The Microcomputer Explosion in Civil Engineering Firms

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 2, Pg. 45-51

Document Type: Feature article


During the next five years, small and medium size consulting engineering firms will undergo many changes. The key changing force is the low cost ($2500 to $20,000) microcomputer. Already, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of these small and medium sized firms are using microcomputers. Some experts believe that the use of microcomputers in the civil engineering profession is on the verge of exponential growth. The areas being computerized include engineering calculations, accounting and other administrative matters, and word processing. Four in-depth case histories discuss the pros and cons of microcomputers and how the use of microcomputers can change a consulting engineering firm.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Consulting services | Explosions | Engineering profession | Case studies | Engineering firms | Engineering history

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