Definition of a bridge deck geometrical modelling process to automate design graphical representations
The construction of a new building interferes with the existent environment. A careful aesthetic study must be made at an early stage in the design and the visualization of a three-dimensional (3D) model of the structure is the best way to analyse it. As some structures presents a complex shape is difficult to execute a 3D model as well as the specific drawings. Using traditional graphical systems, the execution of deck specific drawings is extremely time consuming and the 3D deck model gives an approximation only of the exterior shape of the deck. The modelling scheme proposed here allows the automation of the geometric design phases related to the deck bridge element using as a means of integration a geometric database representative of the real deck shape. This concept was implemented in a computer program. This application is an important support in the process design namely at the conceptual and graphical stages. The computer application provides an important tool to the bridge designer particularly at the conceptual stage, as it allows aesthetic and structural evaluation of the bridge at an early stage in the design. The geometric modelling process and graphical results of a case study are presented.