Computer Methods for Architects

Computer Methods for Architects

1st Edition - October 2, 1980

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  • Author: R A Reynolds
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483145044

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Computer Methods for Architects deals with the use of computers in the architecture profession. The text explores where and how computers can and cannot help. The book begins with an explanation of how the majority of the architects around the world were once reluctant to use a computer. It then discusses how some architects improved and advanced the use of computers in the profession. The next part of the book discusses the advantages that a computer can offer an architect, as well as some disadvantages. The next chapter talks about how a computer can handle the files of an entire office. Discussions on the computer's database, proper selection of programs, and simulation techniques are also included in the book. The text finally talks about what the future may hold for computers and architects. This book caters to architects, as it talks about what a person in the field could encounter while using computers.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Past and Present

    2 Using Computers

    Benefits of Using Computers

    Drawbacks of Using Computers

    Job Management

    Information Handling

    Building Design and Analysis

    Computer-Aided Draughting

    Services Engineering

    Computers on a Typical Job

    3 Office Organization

    Time Sharing and Batch Processing

    Equipping for Batch Processing

    Equipping for Time Sharing


    Equipping for Minicomputers

    Interactive Graphics

    Equipping for Interactive Graphics

    Microcomputers and Personal Computing

    Analogue Computers

    Installing Equipment

    Working Methods with Computers

    4 Choosing Programs

    Program Availability

    Purpose-Written Programs

    Package Programs

    Information Sources

    Limitations on Program Use


    Demonstrations and Discussions

    Buying a Program

    5 Using Databases

    Database Principles

    Catalogues and Coding

    Databases in Architectural Design

    CARDS — A Fixed-Structure Database Management Program

    System 2000 — A Variable-Structure Database-Management Program

    6 Computer-Aided Draughting

    Advantages of Computer-Aided Draughting

    Program Classification

    Working Methods with Interactive Graphics

    Working Methods with Non-Interactive Graphics

    MEDALS — A 2-Dimensional Non-Interactive System

    CARBS — 2½-Dimensional, Non-Interactive Aspects of a Versatile System

    DAISY — A 2-Dimensional Interactive System

    ARK/2 — A 2-Dimensional Interactive System

    BDS — A 2½-Dimensional Interactive System

    RUCAPS — A 2½-Dimensional Interactive System

    7 Visualization

    Principles of Visualization

    Data-Collection Methods

    The CADC Visualization Programs


    The Leeds Polytechnic Modeling System

    8 Job Management

    The Need for Job-Management Systems

    Principles of Critical-Path Techniques

    Outputs from Job-Management Programs

    Data Preparation — A Worked Example

    9 Simulation Techniques

    The Uses of Simulation

    Principles of Simulation

    Data-Collection Techniques

    GPSS — An Advanced Simulation Language

    Simulation Packages

    10 Environmental Analysis

    The Need for Environmental Analysis

    Program Structure

    Lighting Analysis

    Thermal Analysis

    Sunlight Analysis

    Air-Conditioning Analysis

    Acoustical Analysis

    ESP — An Integrated Environmental Analysis System

    CEDAR 3 — Evaluation at the Sketch Design Stage

    RIBA Calculator Programs

    11 Miscellaneous Applications

    The Scope for Computer Programs in Architecture

    Design Generation

    Design Costing

    Cut-and-Fill Calculation

    Job Costing

    Word-Processing Machines

    12 The Future

    13 Sources of Information

    14 Glossary

    15 Bibliography

    16 Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 160
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1980
  • Published: October 2, 1980
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483145044

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