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ed21 wrote:

The accuracy of a computer model is way beyond what is required for construction, but it's inherent in the program.

The problem with computer modeling is that it can at times be too accurate, when the materials are anything but. Remember that framing lumber is a variable product that twists and bows and swells and shrinks in ways that make it impossible to build something perfectly flat, square, and level in a reasonable time frame at a reasonable cost. An engineer can design something, but it still takes a skilled craftsman who understands the properties of the materials he is working with to execute the plan, and to understand when the plan can be fudged because the materials are less than ideal.

Worse is when engineers design something that is highly difficult or impossible to build because they don't understand construction practices and procedures.

I'm not in a spot where I can watch the linked video, so maybe my comments are off-base.

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that video above is really interesting i like those some information. :o

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry
Fencepost wrote:

The problem with computer modeling is that it can at times be too accurate, when the materials are anything but. Remember that framing lumber is a variable product that twists and bows and swells and shrinks in ways that make it impossible to build something perfectly flat, square, and level in a reasonable time frame at a reasonable cost. An engineer can design something, but it still takes a skilled craftsman who understands the properties of the materials he is working with to execute the plan, and to understand when the plan can be fudged because the materials are less than ideal.

Worse is when engineers design something that is highly difficult or impossible to build because they don't understand construction practices and procedures.

I'm not in a spot where I can watch the linked video, so maybe my comments are off-base.

Haven't watched it yet either but i feel the same way. Ive seen too much engineered crap which doesn't work in real world conditions which are never present or allowed for in the minds of those inexperienced folks doing the thinking and planning. A computer or machine may be faster or more accurate than me but at the end of the day I'm still better because I've got 30 years of real-world experience and they don't. I know how to work around problems and variations they don't allow for (if they know these even exist!). I can and do avoid knots and weaknesses in the wood when fastening or cutting but they don't. I can and do turn wood so the grain structure and natural curvatures give the best results while they build to a strictly defined minimum which I rarely even approach. I'm not perfect but I'm a true Craftsman who understands what's going on and I can see what's coming without needing a script like they do because I've seen almost everything (good and bad) by now. If you didn't learn this business from the ground up you will never understand it as well as I do and no computer or machine can give you that edge against me. Like we say here in the south, "Yaint as smart as you think y'are feller!" :p

Phil

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