Establishing a Company Computer Network

by Glenn S. Orenstein, (M.ASCE), Dir. of Engrg. Computer Applications; Metcalf & Eddy, Inc., Boston, Mass.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 2, Pg. 363-369

Document Type: Journal Paper


Beyond the acquisition of state-of-the-art computer hardware, and beyond its efficient utilization at a single location, lies the necessity to provide access to that hardware from remote locations such as regional and field offices. The means exist at present to provide cost-effective computer communications at both high-speed (200 characters/sec and above) and low-speed(120 characters/sec and below). The experience of one civil engineering firm in selecting among the alternatives is presented. Data on costs are given as well as specific information on problems that arose and how they were overcome. Recommendations are offered for those wishing to pursue a company computer network.

Subject Headings: Computer networks | Financial management | Engineering firms

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