Computerized Construction Quantity Record Keeping

by Elias C. Tonias, (M.ASCE), Partner; Erdman, Anthony, Assoc., Rochester, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 2, Pg. 291-306

Document Type: Journal Paper


Increasing amounts of bookkeeping required for records on design and construction projects, including the correct accounting with positive cross referencing, has proved a rather voluminous, cumbersome, time consuming, and error-infested operation during both the design and the construction phases. In order to maintain a uniform and comprehensive method of taking-off quantities or compiling field records, and provide accuracy, speed, and simplicity in quantity computation and estimate preparation, DESSY-CONES was developed. The entire system is divided into two similar subsystems: (1)DESSY, which is used for design projects; and (2)CONES, which is used for construction projects. The design plans and specifications (DESSY) or the daily inspectors' reports (CONES) comprise the sole source of input necessary to create the data base responsible for the generation of the various system reports needed to attain the objectives of DESSY or CONES. Quantities may be entered as direct entries or computed from the basic geometric figure components. English or numerically coded commands are utilized to obtain the desired reports.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Computing in civil engineering | Conical bodies | Databases | Geometrics | Numerical methods

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