Small Midwestern Consultant Introduces Inhouse Desk Top Computer

by John F. Reese, (M.ASCE), Vice-Pres.; W.J. Reese and Associates, Rock Island, Ill.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 6, Pg. 111-116

Document Type: Feature article


This article traces the history of engineering and surveying calculations in a small civil-geotechnical consulting office in Rock Island, Ill., W.J. Reese & Associates. The expanding workload, space limitations, and difficulty in locating suitable drafting people led to the purchase of an inhouse desk top computer — the Wang series 2200 computer with flatbed plotter. In searching for the most appropriate computing/plotting system, the firm felt: software must be readily available; hardware costs must be reasonable; and service for the hardware must be available locally. With one year's experience under its belt so far, the firm has shown that computing can be handled well by people with no previous experience in computer science. Time for preparing subdivision plats has been greatly reduced. Overall, this 27-person firm feels getting this in-house computer was a good decision.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Consulting services | Engineering history | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Rocks | Islands | Drafting | Computer software

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