As computers have become faster, software has also been increasing in complexity, so there have not necessarily been great improvements in the speed of analysis.
But the latest software can now take full advantage of the greater speeds offered by today's computers, dramatically reducing analysis times, says GTS Cadbuild director John Chapman.
'What is beginning to happen now is that software is coming out that takes full advantage of the steps forward with the hardware, ' says Chapman. Microsoft has provided new tools for developers to improve the performance of their software, he says.
The latest version of GTS Cadbuild's STRAP analysis, design and detailing package - due out around Christmas - will work around 10 times faster than before. Tasks such as dynamic analysis of bridges or buildings are complex to run and might take 15-30 minutes for a major project.
'To have something which improves the performance by a power of 10 is a major step forward, ' says Chapman.
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