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Re: Analytical or not?

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I tend to consider analytical as relating more to the qualitative aspect of the modelling, the relationship between the critical characteristics of the system: quantifiable or not. That is whether using a computer or not, as soon as put numbers into the model, and calculate values it ceases to be analytical. So both BIM and FEM models can be analysed by users, and it is analysis which enables and directs design rather than the computation of numerical results.

But that is just my view. Academic's may refine the language, to suit some specific discipline of study, but as a general word it doesn't have anything to do with numbers or mathematics.

Regards

Conrad Harrison
Adelaide
South Australia