Computing for Architects - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780408008006, 9781483135762

Computing for Architects

1st Edition

Authors: R. A. Reynolds
eBook ISBN: 9781483135762
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 2nd March 1987
Page Count: 224
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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.

Table of Contents

1 Past and Present 2 Overview Benefits of Using Computers Drawbacks of Using Computers Outline Design Information Handling Computer-Aided Draughting Services Engineering Office Management Computers on a Typical Job 3 Equipment Digital Computer Organization Mainframes, Minicomputers and Microcomputers Analogue Computers Computer Bureaux Mass Storage Peripherals Input Peripherals Output Peripherals Communications Choosing a Computer Office Installation 4 Programs Availability Origination Portability Information Sources Considerations in Use 5 Databases Principles Operations Security and Privacy Reference Databases Databases in Architectural Design The SUPERFILE Database Management System 6 Computer-Aided Draughting Principles Modeling Systems Non-Interactive Systems Computer Limitations Working Methods Drawing Transfer The AutoCAD System The GDS System The Intergraph System 7 Visualization Principles Data Collection 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 Expert Systems Design Generation - Plan Layout The University of Sydney Plan-Generation Program 10 Environmental Analysis The Need for Environmental Analysis Program Structure Lighting Analysis Thermal Analysis Sunlight Analysis Air-Conditioning Analysis Acoustical Analysis Intelligent Buildings The ABACUS Environmental Analysis System 11 Office Managem


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