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IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints


IASS Symposium 2014

SESSION: Structural Morphology 1: Design and Engineering Computing

Structured automated code checking through Structural Components and Systems Engineering

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Structural Morphology 1: Design and Engineering Computing
  • Title: Structured automated code checking through Structural Components and Systems Engineering
  • Author(s): Jeroen L. COENDERS, Anke ROLVINK
  • Keywords: Conceptual design, design computing, engineering computing, structural design, systems engineering, StructuralComponents, parametric and associative design
Abstract
This paper presents a proposal to employ the design computing methodology proposed as StructuralComponents as a method to perform a digital verification process to fulfil the requirements related to structural design and engineering as part of a building design. In current design and engineering computing methodologies often only very limited design and engineering activities are digitized, such as the analysis and documentation (drawings). However, the conceptual justification that a structural designer makes in order to prove that a structure can withstand all scenarios with an appropriate low risk of exceeding its (structural) capacity rarely finds its way fully to paper or into computer programs. The research project on StructuralComponents works towards the goal to provide the computational framework to digitize this conceptual scenario-based justification in parametric and associative scenarios, analysis and documentation. This paper proposes to further structure this design computing methodology by integrating it with concepts from Systems Engineering (SE). INCOSE, The International Council on Systems Engineering, defines Systems Engineering as “Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, and then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem: operations, cost and schedule, performance, training and support, test, manufacturing, and disposal. SE considers both the business and the technical needs of all customers with the goal of providing a quality product that meets the user needs.” Systems Engineerings employs concepts like requirements and system breakdown structures to decompose design requirements and link them to system components that are intended fulfil these requirements. The process of ensuring that the system components and system behavior fulfils the requirements is called the verification process. The proposal is for StructuralComponents to fulfil the function of a digital means to perform this verification during the design process. The authors propose to add a standardized Structural Requirements Breakdown Structure (SRBS) to the Requirements Breakdown Structure that fulfil the root requirement of a safe and functional structure. Additionally, the authors propose to add Calculation Breakdown Structure (CBS) to the methodology that contain the various calculations which prove that the structural elements in the System Breakdown Structure fulfil the requirements on the Structural Requirements Breakdown Structure. This further structuring of the design computing methodology provides new opportunities for automated and manual structured code checking.

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