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African Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science Research

Visualization RCD (reinforced concrete design) table advisor for decision support activity

Authors: L. O. Yusuf, O. Folorunso, A. T. Akinwale, I. A. Adejumobi

Journal: African Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science Research

Reinforced concrete design (RCD) activity requires the services of design table to pick bar sizes and area of specific bar groups. This allow reinforced concrete (RC) designers to use their intuition to pick the right bar size for detailing of RC Structures which virtually enhance reliable and satisfactory answers to RCD problems. With the advent of computer with its powerful memory, most RCD software available automatically generates Steel Properties thus, jeopardising user’s contribution in terms of their perception. RCD Tables are conventionally small but not limited in use. By the skilful and innovative integration of available concepts and techniques, the power of the RCD Tables are enhanced to check for deflection, minimum and maximum area of steel, and display alert to users. Visualization RCD Table interface was designed as a dialog box. Simply Supported Reinforced Concrete Beam Structure (SSRCBS) tool was modified to accommodate the new tool. Statistical analysis revealed that the significance of time was borderline between SSRCBS tool and the modified tool. It was also found that as the tasks became more complex, the modified tool advantage increases in terms of task-by-task satisfaction and users understanding of the logic behind RCD.   Key words: RCD visualization, RC, PDAs, SSRCBS, visRCD table advisor, DSS.