Construction Research Needs

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 8, Pg. 62-67

Document Type: Feature article

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An ASCE-National Science Foundation Research-needs study examined, among other issues needs in Construction Engineering and Management. The resulting study identifies and prioritizes a number of such needs, including (1) Need for real time on-site quality control. If, for example, strength of cured concrete can be reliably predicted before the concrete is placed, and quality of welds reliably determined as the welding takes places, fewer errors will be made. Instruments to make these concrete and welding checks are described. (2) Performance Specifications and off-site prefabrication. Both ideas were adopted in design and construction of shower/sanitation facilities at Army reservoirs, and as a result cost per unit was cut 47%. (3) Computer-aided management information systems for field-engineer offices. On big jobs the number of activities is so great, a computer is needed to manage the network diagram showing all activities, in their proper time sequence.

Subject Headings: Concrete | Welding | Construction management | Computer aided design | Information management | Systems management | Information systems | Foundation construction

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