AUTOMATED SPECIFICATIONS-A RESEARCH SURVEY

A STATE-OF-THE-ART SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED OF ORGANIZATIONS USING APPLICATIONS OF AUTOMATION IN THE SPECIFICATIONS PROCESS TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY. THE STUDY IS BASED ON THE THESIS THAT THE SPECIFICATION IS A PART OF A LARGER COMMUNICATION PROCESS IN ENGINEERING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION. ECONOMICAL BENEFITS RESULTING FROM AUTOMATION PERMIT THE EMPHASIS TO BE PLACED ON DEVELOPING GOOD MASTER SPECIFICATIONS. A TWO-PHASE SYSTEM IS ANALYZED WHICH ESTABLISHES THE MASTER SPECIFICATION, OR DATA BANK, AND STORES IT IN A FORM THAT PERMITS RETRIEVAL IN A PRINTABLE FORM BY AUTOMATED TECHNIQUES. THE SECOND PHASE PERMITS ANY TRAINED PROFESSIONAL TO USE THE DATA BANK, AND TO PREPARE A BETTER THAN AVERAGE SPECIFICATION. A HIGHER- LEVEL SYSTEM IS USED AS A COMPUTER SYSTEM TO PERFORM LOGICAL PREDETERMINED OPERATIONS UNASSISTED BY HUMAN INTERVENTION. PROJECTS MODCON AND ICES, UNDER DEVELOPMENT AT PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY AND MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, RESPECTIVELY, ARE REVIEWED. UNDER EITHER SYSTEM THE DESIGNER SPECIFIES THE FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS REQUIRED FOR WEARABILITY, STRENGTH, REFLECTANCE, AND HEAT LOSS OR GAIN ALLOWABLE. AFTER THE CRITERIA HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED HE ENTERS A DATA BANK ON AVAILABLE MATERIALS, AND IS ABLE TO SEE ALL THE SELECTIONS THAT WILL MEET HIS CRITERIA.

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    Construction Specifications Institute

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  • Publication Date: 1968

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  • Accession Number: 00215091
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 1 1970 12:00AM