KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 29–38 | Cite as

Object oriented paradigms for integrated structural engineering

  • Chongyul Yoon
Structural Engineering


The increase in use of computers in many aspects of engineering constructed facilities has been enormous during the past few decades. Computers are used for analyses of structures, design checks and optimization, cost estimation, construction planning, etc. Using proven algorithms, many of the individual tasks are now highly automated and tools such as neural networks, expert systems, genetic algorithms, and hybrid systems have shown promise for automation for some of the previously unapproachable problems. However, an important issue facing efficient use of computers in engineering today involves integration of many of these tasks and a productive structural engineering system must be an integrated software system. The fundamental interface to the resources in a computer system that engineers need to face in developing an integrated engineering system are a programming paradigm and a data model to represent engineering information in the database. Object oriented concepts and paradigms have been used successfully to develop large systems. After a brief review of integrated structural engineering systems, this paper presents an object oriented data model that can effectively represent engineering information in the central database of an integrated structural engineering system. The model treats classes as objects and message sending is the only mechanism necessary for communication among data objects, database users and database administrators. This results in a model that is simple and uniform.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chongyul Yoon
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  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringHongik UniversitySeoulKorea

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