Division of Computer Aided Design


Division of Computer Aided Design (DCAD) of Institute of Structural Engineering (ISE) is research and teaching unit formed by Rector of Poznan University of Technology in 2001.

Division teaches students at each types of studies (bachelor, master and doctoral programme). We have access to commonly used applications for computer aided design in structural engineering and also for area of building physics and thermomechanics issues. As a part of teaching activity division staff conduct courses connected with widely understood computer aided design such as:
- in polish: Technical Drawing, Information Technology, Computer Methods, Computer Methods II, Computer Graphics II, Visual Communication, Numerical Analysis, Numerical Methods, Computer Applications of Mechanics, Optimization in Engineering Practice,
- in English: Computational Mechanics, Numerical Analysis.
All with focusing on the analysis of the structures.

Area of scientific division interests focus on computational mechanics of materials with particular field such as:
- mechanics of damage and fracture,
- inverse problems,
- biomechanics of bones and soft tissue,
- nonlinear dynamic analysis,
- safety of structures under explosions.

Brief of History...

1972 - 1981 Unit ETO
1981 - 1991 Laboratory ETO
1991 - 2001 Laboratory of Computer Methods
2001 - ... Division of Computer Aided Design

Division of Computer Aided Design was created on the foundations of ETO Unit, formed in 1972. Laboratory of numerical calculations was preparing computations on data storage device such as punched card and tape, which were computed in Computer Center of Poznan University of Technology on computer ODRA, later MERA.

In the 80's ISE formed own numerical laboratory with computing maschine MERA 400. With the use of this equipment research and teaching were held, especially for students of Structural Engineering. Thanks to this the first master and doctoral theses dissertations was basing on numerical calculations.
In that time, due to lack of developed numerical environments, students were building their own applications to solve engineering problems. Numerical algorithms prepared in small programs were written usually in Fortran or Pascal.

In mid 80's rapid development of PC's had important influence on division and way of using software, which was created before. In 1991 Laboratory of Computer Methods was formed, which was later transformed into DCAD.