Support the Complex

by Terence G. McCuster, (M.ASCE), Consultant; San Francisco, CA,
Robert M Miller, Consultant; San Francisco, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 6, Pg. 51-53

Document Type: Feature article


A computerized decision support system (DSS) can help manage the uncertainties of a complex construction project. A construction DSS consists of two interlocking parts. First, it is a process for quantifying the consequences of changes in any factor affecting the project in terms of time, money or resources. Second, it provides a means for optimizing the project in the same terms. Such a DSS was used successfully by the State of Arizona's Department of Energy in the construction of a super collider.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Decision support systems | Uncertainty principles | Project management | Professional societies

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