Guide for Evaluating Engineering Software

Task Committee on Software Evaluation of the Technical Council on Computer Practices of ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-689-8 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-689-X (ISBN-10), 1989, Soft Cover, Pg. 121
22 cm
Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book


This is a practical guide to the problem of assessing the suitability of computer software being considered for use in engineering analysis, design or decision making. Each chapter treats a particular aspect of the evaluation task. Such topics as software functionality, developer qualifications, documentation, testing and validation, user qualification, maintenance, organizational impact, and legal issues are discussed. While acknowledging that computers are a fact of life and have become an indispensable engineering tool, the book maintains the consistent theme that engineers should guard against unwarranted reliance on unvalidated computer results.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Computer analysis | Decision making | Impact tests | Validation | Maintenance | Organizations | Legal affairs


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