Written Reports

This appendix describes how the results of many well-planned and well-executed engineering studies have been misunderstood, misconstrued, or disregarded because of poorly written reports. Considerable resources are wasted if the study findings, conclusions, and recommendations are not clearly conveyed to those charged with acting on the report. With careful attention to a few writing principles, reports of engineering studies can be powerful tools to inform and aid in the decision making process. Regardless of the size or importance of the study, the same fundamental principles apple: (1) write to the level of the intended audience; (2) use clear, concise language, not technical jargon,; (3) present findings and conclusions in a logical sequence; (4) clearly show how the findings support the conclusions and recommendations; (5) use figures and tables to portray the most important results; and (6) get to the point.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This book was reprinted in 2000 by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Robertson, H Douglas
  • Publication Date: 1994


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 429-437

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01002911
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0130975699
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2005 2:15PM