Determine Structural Element Geometry and Topology
Before structural elements are generated by the computer, the engineer verifies each assembly locally to anticipate lack of supports or critically loaded bay sections. To assist the engineer, the ASM emphasizes openings and irregularities in assemblies. Then, the engineer may place local supports that will not be generated by the computer because they fall outside the overall structural layout. Next, the DKM and the ASM generate the physical structure. The ASM verifies that all structural elements are properly supported based on the specifications from the structural assembly to which these belong. If elements not properly supported exist, the ASM warns the engineer about the lack of supports. Alternative structural element’s cross-section shape and dimensions can be proposed by the DKM based on element loading and support conditions, and considering element uniformity and compatibility within the floor assemblies to which these belong.