Computers in the Construction Resident Office

by Daniel H. Hitchings, (A.M.ASCE), US Army Corps of Engineers, Wright-Patterson Area Office, Dayton, OH, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Applications of Small Computers in Construction


The application of small computers to the management and control of construction projects is obvious. However, what benefits could be realized from their application in a resident office, responsible for the administration of the construction contract and quality assurance? A computer system was provided for a US Army, Corps of Engineers Area Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The computer system, as originally installed and subsequently modified to better serve the needs of the office, is discussed. Applications include: analysis of critical path schedules, data base management, and word processing. Examples of adopted applications are included. Observations provide a retrospective review of the system implementation and growth to what is currently in use and an assessment of the benefits provided. Hardware and software costs, time involved in implementation and development of applications, and lessons learned are considered.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Critical path method | Computing in civil engineering | Project management | Scheduling | Contracts and subcontracts | Construction costs | United States

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