Computer Errors—Who's Responsible

by Frederic L. Blum, Frederic L. Blum Engineering, Associates Inc, Cranford, NJ, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering

Abstract: This paper proposes that both the program developer and the program user share the responsibility for preventing errors in the use of computer programs for engineering design and analysis. The paper describes a method whereby the program user can self-verify the program even if he or she has no knowledge of the inner workings of the program. The paper also suggests a three-step method whereby the program itself can minimize the chances of the user entering faulty input data. The paper stresses the importance of good communications between the program developer and the program user.

Subject Headings: Errors (statistics) | Computer analysis | Computer aided operations | Engineering education | Geological faults

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