Encouraging and Controlling Use of Automation

by Larry G. Walker, Turner Collie & Braden Inc, Houston, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Managing Computers


Judicious use of automation can greatly enhance the productivity of an engineering staff. Integration of multiple computing processes with technology such as plotting, digitizing, total stations, and Computer-Aided Drafting increases the possible benefits but also increases the need for adequate controls. There are obstacles to taking full advantage of automation. Some are technical but most relate to perceived risks, fears, and concerns of those who decide to use or not use available technology. This paper explores ways to encourage productive use of automation while effecting controls that will minimize risks and assure ample compensation.

Subject Headings: Automation | Computer aided design | Risk management | Computer software

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