SOCIAL ASSESSMENT--A MEANS OF EVALUATING THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INTERACTIONS BETWEEN SOCIETY AND UNDERGROUND TECHNOLOGY

The question is asked whether there is a correlation between the level of technological achievement and the quality of our lives; technology and social assessments are examined, and comments are made on the implementation of social assessment. Shortcomings of the technology assessment process are that it assumes that a specific piece of technology is to be used, and that society is monolithic; it does not identify which sector of society will benefit, and which will not. An approach which will deal with the above deficiencies is the social assessment process. This would begin with the enumeration of basic social goals and a list of factors supporting these goals. This social assessment process recognizes that there are alternative ways and technologies to meet society's goals. The values of social assessment are enumerated. Implementation of social assessment involves the recognition of 3 major categories: social factors, societal subgroups, and uses of underground space. The process considers questions regarding the division of construction and operation costs among the social groups, benefits deemed by each specific group, the displacements that will occur and their costs. This methodology, which requires an multidisciplinary approach, must provide mechanisms for collecting and organizing the social, economic, environmental, technological and political information. A framework must be developed within which this information may be analyzed and reduced to quantified relationships and impact information.

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  • Pagination: p. 187-192

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  • Accession Number: 00130651
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1976 12:00AM