Synthesis Approach to Determining Research Needs in Civil Engineering; Air Pollution a Test Case

Environmental Engineering Research Committee of the Environmental Engineering Division, ASCE

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 4, Pg. 461-467

Document Type: Journal Paper


The Environmental Engineering Research Committee of the Environmental Engineering Division has been identifying research needs in environmental engineering. The subject paper discusses, develops, and demonstrates a unique approach to identifying such research needs using research needs in air pollution as an example. Air pollution needs relating to all facets of civil engineering practice which should be investigated by civil engineering research institutions were identified. The first step in the synthesis approach was to evaluate all sub-elements of civil engineering, e.g., air transport, construction, highways, power, etc., in terms of what air pollution problems are or could be associated with engineering practice in these areas. Then such research problems were screened to eliminate those needs which would not normally be tackled by civil engineering research institutions. The last step involved the consolidation of projects into similar program areas.

Subject Headings: Air pollution | Environmental issues | Air transportation | Engineering profession | Infrastructure construction | Energy engineering | Highway engineering

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