Title: Spreadsheet Programming for Structural Design
Author(s): A. Casas and I. J. Oppenheim
Publication: Symposium Paper
Appears on pages(s): 233-248
Keywords: bridges (structures); computer programs; density (mass/volume); girders; loads (forces); microcomputers; prestressed concrete; prestress loss; retaining walls; structural design; Design
Spreadsheet programming is presented as a new programming alternative for solving daily calculations in the engineering design office. Two spreadsheet programs with different applications are used to introduce the reader to this technique. A retaining wall template demonstrates the advantage of altering one design parameter and seeing the results propagate instantly, thus leaving the engineer with a very responsive tool. A prestressed bridge template organizes in separate windows the engineering design process involved in the prestress design. The template is written according to the design requirements of AASHTO. It allows the engineer to verify different alternatives in the design of the concrete girder, hence leading to a manually optimized section.