Applications of Small Computers in Construction

by Wayne C. Moore, (M.ASCE), Const. Assoc., 21243 Ventura Blvd., Suite 107, Woodland Hills, Calif. 91364,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-416-0 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-416-1 (ISBN-10), 1984, Soft Cover, Pg. 67

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Conference information: A Session of ASCE Convention | San Francisco, California, United States | October 1, 1984

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


These proceedings are from a technical session sponsored by the Task Committee on the Application of Small Computers in Construction of the Construction Division. Five papers are presented. Emphasis of the session program is on practical application and actual experience in the implementation of small computers in the management of construction activities. Papers presented cover a range of topics documenting development and implementation of microcomputer systems on construction management applications based on first-hand experience. The first paper describes an onsite project management and documentation system and its effects on the management of a construction project, with particular emphasis on the area of claim pricing and preparation. The second paper deals with the use of well known linear programs, previously confined to relatively limited use on mainframe computers, for the management of engineered construction using microcomputers. An aggregate blending example is presented. The next paper is an assessment of the application of a microcomputer system in a Resident Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for construction contract administration and quality assurance compliance. The fourth paper discusses a successful process used by a contractor to develop and implement a computerized estimating system. The process used follows a pattern that can serve as a blueprint for others contemplating the transition to a computer environment regardless of the specific application. The last paper examines the organizational changes associated with introduction of microcomputers into firms in the construction industry. Using a conceptual model drawn from organizational theory, the process of organizational response in a design firm and a construction firm is analyzed and compared.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Computing in civil engineering | Systems management | Computer software | Organizations | Contracts and subcontracts | Construction companies | Project management


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