Environmental Planning Via Low-Cost Computer Technology

by Ravinder K. Jain, (M.ASCE), Chf.; Environmental Div., U.S. Army Corps of Engrs., Construction Engrg. Research Lab., Champaign, Ill.,
Rikki L. Welsh, General Engr.; Assoc. Investigator, U.S. Army Corps of Engrs., Construction Engrg. Research Lab., Champaign, Ill.,
Ronald D. Webster, (M.ASCE), Environmental Engr.; Prin. Investigator, U.S. Army Corps of Engrs., Construction Engrg. Research Lab., Champaign, Ill.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 109-119


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Varying user requirements exist in order to assure effective and efficient environmental planning. Rather than tailor the solution to these diverse requirements to one general purpose data system, the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) selected a minicomputer-based system. The system is available for interactive inquiries via telephone and features diverse subsystems each designed to insure ease of layman usage. The system features a high level, flexible language; hierarchial file structure; use of pointer variables; string manipulation; and multi-user access. The results of such an approach have been very encouraging with daily usage by geographically dispersed laymen becoming commonplace within the Department of the Army, allowing for more efficient compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Construction engineering | Interactive systems | Benefit cost ratios | Computing in civil engineering

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