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Computing for Architects provides an introduction to computers and their use in architectural offices. It is the result of 17 years' experience of using computers in firms in private practice and is intended to be more of a practical guide than a textbook. It attempts to show where computers can help, how they can be applied, and how to avoid the worst pitfalls. The book begins by describing how the attitudes of architects towards computers have changed over the years. This is followed by separate chapters on the benefits and drawbacks of using computers; different types of computers and computer programs; the principles and operations of databases; and their application in architectural design. Subsequent chapters discuss computer-aided drafting, computer visualization, job management systems, and design-aid programs. The importance of environmental analysis is emphasized, covering lighting analysis, thermal analysis, sunlight analysis, airconditioning analysis, and acoustical analysis. The final chapters deal with office management systems and the future of computing.
1 Past and Present
Benefits of Using Computers
Drawbacks of Using Computers
Computers on a Typical Job
Digital Computer Organization
Mainframes, Minicomputers and Microcomputers
Mass Storage Peripherals
Choosing a Computer
Considerations in Use
Security and Privacy
Databases in Architectural Design
The SUPERFILE Database Management System
6 Computer-Aided Draughting
The AutoCAD System
The GDS System
The Intergraph System
The CAPITOL Program
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 Design-Aid Programs
Types of Design-Aid Programs
Dynamic Design Analysis - Simulation
The HOCUS Simulation System
Non-Dynamic Analysis - Terrain Modeling
Design Generation - Plan Layout
The University of Sydney Plan-Generation Program
10 Environmental Analysis
The Need for Environmental Analysis
The ABACUS Environmental Analysis System
11 Office Management
The Need for Office Management Systems
Integrated Business Systems
12 The Future
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- © Butterworth-Heinemann 1987
- 2nd March 1987
- eBook ISBN:
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