Should the Computer be Registered?

by Barry A. Rogers, (A.M.ASCE), Research Assoc.; The Austin Company, Cleveland Heights, Ohio,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 10, Pg. 42-43

Document Type: Feature article


The 1984 Daniel Mead Prize for Associate Members chose as its topic Should the Computer be Registered? and the winning paper discusses this humorously with a dialogue between a minicomputer and a mainframe. Several proposals emerge from their discussion, including the following: One, that the accuracy of new computer systems be tested initially and periodically. Two, that engineering application programs be reviewed when acquired. Three, program authors must fully document their programs. Four, engineering users must assume responsibility for the generated solution.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering

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