Worth a Thousand Words

by David W. Dilks, Proj. Mgr.; LTI-Limno-Tech., 2395 Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48104,
Paul Freedman, (A.M.ASCE), Pres.; LTI-Limno-Tech., Ann Arbor, MI 48104,
Raymond Canale, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Mich., Ann Arbor, MI,
Theodore A. D. Slawecki, Computer Programmer; LTI-Limno-Tech., Ann Arbor, MI,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 6, Pg. 62-64

Document Type: Feature article


In recent years, microcomputers have grown powerful enough to take over many of the functions that once, only a mainframe could understand. In addition, they have added a few tricks of their own. A recent court case illustrated the value of microcomputer graphics in the water pollution control field. Graphics allowed lawyers to define for a lay audience the areas and issues in question. They allowed data from highly complex models to be summarized in easily understood pictures and graphs. Using graphics also simplified the input of these data, allowing models to be developed and run interactively during testimony.

Subject Headings: Graphic methods | Computers | Water pollution | Legal affairs

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