The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 78 (2000) > Issues > Issue 3 > Computer-Based Structural Design and Conformance Checking
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Computer-Based Structural Design and Conformance Checking

Every structural design should be produced in accordance with, and checked for conformance against, the appropriate standards. The term ‘standards processing’ is commonly used to describe this process. This paper presents a hybrid environment for automated standards-processing, named ‘SADA’: standards automated design assistant. One objective of the SADA environment is to overcome the drawbacks commonly associated with standards processing and currently available, commercial computer packages presently employed to facilitate standards processing. The functionality of existing packages is discussed, the focus of this discussion being the application of these tools to standards conformance checking. Illustrative examples of the SADA environment are then presented, demonstrating its ability to overcome drawbacks associated with standards documentation and existing packages. A.I. Thompson, B. Kumar and Professor I.A. MacLeod

Author(s): Thomson, A I;Kumar, B;MacLeod, I A

Keywords: standards;software;design;checking;codes of practice;sada;applications;cad