Introductory Manual on Computer Services

Committee on Coordination within ASCE of the Technical Council on Computer Practices of ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-366-8 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-366-1 (ISBN-10), 1983, Soft Cover, Pg. 78

Manual of Practice No.: 61

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Manual of Practice


The role of computers in civil engineering is discussed including an overview of computer use, and comparisons of expectations, advantages, and shortcomings of computer use. Future technical needs and organizational needs are considered. Methods of access to computing facilities are reviewed. Types of access such as the use of consultants, service bureaus, or in-house facilities are compared. An overview of computer hardware is presented including a discussion of digital fundamentals, basic machine operation, and peripherals. Considerable attention is given to software including a review of computer languages, definitions, functions and differences of systems software and application software. Availability of application software and guidelines on judging the reliability of application software are covered. Steps on acquiring a computer are covered, from the justification for purchase, to proposals, vendor selection, contract negotiation, and finally, installation. A glossary of computer terminology, and references for further reading are provided.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Computing in civil engineering | Terminology and definition | Comparative studies | Organizations | Consulting services | Equipment and machinery | Computer languages


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