Using Complex Software to Compute Large Building Design Specifications

Posted on 25 June 2017 under Uncategorized

Have you ever considered the calculations that go into building a structure has 100 floors or more? Everything from the load on a specific column being altered because the building owner wants the cafeteria on the west side of the building instead of the north side of the building to whether it will withstand storm winds if another glass is chosen to be used needs to be continually figured out. Mathcad 15.0 helps me with these complex calculations. Simply moving one bathroom in an office can result in the phone systems needing to have massive cabling runs rerouted or the plumbing on the entire floor reconsidered.

I cannot imagine what the teams of architects and builders went through back when the calculations were all performed manually. Now I have access to powerful computer programs that will let me know if a sewer line that runs up to the 50th floor will support the volume of liquid if every toilet connected to it was flushed at the same time. I remember when a local city stadium was built close to where I live. They had volunteers come in before the stadium opened to the public to coordinate a toilet flush mimicking halftime of a major football game. The purpose was to see the strain it caused on the sewer system as well as the water main pressure that served the stadium and the water pressure in the structure. It all worked out and the toilets flushed fine. However, that was because programs such as Mathcad 15.0 were used to figure out if the system would work or not if built.

Your computer programs to figure out things in construction are only as good as the data and algorithms they have in their programming. Detail and accuracy is very important. Wrong calculations can result in a building literally falling down under stress. That is not something you want on your resume.

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