Strategies for Improving Labor and Equipment Data Acquisition for the Heidelberg Directorate of Engineering and Housing
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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The U.S. Army Construction Engineering Laboratory USACERL has surveyed multiple DEH organizations and the current state of computer technology to identify strategies for addressing LE data acquisition problems at Heidelberg. This report summarizes the findings and makes specific recommendations. The major recommendation is to pursue pilot testing and implementation of push-button station technology. Together, the hardware and software components of this technology offer entry method options pushbuttons, keyboard, barcodes, ability to screen for incorrect data, and meaningful reporting. Reasonable implementation costs, strong vendor support, high likelihood of acceptance, and the promise of notable return on investment strongly support this recommendation. It is also proposed to implement an educational program on the purpose, importance, and benefits of correct LE data submission, including interim improvement of the current manual system and expansion of microcomputer networks for improved distribution of data, communications, and problem resolution. A scanner test in progress at Grafenwoehr and barcode research at USACERL should be reviewed when the results become available. Preparation for the fielded IFS-M is also recommended.
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