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Management of Complex Structural Engineering Objects in a Relational Framework

TitleManagement of Complex Structural Engineering Objects in a Relational Framework
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsLaw, KH, Barsalou, T, Wiederhold, G
Date Published09/1989
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCenter for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Database Management, Object Management, Relational Framework, Stanford University
AbstractTo structure the development of an integrated building design environment, the global representation of the design data may best be organized in terms of hierarchies of objects. In structural engineering design, we deal with large sets of independent but interrelated objects. These objects are specified by data. For an engineering design database, the system must be able not only to manage effectively the design data, but also to model the objects composing the design. The database management system therefore needs to have some knowledge of the intended use of the data, and must provide an abstraction mechanism to represent and manipulate objects. Much recent research in engineering databases focuses on object management for specific tasks but gives little attention to the sharability of the underlying information. This paper describes an architecture for the management of complex engineering objects in a sharable, relational framework. Potential application of this approach to object management for structural engineering analysis and design is discussed.
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