American Society of Civil Engineers

Freeway to the Future

by Keith Bentley, (CEO, Bentley Systems, Exton, PA)

Civil Engineering—ASCE
, Vol. 68, No. 6, June 1998, pp. 58-61

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Document type: Feature Article
Abstract: A new network model is emerging introducing a new step between servers and desktops: middleware servers with querying software. The new network architecture, combined with the use of both intranets and the Internet, will extend engineering data from worksations to any computer with a Web browser. The use of project web pages and of Java allows a wider range of computers to access data that otherwise would be unavailable to many members of project teams, thereby increasing the flow of information. Using 3-D models in lieu of traditional CAD drawings, enabled by new hardware and software, holds the potential of changing the way engineers work.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Computer networks
Working conditions
Data communication
Engineering profession
Three-dimensional models