Advanced applied Mathematics.
Mathematics used as a predictive modeling and design tool in order to predict and understand the behavior of complex forces, relationships and dynamics normally undetectable through normal human senses.
A "Structural Engineer" is in fact a materials engineer and an applied mathematician. Much, much more than just a builder.
The structural Engineers tool bag consists of mainly advanced mathematics.
There are a number of features within the GP that absolutely require from a design standpoint the application of predictive advanced mathematical tools.
Some argue that "trial and error" can accomplish the same.
I say, how many Great Pyramids is it necessary to construct and "trial" before a final design solution can be achieved?
Bearing in mind that no two grand pyramids are identical. They are all different and all require their own design solutions. Also bearing in mind that down scaling or model making does not replicate the dynamics of the full sized structure.
I am not going to publish all I have identified on this board and at this time.
However later and if I find the time, I'll try to identify one that can be fairly reasonably and readily understood.
In the meantime it may be an idea to read through the voluminous and very comprehensive thread started by DUNE.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 13-Jul-16 11:09 by Jon Ellison.