Creating a Transportation Microcomputer User's Group in Mid-Michigan: Organizational Issues and Opportunities

by Paul T. Hamilton, Tri-County Regional Planning, Commission, United States,
Paul Hershkowitz, Tri-County Regional Planning, Commission, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


This paper describes the Mid-Michigan Transportation Microcomputer User's Group. Purposes of the User's Group include promoting demonstrations and evaluations of transportation software; technical support by members and other professionals on hardware selection, transportation software and related analysis; coordination among software users; information exchange between professionals on transportation software and analysis; and cooperation between transportation and microcomputer professionals. This paper examines organizational issues and opportunities related to creating this group and shares the Mid-Michigan experience with the reader. This paper provides other users with procedural steps for creating a local organization devoted to advancing microcomputer applications in the transportation profession. The paper represents a case study and depicts one long-term benefit of the previous conference.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Organizations | Computer software | Transportation studies | Case studies | Highway engineering | Computer analysis | Professional societies | Michigan | United States

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