Ace 1.1: User's Manual.
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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Computer-aided drafting systems and analysis programs have become common tools in Army facility design, but these technologies have been developed and transferred in a piecemeal fashion. While these tools successfully optimize specific design processes such as facility layout, energy analysis, and structural analysis, they essentially comprise islands of automation that cannot successfully interact. Resulting problems include the need to redundantly enter data and an overload of data not applicable to all design tasks. Previous attempts to integrate these automated tools have been expensive, and have met with limited success. To address this problem the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories USACERL developed Ace, an integrated design-assistant technology that automates routine design tasks and incorporates key project information into a central database for access by all participants in various design and specification processes. Ace uses heuristic rules, database technology, and a powerful checklist facility to improve productivity and ensure repeatable design quality. This report documents the operation of Ace version 1.1. System requirements for Ace 1.1 are 1 a 33 MHz Intel 80386 microprocessor or equivalent, 216 Mb of random access memory RAM, 3 a 3.5 in. high-density floppy drive, and 4 the Microsoft Windows 3.1 or Windows NT 3.5 operating system.
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