Computer Use in Civil Engineering

by Robert L. Schiffman, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg. and Assoc. Dir.; Computing Center, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO,
E. Rex Krueger, Assoc. Prof. of Mathematics and Comp. Sci., Dir.; Computing Center, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 2, Pg. 251-273

Document Type: Journal Paper


Advances in computer based engineering technology are directly related to machine and communications capabilities and the ability of engineers to make optimum use of these capabilities. To this end it is important that engineers act in anticipation of new hardware and software advances as opposed to reacting to an existing technology. This paper surveys the developments in computer hardware and software with attention being paid to civil engineering applications. Interactive computing, including graphics, and data management systems are stressed. The role and impact of future hardware developments and software techniques are assessed.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Computing in civil engineering | Equipment and machinery | Professional development | Geomatic surveys | Graphic methods | Information management | Interactive systems

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