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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR CIVIL & STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and A.I. Khan
An Integrated CAD/DBASE Environment for Interactive Structural Design
B. Talhouni and M.I. Kilani
Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
B. Talhouni, M.I. Kilani, "An Integrated CAD/DBASE Environment for Interactive Structural Design", in B.H.V. Topping, A.I. Khan, (Editors), "Information Technology for Civil & Structural Engineers", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 131-142, 1993. doi:10.4203/ccp.14.9.1
This paper presents an environment for interactive structural design. The environment integrates CAD, database and numerical capabilities of the computer in a unified system tailored toward structural design. The system uses the AutoLisp language for automating the creation of structural components and for associating non graphic data with structural entities. Numerical routines developed using the C language are used for the purpose of efficient execution of special critical procedures. Database facilities of the DBase IV package are also utilized to handle data association and organization requirements.
The tools used in building this system are described in detail along with the integration mechanism. A sample application involving the design of a simple truss system is also presented to demonstrate the applications of the environment.
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