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An Interactive Computer System for Reinforcement Drawings

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