Barlow R P G, Amirudin R
Structural steelwork planning and design evaluation - a knowledge based approach
Abstract: This paper discusses the application of design-for-manufacture and design-for-construction methodologies to the building industry through the use of electronic prototypes developed by using knowledge based engineering (KBE). A working group representing British Steel divisions and consulting engineers agreed key processes and rules affecting initial structural steelwork solutions. The pilot scheme now in progress will allow the structural designer to use concurrent engineering techniques to work with other members of the design team, to investigate the functionality of the design, agree design parameters across design disciplines and freeze the design at an earlier stage than was previously possible. The result should produce design solutions which are both functionally and financially viable.
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