Engineering a Place in Cyberspace

by Teresa Austin, Assistant Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 6, Pg. 40-44

Document Type: Feature article


The engineering profession is only now entering the Internet—e-mail addresses are appearing on some engineers' business cards, but very few engineering or construction firms are appearing on Internet's World Wide Web. The Web, a system that provides hypertext and hypermedia links to other information sources throughout the Internet, is but one facet of this network that includes such things as e-main, file transfer protocol, and usenet groups. Many state departments of transportation are creating home pages. Indiana's Department of Transportation is requiring that contractors transfer designs using the Internet's file transfer protocol, a standardized method of transferring files from one computer to another. Engineers in the private sector and government are not the only segment of the profession taking advantage of the Internet. Academia has been on-line from the beginning. Over the past year, Nelson Baker, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is overseeing the creation of the site, the Intelligent Learning Environment, which provides multimedia tutorials for engineering students. He has also been creating the Virtual Engineering Library, a listing of civil engineering resources throughout the world.

Subject Headings: Internet | Engineering firms | Engineering education | Engineering profession | Commercial construction | Construction companies | Contractors and subcontractors | Private sector

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