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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 9/10
PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper III.3

The Need for an Integrated 2D/3D CAD System in Structural Engineering

A.S. Watson and C.J. Anumba

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
A.S. Watson, C.J. Anumba, "The Need for an Integrated 2D/3D CAD System in Structural Engineering", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 111-118, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.9.3.3
Abstract
This paper identifies the engineering need for an integrated 2D/3D CAD system and outlines the features of a system that addresses this need. It is argued that an effective combination of 2D drafting and 3D modelling would allow many of the corresponding requirements to be met, particularly with respect to compliant drawings. It is postulated that the key to an effective combination of 2D and 3D is a unified data structure designed specifically for structural engineering applications. The concepts of a prototype data structure that could form the basis of such an integrated 2D/3D system are introduced and related to the engineering requirements.

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