Accession Number:

ADA218230

Title:

Surveys of Architectural, Electrical, and Mechanical Hardware/Software Use and Needs

Descriptive Note:

Special rept.

Corporate Author:

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Report Date:

1990-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

57.0

Abstract:

Army Corps of Engineers designers are continually faced with the need to reduce energy use in new and existing construction while maintaining overall life cycle cost goals. However, designers sometimes experience problems incorporating available energy and economic analysis software into the design process. To help overcome this situation, surveys were administered at Corps-wide MechanicalElectrical and Architectural conferences to 1 determine designers softwarehardware needs and 2 obtain the designers opinions of automated products. The survey results indicate that lack of training and lack of hardwaresoftware are the most serious obstacles to full use of computers by designers. Ease of use and quality of trainingsupport are among the chief criteria for selecting computer tools. Standardization of hardware and software is a high priority and poor interdisciplinary coordination interferes with the effective use of computer-aided design and drafting.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE