Title: Computers and Concrete
Author(s): A. Murray Lount
Publication: Journal Proceedings
Appears on pages(s): 1047-1062
Keywords: computers, concrete practice
The computer is becoming the focal point of a complete revolution in the approach to engineering problems. However, the best use of this new tool is not made under existing engineering office organization and as a mere replacement for manual labor. Proper use of computers depends on knowing what they can and cannot do. This paper examines five areas where computers have been, or can be, used with success. The problems of analysis and design, routine operations such as detailing, research, tabular data, and optimization and probability analysis are discussed. Some examples of work where computers were used are presented. It is concluded that the use of computers may lead to a complete reassessment of many aspects of concrete design and practice and it is suggested that the time for some of this may be now.