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This paper describes a computer aidedrafting system designed specifically to produce general arrangement plans and rein forcement details for floor slabs, together with bending and cutting schedules and quantities of the reinforcement. It is designed for use by draftsmen with little knowledge of computing procedures and has no restrictions on floor layouts or hole positions. It is a particular application of a general system that can be applied to the location and scheduling of any items that are
normally specified on building plans, and that has also been extended to items, such asprecast concrete units, that are best specified and located in terms of three dimensions rather than two. The instruction menus used in the system are described in detail.
G.M.J. Williams and T. J. Parsons
This paper considers the routine production in the design office of reinforced concrete detail drawings for beams, columns, and slabs. Automated ways of doing this by computer and plotter are illustrated by the BARD system whose development and capabilities are described. Experience of using the system on real jobs has shown savings in time and cost, although it is accepted that the extent of these savings will vary considerably. Conclusions are drawn about office procedures most likely to produce good results, and future developments are outlined. Finally, a warning is given about the limitations of automated systems.
B.C. Best and M.R. Hollington
This paper outlines experience of using computers to assist the production of information required to fabricate structural steel. The computer aided production system (CAPS) is now widely used by the UK steel fabricating industry. The system has been developed to the point where it can handle the very diverse requirements of different fabricating companies and the wide variety of irregular connections encountered in steel frames.