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Some aspects of the design process, as applied to calculations for reinforced concrete structures, are considered. The benefits of an interactive system of design as a means of employing computers in this process are discussed and it is concluded that such a system requires only the use of a small computer. The DECIDE system, written specifically for small machines, is described briefly as an example of how design calculations for reinforced concrete may be written into an interactive system.
I would like to make a comment on the introduction that appeared in the November 1977 issue to the paper 'Teaching towards an improved understanding of structural behaviour' by D. M. Brohn and J. Cowan.
Several examples of concrete bridges which have prominent features, built in Japan during the last decade, are cited and may be considered to have served as guide posts and inspiration for the builders of the many bridges erected since. The outlines of these bridges and the experiments and studies undertaken with regard to their structural designs and construction practices are described, while the contributions made and problems remaining for future clarification are discussed.