Welcome to the Wonderful World of Data Bases (Lessons from an Engineer Turned MIS)

by Gerald Greener, US Army Corps of Engineers, Water, Resources Support Cent, Belvoir, VA, USA,
Steve Lockhart, US Army Corps of Engineers, Water, Resources Support Cent, Belvoir, VA, USA,
Russell Epps, US Army Corps of Engineers, Water, Resources Support Cent, Belvoir, VA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources

Abstract: The paper describes some of the problems and solutions surrounding the National Dredging Data Management System (NADDAMS). By an analysis of these problems and solutions, the authors develop some basic principles for data base design and discuss how an engineering background can help in utilizing computers. The subjects of getting started in computing, buying hardware and software, and a warning about disorganization are also discussed. The authors close with a detailed discussion of how NADDAMS was designed to provide easy data transfer to and from engineer/managers with micro and personal computers for local use or file updating. This discussion includes a section on how to convert non computer users into computer activists.

Subject Headings: Databases | Computer software | Systems management | Information management | Water resources | Dredging | Computer analysis | Michigan | North America | United States

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