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From: Garner, Robert [mailto:rgarner(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 12:48 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Machine vs. Human

I think it is in progress now.  Some call it BIM, Building Information Modelling.  The Engineer prepares his 3-d computer model (in Staad or whatever).  When member sizes and structural performance is satisfactory, he gives the files to the steel detailer, who, using a program like SDS, can prepare fabrication and erection drawings directly from the Staad files. 


I don't know where the architectural is during this process.  Maybe we've lost the architects along the way? 


Bob Garner, S.E.


From: Wontae Kim [mailto:kimwontae(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 12:33 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Machine vs. Human




When do you think that  ‘machines’ will replace human being’s works?


I am working in the precast concrete industry.

Recently I noticed some engineers and companies had been developing softwares,

 which may change whole construction business environments.

Many people believe  these programs, using 3-D model,  generate all shop drawings (drafting and checking)

including  engineering design/calculation, and BOMs, when required data are entered.


When do you think that this ‘holistic’ system is possible?

How much do you think these efforts have been accomplished?


PS: Personally I would like to hear those who are very familiar with European construction market,

because I believe this is happening in Europe first, if this is possible in near future.







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