Computerizing Public Works Design

by Ann E. Seltz-Petrash, Asst. Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 5, Pg. 76-79

Document Type: Feature article


Computers are an easy way to increase engineering design productivity. This is especially important to public works departments who have decreasing budgets and increasing work loads. This article presents one way for public works departments to develop computer capability by working with a university. Three departments are examined: Florence and Birmingham, Alabama, and Jefferson County, Alabama. Uses range from tracking all facets of construction projects to bridge and road design. As part of this project, simplified user-help documents were also developed.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Computing in civil engineering | Infrastructure | Infrastructure construction | Highway and road design | Budgets | Load factors | Colleges and universities | Alabama | United States

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