A Nationwide Survey of Civil Engineering-Related R&D

Civil Engineering Research Foundation, ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-970-7 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-970-8 (ISBN-10), 1993, Soft Cover, Pg. 80
CERF Report #93-5006
Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book

Abstract: This report provides the first comprehensive data on the current level of civil engineering-related R&D investment, funding organizations, research performers, and areas of research emphasis. The central finding is that all civil engineering-related R&D funding amounted to $2.1 billion in 1992. The value of construction put in place in 1992 is estimated by the Commerce Department as $425.8 billion, indicating that the level of R&D investment by all sectors within the construction community is approximately 0.5 percent. The largest sponsor of civil engineering-related R&D is the federal government (62.9 percent), followed by industry (16.3 percent). Civil engineering-related R&D investment is expected to increase by approximately 6 percent in 1993. The report documents a substantial amount of underreporting of civil engineering-related R&D investment by the construction industry and notes that nearly three-fourths of all firms do not designate a budget line item for these expenditures. The study provides some comparisons with civil engineering-related R&D in other countries, especially Japan. The report concludes with specific recommendations for all sectors of the civil engineering community.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Research and development | Geomatic surveys | Investments | Federal government | Comparative studies | Financing | Corporations | Japan | Asia


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