Instant Expertise: A Danger of Small Computers

by Glenn S. Orenstein, (F.ASCE), Dir. of Engrg. Computer Applications; Metcalf & Eddy, Inc., Boston, Ma.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 6, Pg. 50-51

Document Type: Feature article


The low cost and easy access afforded by small computers have made it easy for an engineer to become an instant expert. Because low-cost software is available for almost any field of endeavor, there is a great temptation for engineers to pursue work for which they are not qualified. The profession, in general, and engineers, as individuals, must exert discretion to prevent unwanted disasters.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Benefit cost ratios | Computer software

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