Computing for Architects

Computing for Architects

1st Edition - March 2, 1987

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  • Author: R. A. Reynolds
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483135762

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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


    Choosing a Computer

    Office Installation

    4 Programs




    Information Sources

    Considerations in Use

    5 Databases



    Security and Privacy

    Reference Databases

    Databases in Architectural Design

    The SUPERFILE Database Management System

    6 Computer-Aided Draughting


    Modeling Systems

    Non-Interactive Systems

    Computer Limitations

    Working Methods

    Drawing Transfer

    The AutoCAD System

    The GDS System

    The Intergraph System

    7 Visualization


    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 Management

    The Need for Office Management Systems

    Job-Cost Analysis


    Word Processing

    Business Graphics

    Spreadsheet Programs

    Integrated Business Systems

    12 The Future




Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1987
  • Published: March 2, 1987
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483135762

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