Goals of Civil Engineering Research—Its Responsiveness to the Needs, Desires, and Aspirations of Man

ASCE Committee on Research

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 4, Pg. 563-641

Document Type: Journal Paper


The Conference on Goals and the realted resource documents on Research Needs reflected a sense of urgency for the civil engineering profession and civil engineering research to be more directly and consciously responsive to the needs, desires, and aspirations of man. There is a need for emphasis on soft research, on the needs for civil engineering facilities and their real effects on people and nature. ASCE can assume a major responsibility and role in attitude, thinking, and goals. If it does not, others will and ASCE will not survive as a powerful, viable servant of the profession and the public. As a goal for funding and support needed to produce desired changes, $3 billion per year for civil engineering research over the next 10 yrs is a reasonable, conservative estimate. The amount is less than 3% of projected yearly construction costs experienced throughout the nation.

Subject Headings: Engineering profession | Financing | Construction costs

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