Future Steel Buildings, Business, Page 15
Future Steel Buildings
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The concept of the final design of the building starts with a
drawing. Here the architecture comes into action. Designers
(architects) start making new drawings and sketches.
A rough design is made initially. Any problems in the design need
to be corrected in the early stages. With support from the
structural engineer, the complex procedure of drawing a building
structure can become easier.
There are two basic parts of a building design. First is the
aesthetic and second is practical. The physical and visual
appearance of the building needs to be attractive. It will influence
the perception people have of the building.
The practical aspect of the building design is mainly concerned
with the space allotment for different activities. It includes entry
and exit of people, lighting, acoustics, legal matters and building
Computer Aided Design (CAD) is widely used computer software
to create technical drawings. There is no need to make the
drawing on paper. A 3D model of the building can be made using
CAD. Visuals can be added to the model. Different colors and
textures can also be applied. Most appropriate settings can then
After the architecture is decided it is important to work out the
design of the framework. Beams, columns, bracing are decided
by engineering calculations. It is the job of the structural
engineer to give a shape to the architect's idea.