The aim of the Advice Sheet is to consider computer use in the design of concrete structures and how this is changing the design process. It is often argued that this change is not the the good of design. Problems may arise when trying to produce reinforced concrete designs from computer output. The Advice Sheet contains a checklist of items of which the engineer should be aware before relying on the output received. Simple methods for checking the validity of computer output are highlighted and the need for a body to check proprietary software is briefly discussed.
Published: latest issue Aug 2014
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