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- From: Craig J Slama <cslama(--nospam--at)hvc.rr.com>
- Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 23:25:31 -0800
Gentlemen, I stand corrected. I had erroneously assumed that the complexity of the code must be good for at least something. Thanks, Craig Gil Brock wrote: > Dennis, > > As a concrete designer/software developer I agree entirely with you Dennis. > > Many code formulae are simplifications of the more complex formula which > actually apply, to make them easier for designers to use in hand > calculations. Unfortunately, the simplifications often hide the meaning and > logic of the formula and make it difficult for the designer to understand > where a formula came from or how to apply it to cases outside the norm. > Limiting boundary conditions are quite often used in the simplification of > the formula which severely limit the applicability of the formula but these > are often not defined in the code. So the designer does not even know the > limitations to the formula he is using and he is not given the more complex > formula to apply outside these boundaries anyway. > > The last thing a computer program needs is simplified formulae which are > limited in their applicability as the program then has to be constrained in > terms of the the flexibility available to the user. The whole idea of using > computer software to carry out design calculations is that computers can > solve the complex formulae that we do not normally want to attempt by hand > and can therefore give us more accurate answers for a wider range of design > situations than can be provided by the simplified code formulae. > > Regards Gil Brock > Prestressed Concrete Design Consultants Pty. Ltd. > 5 Cameron Street Beenleigh Qld 4207 Australia > Ph +61 7 3807 8022 Fax +61 7 3807 8422 > email: gil(--nospam--at)raptsoftware.com > email: sales(--nospam--at)raptsoftware.com > email: support(--nospam--at)raptsoftware.com > webpage: http://www.raptsoftware.com >
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