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Computing for architects

Author: R A Reynolds
Publisher: Burlington : Elsevier Science : Butterworths, ©2014.
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Computing for Architects provides an introduction to computers and their use in architectural offices. It is the result of 17 years' experience of using computers in firms in private practice and is intended to be more of a practical guide than a textbook. It attempts to show where computers can help, how they can be applied, and how to avoid the worst pitfalls. The book begins by describing how the attitudes of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Reynolds, R.A.
Computing for Architects.
Burlington : Elsevier Science, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: R A Reynolds
ISBN: 9781483135762 1483135764 9781322463094 1322463093
OCLC Number: 897651324
Description: 1 online resource (225 pages)
Contents: Front Cover; Computing for Architects; Copyright Page; Preface; Acknowledgements; Table of Contents; Chapter 1. Past and present; Chapter 2. Overview; Benefits of using computers; Drawbacks of using computers; Outline design; Information handling; Computer-aided draughting; Services engineering; Office management; Computers on a typical job; Chapter 3. Equipment; Digital computer organisation; Mainframes, minicomputers and microcomputers; Analogue computers; Computer bureaux; Mass storage peripherals; Input peripherals; Output peripherals; Communications; Choosing a computer. Office installationChapter 4. Programs; Availability; Origination; Portability; Information sources; Considerations in use; Chapter 5. Databases; Principles; Operations; Security and privacy; Reference databases; Databases in architectural design; The SUPERFILE database management system; Chapter 6. Computer-aided draughting; Principles; Modelling systems; Non-interactive systems; Computer limitations; Working methods; Drawing transfer; The AutoCAD system; The GDS system; The Intergraph system; Chapter 7. Visualisation; Principles; Data collection; The CAPITOL program. Chapter 8. Job managementThe need for job-management systems; Principles of critical-path techniques; Outputs from job-management programs; Data preparation --
a worked example; Chapter 9. Design-aids; Types of design-aid programs; Dynamic design analysis --
simulation; The HOCUS simulation system; Non-dynamic analysis --
terrain modelling; Expert systems; Design generation --
plan layout; The University of Sydney plan-generation program; Chapter 10. Environmental analysis; The need for environmental analysis; Program structure; Lighting analysis; Thermal analysis; Sunlight analysis. Air-conditioning analysisAcoustical analysis; Intelligent buildings; The ABACUS environmental analysis system; Chapter 11. Office management; The need for office management systems; Job-cost analysis; Accounting; Word processing; Business graphics; Spreadsheet programs; Integrated business systems; Chapter 12. The future; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: R.A. Reynolds.

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Computing for Architects provides an introduction to computers and their use in architectural offices. It is the result of 17 years' experience of using computers in firms in private practice and is intended to be more of a practical guide than a textbook. It attempts to show where computers can help, how they can be applied, and how to avoid the worst pitfalls. The book begins by describing how the attitudes of architects towards computers have changed over the years. This is followed by separate chapters on the benefits and drawbacks of using computers; different types of computers and compu.

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