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PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Micro based Integrated Design for the Engineer
Lamp Software, Loughborough, England
A. Craddock, "Micro based Integrated Design for the Engineer", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 179-182, 1987. doi:10.4203/ccp.4.8.1
This paper describes a new software development for micro computers which focuses upon the need for an integrated design facility for engineers. In using the term integrated, it is meant the possibility of progressing through from analysis, through to design and final working drawings, not just for one program but for a range of civil and structural engineering applications.
The development of the user interface has been a major issue, one of trying to provide design facilities suitable for the professional designer, yet operable at micro computer level. It is the authors belief that professional engineers, architects and surveyors have progressed beyond the simple "yes/no" sequences and rigid approaches adopted by many programs. A more flexible design tool at micro level is required. Our user interface is now complete and is cannon to every application program. The rules of use are simple, yet powerful and once learnt, are easily remembered. Many of the concepts used in this user environment originate from a development called Genesys and use an English language command structure to provide interactive and flexible operation. All application programs available under this new integrated environment have extensive graphics, both on-screen and also in the form of drawing files which are compatible with leading drawing systems like Autocad and Qikdraw.
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