Keeping Up With Computers

by Charles S. Hodge, (M.ASCE), Director Computer Services; Boyle Engineering, Newport Beach, Calif.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 6, Pg. 70-72

Document Type: Feature article


As computer hardware and software continue to grow in power and complexity, with new advances announced every day, many engineers wonder how to keep up with the rapid pace of change. When are programs and systems really obsolete and when does a vendor simply want you to purchase another expensive system. At Boyle Engineering, Newport Beach, Calif., we've found that investing time and money into researching packages, keeping abreast of the computer industry in general and networking with friends and associates to be highly effective. In many cases, we've found upgrades offer useful additions of power and features, but in others, it means a time consuming process of converting old files and custom-made software developed around the old package. In one case, we've been using a program last upgraded in 1988 with no ill-effect on our practice. But judgements about whether to upgrade or stay in place require a thorough knowledge of both what the industry has to offer and what your company needs.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Computing in civil engineering | Industries | Beaches | Investments | Computer networks | Energy consumption

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