Using Calculators, Terminals, Minis, or Large Computers

by Norman R. Greve, (M.ASCE), Struct. Engr.; Greve & O'Rourke, Inc., Consulting Engrs., Los Angeles, Calif; and Pres., Systems Professional, Los Angeles, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 1, Pg. 13-20

Document Type: Journal Paper


Practical aspects of problem solving using various kinds of computer alternatives are examined. Commitments required by both users and employers are identified. Rapid rate of change and its effects are reviewed. The four major modes of problem solving are described and then related to computer types, listing advantages and disadvantages relative to the method. Economic factors of availability of computer access are considered as well as the degree of the engineer's participation in the problem solving process. Thresholds of choice of equipment involvement of computer operational personnel are presented.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Economic factors | Equipment and machinery

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