The state of the art of computational tools for conceptual structural designAnke Rolvink, Caitlin Mueller, and Jeroen Coenders, Proceedings of the IASS-SLTE 2014 Symposium, 2014
This paper presents a review of existing research, projects, developments and applications in the domain of design tools for conceptual structural engineering. The availability of these tools and research into software for conceptual structural design stages has shown a number of interesting developments over the last past few years. The purpose of this investigation is to understand the requirements for software for the early stages of structural design. It investigates the current conceptual design practice, discusses a number of novel trends, and characterizes the relative effectiveness of the available technologies in relation to the nature of the early design stages.