Method and apparatus for designing a distribution system for a building

  • US 5,227,983 A
  • Filed: 12/07/1992
  • Issued: 07/13/1993
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/12/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for designing a distribution system and producing a layout of the system for a building or a portion of a building, the method comprising in combination the steps of:

  • (a) storing, in digital form in first memory means, generic dimensional requirements of elements from which distribution systems can be constructed;

    (b) storing, in digital form in second memory means, requirement of at least one building standard from which distribution systems can be evaluated;

    (c) entering input data into a computer operatively connected to the first and second memory means, the input data including the location and dimensions of building elements and adjuncts of the building;

    (d) identifying the requirements of at least one building standard stored in the second memory means to be used;

    (e) dividing the building into a plurality of sections based on the input data; and

    (f) electronically designing a layout from the distribution system in each section using the generic dimensional requirements of the elements stored in the first memory means, the layout being designed to comply with the requirements of the at least one building standard.

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