Standards for Computer-Based Design Studies

by William James, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg. and Engrg. Mech., McMaster Univ., 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4L7,
Mark A. Robinson, Research Engr.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg. and Engrg. Mech., McMaster Univ., 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontartio, Canada, L8S 4L7,


Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 7, Pg. 919-930


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: As a result of the large variety of computer-based studies available, their rapid evolution and their complex structures, these programs are becoming increasingly difficult to manage. The following activities could be specified in detail when study bids are requested: problem review, requisite accuracy, review of available programs, program selection criteria, model verification, data preparation and output interpretation, and documentation of the modified program actually used. Many of these activities will be implemented by a reputable engineer in any case, but by including these terms of reference, all consultants proposing services will be assured that their estimates will be met, and clients will be ensuring their investment. Each of these points is explored in general terms; the examples used are appropriate to stormwater management modeling studies; however, the principles could be applied to any computer-based design study.

Subject Headings: Model analysis | Reviews | Model accuracy | Data processing | Consulting services | Stormwater management | Computer models | Computer software

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