Business Plan for the Establishment of National Business Institute for Computers in Engineering (NICE)

by Charles F. Beck, Chrm.; Sargent & Lundy, 55 East Monroe Street, Chicago, Ill. 60603,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 169-189

Document Type: Journal Paper


A business plan is for proposed for the establishment of a National Institute for Computers in Engineering (NICE). It also identifies potential sources of funding for the NICE project. NICE will be an independent, not-for-profit organization comprising engineering-related professional societies. Its prime purpose will be to provide an information service which will assist in promoting the effective use of computers and computer software as tools of the practicing engineer. NICE will provide services for a fee to the practicing engineer. The principal service will be the provision of information on computer software based on systematic methods of information collection, computerized storage and retrieval. This paper represents the work of members of the Computer Practices Committee, ASCE, in conjunction with members of the Society for Computer Applications in Engineering, Planning and Architecture.

Subject Headings: Architectural engineering | Computing in civil engineering | Professional societies | Computer aided operations | Data collection | Engineering firms | Financing | Fees

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