Programmable Calculators from a User's Viewpoint

by Michael J. O'Rourke, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Civ. Engrg., Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 1, Pg. 21-24

Document Type: Journal Paper


One of the methods of computing, the programmable calculator, is evaluated by means of a survey of programmable calculator users. Survey results address the following: (1)What type of civil engineering firms, in terms of number of professional employees, and particular specialization, are using programmable calculators; (2)how do programmable calculators fit into the firms overall computer picture; (3)for what specific applications are the programmable calculators being used in civil engineering firms; (4)is the presently available programmable calculators software satisfactory; (5)what are the advantages and disadvantages of programmable calculators as perceived by their users; and (6)do firms that purchase or rent, feel their investment in programmable calculators worthwhile.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Surveying methods | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Employees | Investments

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