The Design of Reinforced Concrete Members Using an Expert System
The advent of the computer has significantly altered the manner in which structural engineers perform their work. In the past, much of the engineer’s time was spent performing tedious, unchallenging tasks instead of developing creative engineering solutions. Since that time, a multitude of structural analysis programs have been written which have greatly reduced the time required to analyze a structure’s response. Engineers now spend more time performing meaningful engineering tasks and less time performing tedious numerical calculations. Although computers have radically altered the analysis process, design, the process of formulating and balancing problem constraints, is still fundamentally a manual task.
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