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Craig,
It is good for something, but I leave that to your imagination:o) (meant in
jest)

-----Original Message-----
From: Craig J Slama [mailto:cslama(--nospam--at)hvc.rr.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2001 11:26 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Complexity of Code


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.
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