Engineering R&D Strategy

by Harvey M. Bernstein, Pres.; CERF, 1015 15th St. NW, Ste 600, Washington, D.C. 20005,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 2, Pg. 44-46

Document Type: Feature article


Accurate data on the levels and focus of U.S. civil engineering-related R&D are important to establish a benchmark from which a knowledge base can be constructed; to highlight strengths and weaknesses and allow for improved resource allocation; and to facilitate coordinated, national programs for civil engineering-related research. Understanding these factors and recognizing the cost and benefits of R&D investments will lead to higher R&D expenditures in the future that emphasize areas of greatest potential payoff. The Civil Engineering Research Foundation and the National Science Foundation recently completed the first authoritative investigation of R&D expenditures by the entire civil engineering community since a 1986 National Research Council study. The new study findings shed light on who is investing in civil engineering-related R&D, the technical areas in which investments are being made and how much is being spent, and the reasons behind those investments.

Subject Headings: Investments | Resource allocation | Research and development | Knowledge-based systems | Federal government | Computing in civil engineering | Benefit cost ratios

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