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The importance of understanding computer analyses in civil engineering

Borthwick, Alistair, Carpenter, John, Wicks, Jon, Clarke, Barry and Falconer, Roger Alexander 2013. The importance of understanding computer analyses in civil engineering. Proceedings of the ICE - Civil Engineering 166 (3) , pp. 137-143. 10.1680/cien.12.00038

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Abstract

Sophisticated computer modelling systems are widely used in civil engineering analysis. This paper takes examples from structural engineering, environmental engineering, flood management and geotechnical engineering to illustrate the need for civil engineers to be competent in the use of computer tools. An understanding of a model's scientific basis, appropriateness, numerical limitations, validation, verification and propagation of uncertainty is required before applying its results. A review of education and training is also suggested to ensure engineers are competent at using computer modelling systems, particularly in the context of risk management. 1. Introduction

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: mathematical modelling; education & training; design methods & aids
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0965-089X/ (accessed 24/04/2014).
Publisher: ICE
ISSN: 0965-089X
Funders: NERC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:11
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/49471

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