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Design of Steel Towers Using an Interactive Computer Program

This paper outlines some of the basic steps taken and factors to be considered in the design of lattice steel towers. The TOWER computer system is described. This is an interactive computer system comprising three programs developed especially for the structural analysis, design, and automatic drawing of self-supporting lattice steel towers. Details are given of the scope of the computer system and of its method of operation as an interactive design aid. The designer can take advantage of a wide range of available program options to define the structural system, the environmental loadings, and the strength and serviceability design criteria. The benefits of the computer system include considerable savings in overall design time and improvements in the accuracy of applied loadings and member forces for design. Michael Shears and Graham A.N. Thomas