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Paper ecce-1997-108:
Validation and certification of civil engineering structural design sofware

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Dickinson S J, Bradshow A

Validation and certification of civil engineering structural design sofware

Abstract: The strive for efficiency and increased productivity within the building construction industry has highlighted the need for assurance of the validity of structural design software. Currently, building structures are designed using unvalidated computer software which means that, for reasons of possible litigation, design checks must be carried out by hand calculation. The need for checking and rechecking at all stages of design and subsequent design authorisation by town planning departments means that the process is generally long winded and expensive. This paper outlines a proposed scheme for the validation, certification and subsequent monitoring and recertification of such software through a specially set up software validation agency.

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