirements of databases suitable for structural analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures. A primer objective for such a database structure is to include data from engineering codes to provide information throughout the design. The importance of incorporating the ACI 318 Code and Commentary is emphasized and its implementation through a relational database is proposed.