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No.04. Historical development of structural theories and methods of analysis - context of modern computer analysis

Nowadays, engineers usually predict structural performance using computerised methods of analysis. Program availability for this task is an enormous boon — saving time and cost, as well as offering insights into behaviour, that used to be simply unimaginable. Nonetheless, there are dangers — exemplified by certain catastrophic failures — as a consequence of misuse. Structural engineers need to understand the basics of structural theory and how it has developed. This understanding both ensures that we realise the limitations in our analytical abilities and enables us to validate computer output effectively.

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