Integration of Research Into Design Practice

by John T. Christian, Stone & Webster Engineering Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices


A widely held perception is that research results flow from the research community along the paths of professional publication into the design offices, where they find practical application. A review of several instances of technological advance shows that the situation is much more complicated and that practical application of research results requires a number of favorable factors. Most important is a perceived need for the improvement. Also, there is much feedback and iteration between research and practice. Improved communication between research and practice is necessary if research is to be more meaningful and if it is to improve the design and construction industry's competitive position.

Subject Headings: Publications | Construction industry | Foundations | Professional development

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