THE COMPUTER AS A CONSTRUCTION TOOL

THE REAL POTENTIAL OF THE COMPUTER IN CONSTRUCTION LIES IN ITS ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE; TO RECORD, RECALL, CALCULATE AND SELECTIVELY DISSEMINATE INFORMATION. AS THE FIRST STEP IN EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATING WITHIN THE LIMITATIONS OF AVAILABLE DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT, IT IS NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH A COMPREHENSIVE DATA BASE IN WHICH ALL COMPONENTS OF CONSTRUCTION ARE DEFINED AND BROKEN DOWN INTO THEIR FUNDAMENTAL WORK-ITEMS UNITS. THE PROBLEMS OF DETAILED QUANITY SURVEYING WERE ACKNOWLEDGED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PROJECT AND A TECHNIQUE PRODUCED WHICH WOULD MAKE IT PRACTICAL TO TAKE OFF PROJECT REQUIREMENTS AT ANY STAGE OF THE DESIGN/ CONSTRUCTION CYCLE. ONCE DESIGN DECISIONS ARE RECORDED AND STORED WITHIN THE MEMORY OF THE COMPUTER, ALMOST ANY DESIRED TYPES OF OUTPUTS ARE AVAILABLE. CONCLUSIONS OF THE STUDY INDICATE THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM IS NOT ONLY FEASIBLE, BUT ALSO POTENTIALLY VERY SIGNIFICANT TO THE TOTAL CONSTRUCTION PROCESS. THE IMPROVEMENT IN COMMUNICATIONS AND THE INCREASED CONTROL DURING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, WHICH THIS SYSTEM MAKES POSSIBLE WILL ASSIST THE CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER TO TURN OUT BETTER PROJECTS AT LESS COST.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 62, No 409, PP 333-335, 5 FIG
  • Authors:
    • Early, W C
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

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  • Accession Number: 00215346
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1970 12:00AM