Diary of a Sick Control System

by Robert L. Hardison, (M.ASCE), Bechtel Corp., San Bernardino, Calif.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 5, Pg. 68-70

Document Type: Feature article


A fictional account of the diary of Joe Civil, an engineer involved with a new computer control system for a 33 mile water pipeline. The diary relates many mishaps and ends with the note that after five months, the system still operates more efficiently in a manual mode. The hypothetical example is printed in the hopes of eliciting response for a new ASCE Committee on Control Systems for Water Pipelines. It is felt that criteria for selection and evaluation of such systems are lacking, that existing terminology needs clarification for the CE responsible for the overall design of the pipeline system.

Subject Headings: Control systems | Water pipelines | Computing in civil engineering | Terminology and definition | Pipeline design

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