Administrative Aspects of Project Software

by Richard L. Bland, Giffels Associates Inc, Southfield, MI, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Managing Computers

Abstract: This paper reviews the various aspects of administering the development, control, and use of computer software employed to support the design office in the administrative and technical aspects of engineering projects. The topics covered are generic in that they apply to all projects and all disciplines, although specific examples are drawn from the civil/structural area. Topics include program design and documentation standards, software validation procedures, data capture and transfer conventions, in addition to user training and client system compatibility considerations. Standardization of data representation and symbology is included as part of the overall software. Appropriate methods of cost recovery are considered an essential part of the program development process. The major thrust of the paper is toward the development of software for tomorrow's needs rather than today's needs.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Standards and codes | Data analysis | Validation | Training | Client relationships | Thrust

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