Accession Number : ADA228402


Title :   Tutorial Guide: Computer Aided Structural Modeling (CASM). Version 1.01, Release Date - February 1990


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : WICKERSHEIMER ENGINEERS INC CHAMPAIGN IL


Personal Author(s) : Wickersheimer, David ; McDermott, Gene ; Taylor, Ken ; Roth, Carl


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA228402


Report Date : SEP 1990


Pagination or Media Count : 268


Abstract : This tutorial describes the use of the computer program CASM, which is designed to aid the structural engineer in the preliminary design and evaluation of structural building systems by the use of three-dimensional interactive graphics. CASM is a preliminary structural design program that incorporates a Structural Planning philosophy. Structural Planning is the study of structural system alternatives within the context of each project's unique set of program criteria. The goal of structural planning, and thus CASM, is to select the most appropriate, efficient, and economical structural system which satisfies established program criteria while integrating the mechanical requirements and complementing the intended aesthetics. The structural planning process must begin during the preliminary design phase, when major decisions regarding form, function, and aesthetics are being firmly established. CASM provides fast, interactive brainstorming, a catalyst for the creative exchange of ideas by the exploration of options that fulfill a desired result. CASM enables the engineer to rapidly answer the question What if? The structural engineer needs to develop alternatives, approximate proportions, ramifications on the architectural criteria, and implications on cost. Usually, several structural framing schemes are feasible for any given building program. CASM, through the structural planning process, produces an approximate analysis of each solution, to permit the engineer to compare and test each scheme's appropriateness. (kr)


Descriptors :   *COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN , *COMPUTER PROGRAMS , *STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING , STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES , COSTS , THREE DIMENSIONAL , APPROXIMATION(MATHEMATICS) , MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS , PLANNING , CATALYSTS , ENGINEERS , INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS , ARCHITECTURE , PHILOSOPHY , EXCHANGE , CREATIVITY , LOW COSTS , MODELS , MECHANICAL PROPERTIES , REQUIREMENTS


Subject Categories : COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE
      STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING AND BUILDING TECHNOLOGY


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE