Large-Scale, Integrated Reinforced Concrete Design System


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Title: Large-Scale, Integrated Reinforced Concrete Design System

Author(s): Lawrence F. Kahn and Michael H. Swanger

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 4

Issue: 11

Appears on pages(s): 7-15

Keywords: computer programs; computers; reinforced concrete; structural analysis; structural design.

Date: 11/1/1982

The use of many individual small programs running on a microcomputer is compared with the use of a large-scale, integrated system for reinforced con-crete design Microprograms require considerable bookkeeping by the engineer and may limit design freedom. Integrated systems combine analysis and floor/beam/column design so that the machine handles the data. While microcomputer systems are beneficial, overall engineering productivity may be enhanced by use of integrated programs.*